GALLERY SEBASTIAN SCHILDT PLUS
With the first exhibition of the year, Gallery Sebastian Schildt wants to present two of Denmark’s foremost silversmiths: Yuki Ferdinandsen and Carsten From Andersen. Two silversmiths who belong to different generations and use different approaches in their work. There are big contrasts between Yuki’s exquisite, painstaking and precise hammer blows and Carstens rough, almost brutally loud silver objects. Contrast between the concave and convex. Contrast between the subtle white shimmering surface and glossy. What unites them is the proximity to nature and the constant and relentless way they explore the possibilities of the material.
Originally from Japan, YUKI FERDINADSEN has lived in Denmark for the past 15 years. She says that she now views in Japan through a Danish filter. She works in and feels strongly about both cultures – allowing them to interact naturally in her creative process. Her inspiration always comes from nature, expressed through Fibonacci’s spiral structures. With a hammer and punch she covers the silver sheet with small elevations. This gives the silver surface a fleeting appearance, although it still retains silver’s unique lustre that is both warm and cold at the same time. And it is in this very finish and the material’s ability that Yuki finds the charm of working with silver. Yuki Ferdinandsen uses a combination of traditional Japanese craftsmanship called Arare and modern Danish design.
CARSTEN FROM ANDERSEN has been working as a silversmith for many years.
In 1989 he founded a school of silversmithing where he taught professionals and amateurs for over 20 years. His own work has often been described as a quiet, neat and simple in form.
Only in recent years he has begun to let go of tradition and become more uninhibited, allowing his practice to find expression in wilder and more brutal forms. He also finds inspiration in nature. Old stonewalls, stone houses and ancient stone circles have always fascinated him. Large piles of different stones in all shapes: large, small, roughly hewn or delicately wrought, hammered out in the silver surface that completely covers the large generous shapes of vases and bowls.