“Much” is a sculptural textile lighting by the Danish architect and designer Cecilie Bendixen.
This poetic cloud shaped work is a meeting between technique and aesthetics. The textile is sound absorbing and when it is folded, its sound-absorbing properties are enhanced. At the same time, the folded structure makes the textile so stiff that a spatial form is made possible – an amorphic structure of material contracted by threads and material which is ‘too much’ – unruly – this is left in the form given by the surrounding contractions. The textile is light diffusing due to the round, translucent monofilament.
The folded structure of the textile causes a further diffusion of the light and leads to an interesting interaction between form, light and shadow.
Cecilie Bendixen is represented by Galerie Maria Wettergren. Her interdisciplinary approach of art, architecture, design, crafts and science makes her a significant contributor to the contemporary design scene.
Born in 1975 Denmark
Danish artist, Cecilie Bendixen, was born in Copenhagen in 1975 and lives and works in Askov, South Jutland, Denmark. Bendixen graduated as an architect from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in 2005, followed by a PhD in 2013. Her practice blends architecture, craft, art, and science to explore and experiment with natural phenomena. Often made from textile and constructed by hand, Bendixen’s work takes the form of spatial installations that capture and express intangible dynamics, such as space, sound, light and wind. The interplay between materials, process, form and environment guides her poetic approach to design and making. Cecilie Bendixen has exhibited extensively internationally including at the World Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art, Madrid; Crafted Matter, Korea; Design Miami Basel and Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen. She was nominated for the Nordic Textile Awards in 2017, and the same year she received the Bindesboell Medal. Her works are held in private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Danish Art Foundation; and the Galila Barzilaï-Hollander Collection, Brussels.
2013 PhD, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design / Kvadrat A/S
2005 Architect, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Acquisitions and exhibitions
2021 Invited to the exhibition Autonomous Design at MAK, Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, with a new version of the work Textile House.
2021 Tentations. Sound absorbing textile sculpture. Permanent installation for Sankt Annæ Palæ, Copenhagen, bought by The Danish Building and Property Agency
2020 Cloud Formations. Four textile clouds. Bought by National Gallery of Victoria, Australien, for exhibition at the Triennial 2020 and for their permanent collection.
2019 Tentative Spaces. The Tents UNDER and OVER at FIAC hors les murs for Galerie Maria Wettergren. Place de la Concorde, Paris
2019 Phenomena. Sole exhibition at Galerie Maria Wettergren
2019 Textile House. Textile castet concrete sculpture. At Sculpture village Selde, curated by Marianne Jørgensen
2019 Aquisition of Volume (yellow) for The Royal Danish Ambassy in London. The Danish Art Foundation / udvalget for Kunsthåndværk og Design
2019 Canavese Constructions. Portable spaces of jute. The landscape festival Paessaggio.Art.Landscape. Italy
2019 Castles of beautiful things I found. Small shelters/sculptures for kindergarden Byleddet 22, Århus, Denmark
2018 Skibelundteltet. Travelling art school of Vejen Art Museum. Developed and raised in collaboration with visual artist Sophus Ejler Jepsen
2017 Amletical Places (Castle, House, Wall). Improvised tent constructions in the open landscape. The landscape festival Paessaggio.Art.Landscape. Italy
2017 Sun Disc. Lydabsorberende element til væg eller frit hængende. Udstillet på bl.a. The Salon, New York, PAD London, MINDCRAFT, Milano
Grants and awards
2019 Work grant. The Danish Art Foundation, Comitee for Crafts and Design
2018 – 2019 Participant at MINDCRAFT 2018 in Milan and CRAFTET MATTER 2019 with Sun Disc (Simpliciano)
2017 Project grant for Textile sound and space. The Danish Art Foundation, Committee for Architecture
2017 Participant at the exhibition Danish Design Now at The Design Museum Denmark with sound absorbing textile pendant.
2017 The Bindesboell Medall awarded by The Academy Council
2017 Nominated for Nordic Award in Textiles 2017