Galleri Format Oslo
Kristina Riska finds artistic inspiration in the traces people leave behind in history and in their environments. Her intuition for the soft rawness that only clay can offer, and her surrounding environment which reflects the colours of the Nordic landscapes is materialized in the objects. Riska’s ceramic pieces enables a relation with the audience beyond the simple act of contemplation, and offers an alternative way of seeing and interacting with sculptures. Due to the human scale of the objects one can explore the physical components and experience the objects as equal or at least closer to us. This interaction is caused not only by the monumental size of the sculptures, but also Riska’s creation of the objects fascinating shapes and exceptional surfaces.
The two large scale works represented in the exhibition were created during her residency earlier this year at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Kristina Riska (b. 1960 in Helsinki, Finland) currently lives and works in Helsinki. Riska is a graduate of the Department of Ceramic Art at the University of Art and Design, Finland. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including: The State of Finland’s Suomi Prize in 1995; the Medaglia D’Oro in Faenza, Italy, 1995; a silver medal at the International Ceramic Contest in Mino, Japan, 2002 and an Honorary Award in 2008; and working grants from both The State of Finland and The Finnish Cultural Foundation. Riska’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions worldwide and placed in many public and private collections, including The Design Museum, Helsinki; The Saastamoninen Foundation, Finland; The Ulster Museum in Belfast, Ireland; and the Gifu Museum, Japan, among many others.
The reworking of second-hand objects plays a pivotal role in Caroline Slotte´s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. The tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, the ordinary and the unexpected are recurring thematic concerns. More recent explorations reveal an expanded interest in material perception and material recognition, teasing out situations where the initial visual identification fails resulting in an unsettling state of material confusion. Demonstrating an engaged sensitivity towards the associations, memories and narratives inherent in the objects, Slotte´s intricate physical interventions allows us to see things we would otherwise not have seen.
Caroline Slotte (b. 1975 in Helsinki, Finland) is currently Professor of Ceramic Art at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway. Slotte holds an MA in Ceramics from Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, in addition to education from Denmark and Finland. From 2007 to 2011 Slotte was a research fellow in the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. Affiliated with Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Dept of Specialized Art, she was also a member of the interdisciplinary research project Creating Art Value, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
Slotte´s works have been exhibited internationally and acquired by, among others, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg, the Design Museum in Helsinki and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Oslo.
Showroom: Elisa Helland-Hansen
Helland-Hansen has devoted her whole career to making work meant for daily use in the kitchen for serving and storing food and liquids. She investigates the close relationship between utility and form, details like lips, volume and distribution of weight. The interaction between tactile surfaces and the sheen and colour ranges of glazes is also a significant feature of her work.
At the exhibition FOR FOOD Elisa presents a wide range of useful pots which have been central in her production for a long time. She continuously seeks to ennoble known and useful items. The cups are mostly made in porcelain while other objects are made in stoneware clay. The work is fired in reducing atmosphere to cone 10 (2370 F / 1300 C).
Helland-Hansen, born 1950 in NYC, is educated at the National College of Art and Design in Bergen medio 1970s. She works full time at her studio at Seimsfoss near Rosendal and exhibits regularly both in Norway and abroad. She was head of the Ceramic Department as professor at HDK, Gothenburg University from 2000 to 2005.
Elisa Helland-Hansens work is represented at several public and private collections.