Category Archives: Exhibitions

New exhibition by Justin Ginsberg

Considerations and Ants is showing the work of Justin Ginsberg who has been an artist in resident in S12 this summer. The exhibition presents a comforting and discomforting domestic-like environment, in which objects, drawings, videos, and installations reflect the instabilities and insecurities of our existence.

Ginsberg questions the way we humans act, while taking a closer look at our desire and need to control our lives and our surroundings.

While the home operates as a place of protection and comfortability, it becomes a place in which we enslave ourselves through the effort to obtain, maintain, and care for it – through hard work, sacrifice, upkeep, cleaning, and decorating. Ginsberg sees the home as a type of trap in which we contain ourselves, our belongings, and our lives. You own the house and the house owns you.

Ginsberg challenges the perceived boundaries of material and the presumed nature of things, relying on metaphor and gesture to express his interest into the systems and structures we use for understanding the world around us – bringing context to the unknown and chaotic. He pushes both material and idea to extremes, constantly attempting to challenge the definitions that categorize the world. Often, through the accumulation of the smaller individual parts, his work utilizes materiality, to investigate the relationship between parts to a whole. He is interested in this collective gesture, achieved through tedious constructions, exploiting the aesthetic qualities of the material.


Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Justin Ginsberg spent eight years traveling the country, learning from practicing artists before returning to his home city.  He began working for the Art and Art History Department at the University of Texas of Arlington in 2009, while pursuing his Masters in Fine Art Degree there. Today he is the head of the glass area and an Assistant Professor of Practice at the same University, while also pursuing his own creative practice and research. Ginsberg shows his work nationally and internationally, and he has been included into New Glass Review five out of the last six years. His work has been bought by institutions such as Kunstpalast Museum in Düsseldorf, Tacoma Museum of Glass, and The Museum of American Glass.


Exhibition: RAGING DREAMS over the horizon by Baptiste Debombourg

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RAGING DREAMS over the horizon

Baptiste Debombourg 19.05-16.07.17


S12 Open Access Studio and Gallery celebrated its 10th anniversary with the opening of the exhibition RAGING DREAMS over the horizon by the French artist Baptiste Debombourg.

Debombourg has received international acclaim for his monumental installations. Waves of broken glass breaking into and flooding rooms and structures, taking over and transforming buildings and areas. The work can be experienced as both threatening and beautiful as the artist both destroys and rebuilds. The broken and reconstructed material conveys many stories and is often interpreted as a critique of the world we live in – of consumerism or a world in the process of falling apart.

In S12’s Gallery Baptiste Debombourg has made a new installation– Raging Dreams where the energy and power of dreams is a central theme, and where the main material is laminated glass. Debombourg does work with a variety of materials and techniques, but prefers to use materials we are surrounded with in our daily life. In this installation, the remodeled sheets of broken laminated glass, remind us of the destructive abilities of natural forces, as they take over the the gallery, parallel with the silhouette horizon in the background. Through his unique and eye catching artwork he makes the viewer experience his/hers surroundings in a new and unexpected way.


Baptiste Debombourg is an innovative artist who pushes boundaries, explores various media and collaborates with artists from other fields, be it artists, architects or fashion designers. He lives and works in Paris. Debombourg has studied sculpture at Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and did his post-graduate work at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In France he is one of the most outstanding artists of his generation with numerous public presentations at home and abroad to his merit. He has built installations in cities such as Paris, Strasbourgh, Miami, Québec and Sarajevo, and will in May ´17 present a new public installation in Le Havre on the occasion of the city’s 500th anniversary.

EXHIBITION: Battle Cry by Emma Woffenden

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31.03.17- 07.05.17 – Vernissage Friday 31st of March at 7 pm.

Welcome to the opening of the exhibition “Battle Cry” by Emma Woffenden – one of Britain’s leading and most innovative glass artists. With her unconventional approach to the material she has paved the way for a generation of artists working in conceptual glass. This is the first time Woffenden is showing her work in Norway.

