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Video 33 / SdF

Video 33 / SdF came to visit us again this year. Watch the feature video here.

Italo Zuffi



This year the Thun Ceramic Residency extends its support of artists working with ceramic also beyond its yearly residency program. The first artist invited to externally make use of the facilities in Bolzano is the Italian sculptor Italo Zuffi. ar/ge kunst presents Italo Zuffi with a solo exhibition dedicated to works the artist conceived years ago but that so far has not been produced or presented just as model. The exhibition is part of a larger collaboration between ar/ge kunst, Nomas Foundation (Rom) and MAN (Museum of Contemporary Art Nuoro). His ceramic sculptures produced at THUN during the last week of June refer to public polls Italo Zuffi collected on journals and magazine in the course of the past years. The works will be presented at ar/ge from the 23 September – 26 November 2016. More information on the exhibition can be found on the website:

Curator 2016



We are incredibly happy that our friend Samuel Leuenberger will be overseeing this year’s residency and the consequent exhibition. Samuel is a Basel-born independent curator who has been running the not-for-profit SALTS exhibition space in Birsfelden, Switzerland since 2009, which promotes emerging Swiss and international artists. Further on he has been appointed as the new curator for Art Basel’s Parcours sector that this year took place in the Old Town of Basel in June. His great sensitivity to site specific artistic interventions in unconventional spaces is something we are looking forward to in the second exhibition of the Thun Ceramic Residency.

Artist in Residence 2016



Rochelle Goldberg, (b. 1984; Vancouver, Canada) lives and works in New York. In her all encompassing installations Rochelle stages sculptural topographies composed of living, ephemeral, and synthetic materials, such as crude oil and chia seeds, in combination with ceramic and steel. The combination of the two challenges the fixity of the art object. With the subject matter inspired by references to art history and philosophy, Rochelle’s ceramic works become a playful studied reflection that seamlessly switch between such vast narratives and inquiries into the politics of visual and tactile perception. Upcoming exhibitions include Cyborg Seduction, BARRO, Buenos Aires (August, 2016); Okayama Art Summit, Okayama, Japan (October, 2016). Recent exhibitions include The Plastic Thirsty, The Sculpture Center, New York; Mirror Cells, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (all 2016).

Artist in Residence 2016



Than Hussein Clark (b. 1981, Exeter, New Hampshire) lives and works in London. In his work Than interweaves complicated connections between distant narratives, styles and luxuries. The resulting Gesamtkunstwerk is composed of an amalgamation of carefully crafted objects, often produced in collaboration with artisans. The scripts, performances and plays which Than composes  imbue these reworked realities  with conversations with past artistic figures, from Bruce Chatwin to Madonna. Upcoming presentations include the Liverpool Biennial (with Villa Design Group), Liverpool, England; Museum Ludwig (with Villa Design Group), Cologne, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include: MIT List Visual Arts Centre (with Villa Design Group), Massachusetts, USA; Solo Presentation with Mathew Gallery, Miart Art Fair, Milan, Italy (all 2016) and The Violet Crab at DRAF, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015).


Artist in Residence 2016


John Henshaw

John Henshaw (b. 1993; Leeds, UK) lives and works in London. His most recent sculptures have developed alongside teaching clay workshops. It’s the innate human desire to make with our hands that he celebrates in his works. Drawing upon the DYI culture which brings forward the  instinctive human ability to create a quick fix, his work is less interested in slickness but more in creative solutions. John already came to Bolzano last year to visit his friend Jesse. Recent group shows included: ‘Show on a Boat’, Hackney Marshes; ‘Κενό’, The Old Police Station; ‘Vault’ at the Shoreditch Town Hall and ‘The mill’ Armely Mills (all shows 2013).


Location scouting!


Location Scouting


For three rainy days we went to see over twenty potential locations for this year’s exhibition. From abandoned hotels, to industrial sites and medieval churches we saw the most amazing places.

1000 Things Happening at The Same Time

curated by Samuel Leuenberger

21.10 – 25.11.2016

Than Hussein Clark
Rochelle Goldberg
John Henshaw

This year’s residents of the Thun Ceramic Residency were Than Hussein Clark, Rochelle Gold- berg, and John Henshaw. All three artists made new works during their time here in Bolzano.

In the over three storeys tall hallway of the Museion’s Atelierhaus, Than Hussein Clark is presenting a group of plaster columns reaching for the ceiling; with branch-like structures affixed to them and 150 balloons floating above them. The installation yearns for the sky. The balloons are imprinted with single letters that, when aligned, read: “It’s amazing, this is the first time… the first time! I’m in love for the first time! So this is it, this terrible feeling“ – a quote from Turgenev’s infamous 19th century play A Month in the Countryside. A ceramic chaise-long also rests in the room, together with a group of wall mounted tiles and other objects that allude to Thomas Mann’s protagonist in Death in Venice. The tale’s account of a man losing his moral standards, of becoming a slave to beauty, a slave to desire – of a man who ultimately finds him- self debased.

During her stay at the Thun Ceramic Ateliers, Rochelle Goldberg made eleven masks and counting. A recurrent subject in her work, these metallic glazed ceramics are frequently shown in conjunction with other structures and materials such as steel or chia seeds, creating their own ecosystem of signifiers around ecological, industrial but equally psychological concerns. Every mask, based on the same initial mould is hand-filled with clay, covered with impressions of synthetic snakeskin and fingerprints before being glazed. In Bolzano, Goldberg experimented with an array of new glazes that had a variety of refractive attributes and, which through their “alterations through repetition“, have gained an uncanny quality. A short walk away from the Atelierhaus, in an imposing building of Italian fascist architecture, the artist has installed five of her masks: mounted against the backside of bookshelves, they stand only a couple feet away from the window, facing the street. The chain-like metal shutters remain suspended and one is only allowed to peak through its geometrically arranged grid to look at the masks, all hung at eye level, all engaging with our gaze, spreading from one window front over to the next.

John Henshaw created a series of works that are directly influenced by his time spent in Bolzano. By way of his daily commute through town, he noticed a series of unfamiliar and weirdly futuristic structures where the city’s facades are painted in pastel colours and its surroundings speak of a Northern European city with industrious pride in craftsmanship. The combination of these observations resulted in a series of fictitious architectural bodies, which „dance and sway in heat“; with organic, cartoon-like forms, they appear slightly out of shape – they breathe and bend under the experimental gust of his hands. To display his works, a twenty meter long tiled bench serves as a plinth, running inside the corridor of Bolzano’s nearby University, along with its more than fifty meter wide window front. The series of miniature buildings, utopian shapes that serve as projectiles for ideas symbolically align with the University’s mission statement to inspire their students to build a new future.

Together, Clark, Goldberg and Henshaw work with the (architectural) body in their own particular ways and in very different scales. They relate a human experience to a larger interior, whether decorative or emotional; to sprawls of possible ways of living; to a more self-reflective notion of how the body is always linked to the structure it occupies; to ways of ascribing recognition to identification itself. A thousand things happening at the same time reel together the abundance of inspiration and processes these works underwent – from conception to production and to their presentation in Bolzano. Through their own methodologies, these three fundamentally different practises illustrate how experimental and different each oeuvre is, linked by the same clay, fired by the same ovens, and made during their shared time at the Thun Ceramic Residency.

Matthew’s Mask is exhibited in Scotland


Matthew Lutz Kinoy TCR Mask

One of the three masks Matthew made whilst in Bolzano featured in the wonderful show ‘The Ultimate Vessel’ that was organized by our friend Kendall Koppe in Glasgow.