Ceramic Art by Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen
featuring contemporary 'bird bowls' by woodworking artist, Mike Loeffler
The first presentation in the Gallery at Norway House this year features two contemporary Danish ceramic artists, Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen in tandem with Minnesota woodcarver, Mike Loeffler.
Michael Geertsen and Morten Løbner Espersen represent current ceramic art in the Denmark, interpreting traditional ceramic vessel forms in very different ways. These works offer an opportunity for Norway House audiences to explore how familiar ceramic objects - like vases, pitchers, and plates - can be re-imagined in creative ways. The forms, surface textures, colors, and dimensions illustrate an infinite variety of possibilities, all within the theme of “Vessel.”
Mike Loeffler’s wooden drinking vessels provide a beautiful Nordic-American folk art apposition to the contemporary Danish ceramics. Drawing on the traditional farmhouse wooden ale bowls popular in Norway and greater Scandinavia, with roots as far back as the 16th century, Loeffler’s wooden vessels represent a natural, contemporary revival of the form and tradition. Loeffler predominantly uses materials that can be found in local forests, including milk-paints and walnut oils, and he models each hand-detailed bird bowl after fauna from Minnesota. The work of Mike Loeffler is personal, contemplating the community found in celebration, and begging to be filled with spirits and shared among friends.
Mike Loeffler is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
"Vessel" is presented in partnership with Jason Jacques Gallery, NYC and the Museum of Danish American, Elk Horn, IA.
Michael Geertsen | Decon Moons, 2017
Courtesy Jason Jacques Gallery