Contact: Lucy Lacoste
(978) 369-0278, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lacostegallery.com
Artists: Anne Fløche and Hans Vangsø
November 19 – December 4, 2016
Opening Reception with Artists: Saturday November 19, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
25 Main Street • Concord, MA 01742
978.369.0278 • www.lacostegallery.com
Lacoste Gallery is pleased to present NORDIC LIGHT: Anne Fløche and Hans Vangsø, November 19 – December 4, 2016, partners in life who work independently interpreting contemporary ceramics in Aarhus, Denmark.
Anne Fløche is a Danish clay sculptor experimenting with various forms and colors in clay by using utensils or implements to make markings on clay surfaces. The color principles of terra sigillata, a clay slip used like a glaze, informs her application of colors which are subtle yet rich in scale. For Anne, clay is a broad canvas whereas glazes, engobes and slips are paints for her artistic expressions. In this exhibition, she is inspired by architectures of different geographical locations. Her sculptures are composed to form landscapes or cityscapes of an imagined world.
Hans Vangsø is a Danish studio potter mentored by the great Gutte Eriksen, following the rich Scandinavian and Japanese ceramic traditions. His works are simple in form and line yet the surfaces are highly textured. Multiple firing processes and unconventional treatments of surfaces are his hallmark. Vessels are bisque fired then applied with thick glazes, wrapped in seaweed or metal then tightly bound in newspaper before firing to a high temperature. Bubbles and blisters on the vessel surfaces as a result of these processes are unique in each vessel. Colors are subtle but there are unmistakable markings that appear to have gone through some form of geological stress.
Lacoste Gallery was introduced to the work of Hans Vangsø and Anne Fløche by William Hull, the pre-eminent curator of Danish ceramics in the US. They are partners and share a home on the east coast of Jutland, Denmark.
“We have shown Hans Vangsø many times over the years; this is the first full show with him and his partner Anne Fløche. Both are rooted in Scandinavian traditions yet are applying exciting and new treatments to ceramic art. They have come to symbolize the new in Danish ceramic” – Lucy Lacoste