Danish artist, Louise Hindsgavl, is having her first exhibit in New York at the Nancy Margolis Gallery open Thursday, March 8 through April 14, 2007.
Hindsgavl installations are composed of porcelain figurines of enchanting, mischievous figures mocking ridiculous human behavior. At quick glance we think we are looking at lovely, engaging conventional sculptures, however, at closer examination, we see wacky creatures, part man, woman, or beast, with body parts all mixed up, behaving bawdy, and irreverent. Hindsgavl, appropriating the classic porcelain figurine and 18 th century rococo, and baroque decoration to satirize contemporary life, is having great fun pulling our leg with this tomfoolery.
Denmark's ceramic tradition is deeply rooted in the vessel as functional or visual object, so it is admirable that this young, free spirited artist had the imagination and confidence to cut loose and pursue a unique direction and voice. After graduating from the School of Arts and Crafts, Kolding, Denmark, Hindsgavl received the 2000 Grant for Young Artists from the Danish Art Foundation. She has also received The Biennale Award, The Biennale of Arts and Craft and Design 2004 and most recently a grant from The Danish Art Foundation, 2006.
Hindsgavl's work is represented in collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the following Danish institutions: the Danish Museum of Art and Design, Copenhagen, and the Museum of International Ceramic Art, Grimmerhus, as well as Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, and the Danish Art Foundation.