exhibition: TALISMAN – Magiske objekter

Med denne udstilling er der lagt op til et
sceneskift af de helt store på CLAY. Kunstnergruppen VERSUS skaber en
totalinstallation, der iscenesætter deres keramiske objekter i ét
sammenhængende kunstværk. Gennem scenografi og arbejde med lys og skygge
vil publikum blive inviteret ind i et univers, der understreger
objekternes magiske karakter, og giver beskueren en flerdimensionel
En talisman er en ”magisk genstand”, som
tillægges evnen til at gøre noget godt for den, der bærer den. De har
været brugt i religiøse eller ceremonielle sammenhænge langt tilbage i
menneskehedens historien – og i keramikkens. Faktisk regner man den
ældste kendte keramiske genstand i verden, en ca. 26.000 år gammel
Venusfigurine, for at have været en talisman for frugtbarhed.
Ideen om, at ting kan have særlige egenskaber,
trives også i dag, f.eks. når man har en lykkemønt i kommodeskuffen, et
særligt vedhæng til halskæden, en god sten i lommen eller et mantra, der
messes for at holde styr på den mentale balance.
Kunstnergruppen VERSUS vil med udstillingen
præsentere et bud på en moderne talisman i en keramisk kontekst og
derigennem bringe spørgsmålet om tro og irrationalitet ind i vores
nutidige, rationelle tænkning.
VERSUS består af Ane Fabricius Christiansen, Camille Rishøj Nielsen, Lea Mi Engholm, Mariko Wada og Sissel Wathne.

(via google translate) This exhibition is set for a scene change of the greats in the CLAY. The artist group VERSUS creates a total installation that stages their ceramic objects in one continuous piece of art. Through set design and work with light and shadow, the audience will be invited into a universe that emphasizes the objects’ magical character, and gives the viewer a multidimensional experience.
A talisman is a “magic object” conferred the ability to do something good for the one who wears it. They have been used for religious or ceremonial contexts far back in human history – and in ceramics. In fact, it is estimated the oldest known ceramic object in the world, approximately 26,000 years old Venus figurines, for having been a talisman for fertility.
The idea that things may have special properties that thrive even today, for example. when you have a lucky coin in the dresser drawer, a special pendant necklace, a good stone in your pocket or a mantra that messes to keep track of the mental balance.
The artist group VERSUS will the exhibition present a proposal for a modern talisman in a ceramic context and thus bring the issue of faith and irrationality into our contemporary, rational thinking.
VERSUS consists of Anne Fabricius Christiansen, Camille Rishøj Nielsen, Lea Mi Engholm, Mariko Wada and Sissel Wathne.


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upcoming exhibition: Roadside Attractions—Next 5 Exits

Mar 10 to Apr 30

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
—Ernest Hemingway

Guest-curated by Pattie Chalmers, Roadside Attractions — Next 5 Exits
reveals a vision of the allure of the wayside through the work of five
artists. These artists—Chalmers, Jeremy Kane, Peter Morgan, Mariko
Paterson, and Nathan Prouty—create works that depict the recollection of
travels, a portrayal of collected memories, nostalgia for past
Americana, and the desire to contain an experience within an object.
Viewers will recognize the expression of journeys made and imagined, and
they will be able to connect through their shared experience.

Related Events

Join us for a public artist talk by curator and participating artist
Pattie Chalmers, and artist Peter Morgan, on Thursday, March 9 at 6 pm
in NCC’s library. Register for your free seat here.

In addition, Peter Morgan will demonstrate on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am – 4 pm. Register for your free seat here.

Mariko Paterson will join us for a free workshop and slide lecture
during the closing week of the exhibition on Saturday, April 22, from 10
am – 4 pm. She will present her techniques and discuss her work. Register for your free seat here.

All of these educational events are free and open to the public. Due
to limited seating for all events, pre-registration is encouraged.

Related Resources
Pattie Chalmers’ website: www.pattiechalmers.com
Peter Morgan’s website: www.petergmorgan.com
NCECA: an interview with Morgan about his work, and inspirations
365 Days 365 Artist: an interview with Morgan
Arts Magazine: an article about Morgan’s work and studio practice
Mariko Paterson’s website: www.foragestudios.com
Ceramics Monthly: an essay by Paterson discussing the career of working potters
UPPERCASE Magazine: an interview with Paterson about her ceramic adventures
Musing About Mud blog: a technical exploration of Paterson ceramic work, including demonstrations
Nathan Prouty’s website: www.nathanprouty.com
OtherPeoplesPixels Blog: an interview with Prouty about inspiration and studio practice

movie day: A love of Mud ~ Kolkata and the Durga Puja

The following words by The Source Project: 
is just the beginning, the build up to the Durga Puja in Kolkata. Every
year, for for months throughout the rainy season, artists, workers and
families prepare for the largest event of the year. By using local
materials, clay from the river and straw from the rural communities,
some of the most talented artists create some of the largest and most
beautiful idols. Communities and families then purchase, worship then
submerge them in the Hooghly River. This is just the first part of this
devotional wonder…

Durga Puja festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil
buffalo demon Mahishasura. Thus, Durga Puja festival epitomises the
victory of Good over Evil.

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the Indian states of Assam, Bihar,
Jharkhand, Orissa, Tripura and West Bengal, where it is a five-day
annual holiday. In West Bengal and Tripura, which has majority of
Bengali Hindus it is the biggest festival of the year. Not only is it
the biggest Hindu festival celebrated throughout the State, but it is
also the most significant socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart
from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Delhi, Uttar
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh,
Karnataka and Kerala. Durga Puja is also celebrated as a major festival
in Nepal and in Bangladesh where 10% population are Hindu. Nowadays,
many diaspora Bengali cultural organizations arrange for Durgotsab in
countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia,
Germany, France, The Netherlands, Singapore and Kuwait, among others. In
2006, a grand Durga Puja ceremony was held in the Great Court of the
British Museum.

The prominence of Durga Puja increased gradually during the British Raj
in Bengal. After the Hindu reformists identified Durga with India, she
became an icon for the Indian independence movement. In the first
quarter of the 20th century, the tradition of Baroyari or Community Puja
was popularised due to this. After independence, Durga Puja became one
of the largest celebrated festivals in the whole world.

Durga Puja also includes the worship of Shiva, who is Durga’s consort
(Durga is an aspect of Goddess Parvati), in addition to Lakshmi,
Saraswati with Ganesha and Kartikeya, who are considered to be Durga’s
children. Worship of mother nature is also done, through nine types of
plant (called “Kala Bou”), including a plantain (banana) tree, which
represent nine divine forms of Goddess Durga. Modern traditions have
come to include the display of decorated pandals and artistically
depicted idols (murti) of Durga, exchange of Vijaya greetings and
publication of Puja Annuals.”
~ VIA Vimeo