POP–UP GLASS + EGEVÆRK
Group Exhibition: Bjørn Friborg, Maria Bang Espersen, Fredrik Nielsen, Trine Drivsholm, George William Bell, Egeværk
March 4, 2022 – April 1, 2022
Explore all of the works:
Bjørn Friborg 'Implosion Blue VIII'
Bjørn Friborg 'Implosion Green IX'
Bjørn Friborg 'Implosion Amber'
Bjørn Friborg 'Implosion Green X'
Maria Bang Espersen 'Yellow Line'
Maria Bang Espersen 'White Curl'
Maria Bang Espersen 'One And Multiple Lines Pink'
Maria Bang Espersen 'Portal Soft Golden Brown'
Maria Bang Espersen 'Soft Curl in Pink'
Fredrik Nielsen 'Yellow Purple Rose'
Fredrik Nielsen 'I Was'
Fredrik Nielsen 'Karma Carpaint'
Fredrik Nielsen 'Flower Vase No. 1'
Fredrik Nielsen 'Flower Vase No. 2'
“POP UP GLASS” is the name of a large group exhibition of 5 glass artists – Bjørn Friborg, Maria Bang Espersen, Fredrik Nielsen, Trine Drivsholm, George William Bell and as a “special guest” EGEVÆRK, participants in the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s (Danmarks Radio) major show about furniture design; Denmark’s Next Classic (Danmarks næste klassiker).
This “POP–UP GLASS” exhibition has been created in a collaboration with Gallery MONTAN in Copenhagen and RVNHUS in Kolding.
Gallery MONTAN was established in 1992, by gallery owners Lasse Montan and Claus Montan. Today, Claus Montan runs the gallery. From the address in central Copenhagen – on Bredgade 10 – MONTAN presents modern silver crafts – as the only gallery in Denmark. Leading artists from home and abroad, such as Yuki Ferdinandsen, who in 2015 received the prestigious Schoonhoven Silver Award, Carsten From Andersen, Ane Christensen, Olle Olls, Sanghoon Kim and Shinta Nakajima are represented by the gallery.
In addition to exhibitions on Bredgade, Gallery MONTAN has exhibited modern silver crafts at renowned galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Munich, Porto Cervo, Cannes and Collect in London. Gallery MONTAN also exhibits glass and wood works with internationally recognised names such as Bjørn Friborg, Tobias Møhl, Maria Bang Espersen, George William Bell, Trine Drivsholm and Peter Hermansson. In addition, the Gallery MONTAN represents Egeværk, who makes works in wood as well as sculptural furniture and lamps in wood.
Gallery MONTAN has for many years collaborated with Mette Ravn, who is a ceramicist from the Danish School of Design in Kolding and owner of gallery RVNHUS in Kolding. Gallery MONTAN has shown Mette Ravn’s Art Jewellery works with great success in the gallery in Bredgade, Copenhagen.
Bjørn Friborg is working with a redefinition of the process of making and the material by pushing it beyond the historical norms of the glass manufacturing process. In his sculptures the material is harshly and unconventionally opened up and penetrated, challenging the historic production processes with established bodily movements, techniques and rules which have been defined glassmaking during the last 500 years – resulting with works that are otherworldly and sublimely beautiful.
Friborg received a BFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Design and Conservation in 2013 after studying in Sweden at both the Åfors Glasbruk,V.1 Mästare Ingvar Carlsson “Kalle Pack” and the Kosta Glass School. His work has been exhibited nationally in Denmark and throughout the Scandinavian region as well as internationally.
MARIA BANG ESPERSEN
My work is centred around the idea that all things are malleable – like glass – and that nothing can be permanently defined. My experimental sculptures in glass are therefore not only an approach, but also a statement. – One that states never to get caught up in restrictive norms or to obey established hierarchies. The work plays with possibilities within materials and the results often goes against classic understandings of what glass is and can do.
Although static and solid in their final sate, Espersen stretches, pulls and bends her glass, resulting in works that appear soft and almost possible of languid movement. Her chosen candy confectionery colour palette entices and draws the onlooker towards the artwork, which deliciously glisten.