Using a wide range of complex glass and mixed media techniques Woffenden investigates the more intangible conditions of existence such as sensations, feelings and awareness. Her sculptures are partly abstract and at times surreal. Figures put together by different parts and materials almost remind us of a mixture between human, animal and machine. By implying incidents that have just happened or are about to unfold she opens up for questions and creates an unnerving atmosphere in her installations.

Six of the works presented are taken from the exhibition “Play-Fight”, at Masden Woo Gallery in London, and have been adapted for the new installation at S12. Together with work such as Tight Rope, On Bended Knee and Falling Hard, which were made in the last two years, the exhibition is one new work

Emma Woffenden studied glass at The Royal College of Art, London and West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham. Her work is represented in public international collections such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Ernsting Glass Museum, Ebeltoft Glass Museum and The National Museum of Scotland. Her award-winning design for Transglass can also be found in the collections of Corning Museum of Glass and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).  From 2013-16 Woffenden was the Artistic Director for the North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, an important international resource centre for the study and development of glass as an artform.

Anne Britt Ylvisåker will be opening the exhibition

Woffenden are giving an artist talk Saturday 1st of April at 2 pm.

Glassyke. Tre behandlingsstrategier

Björn och Peter H i hyttan
Björn Friborg at work. Photo: Hans Runesson


Welcome to the opening of “Glassyke. Tre behandlingsstrategier”
(Glass disease. Three Treatment Strategies). Friday the 17th of February at 7pm.

Glass disease makes glass turn into dust due to a chemical error in the composition. A different type of glass disease is the condition wherein many glass artists finds themselves when they start to master the art of glassblowing. It’s not easily cured, the glass is too seductive. But some find a way out:

In Ammy Olofsson’s work craft and technology meet to investigate our self-perception in various contexts. Even if she is trained as a glassmaker her technique comes secondary in her expression. The glass plays different parts and she herself plays the part of the mad scientist constructing glass sculptures that also work as computers.

Bjørn Friborg’s pieces are big and masculine, but free from cleverness, beauty and mastery. The glass bodies are black and organic and on the verge of collapse, penetrated by glass tubes. The glass has been abused and tortured by a man at war with the material.

In Simon Klenell’s work we sense decades of glass history, but unsettling twists confuses us. The cut crystal has been reheated, stretched and bent, hot glass has been added, let to flow freely over the surface. Something is out of tune, control and order but strikingly beautiful and surprising.

The exhibition is curated by Vidar Koksvik as part of his MA in curatorial practices. His project aims to direct attention to the fact that Norway does not offer an education in glass art.

The exhibition is open until March 19th
Opening hours Wednesday-Sunday 12-17



Vernissage  September 23rd at 7 p.m.

Observations of different phenomenon and conditions may be highlighted as a characteristic feature of this 10th edition of Young & Loving! Where wearable art, digitalised crafts and kinetic sculptures are presented.

Young & Loving! Is a humorous translation of “young and promising”, pointing to the exhibition’s focus on newly graduated artists. An exploratory approach to glass as part of an artistic expression is a particular feature of the exhibition concept, which was developed by S12 in 2007.

The artists participating are: Verena Schatz (Austria), Margarida Alves (Portugal), Madisyn Zable (Australia), Bryan Kekst Brown (USA), Erek Nass (USA) and Patricia Sichmanova (Slovakia).

Time and change are central in the works of Verena Schatz and Bryan Brown. Schatz is fascinated by transformational processes. In the pieces showing in S12, she has investigated the soft and fluid state of glass. The result is dynamic sculptures which imply the freezing of time and of movement. Brown on the other hand investigates how we understand matter and time through a series of “wearables”. Each work is in the process of undergoing a physical or chemical change. When placed on the body, the wearer becomes an active participant in the process, through exposure to body heat, oxygen, and conductivity.

