21 years of exhibiting ceramics in Brussels, 21 years of insisting to support an art form and craft which keep exciting and developing. Grounded, honest and direct in her judgements, Annette Sloth curates with an intuition built on years of hands-on
experience and steadily continues the ongoing challenge of revealing hot ceramics. In this anniversary show, she presents new works from some of the artists who have been part of positioning the gallery from day one.
The modernist cylinders by Bodil Manz, translucent and delicate, yet graphically powerful, keep evolving their expression. Modified into new formats and silhouettes, they remain recognisable and iconic. Merete Rasmussen brings out several dimensions to a space with her sculptural and curling stoneware pieces. Insisting in colour and inviting in form, they draw the eye to follow along their uninterrupted twirls. Still on the investigation of surfaces, materials and patterns, Lone Skov Madsen is setting a contrasting scene with her round and voluminous wall platters alongside dotted and delicate compositions. Exclusively for this show, Turi Heisselberg Pedersen has created a limited collection of her renowned balusters, examples of sculptural excellence where form, tone and finish seem to be meant for one another. Carefully folded clay, like origami, remains a continuous study for Ann Van Hoey, who introduces another series of her ‘etude géométrique’, this time in various radiant car paint tones. Roger Coll’s approach to ceramics is rather conceptual than traditional due to his background in architecture. With every sculpture he expresses his artistic language, like a word, a rhythm or an intuitive feeling. The pieces by Johannes Nagel literally have his fingerprints all over them, in the hand-shaped surfaces he reveals his exercise on how to produce a vessel, exuding both primitive pottery and formal experimentation all together.
Whether rigorously precise or curiously exploring, the anniversary show discloses a profound engagement in shape and structure, examining the constructural potential and perimeters of ceramics.