MORTEN LØBNER ESPERSEN (Danish, b.1965)
Magic Mushroom #2268, 2021
Stoneware and glaze
23.5" H x 10.25" W x 10.25" D
One is immediately hit with the power and richness of texture and vibrantly hued glaze surface in Morten Løbner Espersen’s work. He continues to develop, series by series, vigorous works that display the microcosm of volcanic fury and gravitational forces of the melting materials during the firing process.The works vibrate with a physical intensity that directly impacts our sensual experience. His preferred archetypal vessel forms or closed-in, whimsical mushroom forms are smothered in the thick material substance of the glazes, creating a sublime tension and interaction between monumental calm and endless dynamism. Espersen erases the notion that glaze is merely a superficial outer layer by utilizing a progressive method of both painting and modeling, manipulating his palette with endless colors and textures to create a seductive, abstract universe.