Steen Ipsen is a ceramic artist who was born in 1966 in Naestved, Denmark. Today, he lives and works in Copenhagen and he recently wrapped up a solo exhibition, Organic Movements (Oct. 23 — Nov. 15, 2014), at the Copenhagen Ceramics gallery.
Above image: Steen Ipsen, Organic 18/14, 2014, earthenware, 38 x 40 cm
According to the gallery, Ipsen worked with a variety of organic forms for the show, but ones that do not necessarily have any striking resemblance to a plant or animal you’d recognize. Curvature is the order of the day with Ipsen and highlighting these concave or convex shapes was the artist’s goal of the series. The artist works with white monochrome glaze, drawing a black decoration to form a contrast with the object’s shape and to express the influence of the decoration on the sculpture’s movements.
Ipsen told the gallery that he draws inspiration for his freehand shapes from dance, such as Herald Lander’s ballet Etudes. The performance uses classical ballet exercises and steps performed by dancers who act as organisms controlled by synchronous movement.
Selected works from the exhibition follow.
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