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Caroline Slotte

Caroline Slotte

Born 1975. Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Education

2007-2011 Research fellow (PhD). Bergen Academy of Art and Design (N), Dept. of Ceramic Art
2001-03   MA. Bergen Academy of Art and Design (N), Dept. of Ceramic Art
1995-98   BA. Designskolen Kolding (DK), Dept. of Ceramics and Glass

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010
Going Blank Again, Gallery s.e, Bergen (N)

2009
Biennale exhibition, Porsgrunn Art Society (N)

2007
Beyond Blue Skies, Arabia Museum Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)

2006
On grandmother’s porch, Sinne Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)

2003
re: presentations, Artisaani Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)

2000
Terra Fragilis, Septaria Gallery, Helsinki (FIN)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Joint Exhibition with Kjell Rylander, Galleri Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm (SE)
At Your Service, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
RE—Reanimate, Repair, Mend and Meld, Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA

2015
My Blue China, Fondation d’enterprise Bernardaud, Limoges, France
Nordic Ceramic Networkings, Bomuldsfabrikken Kunsthall, Arendal (N)
Joint Exhibition with Paul Scott, Blås & Knåda, Stockholm (SE)

2014
At Your Service, Bellevue Art Museum, Washington (USA)
Solo Exhibition, Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo (N)
Transformator, Bomuldsfabrikken Kunsthall, Arendal (N) + Hydrogenfabrikken Art Gallery, Fredrikstad (N)
Helsinki Fat Clay, Galerie Marianne Heller (DE)
Helsinki Fat Clay at Arabia Museum Gallery (FIN)

2013
Vociferous Void at The British Ceramics Biennial 2013, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent (UK)
Horizon, The Museum of Decorative Arts, Oslo(N)
Tendencies – Tenderness, Galleri F15, Moss (N)
New Blue-and-White, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA)

2012
Helsinki Fat Clay, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza + Galleria Officine Saffi, Milan (IT)
Conceptual Ceramics, Vendsyssel Museum of Art, Hjørring (DK)
Making Knowledge, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Stockholm (SE)

2011
The Tool at Hand, Milwaukee Art Museum + Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland + Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Texas + Philadelphia Art Alliance (USA)
Thing Tang Trash: Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics, The West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen (N)
Transformation-Metamorphosis, Galerie Handwerk, München (DE)
Between Tradition and Future: Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju (South-Korea)
Blue, Flow Gallery, London (UK)
Pyhäniemi 2011, Hollola (FIN)
Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK). Represented by Gallery Norsu (FIN).

2010
Currency: Think Tank – A European Initiative for the Applied Arts, Kammerhof Museum, Gmunden (Austria)
Le Cru et le Cuit, Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris (FR)
Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK). Represented by Galleri Kunst1 (N).
Korero – Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2010, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum (Taiwan)
Gl’amour, Oulu Museum of Art (FIN)
Modus Operandi, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim (N)

2009
Non Objective: Contemporary Ceramics, Lodz Design Festival (Polen)
Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK).  Represented by Galleri Kunst1 (N).
STILL, Galerie Sofie Lachaert, Tielrode (Belgium)
OTTO, Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid (ESP)
Modus Operandi, Gallery Zink, Lillehammer (N)
Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)

2008
OTTO, Vantaa Art Museum (FIN)

2007
Tendenser, Gallery F15 (N)
PRESENT, Gallery Bomuldsfabriken (N)

2006
Languages
, Museum of Applied Art, Copenhagen (DK)

Design Projects

2012
Ostindia Floris, Rörstrand (S)

Public Collections

Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg (S)
National Museum of Decorative Arts, Trondheim (N)
The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art (N)
Design Museum, Helsinki (FIN)
Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)
The Victoria & Albert Museum (UK)
Craft Museum of Finland
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway (N)
The Finnish Art Society
The National Museum of Scotland (UK)
The Museum of Decorative Arts, Oslo (N)
The State Art Collection (FIN)
The Pro Artibus Foundation (FIN)

Selected Artist Talks and Presentations

2014
Seminar Critical Reflecton, The Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme, Voksenåsen (N), January 2014

2012
Seminar AGENDA: Identifying and Articulating Artistic Research in Material Based Disciplines, Oslo National Academy of the Arts in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (N), November 2012
The Tool at Hand Think Tank, The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee (USA), March 2012

2011
Conference Making or Unmaking? The Contexts of Contemporary Ceramics, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen (N), October 2011
Symposium Ceramics Practice as Research, British Ceramics Biennial in collaboration with Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, October 2011
Seminar FORUM: Artistic Research, HDK – School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (S), January 2011

2010
Seminar Kunstfagdidaktikk – didaktikk på kunstfagas premissar (Didaktikk Theory of Literature and the Fine Arts), Bergen University College, May 2010

2009
Seminar Stealing Beauty, Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts in cooperation with the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (N), November 2009
Seminar Poetics of the Second Hand, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen (N), February 2009

Publications

2013
“It starts now”, Topographies of the Obsolete: Vociferous Void. Exhibition catalogue. Bergen Academy of Art and Design/British Ceramics Biennial, 2013
“Essays in Blue”, Ceramic Review, May/June 2013

2012
“Making Knowledge Visible”, Making Knowledge. Exhibition catalogue. Stockholm: Gustavsbergs Konsthall 2012
“A Man of Small Gestures”, Kjell Rylander: Archives, Bergen: Bergen Academy of Art and  Design/ Gustavsbergs Konsthall 2012

2011
“Stemmen innenfra – den skrivende kunstneren”, BILLEDKUNST 4/2011

2010
Closer/Närmare, Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts 2010

Bibliography

2011
Edmund de Waal, The Pot Book. London: Phaidon Press 2011
Jorunn Veiteberg, “Artist Presentation: Caroline Slotte”, Ting Tang Trash – Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics. Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts/Art Museums Bergen 2011
Alison Britton, “Old Stuff – New Life – Still Life: The Lure of Junk”, Ting Tang Trash – Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics. Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts/Art Museums Bergen 2011
Paul Scott, “Willows, Windmills and Wild Roses – Recycling and Remediation”, Ting Tang Trash – Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics. Bergen: Bergen National Academy of the Arts/Art Museums Bergen 2011
Reinhold Ziegler, “Tomme tallerkner fulle av minner”, Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 2-3/2011
Amanda Fielding, “Caroline Slotte: Going Blank Again – A Review”, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Issue 84, 2011
Tuija Ekegren, “Caroline Slotten keramiikka herättää muistot”, Taide & Design 2/2011.

2010
Mònica Gaspar, “The Currency of Craft”, Currency, Gmunden: Think Tank Edition 07, 2010
Amanda Ravetz & Jane Webb, “Migratory Practices: introduction to an impossible place?”, e-journal: craft + design enquiry, vol. 1, 2009
Jorunn Veiteberg, “Continuity or Collapse: Ceramics in a post-industrial era”, Possibilities & Losses: transitions in clay. London: Crafts Council/MIMA 2010

2009
Knut Astrup Bull, Modus operandi. Hensiktsmessighetens estetikk: Opplandsutstillingen 2009. Exhibition catalogue. Trondheim: Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum 2009
Emmanuel Cooper, Contemporary Ceramics, London: Thames & Hudson 2009
Garth Clark, “Art Applied”, Object Factory II. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Museum of Art and Design 2009
Casey Ruble, “Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics”, Ceramics Monthly, sept 2009
Jorunn Veiteberg, ”Kunsten å låna”, Kunst og Kultur, 1/2009

2008
Love Jönsson,New routes for ceramics”, Gmunden Ceramics Symposium, Gmunden: Association for the promotion of European Ceramic Artists 2008

2007
Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 1/2007

2006
Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 3/2006

2005
Kunsthåndverk, Norwegian Art Crafts periodical, 1/2005

2005
Jorunn Veiteberg, “Craft as consumption”, Languages, Gmunden: Think Tank Edition 02, 2005

2004
Åsa Hellman, Ceramic Art in Finland, London: Thames & Hudson 2004

Memberships and Positions of Trust

Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO, Board Member Art Section (1.1.2011-)
Artists O, Finland, Board Member (1.1.2011-31.12.2012)

 

Statement

The reworking of second hand objects play a pivotal role in my practice. I manipulate found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. The tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, the ordinary and the unexpected are recurring thematic concerns.

Material has a key role in what I define as my point of departure in contemporary art. It is not, however, merely the physical and aesthetic qualities that interest me, but also the associations and references inherent in the material.

Many of the objects that I choose to rework carry within them a rich history, a cultural background that I can pull from. In that way, I can count on the objects triggering associations and my role in the process becomes one of pointing to the material and the stories inherent in it.

To me choosing a material-based starting point means allowing the work process to take the form of a discussion. It means accepting a certain number of limitations. My main reason for doing so is that I find it intellectually challenging. I set myself a task, and the task is to follow the direction that the material indicates, to allow myself to be led.

Caroline Slotte, 2014

Caroline Slotte will be among the artists participating in:
My Blue China
June 11 – Nov 21, 2015
Fondation d’enterprise Bernardaud
Limoges, France