With a hint of ‘Berber’…….

In follow up to the ‘Opening Night’ blog …..what follows is then the performance that took place at Tapir Kunstraum in compliment to my exhibition ‘Ohne Ziel’ towards the end of the evening.

It began quietly and very softly with just the most delicate and intricate hand moments and the most amazing shadows reflected on the walls behind ….

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The performance lasted for around half an hour, building up into a dramatic crescendo with action painting taking place in the left hand corner, sheet after sheet of paper was  constantly flipped over trying to keep pace with the performers ….

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The performers then changed their brightly coloured billowing skirts into a very crisp and clean white over dress, the double bass was carried outside into the strasser along with the easel and large canvas. By now Weserstrasse in Friedrichshain was darkly lit and then the performers began ……

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It was an absolutely enthralling performance which encapsulated the spirit and creative freedom that Berlin offered and still offers today.  Anita would have approved!

Photography courtesy of Takt Kunstraum, Alice Stokes, Lola Karpenka

Performers Lola Karpenka & Erika Boudreau-Barbee

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Opening Night ……..

So the exhibition was installed and opened last night ……. Here are some images from the Galerie.

   

Ein Hauch von Otto …..Öl …….

      

Astarte …..Acryl/24 Karat Blattgold …….Anita Berber …..one of the best pieces of work I have done I think, it certainly proved popular last night with visitors and the position in the gallery beautifully brings out the gold leaf.

  

Hommage an Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and my 3 research ‘movement pieces’, again they were received very warmly

     

My warmest and deepest thanks go to Takt Kunstprojektraum for all of their support and friendship, for making last night very special and to Arts Council England for their public funded support.

The exhibition is on until the 8th of May 2015 ……all details can be found at Takt

Frohe Ostern! And working on Kirchner ….

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Alas no easy break for me this weekend …..with only a few days to go I could not miss the opportunity to get as much work done as possible with my show opening on Friday evening here in Berlin.

I have found that sometimes the best way to understand and relate to an artist is to try and put yourself in their shoes.  To try and understand their work and in my case ‘brush strokes’! So I endeavoured to get a little closer to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. I have long been an admirer of his work and his use of media is astounding to me, just for fun I decided to study one of his pieces but to add a little playfulness to it, just to make it a little more interesting to viewers as well as myself. It was only intended to be a research piece but I was…

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Frohe Ostern! And working on Kirchner ….

Alas no easy break for me this weekend …..with only a few days to go I could not miss the opportunity to get as much work done as possible with my show opening on Friday evening here in Berlin.

I have found that sometimes the best way to understand and relate to an artist is to try and put yourself in their shoes.  To try and understand their work and in my case ‘brush strokes’! So I endeavoured to get a little closer to Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. I have long been an admirer of his work and his use of media is astounding to me, just for fun I decided to study one of his pieces but to add a little playfulness to it, just to make it a little more interesting to viewers as well as myself. It was only intended to be a research piece but I was so pleased with the outcome and so thoroughly enjoyed working on it that a few more have materialised! I am calling them “my movement” pieces at the moment ….

  

  

All of them have ‘moving parts’ and it was a delight to use colours I would not necessarily be associated with ….I must admit I would love to make some really big versions! This then precipitated a portrait of the artist himself to be where he belonged, amongst his own works ….

 

My Easter weekend then culminated with two little portraits ……

  

A weekend well spent me thinks!

Fast approaching ….Opening Night!

Promotional Material for my Opening Night next Friday has arrived ….

  

  

Work is still galloping along at a fast pace…… Which is great as I have a week to go now ….a rapid trip to Boesner yesterday for some more materials to carry me over the Easter break here in Berlin!

One I completed last night …… 

It will be fascinating to see what is produced over the weekend!

The countdown has now commenced!

Schönen Wochenende! 

On a roll ……

So far this week has been an extremely positive one artistically, which with only two more weeks to go before my exhibition opens in Tapir Berlin, I think the inspirational ‘juices’ have clicked in just at the right time but then I am also in the City where creativity is all around you, there’s nowhere else like it!

So firstly we have settled on the exhibition title and image for all the promotion, so that one I will leave for later …..it would not feel right to have an exhibition in Berlin and not have anything on Marlene, so that was quickly remedied! I have played around with an image that’s been in my mind for a while and it has actually turned out in a very graphic format, would make a lovely book cover!

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I decided that I would like to do about half a dozen little portraits in different styles and colours, predominately utilising the primary colours with the influence of Der Blaue Reiter and the next was a look at doing a self portrait but with much more freedom than I usually allow myself …..first of all it was a bit of a struggle and had to be left for a while and contemplated but I perservered and am finally happy with the result……I like the little touch of the Berlin Fernsehturm in the glasses.

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My next two pieces are in complete contrast again to each other, first a rather ‘scratchy’ effect and a little use of gold leaf which I am rather pleased with and then a little piece on one of my heroines, Hannah Höch, I thought it was quite in keeping to make use of the Berlin Zeitung! There’s a good use of mixed media in there which again is something I would not necessarily be known for using.

