Norwegian artist Hilde Mjølsnes showcases her work at a ceramics exhibition in London.
‘Pieces By Eight’ is a group exhibition by alumni from the Ceramics course at the University of Westminster, School of Media, Arts and Design. It brings together eight artists who explore the material of clay in new and radical ways. Following the 2004 exhibition ‘The Secret History of Clay’ at Tate Liverpool and Grayson Perry's success, this exhibition is a further testament to the repositioning of ceramics within the mainstream of visual art. In ‘Pieces By Eight’, the transition from ceramics as craft to ceramics as art is visible through an attention to material, aesthetics and the use of installation, performance and sculpture as exhibition forms. The artists in this exhibition take ceramics in new directions - moving away from clay as pottery and focusing on the transformational and temporal nature of clay as a subjective, transcendental and poetic material. In ‘Pieces By Eight’, the parallel development of process and object is witnessed – the works in the exhibition are the manifestation of the complex interweaving of the fragility of thought and the physicality of the object.
Of Mjølsnes's work it is said it comments on designer society by revealing our interference with nature, through the use of symbolic forms and materials. In addition to Mjølsnes, the other artists are Marisol Cavia, Carole Chebron, Detta Fane, Anne Jamison, Philip Lee, Jonathan Slater and Jenny Stolzenberg.
The exhibition runs until 16 October 2005. There will be a special gallery talk with the artists on Wednesday 12 October, 2.30pm.
London Gallery West
University of Westminster
Harrow HA1 3PT
Phone: 0207 911 5000 ext 4774.
By Tube: Northwick Park Station, Metropolitan Line
Car Parking Available
A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition, including a contextual essay by Janice West will be available at the exhibition.