Morten Løbner Espersen (1965 in Aalborg, Denmark) is one of the most successful Danish ceramists of his generation. He has had numerous major international exhibitions since graduating in 1992 and establishing his own studio. Espersen has been a professor at HDK Göteborg University in Sweden since 2005 as well as continuing to work in his own studio in Copenhagen. Given his worldwide reputation and demand for his work, this will be Morten Løbner Espersen’s fourth exhibit at Puls in the last decade. Below, he explains what he has in store for this next show.
“I have drastically renewed and strengthened the visual and physical impact of my ceramics. The term horror vacui (fear of empty space)is used in particular to describe Greek pots dating from about 1000 BC with their intricate geometric decorations covering the entire jar. The new works consist of two form-related parts. Each is a recognizable archetypal shape; one a vase and the other a three-dimensionalornament. The ornament is abundantly entwined with the vase as it rises from the basic element of the jar.
To me the essence of pottery is summoned up in jars, a neutral but potent form that always has been my starting point. I strive to usesublime ceramic glazed surfaces as a counterpoint to powerful forms and elements. I am always aiming to create harmony between theform and the arabesque. My work is essentially an attempt to find a balance between two opposing principles. At one point, it was the dichotomy between simple form and complex surface. Now it has evolved to the opposite pole; the problem of complex shapes and rathersimple surfaces.
Horror vacui will be shown for the first time at the Puls Contemporary Ceramics exhibit. These pieces are the results of more than twoyears work with this theme.”
Morten Løbner Espersen