In the night, artificial lights from neon signs, traffic lights, shops and advertising signs start to trace their own magic patterns and forms. By inventing in 2005 a technique making it possible for the first time in history to translate photographic pixels into threads, Grethe Sørensen has innovated the field of textile art with her video-generated large scale Jacquard weavings. By combining new high-tech methods with 40 years of experience with hand- woven textiles, Sørensen proves the undeniable fact that new tools create new possibilities of expression.
While generated from photos, theses tapestries are yet very different in texture and feeling, creating by their silence and slowness an appealing contrast to the busy subject matter of the pulsating urban city lights. Video recordings from Shanghai, New York and Copenhagen form the basis of these unique wall tapestries, where the unfocused camera transforms the realism of the traffic lights into soft patterns of multi-colored, half-transparent light surfaces – visions of urban dream landscapes. The artist manufactured these wall tapestries at the Tilburg Textile Museum between 2010 and 2013.
Born in Viborg, Denmark, in 1947 Grethe Sørensen is considered as an important pioneer in the field of contemporary textile art, and her works are part of important private and public collections.
Here is a small selection of collections and exhibitions where her works have been exhibited: Museum for Applied Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (4th Nordic Textile Triennial); Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; Lane Municipal Gallery, Erfurt, Germany (Configura, Art in Europa); Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel (Critical Utopia: Mishan le’ Omanut); Nagoya, Japan (In Our Hands); Tournai, Belgium (International Textile Triennial); Museum of Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil (FIO II Brazil); North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks (A Scandinavian Sensibility); Maison de la Culture d’Arlon, Luxembourg; (Nordic Textile Triennials); South Jutland Museum of Art, Tønder, Denmark; Institute for Industrial Design, Warsaw, Poland; Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Ghent, Belgium; Kyoto, Japan (5th and 6th International Textile Competition); Academy of Art & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (From Lausanne to Beijing, International Fiber Art Biennial).
REPRESENTED AT :
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York / Textilmuseet Borås, Sweden. / Designmuseum Denmark / Ny Carlsberg Foundation / The Danish Arts Foundation / Middelfart Art Foundation / Ribe Amts Art Foundation / Trapholt Art Museum / 21st Century Museum Hotel
2017 : ‘Nordic Award in Textiles 2017
2012 : Lis Ahlmanns legat
2011 : Ole Haslund’s Kunstnerlegat
2007 : +1 Award for best new product at Copenhagen International Furniture Fair / Awarded Honorary Mention at 12th / International Exhibition of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland,
1992 : ‘Travel grant for a weaver’ » by Solarfondation
1991 : The Danish Arts Foundations 3-years grant
1983 : maleren Thomas L. Jørgensens mindelegat / Awarded by the Jury of the Academy
PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COMMISSIONS :
2014 – 2015 : Frederiksbjergnyggeriet, Aarhus
2014 : Altar piece for the Church in Vonsild
2013 : The Townhall, Kristiansand, Norway
2013 : The Healthcenter in Smidsrød, Norway
2012 : Children and Youth Psychiatry, Roskilde
2011 : Tronrud Ingineering, Hønefoss Norway
SELECTED COLLECTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS VENUES :
2018 – 2019 : ‘Saturated’ The Science and Allure of Color / Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian. NY
2018 : Out of Pixels’ Hâlsingland museum / Hudiksvall Sweden
2017 : ‘Nordic Textile Award 2017’ Exhibition at Abecita Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden
‘2016 : Watermirror’, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2014 : Artapestry 3, Musee Jean Lurcat, Angers, Frankrig
2013 : The Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Holland 2013 / Retro – Prospective: 25 Years of Art Textiles and Sculpture, BrownGrotta Arts, CT. USA
2012 – 2013 : Artapestry 3, Danmark, Finland, Sverige, Connecting
2011 : Museumsberg Flensburg Tyskland / Akershus Kunstsenter, Norge
2010 : Mind and Matter, Sheldon Museum of Art, NE, USA / Urban Weft, Points of Departure, Northern Fiber i Stockholm /
2009 : Changing Fibres on the Edge, Textilmuseet Borås, Sverige / Thinking Different, Thinking Jacq-Art, Textile Kultur Haslach, Østrig / The 10th Wave, BrownGrotta Arts, Wilton, CT. USA / Blick Kontakt, Schleswig-Holsteinishe / Landesbibliothek, Kiel
2008 : 5th International Fiberart Biennale Beijing, Kina / Art of the table, Artifact, Wilton CT. USA
2007 : 12th international exhibition of tapestry, Lodz, Polen
2006 : Beyond Weaving, International Art Textiles. Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, Ct.
2005 : Japan Textile Contest, special exhibit at EXPOFIL, Paris
2003 : Resonanssi, Rauma, Finland
2000 : A Scandinavian sensibility, BrownGrottaUSA 2000 / North Dakota Museum of Art, USA
1999 : 6th International Textile Competition, Kyoto, Japan / Meister der Moderne, München
1997 : FIO II Brazil, Rundetårn København + Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brasilien / 5th International Textile Competition ’97 Kyoto, Japan 1997 / 3ieme Triennale Internationale de Tournai, Belgien
1997 : « The Indian Sari », Trapholt Art Museum, Denmark, Curator.
1993-1995 : The Danish Arts Foundation, committee-member
Since 1984 : Member of ‘Kunstnersamfundet’
1977-1978 : Studied traditional gobelin technique in Switzerland and France.
1968-1972 : Studied textiles at College of Art and Design, Kolding, Denmark