Madisyn Zabel combines traditional craft techniques and digital technology to create installations, where she examines spatial relationships between three-dimensional objects and their twodimensional representations. Handmade objects are rendered in CAD to view them from different perspectives. Reimagining the internal structure of the cast glass form, she creates string drawings that project the implied shadow of the object into space. Her work has a strong geometrical foundation, which we also see in the abstract and minimalistic object of Patricia Sichmanova who most times are inspired by nature and mathematics. A desire to capture the movements of real life is the base for Sichmanovas kinetic sculptures, which like water, can be put in motion by a small wind or the slightest touch.

Erek Nass experiments with the materials of light and water. The studies of these materials often begin with making digital photographs and videos of natural phenomena. Around these images, three-dimensional installations are constructed. The installations strive to transform the subject at hand into another means of expression. What might have been a micro-moment shifts with emphasized focus. Impermanence and the variables of perception are two central concepts in Nass’s work.

Subjects concerning existentialism, such as the phenomena of our being, alterity, origin are always present in the work of Margarida Alves. In Young & Loving! She will be showing the work “Mediterranean tales from underneath the sea”, which searches for a poetic approach to the human condition.

Verena Schatz and Margarida Alves are both showing new pieces created during their residency in S12.

Palo Macho: The Glass Canvas

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In this solo exhibition we´ll get to know the unique and distinctive glass paintings of the internationally renowned artist Palo Macho (b. 1965, Slovakia).

Palo Macho  is one of the most original contemporary glass artists in Slovakia, known for his innovative approach to glass. His artistic expression and technique differs from the Slovak glass school where glass objects perfectly cut in to geometric shapes with optical qualities are central. As both a painter and a glassmaker he is expanding the limits of the two disciplines.

The paintings of Palo Macho differ in many ways from the traditional glass painting and two-dimensional paintings in general. Macho creates abstract and lyric paintings where he shapes and molds the surface as well as the inner layers of the glass. By mixing transparent and opaque glass and dividing the surface into matte and translucent areas he creates an interesting and vibrant expression which changes according to the light it is exposed to. His pictures or “picture objects” as some call them, are reversible and can be experienced from multiple angles. By assembling together several layers of painted and processed sheet glass he achieves depth and inner space in his work.

Despite the fact that most of his pictures do not have a recognizable narrative, some of his pictures may be perceived as particularly scenic – and thus give the spectator the opportunity to attribute their own stories. Since we are not given descriptive titles, we are left to trust our own aesthetic experience when interpreting the work.

Palo Macho began working with glass in 1980 at the Secondary School of Applied Arts of Glass in former Czechoslovakia where he studied until 1986. Beginning in 1989, he continued his studies in glass at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, under Juraj Gavula, a glass artist noted for his contemporary mixed-media works. Macho also has a background in painting and design that has influenced his glass art. He studied painting and fine arts in 1993, at the École des Beaux Arts in St. Etienne, France. Today he works as an assist. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Macho has shown his work in various European countries, Japan and USA. This is his first solo exhibition in Norway.

Vernissage 12th of August at 7 pm



The exhibition-concept HANSEartWORKS is arranged for the 10th time in 2016 as part of the 36th International Hanseatic days in Bergen.

HANSEartWORKS 2016 is hosted by three main venues, S12 Galleri og Verksted, KRAFT Rom for Kunsthåndverk, and the city hall from the 10th of June until the 31rst of July 2016.  One of the works will in addition be shown at several outside venues, starting at Fredriksberg Festning for the Hanseatic weekend.

The exhibition is focusing on the balance between artistic freedom and constraint.

Rules both written and unwritten play important roles in our daily lives as well as in the way which we approach materials, tradition and the creative process. Igor Stravinsky once said: “my freedom will be so much greater and more meaningful the more narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself with obstacles.” (Poetics of Music in the form of six Lessons, Harvard University Press 1942). As a symbol of trade, regulations and artistic opportunity artists and designers of all disciplines from the Hanseatic cities has been invited to submit work that focuses on the craft and the material while at the same time fitting perfectly the constraining format of a EUR-pallet on which it is both shipped and displayed.

