Barbro Åberg


10 September – 3 November 2022

Opening  with the artist on Saturday 10 September 2022 from 6pm

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Barbro Aberg. White Entangled 2018. h.39 x 60 x 13 cm. Photography: Lars Bay. Private collection, courtesy Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its creation, Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste is pleased to receive the ceramic artist Barbro Åberg.  Born in Sweden in 1958, trained in the USA and based in Denmark for the last thirty-five years, Barbro Åberg has developed a personal aesthetic now consecrated by the world of art. Her splendidly virtuosic works, mostly black and white, play on traditional form by transforming it into something purely sculptural. Its rough surfaces inspired from geology contrast with a refined elegance within forms full of light and space.

A bilingual catalogue will accompany the exhibition, with text and interview with the artist by Garth Johnson, curator of ceramics, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York.

Barbro Åberg thinks of her sculptures as three-dimensional manifestations of her imagination. They are born out of a combination of thoughts, memories, feelings and the abundance of visual imagery that she has collected over time. After finishing her art education in 1986, she participated in a couple of workshops arranged by the Danish group Clay Today, where she was introduced to two additives to clay bodies – perlite and paper fibers – additions which reduce/remove tension from the clay, making it suitable for sculpture making.

With further experimentation, Åberg developed her own clay bodies that could realize her sculptural ideas. At the same time, she began to collect images of surfaces, structures and details that caught her eye. This visual material, combined with recollections from her own life, has turned into a “suitcase” of inspiration that the artist can open up and express into new shapes. Hence the title given to the exhibition.