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It it has been a very fruitful start to the week! I am looking forward to seeing what else is created!

Willi Baumeister, Daimler Art Collection, Berlin

After spending the whole week wrapped up in either painting in meinem Atelier oder Deutschkurs…..it was the weekend and time to hit the streets of Berlin and go exploring!

First stop was the Künste Markt along Unter den Linden, some interesting stuff……slight detour into Dussmans…..it has to be done! Wonderful find on Otto Dix so he’s come home with me! Then of course essential supplies in the Ritter store …..but I digress …..a brief stop for a heiße Schkolade then into Haus Huth just along Alte Posdamer Strasse …into Daimler Contemporary …..on the 4th floor.

Today at 4pm was going to be a free guided tour around the collection, focusing on Willi Baumeister and some of his art pals like August Macke, Oskar Schlemmer and Paul Klee, it promised to be good ….all in Deutsch natürlich! 



This is the first solo Baumeister exhibition to be held in Berlin since the Nationalgalerie Berlin retrospective of 1989 and also a collaboration with the Daimler Art Collection which we are told is unprecedented!

As well as going through Baumeisters career chronologically there is also a feature of artworks which had been ‘exchanged’  with his fellow artists which served  as a very complimentary feature.





The whole exhibition has been curated beautifully with extremely informative and helpful text panels and time lines which made it incredibly easy to move around the space.





A thoroughly insightful and inspiring exhibition, well worth a visit if you are in the neighbourhood!

Wieder in Berlin …….

So I am now entering the second phase of the ‘Exploration of the Weimar Culture’ and have returned to Berlin!
I arrived on a high as I had just received notification that three of my pieces from this new stage of my artistic career, had been accepted by Leicester into their Open 26 which will open and run whilst I am in Berlin ….I could not have hoped for a better start.
Berlin always begins with an adventure and opening of sorts ….last year upon stepping off the aeroplane I attended the opening of John Waters …..this year it was to Hau 2 …… A delightful literary reading with accompanying soundtrack, beautifully read and completely spell-bounding ….certainly an inspiration which then led to my own creation of three new pieces of art work……. With my own exhibition coming up quickly at Tapir, Friedrichshain …..it is the ideal start….
A little taster…..

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A completed collage but there is also an accompanying pencil portrait in a traditional format.

As I was reminiscing about last year’s residency here is Berlin ….it was only apt to acknowledge it with a piece of work …..

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The World of 1920s Weimar Germany

Shadows and Light – New Walk Gallery, Leicester

Yesterday I attended a lecture at Leicester’s New Walk Gallery, which houses a fantastic collection of German Expressionist Art works; hosted by the Curator Simon Lake.

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http://www.germanexpressionismleicester.org/

It began with explaining the catastrophic effect The Great War had on Germany’s economy, how the artists first perceived their individual roles and how they then tried to ‘express’ to the outside world their experiences, recollections and aims.  The development of the artistic movements of Dada, expressionism and the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ of the Bauhaus.

Singularly selecting key artists such as Hannah Höch, Georg Grosz and Otto Dix, where Leicester is extremely fortunate to have some of these artists works in their permanent collection.  To go into further detail of some of the more colorful characters which were then immortalized in oil and paint by the artists, like for instance Anita Berber, the notorious dancer and actress whose probably more famous/infamous for her scandalous life style!

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The Bauhaus was paid due care and attention as it should.  I was delighted that the Bauhaus weavers, specifically Anni Albers work was focused upon which has now inspired me afresh which I will research into with a bit more depth.

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Finally the talk concluded with a look at the innovative film work produced in Berlin; Das Cabinets des Dr. Caligari and Metropolis to name a few, featuring some beautiful stills from each film.

Saturday 6th of December the gallery will host a talk on Conrad Felixmüller which I am eagerly anticipating.

 

Germany 600 Years & Sigmar Polke

The British Museum currently have on display Germany : Memories of a Nation, 600 years worth to be precise!

As you enter it was extremely appropriate on the 25th anniversary of the falling of Die Mauer that there was a

fragment exhibited alongside the iconic VW Beetle!

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There are some really fantastic examples of the Bauhaus, expressionist and German Culture but the

exhibits are closely placed near one another and with the amount of visitors attending it can be

problematic to view all that you would wish but it was still a delight to visit and I would highly recommend a trip there.

Highlights of course, for me were Käthe Kollwitz, Otto Dix and Anselm Kiefer …whose current show at the R.A is certainly

one of the best exhibitions I have ever visited.

I then moved across London to Tate Modern……..Sigmar Polke

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I really did not know what to expect as I was not massively familiar with all of his works,

just the more highly publicized ones.

The exhibition was curated well moving gradually through all the years of his work and influences.

I loved the early work, was not so keen on the video installations but to be fair it is not really my “thing”.

The exhibition catalog looked excellent if a little over priced…..overall conclusion

Tate well worth a visit but the Anselm Kiefer is still the showstopper!