Ole Jensen (DK)

23 May – 29 June 2024

Preview opening 23 May at 16.00–19.00

Opening speech by Senior Curator Pernille Stockmarr, PhD, at 17.00

This exhibition presents a collection of new modelled pieces in red clay. The project aims to cultivate simple and unpretentious form through typical functions associated with ceramics. To save on energy, the items are raw-fired: kiln-fired once and at a relative low temperature. The ambition is to demonstrate that simplicity, slowness, repetition and a measured use of effects are not dull but can appear refreshing and vivacious. An attempt at finding greatness in small things.

The accompanying catalogue has photos by Ole Akhøj and a reflective text on things written by Pernille Stockmarr. An excerpt:

‘What do we need things for today, and what do things want from us? In a time of war, climate crisis and artificial intelligence, Ole’s Simple Clayware steps forward. Calm, frugal yet extravagant. Almost as when nature takes us by surprise; straightforward yet whimsical. The shapes of the bodies seem familiar but with degrees and elements of something slightly unfamiliar. The red clay has been shaped into simple, solid models. Handles, holes and spouts push forward but have been maximized and repositioned. In a sort of understated caricature of everyday utilitarian forms, Ole embraces the simple and commonplace with these pieces while also challenging our common notions of what is normal.’

Ole Jensen
(b. 1958) is a ceramic artist and designer, trained at Kunsthåndværkerskolen (School of Arts and Crafts) in Kolding in 1981–85 and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1985–89. Ole Jensen has a particular interest in utilitarian objects, and over the years, he has engaged in a wide range of projects that have resulted in both industrial products and unique utilitarian objects. His works have been shown in countless exhibitions in Denmark and abroad and are represented in multiple collections, including at Designmuseum Danmark, Victoria and  Albert Museum in London, Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg and the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indiana, USA. Ole Jensen has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal, 2004; the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, Sweden, 2006; the Danish Arts Foundation’s lifelong honorary grant, 2009; the Honorary Grant of Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, 2012; and Knud W. Engelhardt’s Memorial Grant, 2021.

The catalogue and exhibition received support from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968, Grosserer L. F. Foghts Fond and the Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding.

The exhibition and the Peach Corner gallery are a part of 3daysofdesign 2024.