WEST DEALER EXHIBITION
Nordenhake Galerie, Berlin, 2016
Kirsten Ortwed was born in 1948 in Copenhagen and has since 1982 lived and worked in Cologne and Pietrasanta, close to the famous quarry of Carrara in Italy.
In her first Berlin solo exhibition Ortwed presents the group of works called "Possible Result Of A Crafty Noise". These sculptures are based on casting moulds, which she used for her previous larger sculpture for city of Moss in Norway, which deals with an impact of meteorite in 2006. By using previous moulds, new sculptures become memory of that process. The negative space becomes an independent work, actual mass and form. Made of Black Mexican Onyx, despite the apparent great mass and weight, the sculptures seems to be in a state of movement, change or metamorphosis and they captures the fragile relationship between space and form.
In addition to the onyx sculptures she also displays new aluminium works including "Powder Combat", which revolves around the collision of particles and movement in space.
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Address: Galerie Nordenhake GmbH, Berlin, Lindenstrasse 34, DE-10969 Berlin. Open: TUE-SAT 11:00-18:00
Additional note: Watch a short movie about marble quarry in Carrara here. “Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets,” — Movie Il Capo (The Chief), which follows a quarry boss as he guides his men through the extraction process, using a silent language of gesture and sign. — “How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined."