Per B. Sundberg
One-man show at
VIDA Museum, Borgholm, Öland
29 May 18 July 2004
Galleri Kamras has previously exhibited
glass by Per B. Sundberg both at one-man shows at the Gallery and in
joint exhibitions staged at venues including Global Art Glass, the Museum
of National Antiquities in Stockholm, the St. Petersburg Hermitage and
Solliden Palace Park. Now his glass is to be shown at a major one-man
exhibition in the art gallery at VIDA.
B. Sundberg, who this year celebrates his first ten years as a designer
at Orrefors, has found a platform for his creative ambitions. With his
distinctive designs, he is one of the foremost challengers of the standard
notion of "Swedish design". Following his successful show
in Stockholm in autumn 2003, he has now stepped even further afield,
showing new pieces in his own Fabula and Litograal techniques, a set
of crystal lamps, and what he styles "chunks".
Chunks ˆ"blocks of solid glass whose aesthetic appeal lies in their
nuances of colour" are the result of several years experimentation.
Although they are here shown separately, they can also serve as décor
for other glass objects, such as lamps. Or, they may themselves be adorned
with abandoned trinkets or pieces of pressed glass. Recycled, perhaps?
One of the exhibitions favourites will surely be the gold-painted
candelabra attached to a solid wall of polished, glittering Orrefors
crystal, itself firmly fixed to an orange-brown Chunk with Finnish snaps
boots for feet. The textile cable for the lamp snakes
through the crystal in a drilled-out zigzag pattern. An amusing but
very handsome piece.
multiple approach to glass and ceramics makes him intriguingly disrespectful
of what can and cannot be done. In fact, multiplicity is something of
his watchword. He can at the same time be introvert and narrative, tactile
yet polished, anti-aesthetic and seductive - preferably all at once,"
says Tom Hedqvist, curator of Sundbergs exhibition in Stockholm,
himself a designer and the director of Beckmans Skola. "In my opinion,
Per is the designer who, of his generation, has made the most interesting
contribution to the development of contemporary art glass."
In this show, the supreme skills of Orrefors glassblowers combine
with Per B. Sundbergs unyielding creativity to infuse the pieces
with life and bolster Orrefors traditional position as a world
leader in the field of art glass, not least through the development
of the Fabula technique.
For further information, contact:
Barbro and Börge Kamras, VIDA Museum
Telephone 0485-77440, mobile 0708-527 777, e-mail email@example.com
Karin Lindahl, press Orrefors Kosta Boda AB
Telephone 0481-34138, mobile 070-5433210, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org