Maria Koshenkova – Familiar STructures

Maria Koshenkova is an interesting visual and conceptual artist who uses glass as a medium to express herself. She has an experimental approach to her work and sees glass both blowing and cast, as a way of communicating her ideas, not to create perfectly shaped forms.

In Familiar Structures she is using elements that seem familiar to us Norwegians, recreating them in her own way – in a new material. At first sight each element might look like a copy of the last, but in reality they are unique objects hand shaped and re-assembled by the artist.
All the works in the exhibition are created in our Workshop during Maria Koshenkovas residency.

An interactive sound-installation that turns the gallery into a musical instrument played by the movement of the audience is among the works being exhibited. The Austrian composer, Richard Deutsch, is responsible for sound and technology.

Maria Koshenkova works with conceptual installations, land art, sound, drawing and assemblage. She’s originally from St. Petersburg but is currently living in Copenhagen. Koshenkova has shown her work internationally and participated in big group exhibitions showing contemporary glass and art in general.
She has a MA from St. Petersburg State Art and Industry Academy and has studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen.
Koshenkova is a visiting artist in S12 in May.

Workshop Manager

S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery
Is looking for a Workshop Manager to join its team
for a minimum of one year, starting no later than August/September 2015.
 

S12 is an Open Access Studio and Gallery placed on street level, in the very heart of Bergen, Norway. S12 is a centre for exploration, experimentation and dissemination of contemporary glass art. For a list of equipment, information about our activities and photos of the workshop and the gallery, please visit  read more on http://www.s12.no/?page_id=4027

March & April 2015

UNG15  works by 10 young artists, who have participated in a 10 weeks workshop in S12 will open April 25th at 2 p.m.

youth_anasia    March 20th  –  April 19th 
Solo exhibition with works by John Moran will opening on March 20th, with the artist present. The opening will include music with DJ Henrik Svanevik.   Light refreshments.

Demo:  John Moran will give a demo in hot sculpted glass on Saturday 18th of April  between 12.oo – 4.oo  p.m.

John Moran is an artist in residence at  S12 until April 20th

Educational activities like  the SundaySchool, FamilyWorkshops UNG 15  &  Den Kulturelle Skolesekken  will take place every week until the first weekend in May.

FEBRUARY 2015

RE  COVER
Exhibition with works by Maria Bang Espersen & Max Syron opening on Friday 13th at 19:00. The opening will include a performance and measurement of your hight.  Light White Refreshments.

The Creative Sunday School starts again Sunday 15th.  Monica and Anett will be in the workshop from 12:oo  – 17.oo

Maria Bang Espersen and Max Syron will continue their residency in S12 until the end of February.  They will continue to create new works and display them in our workshop, the project room, and may possibly continue to develop the exhibition in the Gallery.

Educational activities like  UNG 15  &  Den Kulturelle Skolesekken  will take place every week until May.

RE COVER

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Welcome to the opening of  RE  COVER
installation/exhibition with
Maria Bang Espersen og Max Syron
Fredag 13. februar kl. 19.00

Glass som eksploderer, sprekker, eller knuses har vært synlig og hørbart i S12 de siste ukene.
De som har vært innom har kjent glass knase under skoene, sett store vakre former bli blåst eller en persons lengde forminsket til flere små kunstverk.

Fredag 13.februar kl. 19.00 inviterer vi til åpning av utstillingen Re Cover med Maria Bang Espersen (DK) og Max Syron (USA), som siden midten av januar har vært gjestekunstnere i S12 Galleri og Verksted. Utstillingen har blitt til etter uker med eksperimentering med glass i ulike former og fasonger, der publikum kunne følge prosessen. Det blir performance med varmt glass på åpningskvelden.

Re Cover lar oss bli kjent med både arbeidet og arbeidsmetodene til de to kunstnere hver for seg, i tillegg til deres samarbeid som kunstner-duo – som det knyttes store forventninger til.

Maria Bang Espersen stiller spørsmål ved verdier, frihet og virkelighet. Hun har en utforskende tilnærming til glasset og finner gjerne opp nye teknikker snarere enn å følge tradisjonen. I S12 har hun blant annet jobbet med «stress» i glass som gjør at det eksploderer uten forvarsel, og med spenninger skapt ved å blande forskjellige materialer, noe som forårsaker selvutslettelse av tilsynelatende perfekte objekter.

Max Syron arbeider med en blanding av installasjoner, performance og video/dokumentasjon av handlinger. Den siste måneden har han fokusert på vår opplevelse av kroppen og forsøk på å forstå den. Med glass som materiale skaper han mål, spor og installasjoner som utfordrer klassiske standarder og sannheter om kroppens romlige relasjoner.