Participating Hanseatic cities with artists:

Alar Raudoja ”Leonardo”, Pärnu
Yvonne Habbe, Visby
Matiass Jansons , Cesis
Amit Goffer, Neuss
Trine Hovden, Bergen
Barbara Lorenz Höfer, Buxtehode
Lucie Marsmann, Herford
Filip Ignatowich, Gdansk
Marijke Schellekens, Doesburg
Hans Gerd Rehpenning, Stade
Uwe Schloen, Buxtehude
Eva Preckwinkel, Onsnabrück
”Art Cube” – Marcus Shramm, Astrid Brünner, Greifswaldt
Manfred Feith-Umbehr, Lippstadt
Janno Bergmann, Pärnu
Marit Tunestveit Dyre, Bergen

Artist talk
June 11th at 2pm in S12.
Janno Bergmann, Amit Goffer, Marit Tunestveit Dyre, Filip Ignatowich, Matiass Jansons and Marcus Shramm.

The exhibition is curated by Martin Woll Godal and Æsa Björk on behalf of the city of Bergen.

The opening found place Friday the 10th of June as follows:
18:00 Opening Rådhusgalleriet
18:30 Opening S12
19:00 Opening KRAFT
19:40 Opening Fredriksberg


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During the last months our workshop, project room and gallery has been filled with new experiments by Rui Sasaki (b. 1984, jp) who has used her time as an artist in residence in S12 to investigate the relationship between the weather – with emphasis on rain, and herself.

Sasaki is a conceptual artist who mainly works with transparent materials such as glass and ice. She is using glass as a medium for preservation and documentation of different kind of ”weather residues”, and is seeking, among other, ways to conserve, visualize and move sunlight from one place to another. This has led her to investigate self-illuminating glass that absorbs UV light such as sunshine and emits it in the dark without any light resources.

In the exhibition, PLUVIOPHILE (a lover of rain), an installation of self-illuminating glass is shown, while the theme of rain is central. Sasaki is interested in people’s relationship to the rain and how this weather phenomena influences us physically, mentally and culturally. Sasaki has captured, collected and frozen the Bergen rain in hot casted glass sculptures. In her own unique way, she has moved the weather indoors, made it more manageable and partially eliminated its ephemeral sides. The weather has become something physical she can study, shape and control.

Rui Sasakis main investigation is cast glass in a space, but she also works with the body, performance, video and photography. Sasaki graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in June 2010 with a Master of Fine Arts in Glass. She has taught glass and contemporary art at Rhode Island School of Design, Worcester State University in the US, and Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan. She has been invited to many Artist in Residence programs around the world, and her work has been exhibited in Denmark, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Australia, Korea, Japan, and a number of places in the US. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of American Glass (US), Glasmuseet Ebeltoft (DK), the Ernsting Stiftung (DE), the city of Lommel (BE) and many private collections. Sasaki is living and working in Toyama, Japan.

This is the second time S12 is showing work by Rui Sasaki. The first time was in 2013 as part of the group exhibition Young & Loving!

Vernissage May 20 at 7 pm.

Rui Sasaki in S12

Rui Sasaki is an Artist in Residence at S12 during April & May. She is a Japanese conceptual artist mainly using transparent materials such as glass and ice in her work. In S12 she will be investigating the weather – including the rain, local plants, architecture and space – empty spaces, intimate spaces, abandoned spaces.

During the first part of her stay, she will be creating new works and showing them as they come to being – be they ready or not. She will be inviting the visitor to come close and to follow the process of creating new works, to the experimentation with the material and its form. The visitor will be invited to follow her till the end, or until the official opening of her processed based exhibition/installation PLUVIOPHILE on the 20th of May. The opening will mark the second phase of her stay in S12.

This is the second time S12 presents works by Rui Sasaki, the first time was during the exhibition Young & Loving! in 2013.