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Maria Koshenkova - Artists - HB381

Maria Koshenkova (Russian-Danish, b. 1981) produces amorphous glass and steel sculptures which address the human condition and the fragility of the body through notions of corporeality, tenderness, and care. Working within an aesthetics of science fiction and futurism, her works are built less as fully-formed figures in the traditional of portraiture than as an inventory of abstract and often damaged parts. Melted and seemingly vulnerable organic shapes refer piecemeal to the body’s breakdown and its interior spaces, conjuring images of the heart, liver, stomach, or intestines. These glass forms are paired with the industrial mechanisms of support manufactured for healthcare and domestic use. Steel armatures resembling wheelchairs, walkers, and assorted hospital equipment cradle the adhered piles of blown and hand-formed glass. The fusing of the two materials through heat and a shared color palette results in sculptures which are strikingly human yet enigmatic.

Koshenkova received degrees from the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Kalmar University, and the Royal Danish Academy. In 2022, she participated in the Danish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale alongside Uffe Isolotto. Koshenkova has been awarded the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Talent Award, the Hempels Glass Prize, and the Hejian Craft Glass Design Innovation Competition’s Award for Excellence. Her sculptures are in the collections of the Toyama Glass Art Museum, the Perm Foundation, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, among others.

Selected Works

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MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Fauns Flesh II, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass

11.5" H x 23" W x 9.5" D

MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Fauns Flesh II, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass

11.5" H x 23" W x 9.5" D

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MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Dawn Enters with Little Feets, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass, silver amalgam, cast glass, cast aluminum with Prismatic coating, vintage lamp base

38.5" H x 14" W x 15" D

MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Dawn Enters with Little Feets, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass, silver amalgam, cast glass, cast aluminum with Prismatic coating, vintage lamp base

38.5" H x 14" W x 15" D

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MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Birth of Cold, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass, silver amalgam, cast glass, metal with Prismatic coating, vintage chair base

26" H x 18.5" W x 16" D

MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Birth of Cold, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass, silver amalgam, cast glass, metal with Prismatic coating, vintage chair base

26" H x 18.5" W x 16" D

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MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Fauns Flesh II, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass

11.5" H x 23" W x 9.5" D

MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Fauns Flesh II, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass

11.5" H x 23" W x 9.5" D

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MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Fauns Flesh II, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass

11.5" H x 23" W x 9.5" D
MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Dawn Enters with Little Feets, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass, silver amalgam, cast glass, cast aluminum with Prismatic coating, vintage lamp base

38.5" H x 14" W x 15" D
MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Birth of Cold, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass, silver amalgam, cast glass, metal with Prismatic coating, vintage chair base

26" H x 18.5" W x 16" D
MARIA KOSHENKOVA

Fauns Flesh II, 2022

Blown and sculpted glass

11.5" H x 23" W x 9.5" D

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MARIA KOSHENKOVA

b. 1981, St. Petersburg, Russia

EDUCATION

2006   Glass & Ceramics Department, The Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark
2004   Glass Design Program, Kalmar University, Kalmar, Sweden
2004   MFA, Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Saint Petersburg, Russia

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024   When You Lose Control, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft Denmark (Upcoming)
            I Am Sorry, This Space Is Reserved, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark (Upcoming)
            Carte Verte, Thottske Palæ, Copenhagen, Denmark (Upcoming)
            Generation Why, Rundetårn, Copenhagen, Denmark and Rian Design Museum, Falkenberg, Sweden

2023   Foyer, The Danish Art Workshops, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Drive Me Inside, Davis Gallery. Copenhagen, Denmark

2021   Bodegones, Marina Gisich Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia

2019   Maria Koshenkova and Noriyuki, Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris, France

2018   Restrain & Release, Glass Museum Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark
            Restrain & Release, Art & Minde Center, Nagoya, Japan

2017   Aasiaat Museum, Aasiaat, Greenland

GROUP EXHIBITION

2024   BLOKO-748, Venice, Italy (Upcoming)
            Flesh on Flesh, Galleri Maria Friis, Copenhagen, Denmark

2023   The Biennale for Craft & Design, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
            We Walked the Earth: Harnessing, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
            Modern Glass from Denmark, European Museum of Modern Glass, Rödental, Germany
            Generation Why, Risør Kunstpark, Risør, Norway

2022   We Walked the Earth, Danish Pavilion, The 59th International Venice Biennale, Venice Italy
            New Positions, Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit, MI, USA
            The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, European Museum of Modern Glass, Rödental, Germany
            The Italian Glass Week, Palazzo Loredan, Venice, Italy

2021   States of Glass, North Norwegian Art Center, Solvær, Lofoten, Norway
            European Glass Context, Bornholm Art Museum, Bornholm, Denmark

2020   Forårsudstilling/The Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Charlottenborg, Denmark

2019   Kogei as Contemporary Craft: Transcending Boundaries, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
            Le Verre en Mouvement, MusVerre, Sars-Poteries, France
            Crafted Matters, Danish Art Foundation for the Cheoungju Craft Biennale, Cheoungju, South Korea

2018   Toyama International Glass Exhibition, Toyama Glass Art Museum, Toyoma, Japan
           Mindcraft 18, Danish Art Foundation for the Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy
           The Eighth International Exhibition of Traditional Fine Arts, Shanghai Art Collection Museum, Shanghai, China
           A Celebration of Life Through Light, Martin Asbæk Gallery, Ruinart Stuios, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017   The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Notojima Glass Art Museum, Ishikawa, Japan

2016   Glasur, Hempel Glasmuseum, Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark

2015   DG15: Forty Years of Contemporary Glass in Denmark, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, Denmark

2014   Lenin: Icebreaker, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

GRANTS & AWARDS

2020   The 5th China Hejian Craft Glass Design Innovation Competition, Award for Excellence, Hejian, China

2016    Hempels Glass Prize, Hempels Kulturfond, Hempel, Denmark

2015    Ole Haslunds Scholarship, Denmark

2013    Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Talent Award, Düsseldorf, Germany

COLLECTIONS

Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
European Museum of Modern Glass, Germany
Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark
Hempel Glass Museum, Denmark
MUDAC Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts, Switzerland
Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ, USA
Ny Carlsberg Foundation, Denmark
Perm Foundation, Perm, Russia
Shanghai Art Collection Museum, China
Toyama Glass Art Museum, Japan

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