Maria Bang Espersen har mottatt en rekke priser og utmerkelser som Coburger Glaspreis 2014, Jury’s special Prize, The International Glass Prize 2012, the Danish Craft Prize og nominasjon til Stanislay Labinsky Award 2012. Hun er utdannet ved The Royal Danish Academy of Design, 2012, og Kosta School of Glass i Sverige. Max Syron har studert glass ved the Gerrit Rietveld Academie i Amsterdam og har en bachelor i skulptur fra Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2013, hvor han også har arbeidet som undervisningsassistent. I 2015 vil Max og Maria undervise sammen på Nord Lands Creative Glass i Skottland og på Gerrit Rietveld Academie i Amsterdam.

Ved utstillingsåpning har Max og Maria hovedsakelig arbeidet med individuelle prosjekter, de vil bruke den resterende tiden i S12 på å utvikle nye ting i fellesskap. Disse arbeidene vil finne veien inn i galleriet før de reiser den 26. februar.

 

 

January 2015

The Gallery in S12 will stay closed for the public in January.

5 artists will be working in the workshop during the period:
The Artists in Residence: Maria Bang Espersen, Max Syron and Monica Amundsen.
In addition Ingrid Nord,  Maria Frantzsen and Æsa Björk.

Our education program for 2015 is a busy one starting already at the end of January with students from the ART School in Hardanger fjord  HAKU,  being taught by Maria Frantzsen.

 

 

December 2014

Julia Chamberlain has been our Artist in Residence since beginning of November.  Working and experimenting with Touch.

Julia will give an artist talk on Saturday 13th of December  at 02.00 p.m.  She will in addition demonstrate Flame-Working in the studio accompanied by Gingerbread and Gløgg.

In our Gallery we are showing works by Saman Kalantari made during his residency in November, and photos by a member of the S12 team Monica A. Amundsen.  Christmas decorations and Christmas gifts you will also find in our FUNN corner.

Sunday 7th and 14th we arrange a Family Workshop  from  1.oo – 4.oo  p.m.  Here you can make your ornaments – figures and shapes at your own choice.
This is Drop-in  only and the price is kr. 250.- pr family.

 

 

 

 

November 2014

In our Gallery SÝN, a solo exhibition with works by Æsa Björk continues until 16th of November.    Æsa uses many different techniques in her approach to glass (pâte de verre, casting, flame working) in her latest work SÝN from 2014, she has created a big dome using Pâte de verre and video.

Saman Kalantari from Iran has been AiR i S12 since October 11th and will stay until November 3rd.    November 1st he will give an artist talk in our project room – starting 2.00 p.m.

This is the third presentation of residency artists currently working in Bergen.

This time two artists will participate, in addition to S.Kalantari   Essi Kausalainen (Finland) who has been an AiR at USF Verftet in Bergen will also present her work. Essi is an artist who instead of images or objects uses gestures and actions in her work.

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The result of Saman Kalantaris residency can be seen during our next exhibition  FUNN, where his work will play an important role.

Julia Chamberlain will be the last Artist in Residence in S12 this year, arriving on November 4th and staying until middle of December.

Julia comes to us through the co-operation we have with the Pilchuck Glass School.

The Creative SundaySchool will continue until 30th of November.

October 2014

10th of October we open the exhibition SÝN, a solo exhibition with works by Æsa Björk. The works exhibited are made between 1995 and 2014  (see more under exhibitions 2014).   The main medium used is glass and 2 videos are in addition a part of the exhibition.

On October 11th  Saman Kalantari from Iran arrives in Bergen for his residency.  He will be staying with us for 3 weeks.  During his stay he will give a course in Pâte de Verre / his paperthin technique and towards the end also give an artist talk.

Our educational program DKS continues with 40 – 50 kids coming in for the selfportrait course every week.    UNG15 / Young15, an intro to glass course, contines every Monday.

September 2014

The exhibition Young & Loving continues until 22nd of September.  This years edition, the 8th, presents work by 8 artists who each in their own way touch upon the subject of Man and Nature.

The artists exhibited are Lene Tangen, (no),  Birnur Derya Geylani (tr) Gracia Nash (usa), Maria Bang Expersen (dk), Grit Jansen, (dk) Meng Du (cn), Kim Harty (usa) and Max Syron (usa)

DKS educational program supported by the City of Bergen and from Bullseye Glass, starts this month and will continue almost every week until December, bringing close to 400 kids into our workshop and project room, learning about self-portrait, working on their own portrait in glass fused in our monster kiln.