SUBSTANS, Bredgade Kunsthandel
I august deltager jeg for tredje gang på Bredgade Kunsthandels glasudstilling Substans, denne gang kurateret af Atila. Jeg deltager sammen med Maria Koshenkova, Maria Bang Pedersen, Marie Retpen og Karin Mørk. Jeg har lavet en serie skåle i min teknik 3d by hand, de er bygget op omkring et forsvindingspunkt, et hul, en indgang, om man vil. Jeg har kaldt dem Round’n’round. Udstillingen rykker 16. oktober videre til Thisted i Det Ny Kastet, hvor man kan se den frem til 8. november.
Gruppen af rå krukker og skåle er bundet sammen af lagenes horisontale linjer, som er resultat af 3d-print by hand-teknikken, som jeg har udviklet og fintunet de seneste år. Forskellige silikater er tilsat glasset, og materialet fremstår som ikke umiddelbart defnerbart. Ikke som et mål, men som et resultat, og med en interessant uafgjorthed. Jeg arbejder med lag, elementer og materialer, de bygges op og to dimensiob´ner forvandles til tre. I denne gruppe af objekter holder cirklen og sfæren materialet sammen.
Pavla Rossini skrev i katalogteksten til Substans:
Karen Lise Krabbe didn’t enter into the world of glass until the end of the 90’ies when she began intensive experiments with glass. She established her first studio only 11 years ago. So it caused a bit of surprise when last year she received the main award in one of Europe’s most prestigious competitions, the Coburger Glass Prize for Contemporary Glass, since she was still a relatively unknown Danish artist to the international circles. There she showed masterpieces from the series Blind Boxes for NoThing, which are the results of years of experiments with her own sand-cast and Pâte de verre technique. Mastering a not quite controllable process of construction contributed to developing the objects’ complex shape as well as their size. Only on closer scrutiny they turn out to be boxes, where lids and bottoms are imperceptibly and invisibly joined. They are utterly fascinating – they look like tiny formations emerged out of nature. They resemble layers of sand shaped by ebb and flow. Despite their fragility and small dimensions, they in no way look small. One can even imagine the m blown up to monumental proportions, as huge rocks formed by erosion.
The jars and bowls now on show are from the same family – at first glance they do not coincide with traditional notions of glass as transparency, translucency and smoothness. In shape, perhaps, they still hold links to objects of utility. However any idea of practical usage is quite illusory. They are executed in a colour scale of various shades of sand – from light, fine-grained to darker, more coarse-grained substances, reminiscent of wet sand. Semi-abstract suggestions of plant shapes, shells, scales, carapaces, fish fossils or coral reefs are elements in her large multi-piece installations like Turmoil of Materials or Matterscapes, assembled like curiosities in large, clear glass aquariums. Also they are results of what she calls a “search for the third material”, a search for a new composite material, that may involve testing of new combinations of various silicates, clay types, and sand with wire, baking powder, flour, gum arabic and much else, whatever she can find in her alchemist kitchen that causes unknown colour, surface and shape effects.