Danish artist Steen Ipsen is considered one of the most important and interesting artists of his generation. Even his most ambitious experiments and changes in direction invariably show a sure hand, an eye for potential, and a profound knowledge of materials and technique. The sculptures of Steen Ipsen are often called “basic research” because of the artist’s continuous investigation of the relationship between form and decoration. By doing the ‘same’ thing over and over again, there is an unbroken pattern of growth and evolution flowing throughout his entire oeuvre.
Ipsen’s explorations are mainly based on two threads: the diversity and rich potential of spherical shapes and the infinite possibilities of abstract organic geometries.
Pieces in the Tied Up series consist of joined, monochrome, glazed spherical elements that are subsequently tied up with coloured strings of PVC. These Tied Up pieces, considered by many to be his signature work, are typical of his desire to explore formal structure, and appear not unlike a molecular model but add a feeling of tension and a degree of sensuousness to the form.
Other pieces, such as the Organic series explore patterns of broken or continuous connecting lines by the use of black transfers. By adding these decorations, Ipsen creates contrast and changes the expression of the white organic sculpture. The result is an abstract and highly spatial sculptural expression.
Artist | Steen Ipsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Location | Copenhagen, Denmark
Technical info | PVC strings
Picture credits | Ole Akhoej