Morten Løbner Espersen

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6 november 2021 t/m 8 mei 2022
Morten Løbner Espersen

Morten Løbner Espersen: Forbidden Fruit

6 november 2021 to 8 may 2022

The Princessehof in Leeuwarden will present a solo exhibition of work by the Danish artist Morten Løbner Espersen (Aalborg, 1965) from 6 November 2021 to 8 May 2022. His ceramics are characterised by the tension between shape and surface. In addition, Espersen searches for the limits of glazing techniques. In his solo exhibition Forbidden Fruit in the Princessehof he experiments with vivid glazes to highlight their textures and exuberant colours.

Moon Jar #2149 (2018). 44 cm h x 44 Ø. Stoneware and glazes. Foto Ole Akhøj.
Moon Jar #2150 (2018). 44 cm h x 44 Ø. Stoneware and glazes. Foto Ole Akhøj.

Boven:Morten Løbner Espersen
Onder: Moon Jar #2149 en #2150 (2018). 44 cm h x 44 Ø. Stoneware and glazes. Foto Ole Akhøj.

Espersen experiments with materials, colours and textures and is especially fascinated by the chemistry behind ceramics: ‘Objects made from clay or glaze can be seductive, magical and mind blowing. I’m fascinated by the changes materials undergo during the ceramic-making process. It’s incomprehensible how dull white powders, once fired, can turn into an indescribable variety of textures and gloss.’


Magic Mushrooms and Moon Jars
Espersen is also exhibiting a collection of Magic Mushrooms. Varying in shape and colour, the cheerful sculptures are a visualisation of the psychedelic effects that magic mushrooms can induce. Also on show are Moon Jars, an experimental variation on the traditional Korean versions. The surfaces have eight layers of different glazes and were fired several times. The result is a cacophony of colours and bizarre textures. Espersen: ‘They’re never perfect, but can turn out to be surprisingly spectacular.’

Morten Løbner Espersen

About the artist
Morten Løbner Espersen was born in Aalborg, Denmark and studied design in Copenhagen and ceramics in Paris. In 1992 he opened his studio in Copenhagen. He taught at various design academies for many years. He is also a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. In 2018 he won the Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs Ceramic Prize. A parallel exhibition of this Danish ceramicist’s work will be presented concurrently in Kunstmuseum Den Haag. The first international publication dedicated to his work will be published in November. Espersen produced this book together with Glenn Adamson (American curator and writer) and Jan de Bruijn (curator applied arts and design at Kunstmuseum Den Haag). The book is also available in the Princessehof’s museum shop.

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