Eva Hild at Nancy Margolis Gallery.
Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York opened the exhibition ‘Dark Matter’ with Swedish sculptor Eva Hild's most recent work on Oct. 21.
In the last year Eva Hild has expanded her work with a darker clay body. These deep dark sculptures, still with thin walls and equally forceful in their appearance, elicit their own distinct aura.
We have encountered Eva Hild’s complex sculptures made of stoneware clay on several occasions in our magazine. The delicate sculptures are hand constructed with clay coils, painstakingly sanded, then fired and coated with white silicate in a process that takes four to six months to complete. They recently came to life during a photo shoot with our acclaimed photo contributor James Silverman, right.
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Nancy Margolis Gallery
523 W 25th Street NY NY 10001
EVA HILD: DARK MATTER runs from October 21 through December 4, 2010. Opening Reception, Thursday, October 21, 6-8pm
Here is what we wrote after Eva Hild's first exhibition in New York, in 2005:
Inside Out with Eva Hild
Eva Hild, one of Sweden’s foremost ceramic artists, opened her first solo exhibition in New York at the Nancy Margolis Gallery in Chelsea last week. Hild, a former physical therapist, is a young artist on the cusp of her career, who lives and works in Sweden where she was also educated.
“I started taking an evening class in ceramics, then I studied at the Department of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. I did a lot of sculptural works in color at first. It wasn’t until later, that I began working with bigger receptacle shapes,” she said at the opening.
Hild’s delicate white sculptures are constructed from stoneware clay coils, polished with sandpaper and sprayed with an opaque kaolin mixture, which gives them their smooth, white surface, before they are fired. It’s a slow procedure, requiring weeks of patient labor for each piece. But the result is amazing. Hill’s sculptures are easy, soft and flowing, convex and concave with inward bends. They are large, modernistic and labyrinthine, and open up in all directions.
“I want my art to relate to my body,” she said. “But it’s also about translating a feeling. It’s about life with its pressures, how it pulls, pushes, and flows. There are protuberances and hollows. Your inner room is turned inside out.”
One of Hild’s sculptures graced the cover of the magazine American Ceramics, and she has participated in numerous international exhibitions, her sculptures are in The National Museum in Stockholm as well as in many other collections in Europe, Asia, and the US. The exhibition Inside Out can be viewed at the Nancy Margolis Gallery, at 523 west 25th Street New York, NY 10001 through April 16. Hild’s works was also present at The Swedish Show, a presentation of contemporary Swedish ceramics, in Baltimore between February 3 – March 20, where she was one among 21 young artists.