Ebbe Arneberg, Anders Hald, Berenice Hernández, Sofia Nömm

Passing as human

May 12 – June 11

Opening Thursday May 12, 6-8pm



 

We try to grasp it with our hands.

Clay.

Something to hold on to when all the edges have dissolved.

 

An unstable piece of ground, a loose anchor, a flickering beacon.

 

A promise of certainty when there’s none to be had.

 

Each squeeze, each stir, each stroke

 

confirming our nature.

 

When passing as humans,

is all we can do.

 

RAM is proud to present an exhibition with four up-and-coming contemporary ceramic artists whose innovative work is making a mark on the national and international scene.


Ebbe Arneberg (NO) (b. 1986, in Oslo, Norway) graduates MFA in materialbased art from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO) in the spring of 2022. He works with ceramic sculptures and tiles. His works seem at a first glance strict and symmetric, but the geometric shapes are assembled into organic patterns and shapes. The inspiration of Arneberg’s work comes from symmetry and interaction, in both nature and amongst people. He is interested in technical craft processes and employs a wide range of techniques such as casting, moulding and 3D-printing.

 

The wall installation Illusion consists of cast stoneware tiles, sprayed in coloured slip. It uses geometry and color to create an illusion of light and shadow, causing a sensation of visual confusion.


Anders Hald (DK) After finishing his education at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2020, Anders has been working at different studios domestic and abroad. In 2021 he was invited to make a series of bronze sculptures in Pietrasanta, Italy and has lately been creating ceramic sculptures for upcoming exhibitions in 2022 at Tommerup Ceramic Workcentre in Denmark.

Anders’ practice centres around human behaviour and the inter-human relationships.

The expressive way in which he shapes the clay, leaves his work with an open and impulsive presence balancing between a figurative and abstract state. His depiction of the human character its often displayed in a physically or mentally unbalanced situation where the individual is trying to find its place in its surroundings.

At the exhibitions at Ram Gallery, Anders shows a series of monochrome ceramic bas-reliefs and sculptures created in the beginning of 2022.

Berenice Hernández (MX) (b. 1982, Mexico City, Mexico) works with ceramic sculptures and installations that function as models of an imaginary architecture.

In her work the act of constructing and deconstructing is fundamental. It starts with layers of clay that she methodically turns into large blocks. She then cuts the blocks into smaller pieces. Sometimes the cuts are clean and precise, other times they are crude, resulting in blocks that crumble into fragments. She then uses the blocks as a library of materials for her sculptures, ready to be used in a never-ending cycle of building, deconstruction and rebuilding.

An important part of her practice is the idea that solidity is illusory. Everything shifts. Her sculptures are as much about the cracks, the broken lines, and the flakes that fall off as they are about the structures themselves. For her what is lost is as present as what remains. Her work then becomes an architecture of what was, what might have been, and what is.

Sofia Nömm (NO) (b. 1995 in Trondheim, Norway) has an installation-based practice that aims at creating conversations between different objects within a space. Often her work combines sculpture with sound and light, presented as a mise-en-scéne that envelops the spectator triggering their senses and emotions. Ceramics are central in Nömm’s installations, but is often combined with other materials, such as textile, plastic, water or metal.

Sleeping Beauty Slumbered In Her Forest Castle is part of a larger project where Nömm worked on creating a language for emotions. She is fascinated by metaphors as a way of visual expression, and seeks a poetic approach filled with symbolism, rhythm and the idea of beauty.

 

In this project the artist examines memories and identity, and through her own metaphors she tries to convey the balance between the conscious and the unconscious.