The London-based Pangolin gallery introduces new works by Danish-born ceramics pioneer Merete Rasmussen in a new show, 'Bronze & Ceramic'. Alongside the artist’s gravity-defying handmade works, the gallery unveils a new series of bronze pieces, presenting a new experimental phase of Rasmussen’s oeuvre; pushing her sinuous lines to new levels and giving her production an unprecedented dynamic stance.
Although Rasmussen’s ceramic work was inspired by fellow Danes such as Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton – as well as the sand dunes of Namibia – her undulating designs also suggest a mix of Pol Chambost’s and Zaha Hadid’s trademark aesthetics. The sculptures are hand-coiled by the artist and coloured in a variety of shades that enhance their sensual curves.
‘My shapes can represent an idea of a captured movement, as a flowing form stretching or curling around itself,’ the artist says about her work, ‘or the idea of repeated natural forms, or even complex mathematical constructions.’ Each piece, no matter the medium, finds its shape in the ravelling of a piece of material, giving a sense of puzzling continuity to the ever-growing collection.
Seen together, her productions are a feat of technology and art; poems of light and shadow that push the material boundaries into brave new territory. Yet again, Rasmussen’s explorations offer a glimpse of her ongoing shape research and let us marvel at her inspired ability.