Kristian von Hornsleth in Casa Dell'arte Albisola Italy

Danilo Trogu

Kristian von Hornsleth came to Albisola following an invitation by the 1st Biennial of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, in spring 2001. A few words in a strange linguistic Esperanto were enough to understand that his apparent shyness of manners concealed a furious energy in tackling what for him was a new material, ceramics.

What was meant to be a week of intense work in conceiving is first "work" (F.Y.A.L. no. 1) immediately became Kristian's performance aimed at exploring his linguistic and historical roots, using clay as a mean of knowledge. The works became 3, 6, 8, 13.

Still unsatisfied with his achievements, the man I now regarded as a Viking Fury came again the following July to continue is personal struggle with the unconscious, packing my study with new works. Kristian's manual ability and the speed and spontaneity with which he interacts with this difficult material are astonishing, considering that, in his words, he last used it when he was five years old, at school.

Our fellowship is cemented by a strong friendship, and Kristian continues his artistic action in ceramics modelling gilded sculptures in my studio in Albisola two or three times a year. In time, Kristian, this teetotaller-vegetarian artist, is looking more and more like his Viking ancestors (his beard and hair are getting longer and longer) but until my son Francesco, now seven months, smiles when he sees him, he will be always welcome.

Danilo Trogu, Italian artist and ceramist, Casa Dell'arte, Albisola, Italy, 2005
tranlated by Fulvio Giglio

This text was published the first time in the book Fuck You Art Lovers Forever,
Kristian von Hornsleth, Futilistic Publishing, Copenhagen 2005.

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