Espersen studied glass and ceramics at Engelsholm Højskole, in Denmark, continuing her studies at the Kosta School of Glass in Sweden, The Royal Danish Academy of Design, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA, where she has also participated in several residencies, whilst winning numerous prizes and nominations.
Trained as a glassblower, Fredrik is approaching his material and the traditions around it in his very own way. His raw expression influenced by
graffiti, music and pop culture is pushing our perception of glass into new directions. Nielsen considers his technique and choice of material as his artistic framework. Within this framework he is exploring and searching for new expressions resulting in glass objects weighty yet spontaneous, his creations carry marks, almost scars, that are inflicted during their making. What may appear rough and unfinished remain as part of the final piece. Of central interest in Fredrik Nielsen’s artistic practice is the body. The bodily aspects of creating his pieces, the heavy material and hot studio, has turned his process into a competition between himself and the artworks he creates.
“I want the physical effort to be so big that I am creating a work that is competing with my own body. Everything that reaches this stadium of
competition becomes important, then I have created a volume that is looking for the limits of body and mass.”
Trine Drivsholm runs a studio with colleague Tobias Møhl. She works with sculpted and organic shapes in the blown glass, characterized by a tactile surface. “Botanical Structure is the result of my fascination of structures inside natural plants. I have worked with the inherent recognisability of cross-sections of plants by enlarging and variating structures and rhythms in patterns and shapes. The surface has a soft expression, almost transparent yet still matte, to emphasize the connection to my point of inspiration. The work is made of coloured components and canes that are fused together and intensively cold worked.” Trine’s sculptures have been acquired by a number of prestigious international institutions, including Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, Denmark National Arts & Design Collection, the Holland Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg and the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin, USA.
GEORGE WILLIAM BELL
George William Bell’s work stands on the fine line between fine art, craft and design with material investigation and innovation at its core. His personal artistic exploration has entered a paradoxical paradigm in which craftsmanship and artistic intent work in collaboration with the possibilities inherent in self governing form. Exploring autonomous, self-generative aesthetics, material possibilities come into being which hold the power of tactical form in flux. G.William Bell’s work looks to the future of the handmade object, a future in which boundaries are blurred, and ingrained belief systems are challenged. Bell’s work has been exhibited widely, featuring in several high profile international exhibitions including New Glass Now, at Corning Museum of Glass (New York), The European Award for Applied Arts (Mons, Belgium) as well as Glass is Tomorrows touring exhibition (Stockholm, Milan, London) amongst others. He has received awards from Danske Kunsthåndværkere & Designere, Ung Svensk Form, and the Stanislav Libensky Award.
Mette Bentzen & Lasse Kristensen
Furniture makers Egeværk are currently challenging status quo in the world of Danish fine furniture. Rounded by the most exquisite traditions of this proud and renowned industry, Egeværk offers a new and uncompromising take on creating next generation furniture. Or is their take actually an old one? The fact of the matter is that Egeværk owners Mette Bentzen and Lasse Kristensen draw on craft traditions dating back to the time of their great-grandparents; while at the same time offering a breath of fresh air to their industry. An industry that for decades has idolized the designer and somewhat neglected the true craftsmanship. Egeværk is all about the opposite; no compromises apply in the process of manufacturing and the beauty and longevity of the furniture are created in an almost spiritual devotion to the finest wood work.
All Egeværk pieces are meticulously crafted at the Egeværk workshop in Elsinore (Helsingør) – an old industrial town on the north coast of Zealand – and here a certain workshop spirit is cultivated. All Egeværk furniture makers are trained from scratch in the workshop to meet til staggering quality demands of Mette Bentzen and Lasse Kristensen. Both Mette and Lasse are award-winning furniture makers trained in the most esteemed workshops of Copenhagen, and they continue to push the envelope when developing their designs and craft. Modest by nature and always absorbed in his work, it is only Lasse’s T-shirts that occasionally give him away; he is a Danish as well as a Nordic champion in cabinetmaking, and has even defended the Danish colours in the world championship.
The word ‘compromise’ is nowhere to be found in the Egeværk dictionary!