24. Januar 2019 17-20 hos Normann Copenhagen på Østerbrogade 70, 2100 København Ø

For over six decades, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen has enriched museums, public spaces and private collectors with his expressive sculptures and he is still highly active on the art scene today. A master of crafts, the Danish sculptor alternates between the naturalistic and a freer abstract expression, working with clay, bronze, granite, marble and other materials. He has a profound interest in literature and politics, and is known to speak his mind liberally to Danish art institutions and authorities, advocating on behalf of the free expression of art.

Haugen Sørensen was born in 1934 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is primarily an autodidact, having trained as a ceramist from age 15, but then going on to advance his skills on his own. At the age of 19, he exhibited three sculptures at the Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen, marking the beginning of his long career, across which he has worked in Paris, Verona and Tuscany, among other places. His latest solo exhibitions include ‘The Innocent Guilty’ at the Hans Alf Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2018 and ’The Crowd’ at Pietrasanta in Italy in 2017.

JØRGEN HAUGEN SØRENSEN - PLATTER

A sheep’s head rests on a platter, eyes narrowed, its tongue hanging limply over the edge. Jørgen Haugen Sørensen’s affinity for animal motifs has shaped his contribution to the Normann x Brask Art Collection – an imposing ceramic platter appearing with both violence and sentiment.

As a young man, Haugen Sørensen worked for a time at a slaughterhouse, and it was his impressions from this place which later inspired his series ‘We Eat, They Feed’ from 2006 (Galleri Nørby, Copenhagen), consisting of ceramic platters that feature animal motifs. It is in this series that we first encounter the sheep, which now reappears in his piece for the Normann x Brask Art Collection.

Referencing the ancient Incas, who decorated their ceramics with animal figurines, Haugen Sørensen sets out to bring a bit of artistic verve back to our streamlined tableware. His platter combines use and aesthetics, uniting the dead animals we serve with the ornament of a slaughtered sheep. With this correlating still life of meat on meat, Haugen Sørensen draws our attention to the reality of what we eat. Significant in size and lifelike in its depiction of the animal, the platter attains a renaissance-like feel, while the choice of a white and slightly transparent glazing lends a poetic quality to the piece.

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Normann X Brask Art Collections 2019

Art meets design in a coming collaboration with works by eleven international artists, curated by Danish art collector, curator and publisher Jens-Peter Brask.

Normann Copenhagen is collaborating with art curator Jens-Peter Brask and a number of Danish and international artists to present a special collection at the intersection of art and design. The Normann x Brask Art Collection is a playful meeting between two worlds, where art and design engage with one another and unite in different ways.

The collection features contributions from 11 artists: Ryan Schneider, Jørgen Haugen Sørensen, Mira Dancy, Greg Bogin, Vincent Dermody, Roma Manikhin, Tony Matelli, Gudrun Hasle, Graham Collins, Anton Møller-Munar and Joseph Hart. Each of the contributing artists will work together with Normann Copenhagen to convey their artistic practice in an object that traverses the border between art and design.

Poul Madsen, CEO of Normann Copenhagen:

“We are very honored to be working with such a strong team of artists. The emotive and reflexive aspects that art addresses appear to be becoming more and more important in the field of design, and we are interested in seeking out new creative perspectives by working in the field that stretches between both disciplines.”

This first artistic collaboration will lay the foundations for a new, lasting product line that will develop over time. The plan is to have more artists contribute to the collection on an ongoing basis. It is the job of curator and art collector Jens-Peter Brask to curate the various pieces and to mediate contact between the artists and Normann Copenhagen. About the collaboration, he says:

“The art will be displayed in a new way; no longer simply hanging on a wall but becoming useful and more straight-forward. The collection will approach art with the greatest respect and actuate it in an interesting and positive way.”