Poliphilius`fuit tree, 2020, handblown glass, glazed ceramic, ledlight, wire, fabric

Fearless ( in a dream ), 2020

solo exhibition, text: Wall Street International: https://wsimag.com/art/64511-mette-vangsgaard,

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Sun flower, 2020, glazed ceramic, 30 x 25 x 9 cm

Flowers, 2020, glazed ceramics,  37 x 23 x 27 cm

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In the tall grass, 2020, woodcuts, pigments, yarn, textile, 210 x 210 cm

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Dream, 2020, woodcuts, pigments, yarn, textile, 210 x 210 cm

Hole in a dream, 2020, heat transfer on cotton, 130 x 155 cm

Nymphs, 2020, hand blown glass,  48 x 27 x 17 cm

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Monster, 2020, glazed ceramic, 40 x 30 x 20 cm

Mette Vangsgaard |Solo exhibition Fearless (in a dream), December 4, - March 20, 2021

Marie Kirkegaard is pleased to welcoming you to Mette Vangsgaaard’s new solo exhibition Fearless (in a dream).

In her work for Fearless (in a dream), Mette Vangsgaard is inspired by Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, called in English, Polopilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream or The Dream of Poliphilus. The novel is said to be by Francesco Colonna, first published in 1499 in Venice, and it is a famous example of an incunable (a work of early print making). The story presents a mysterious arcane allegory of a romance in which the main protagonist, Poliphilo, pursues his love, Polia, through a mysterious dreamlike landscape filled by ornaments, flowers and orchards, and in his travels he meets monsters, gods, nymphs and strange plants on his way.

 

 

Mette Vangsgaard presents an exhibition of figurative works, all of which appear as part of a larger narrative about the world of dreams through Poliphilo’s journey. In two large works, Vangsgaard has combined the woodcut with the painting and textile on canvas in her characteristic collage technique. The two works presents us with a dark landscape that describes the night or the dream. In one of the works ’In the tall grass’ we meet a young man sleeping under a tree with long hangings branches.

The night in the dark landscapes are connected in the exhibition with light, the day, by spatial sculptures of hand-blown glass and ceramics. In an installation of glass sculptures with light, we see strange overripe fruits hanging from the tree with the long branches, and in small landscapes on the floor, we meet flowers and a monster of glazed ceramics, as well as nymphs and the plants Mouse Ears from Polihilo’s tale, created as glass carafes.

In Fearless (in a dream) Mette Vangsgaard continues to work with her fundamental interest in the culturally determined values, that our lives depend on, and which motivates our ideals, attitudes and actions. Especially in relation to our treatment of nature, which is connected to our daily lives, dreams, stories, history and myths.

Thus there is also the fine balance between a narrative – sometimes ethical voice in the her works, and the interest in the various possibilities and forms of expression in the different materials, for which we know Vangsgaard. Author George D. Painter has said: ’Reality itself is mysterious – perhaps our largest problem is that we think we need to understand and control everything. In relation to this, Vangsgaard’s new narratives move into a symbolic track that also contains non-everyday movements that deals with the human mind and dreams.

Mette Vangsgaard (b. 1968) lives and works in Copenhagen. She graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 1996, and in 2011 she was awarded the 3-year grant by The Danish Arts Foundation. Today she is among else represented at KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Vejen Art Museum, CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art, Ny Carlsbergfondet and The Danish Embassy in Washington by Statens Kunstfond.

 

Pinball, 2020

group exhibition,

 

artist; Julie Nord, Jesper Dalgaard, Mette Vangsgaard

Halmstad Konsthall, Sweden, 

 Supported by Direktør Michael Hermann Nielsens mindelegat 2020, & Danish arts foundation.



 

Female, 2020, woodcuts, pigments, yarn, fabric, card board on canvas, 190 x 155 cm

 

Pinball, 2020, woodcuts, pigments, yarn, fabric, card board on canvas, 190 x 155 cm

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PINBALL

Halmstads Konsthall, Sweden

June 17 – August 18, 2020. I utställningen ”PINBALL” presenteras tre danska samtidskonstnärer; Julie Nord, Jesper Dalgaard och Mette Vangsgaard.

 

Genom teckning, textil, keramik, skulptur och videoverk kan du ta del av deras olika berättelser, vilka kan läsas var för sig eller som en helhet.

​Att arbeta utifrån en berättartradition är något de tre konstnärerna har gemensamt. Genom humor och fantasi skapar de samhällskritiska verk, som handlar om allt från hierarkier till miljödebatten och komplexa relationer människor emellan. Motivvärldarna tycks ha ett släktskap med surrealismen där det overkliga och oväntade är närvarande.

​I Jesper Dalgaards verk Ponyburger, får vi inblick i konstnärens skapande process och hens komplicerade relation till en gallerist. Videoverket visar också följderna av en stark längtan efter ära och berömmelse.

Julie Nords verk Dark Horse påminner om en spöklik gestalt med många ögon som övervakar allt runtomkring sig. Med verket vill hon sätta fingret på det okända, det som döljer sig under den vackra fasaden.

​Mette Vangsgaard utforskar människans relation till naturen. I verket Sorry honey I ran out of ice lyfter hon problematiken kring världens isar som smälter på grund av människans allt för stora miljöpåverkan och ovilja till förändring.

 

På Halmstads konsthall möts konstnärernas bildvärldar för första gången i en gemensam utställning. I ”PINBALL” kastas du likt en ”flipperkula” mellan deras olika konstnärskap. Trevlig åktur!

 Supported by Direktør Michael Hermann Nielsens mindelegat 2020, & Danish arts foundation..

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