Helen Frik

Frik Collection, Ceramics Museum Wing

December 10, 2011 – January 21, 2012

Opening: Friday December 9. 17.00 – 20.00

This exhibition brings 20 years of Helen Frik's ceramic practice
together for the first time. The 80 or so works will be presented
in an apartment interior constructed expressly for their display.

Helen Frik responds to clay as an artist rather than a ceramicist.
Clay is another medium in her armoury, a string to her bow. Her
memories of observed details in museums, stately homes, kitchens
and books mix with genres of things — a toast rack or a Roman
cooking pot — as she makes what she refers to as associative
translations. She compares the virgin block of clay to the blank
sheet of paper, and clay modelling to drawing.

The objects she makes develop through the joys of investigation.
Frik takes an all-around approach, unusual in the ceramic world.
She has no aim to perfect a niche technique, and her approach is
catholic, magpie. She has a splendid disregard for the
preconceptions, orthodoxies and history of the medium. It is, for
her, another outlet for the things in her head and her hands. The
results are joyous: useful, useless.

The apartment interior constructed for the display of, The Frik
Collection, Ceramic Museum, has been gathered and curated by Tina
Seidenfaden Busck of The Apartment, Copenhagen.

Helen Frik (UK, 1960) lives and works in Amsterdam, The
Netherlands. She has shown widely around the world and has had
solo shows at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and Stedelijk Museum. Frik
has works in the collections of Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
(NL), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL), City of Amsterdam (NL).