Artist: Steen Ipsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Location: Puls Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Steen Ipsen is a Danish artist whose signature lies in a decorative expression involving both form and decoration. Decoration is integrated into the form whilst the form itself is spatially decorative. His “Tied-Up” sculptures integrate ceramic parts with mass-coloured PVC strips linking them. They are unique in their use of both stoneware and long multi-coloured PVC strips.
The process is either based on clay-elements moulded in shapes and then built up in terms and variations or on hand-building sculptures. The works are following certain rules, either methodical or chaotic, simple or complex. The shape is as important as the decorative element and the two fuse to become one.
The shapes are often extreme and outrageous, repetitive and accumulated. In his works, Steen Ipsen is always looking to develop an abundance of sensuality and finds a formal vocabulary that is also rooted in modernism.
Technical info: PVC strips, ceramic
Picture credits: Steen Ipsen