Norwegian galleries at Collect

 Date:15/05/2009 - 17/05/2009
 Type:Culture, Arts & Crafts
 Location:England, London

Norwegian galleries Galleri Format and Kunst1 will both be represented at this year’s Collect, the international art fair for contemporary objects, which is presented by the Crafts Council at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

Bringing together selected galleries from around the globe, Collect showcases the very best in decorative and applied arts. Norwegian gallery Kunst1 participates with the seven leading artists Beth Wyllers, Jens Erland, Kirsti Reinsborg Grov, Leif Stangebye Nilsen, Liv Blåvarp, Caroline Slotte and Millie Behrens. Of this selection, Kunst1’s Henning Mortensen says: “I have selected these artists essentially because they are among the leading artists in their fields in Norway. Their works are interesting, refreshing and stimulating, and marked by craftsmanship and attention to detail built from years of experience. And because I love their work!”

The second Norwegian gallery at the fair is Galleri Format, which is owned by the Norwegian Association of Arts and Crafts. Galleri Format will present some of Norway’s finest professional with artistic qualities within ceramic, textile and metal. Their artists, whose work will be showcased in London, include Marie Ambjørnsen, Anne Leger, Anne Lene Løvhaug, Kari Aasen, Marit Tingleff, May Bente Aronsen and Ruta Pakarklyte.

Finally, Norwegian jewellery designer Sigurd Bronger will once again be represented by renowned Dutch gallery Galerie RA. Bronger's 'Egg Ring' will be on display at Galerie RA's stand.

Collect 2009
Friday 15 May – Sunday 17 May
Friday and Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm

Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road

Tickets: Book before 13 May for £10 (plus booking fee) – to book online, click here. Offer valid on standard tickets, from Friday 15 - Sunday 17 May. On the door ticket price: £15 Standard (one visit), £20 Season pass (unlimited entry)

Artists presented by Kunst1:

Beth Wyller uses delicate and sensuously balanced forms in her work. Photo: Kunst1

Jens Erland plays with archaic symbols and air filter for large machinery. Photo: Kunst1

Leif Stangebye Nielsen’s coffee pots in silver hollowware are hammered into futuristic shapes. Photo: Kunst1

Kirsti Reinsborg Grov creates playful enamel jewellery. Photo: Kunst1

Liv Blåvarp’s amazing and exotic jewellery from lemon tree, cocobolo and whale teeth, are
deeply rooted in ethnicity and modernism. Photo: Kunst1

Caroline Slotte uses everyday images, often with past trivia decorations of fishermen and basic motifs from 19th century city culture, on her china. Photo: Kunst1

Millie Behren’s silver jewellery negotiates light and rhythm in delicately balanced geometrical forms. Photo: Kunst1

More artists presented by Galleri Format:

"I like to see my works as objects suggesting a story," says Anne Léger. "A story of emotional experiences and sometimes absurd observations." Photo: Anne Léger

"My language has been based on different tools – flat brushes, sponges, ladles, ketchup bottles and my fingers," says Marit Tingleff. Photo: Siri Berrefjord

"A theme from my art is working with sculptural forms in the textile material," explains May Bente Aronsen. "And at the same time maintain transparency and movement in a sense of change, depending on the position of the observer." Photo: May Bente Aronsen

"I am interested in questions concerning nature, culture and technology in the space created by man," says Ruta Pakarklyte of the inspiration behind her latest works in ceramics. Photo: Ruta Pakarklyte

Artist presented by Galerie RA:

Egg Ring by Sigurd Bronger will be shown at Galerie RA's stand at Collect.

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Kari Aasen will be represented at Galleri Format's stand. "I work with shape and surface within the field of organic forms. My sculptural objects have references from the culture of commodities and can be viewed as a continuation of my work with ceramic urns," says Aasen.Photo: Øystein Klakegg

Marie Ambjørnsen's work can be found at the Galleri Format stand. Of her work, Ambjørnsen says: "Several visits to Africa, while studying creative use of recycled materials, have inspired me a lot. The materials I have used are old maps and textbooks in combination with canvas, coated steel wire and silver."Photo: Marie Ambjørnsen

Anne Lene Løvhaug will also be at the Galleri Format stand and she says of her work: "Crochet allows me to construct forms in a rather organic way. I also take great interest in forms and systems from inside the body."Photo: Anne Lene Løvhaug

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