'A Time to Keep Silence', Duncan Bullen - Lutz Krainhoefner
Ian Rastrick Fine Art is delighted to present an exhibition of drawings by Duncan Bullen and ceramics by Lutz Krainhoefner. It is an invitation to stop and pause – to simply experience what is there.
Sat 7 – Sun 22 Dec 2013
Duncan’s practice centres around drawing reduced to the fundamental activity of placing one mark after another in predetermined and random sequence. Each work is characterised by systematic, repetitive and indeterminate production that explores the sensory experience of visual perception. The pencil drawings are primarily made on paper with a range of graphite and colour pencils and could be seen as a form of meditative inquiry into light, silence, and time – the process akin to a type of mindfulness practice with each mark and the space between being an equivalent of an inhalation and exhalation of breath. In doing so each work invites a slowing down of visual acuity and operates on the edge of perception.
The essence of Lutz Krainhoefner’s work lies in the search for beauty in natural materials which are often neglected. Simple stoneware is smoke-fired and painstakingly burnished and polished until the surface becomes as smooth as glass. This leads to the discovery of a variety of surprising colours and structures that emerge when minerals, earth and ashes are combined and fire melted.
The resulting fired clay objects are often placed with natural stones, who through the simple art of burnishing reveal their hidden beauty without the aid of fire. What normally is visible only when stones are wet is now preserved in a glassy smooth surface.
The similarity of these surfaces makes them ready for combination, blurring the lines between nature and the man made.
Duncan Bullen was born in Norwich in 1962. He studied Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic and went on to complete his Masters in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. In 1991 he was awarded a Prix di Rome and after completing this scholarship at the British School he undertook the first of several residencies at the Eremo di Santa Caterina, a former hermitage on the Italian Island of Elba. He has had several solo exhibitions since 1992 and his work has been included in many group exhibitions in the UK, USA, Latin America, Africa, the Far East and Europe. Since 1999 he has worked at the University of Brighton, where he is currently Programme Leader for Fine Art and Course Leader for Fine Art Printmaking.
Lutz Krainhöfner was born in Jena, GDR. Following a traineeship as a plumber, he held a range of jobs, from building brass instruments to working in social care. In the early 1990s he moved to France and joined the Taize monastic brotherhood. It was here that his association with pottery began.
For eight years he immersed himself in the community pottery, then in 2002 he was accepted into the studio of Daniel de Montmollin, where he completed his artistic apprenticeship. His work continues to centre around the techniques of burnished and smoke-fired pottery and polished stone, as well as the research and development of stoneware glazes. He has had several solo shows in Europe and participated in touring exhibitions to India, China and Korea.
In 2010 he moved to England and currently runs the ceramic studio at West Herts College.
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