Saturday, April 28, 2012

Studio Photo Shoot! By Katherine York

I was lucky enough to have my wonderful friend Katherine York take a few shots of my studio recently for a few articles about the upcoming Open Studio event I am hosting during the DMY Berlin International Design Festival. She did such a gorgeous job! Check out more of her work on her website HERE

"I get the feeling, that you, are laughing at my face?"

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Recently Seen / Deutsches Architektur Zentrum / Art Connect Berlin / Hamburger Bahnhof

I went the recent opening at DAZ – the Deutsches Architektur Zentrum for a show called Structural Studies, a collaboration between duo June 14, Toshihiko Mitsuya and Alex Schweder La. An interesting group of artists/architects with admirable practices individually, however the outcome of this project seems a little underwhelming. Using aluminum sheeting common to Toshihiko Mitsuya’s practice, the group created a large scale series of objects treating the materials with folding processes, weaving, etc exploring the possibilities of form, volume, space and egress. The combination of material and the treatment that the group employed lost some of the delicacy that Mitsuya achieves when working with the same material in a smaller scale, leaving some of the intentions for the objects unclear. However the contribution by artist/architect Schweder La is yet to come – Schweder La will intervene with the installation – using mold in some way I think. I am going to a round table discussion next week with the curator and contributing artists to hopefully get a better insight into the project. However each artist is worth checking out individually.  

DAZ Installation

DAZ Installation 

I also went to the Networking Breakfast organized by and hosted at the head quarters of ArtConnect Berlin in Neukölln. Fashion and lifestyle photographer Christoph Neumann presented a snap shot of his past and current projects. Artstars Nadja Sayej also gave a talk which can be heard online here – about her work with Artstars, some info and tips about Berlin and an insight into her program. 

Christoph Neumann 
The always informative and entertaining Nadja Sayej

And I also managed to get to the opening of the latest show at the Hamburger Bahnhof of New York artist Anthony McCall, called Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture. This is the first time the artist has presented a solo show in a German museum.

Hamburger Bahnhof - with permanent light installation by Dan Flavin

Entering into the exhibition space one is completely immersed in darkness – with only the light from the installation permeating the space. Throughout the large hall (which was formerly a train station) are a series of projections on both the floor and walls drawing linear forms in electric white light. Slowly billowing from various sources are gentle plumes of dry ice being haphazardly directed by invisible fans. As the dry ice passes through the shaft of light being projected it creates an ephemeral and constantly evolving architecture which the audience can view from the exterior and interior. McCall has been developing this series since the 70’s which intersect drawing, film, animation and sculpture. 

From inside one of the projections

Wall projection 

Floor/vertical projection 

And below is a little video I took from the interior of the work. 

And in other news from Berlin.............................

Hubert Gustav is turning into a moody teenager and spending far too much time online ......

However...what's that in the distance Carolyn?

Spring! The horniest season of all! I've never seen so much blatant displays of affection in the streets of Berlin and Ubahn make out sessions. 

Oder Fruling! Cherry blossoms in Gorlitzer Park.

And tulips in the studio......

Friday, April 6, 2012

Emerging Contemporaries / CRAFT ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra, Australia

I am excited to present two new works at a group show entitled Emerging Contemporaries at CRAFT ACT which opened yesterday and runs until May 12

A Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre curated exhibition of award winning graduating students and selected national emerging craft practitioners and designer makers that demonstrate exceptional talent in their chosen field. These emerging artists are representative of the next wave of professional artists who are exploring conceptually dynamic and innovative craft and design practice.

Artists: Christine Atkins, Sarah Carlson, David Cummins, Elizabeth Delfs, Callum Matheson, Brendan Murphy, Sarah Murphy, Jenny Papalexandris, Tom Skeehan, Belinda Smith, Graham Stutz, Amy Taylor, James Watt.

I am pleased to be supported by The Janet Holmes à Court Artist Grant for this exhibition. The Janet Holmes à Court Artist Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is supported by the ACT Government; and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its principal arts funding body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initatve of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Exhibition Dates: 6 April – 12 May, 2012. 

Above: One of the works exhibited photographed in the winter sun of my studio!