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THE COLOR EXHIBITION
ANNE LÉGER (NO)
CAMILLA LUIHN (NO)
CAROLINA GIMENO (CL/SE)
HEEJOO KIM (KR)

CURATOR AGNIESZKA KNAP (SE)

THURSDAY 25TH OF APRIL
ARTIST TALK 17.15-18.00
OPENING 18.00-19.30

EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL 18TH OF MAY

The Color Exhibition presents four artists and their divergent relationships to color and a classic goldsmith technique: enamel. Anne Léger, Camilla Luihn, Carolina Gimeno and Heejoo Kim use enamel in their work but their artistic intentions differ. Mastering enamel requires knowledge, curiosity and a certain dose of discipline.

 

 


Carolina Gimeno's (CL/SE) practice involves interpreting the traditional craft values of the jewellery field in a contemporary way. By doing this, she allows conventional materials and techniques like enamelling, to attain a contemporary aesthetic.

 

 

Anne Léger (FR/NO) works with abstract expressions using wood, silver, copper, stone and enamel. Her jewellery includes an investigation of the relationship between geometry and natural materials like wood and stone in which the colors are often contrasted with natural shades. She exploits the colors of the materials themselves and the glazed, clear or manipulated surfaces to create subtle contrasts or pure, exquisite coloristic compositions.

 

 

Camilla Luihn (NO) works with enamel in combination with pierced and textured metals. She uses traditional enamelling in combination with contemporary techniques, which gives her the opportunity to experiment with color, texture and imagery. She has a strong relationship to the history of Norwegian enamelling.

 

 

Heejoo Kim (KR) is fond of color. She likes color that has a reaction to fire. The chemical reaction that takes place during the burning process of enamel at high temperatures gives the impression that familiar colors we know are being reborn. Creating color is a pleasant and special experience for Heejoo Kim.

 

 

Camilla Luihn is educated at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway (MFA
in Metal). She has had an extensive career with solo shows at RAM gallery, Kunstnerforbundet
and Galleri F15 among others, and numerous group exhibitions in Norway and internationally. Her work is in the in the major public collections in Norway such as The National Museum of Art in Oslo, The Trondheim Museum of Applied Art and The West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen.
Luihn prioritises projects that have social relevance for the metal and jewellery community and which are based on the idea that cooperation will benefit the artist community as a whole, as well as for the individual artist. She initiated the artist group ARKIVET and is the founder and editor of the Norwegian Metal and Jewellery Artist Registry (NOMEKURE) a private, non-profit initiative designed to promote Norwegian Metal and Jewellery artists in Norway and internationally.

CAROLINA GIMENO (CL/SE) lives and works in Stockholm since 2012. In 2014 she obtained
her MFA in Crafts, Jewellery and Corpus at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design.
Carolina Gimeno's work has been shown in numerous international jewellery exhibitions in
important galleries and museums in Europe, North and South America and China. The
National Museum of Sweden acquired Gimeno's work in 2016 to be part of its permanent
collection. Currently her jewellery is being exhibited in the show "Schmuckismus" curated by
Karen Pontoppidan at Pinakothek Der Moderne, Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.

ANNE LÉGER (FR/NO)) studied sculpture and photography at the Orleans College of Art and
Design, as well as Metal and Jewellery at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts where she
obtained a master's degree in 2008. She has worked mainly with jewellery up until 2016 and is
currently working with sculpture as a form of expression. Léger work has been purchased by the Kode Art Museums in Bergen, The National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Trondheim, The National Museum in Oslo and The Oslo Municipality. In 2015 Anne Léger received a 10-year work scholarship from Art Council Norway.

HEEJOO KIM (KR) works and lives in Seoul. She studied at Kookmin University and obtained
her MA in 2011. She exhibits regularly in Korea and abroad, and her work is represented in
several collections such as FiorGen Foundation Pharmacogenomics (Italy), Korea National
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea), Rotasa Collection, USA and Deedie Rose
Art Jewelry Collection (USA).

 

 

The Color Exhibition - Svensk version

Utställningen The Color Exhibition visar fyra konstnärskap och fyra olika relationer till en klassisk guldsmedsteknik: emaljering. Camilla Luihn (NO), Anne Léger (FR/NO), Carolina Gimeno(CL/NO) och Heejoo Kim (KR) använder ofta denna tålamodsprövande teknik i sina arbeten men deras motiv skiljer sig. Bruk av emalj i sig är inte den främsta drivkraften hos dessa konstnärer men tekniken har en påtaglig närvaro och speglas i arbetenas estetik.

Camilla Luihn arbetar med emalj i kombination med genombrutna ytor och metall. Genom att sammanföra traditionell emaljering med andra samtida tekniker experimenterar hon med färg, textur och bild. Hon har en strak relation till den norska emaljeringstraditionen och dess historia.

För Carolina Gimeno har det varit av betydelse att omtolka de traditionella värden som är kopplade till guldsmide. Genom att utforska detta tillåter hon konventionella material och tekniker som emaljering att få en samtida estetik.

Anne Léger arbetar med abstrakta uttryck och använder trä, silver, koppar, sten samt emalj. Hennes smycken är en undersökning av förhållandet mellan geometri och naturmaterial. Hon utforskar materialets egna färger och de glaserade, klara eller manipulerade ytorna för att skapa subtila kontraster och utsökta färgkompositioner.

Att skapa färg är en speciell erfarenhet för Heejoo Kim. Hon gillar färg som förändras i mötet med elden. Den kemiska reaktionen som sker vid förbränningen av emaljen kräver en hög temperatur och verkar ge intryck av att de färgerna återföds på nytt.

 
 
 

 

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