25 Aug - 7 Oct 2017
Kirsten Ortwed
Turning Time
The exhibition Turning Time by Kirsten Ortwed shows an installation of stone sculptures distributed over the entire floor of the gallery and executed in fantastic types of onyx from different parts of the world. The size of the stones is unusual – onyx has never before been used in this format – which makes it possible to unfold the patterns and colours of the stones.

As Kirsten Ortwed phrases it: “Certain rare kinds of stone may contain beautifully coloured examples of a creative process that I wish to make visible.”

The stones mirror the spatial curvature of the universe, as it were, which is further emphasized by the sculptures’ occupation with negative space, that is, the space that they define.

In her work with what sculpture is and what it is capable of, Kirsten Ortwed has often considered phenomena such as processes of creation and causal relations.

Most recently, Kirsten Ortwed has executed two large public works: in 2016 the aluminium and bronze sculpture “14-7-2006” in Moss, Norway, which refers to a meteorite impact that took place on that day, and in 2017 “The Gate” was completed, a commission for the main entrance to the University of Copenhagen.

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Kirsten Ortwed, Possible Result Of A Crafty Noise A11, 2016, Black Mexican Onyx, 51 x 146 x 83 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Possible Result Of A Crafty Noise A13, 2016, Black Mexican Onyx, 31 x 90 x 80 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Modello, 2017, Travertine and bronze, 20,5 x 70 x 37 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, In Waiting, 2017, Bronze, iron and string, 31 x 69 x 44,5 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Polar, 2017, Platinum majolica and aluminium, 25 x 63 x 30 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Spinning Off, 2017, Clay and towel, 35 x 20 x 20 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, On The Move, 2017, Aluminium, 22 x 110 x 19 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Turning Time, Installation view, 2017


Kirsten Ortwed, Turning Time, Installation view, 2017


Kirsten Ortwed, Turning Time A2, 2017, Red Tyrkish Onyx, 49 x 105 x 76 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Turning Time B6, 2017, Red Tyrkish Onyx, 32 x 99 x 77 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Turning Time A9, 2017, Green Irianian Onyx, 44 x 114 x 111 cm


Kirsten Ortwed, Turning Time A9, 2017, Green Irianian Onyx, 44 x 114 x 111 cm