FEATURED ARTIST, Alberte Tranberg, currently has several pieces ON VIEW IN OUR 117 GALLERY AS PART OF MATTER, MATTER, OBJECT, WALL. SEE THE EXHIBITION FROM NOW UNTIL JUNE 9.
Alberte Tranberg is a certified metal worker and welder from Copenhagen, Denmark. She has several years experience in the industry of metal fabrication, respectively at a water treatment plant, and a Women’s Blacksmith shop customizing furniture and interior elements. Straight from the sewer Alberte came to Cranbrook Academy of Art on a Fulbright sponsorship and has since shown work locally in the Detroit area, as well as in Copenhagen. She is graduating this May and plans to stay in the States.
Concerned about the notion of home, and the things that define that space, I make as an attempt to stretch the poetic limits of form and function of the design objects and settings I use everyday. I have an impulse to design and make these human prosthetics of interiorities. I investigate generic design in order to better understand the need and want for concepts of the ideal. I see aspects of the settings around us as surfaces. Surfaces as the staging and accommodators of our lives, and the most minimal gesture of vesselness; holding and caring. As a certified metal fabricator and welder from Copenhagen I am building this imagery in steel having been inundated with design and architecture from where I was brought up. My home is a space shaped by everyday routines and props, built on cultural assumptions, yet still geographically rooted and inherited by the next generation. As I consider the built environment in direct relation to our intimate psychological space I am working through staging disparate memories of place. I mainly work with structural steel which we rely on daily for shelter but now exist as shadows of the comfort in this belief.
See more of Alberte’s work on her website.