Barbro Åberg: Organic Memory

October 17 – November 7, 2020

Press Release

Lucy Lacoste Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition Organic Memory with the internationally renowned Danish ceramic artist Barbro Åberg, October 17 – November 7, 2020. This is Åberg’s second solo exhibition at LLG since 2018.  She first showed with the gallery in A View from Denmark (2008), the seminal exhibition on Danish ceramics, and also participated in many art fairs. Currently she is featured in the traveling exhibition Particle and Weave which will come to Fuller Craft Brockton, MA in December.  

Åberg is known for breathtaking ceramic sculpture with recurring themes of organic forms and shapes. She takes inspiration from the natural world of animals, plants and fossil. There is also visual inspiration to be found in the micro-and macro-cosmos that surrounds us visible only through large telescopes and electronic microscopes. Through her use of paper clay and her own artistic exploration, she has changed the language of contemporary ceramics. 

Her work reflects her understanding of the universality among all the shapes, forms and patterns that surround us.  This leads to an elemental quality in her work that is completely contemporary.

Each sculpture begins with a quick sketch. While working on a new sculpture, the process is inspired by her sketch and also driven by her thoughts, reflections and intuition during the process. The way she sees it, she now has a large, imaginary ”suitcase of organic memories” available whenever she creates a new piece.  

Barbro Åberg, born in Sweden in 1958, studied ceramics first in the United States before going to the Art School in Sweden and then the School of Arts and Crafts, Denmark.  She has lived in Denmark ever since. Ms. Åberg has been in solo exhibitions internationally including in Paris, Switzerland, the US, Denmark and Sweden.  Aberg has been included in several significant group exhibitions including 100 Years of Danish Ceramics; From the Kilns of Denmarkand the upcoming Particle and Wave. Her work is found in the public collections of the GIFU Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Japan; the Danish Museum of Art and Design; CLAY—Museum of International Ceramic Art, Denmark and the Musée de Carouge, Switzerland.

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