Emil Österholm – Vernissage Saturday 18.2 2017

By on February 17, 2017

Among blasting sand and anxiety (A ceramic trip to northern hydroelectric).

Scaffolding on hydropower plants along the northern rivers are covered with black blasting sand. It is Emil’s job to build and demolish the settings. The anxiety arises an early morning in January, when the bell rings shortly after five and a thermometer shows minus 28 degrees. It is 2o0 kilometers to the workplace, the day will include only a few light hours and the sculpture standing in the hot shop and waiting will not be clear.

But the hydropower plant are located in scenic spots and have a fascinating aesthetics. Many of them were built in the 1940s and 50s and in some places it is as if time has stopped. The distinctive and typical machines are a constant source of inspiration. It is these points of light in an otherwise dark and heavy working which is the origin of the sculptures Emil Österholm show in the exhibition of Kaolin. But references to both the human body and to the ceramic world, also puts its mark on the design. A tube resembling a bail on a pitcher or ear of a mug and body sculpture takes the shape of a vase.

Emil Österholm has worked with various stoneware clay, which have been wood burned to 1300 degrees in a private rural kiln. He has not used the glaze but instead let clays different characters and fire give color to the sculptures. In some firingsgoods are salted to produce a shinier surface, but other times, the fire and ashes alone had put their stamp on the clay.

Emil Österholm is born and worked in Västernorrland and educated at HDK, School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg where he received his master’s degree, 2015. He is represented in Sundsvall and Härnösand municipalities and has managed several exhibitions since graduating. This is his first exhibition in Stockholm.

Welcome to the opening on Saturday 18 February at Kaolin  at. 11-16.

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