Mette Colberg has questioned the dualistic nature of glass as both form and filter since she started working with the material back in 2003. With the exhibition SUPERPOSITION at Officinet, Colberg explores through glass- and photo works how the world we live in is understood through perception, and how visual shifts can create a foundation for new understandings.
The concept superposition is known from quantum physics and is used to describe the quantum mechanical phenomenon where particles can exist in multiple places simultaneously when they are not captured by a gaze. This thinking is reflected in the innate qualities of glass as something we can both look at but also look through. When we look at glass, there is a clear presence and a clear absence - a scenario that can be understood as the superposition of glass. Both states are part of reality and are central to Colberg in her work with both glass and photography.
The binary decoding in our gaze, which comes before both language and writing, is thus fundamental to our individual understanding of the visual. When Mette Colberg examines the qualities of glass through the production of her faceted, colored lenses, she does it with the intention to affect our perspective and thereby make us aware of the inherent understandings it contains.
Colberg's fascination with photography as both a tool for research and as a medium is expressed in the exhibition through her use of cropped angles, glass and light. She uses photography as a view point that focuses on our experience of space and materiality, and
opens a gap to another world where perception can happen in the offset of our binary reading of what we already know.
The exhibition SUPERPOSITION seeks to emphasize the choice in our gaze, and reminds us of the processes behind our apparatus for understanding and when these processes can be influenced.
Mette Colberg (b. 1981, lives and works in Copenhagen) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation at Bornholm and Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has been exhibited both in Denmark and abroad since 2006 at exhibitions at, among others, the Bornholm Art Museum, Cisternerne, Glass Museum Ebletoft, Kastrupgårdsamlingen, Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium, TALENTE in Munich, Germany, NAU GALLERY, Stockholm, Sweden and Malmö Form- & Design Center, Malmö, Sweden. Colberg is included in collections at The Swedish Arts Foundation, SAK, and in 2018 she was commissioned a major public assignment for Region Uppsala, Sweden.
Opening: August 1, 2020, 3 p.m. Artist talk: August 13, 2020, 5 p.m. Guided tour: by appointment
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