The ”Red Powder Variation 2” is a sculpture made from several hundred years old crushed bricks from ancient Danish monasteries. The project originated in 2016 from a feeling of wonder over the fact that almost every available color is standardized and industrially manufactured. Working with found materials such as stones from the Danish field, bricks and tiles from demolished buildings, as well as chalk, and marble, Jacobsen brings new life to old materials, converting the stones into layers of intensively colored pigments. These sculptures involve a special emphasis on color/light/shadow and the ability of an object to enhance the experience of a specific color and texture.
With an almost ritualistic attention to detail, Carl Emil Jacobsen creates abstract sculptures that hold an insistent sensuous appeal, revolving around existentialism, ritualistic sophistication and solid craftsmanship.
Since Danish sculptor Carl Emil Jacobsen (b. 1987) graduated from Kolding School of Design in 2012, his practice has oscillated between art and design, revolving around existentialism, ritualistic sophistication and solid craftsmanship. Working with found materials such as bricks from demolished buildings, he brings new life to powdered stone, converting it into layers of natural colored pigment. His nonfigurative sculptures stand on their own terms, fostering experiential connection over intellectual interference. Jacobsen’s works has been exhibited at The Curio – Chart Art Fair and The Spring Exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen, with Galerie Maria Wettergren, at Piscine in Aarhus and elsewhere.
With almost ritualistic attention to detail and painstaking craftsmanship, Carl Emil Jacobsen creates abstract aesthetic objects that hold an insistent sensuous appeal. His sculptural artworks explore the integrity and textural qualities of raw materials with roots in nature. His process is driven by a curiosity about form and material qualities. He often works on multiple simultaneous processes based on drawings/sketches as well as more intuitive approaches such as material experiments, revised craft techniques or attempts at conveying material sensations. His recent work has involved a special emphasis on colour/light/shadow and the ability of an object to enhance the experience of a colour.
His most important sources of inspiration are nature – including field trips in the landscape and studies of raw mineral colours, buildings and machine components –and the works of other artists.
Education and practice
2013 to date: Head of workshop and teacher, Design School Kolding
2012: MA, Industrial design, Design School Kolding
2016 to date: represented by Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
Selected grants and honours
2016: Danish Arts Foundation, project grant
2013: Winner of Bolig Magasinets Design Award, Best Upcoming
2012: Nominated for Danish Design Award, Talent
2017 : « Terrain (Powder Variations & Red Volumes) », Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris
2017: MINDCRAFT, Il Salone in Milan, IT.
2017: Domestic Appeal, Part III, Chamber, New York City, USA
2017: Group show, Galerie Maria Wettergren, Paris, FR
2016: PAD London, Represented by Galerie Maria Wettergren, UK
2016: The CURIO, CHART Art Fair, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK
2016: The Spring Exhibition, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DK
2015: “Tilsigtede sammensætninger (i utilsigtede optrædener)” Piscine, Aarhus, DK
2015: THE TUBE, StikNord, Designskolen Kolding, Il Salone in Milan, IT
2014: PINK POP POLYKROM, NICOLAI, Kolding, DK.
2013: THE TUBE, collaboration with ege carpet and Kolding School of Design, Il Salone in Milan, IT.
2013: « Conversation pieces » , The Danish business promotion and state visit in Chile, CL
2012: Upcoming Designer, Formland, Herning, DK
Photo: Enok Holsegaard / Copyright Carl Emil Jacobsen