Køppe Contemporary Objects, founded by architect Bettina Køppe, who has extensive experience as a gallery-owner and curator, is a gallery for sculptural objects at the intersection of art, design and crafts.
Køppe cooperates closely with artists who share an interest in the inherent possibilities of materials and the historical qualities associated with traditional crafts and techniques. The artists share a passion for exploring the meaning of objects in relation to function and iconography, combining tradition with interpretation and experimentation to create works that hold contemporary relevance. The works for Collect offer an artistic analysis of the role of the home in a postmodern Nordic context.
The traditional functions of the home are visualised via works whose lack of functionality highlights how the late modern home has become devoid of functions. Based in Copenhagen, the gallery presents six exhibitions a year. The project space also serves as a venue for curation and events as well as varying presentation of selected products and one-off pieces.
“The works suggest familiar everyday objects: vases, cake stands, bowls and dishes, but in a slightly distorted perspective. All the traces of hand-crafting have been maintained. I pursue a diverse idiom, where familiar functional or form elements from everyday life are transformed into a more abstract sculptural expression. Fused with abstract form, these traces create an indefinable dual sense of uncertainty and familiarity. In Nine Suspensions, I explore ceramic sculpture. Working in malleable clay, I create shapes that engage in a dialogue with the viewer’s conceptual framework and sense of recognition. My goal is to explore the way a certain form can appear familiar and evoke parallels to another object that seems somehow related. A relationship between two forms that appear unrelated to anyone besides the individual beholder” — Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen