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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ART, CYCLISTS AND AUSTRALIA

" Queen of Lines"- 1/5 - Faber Castell Pen, Biron on Paper, Digital Pen  

Living in a different country can be a very interesting experience. It is an ever challenging adventure, where you are constantly reevaluating yourself and your surroundings. It can leave you feeling bemused, puzzled and sometimes outright confused.
I have certainly found a lot of things very odd, since living in Australia.
Whilst for most of the Australians it is completely normal to think or behave in a certain way, I am left feeling bewildered by some of the " other " behaviour. Most people hardly entertain the idea to ride a bicycle or walk somewhere in Australia. You see, it is absolutely normal and sometimes even expected in Germany, that if you can walk somewhere you actually do that, the same goes for riding your bicycle.  
There are literally MILLIONS of GERMANS, who ride their push bike every day and don't even own a car. And the good thing is, we don't even have to wear helmet. How's that for personal freedom? And we also don't have to fear certain car drivers, whose sacred mission in life it is to scare the shit out of every cyclist. Yes, I know Australia you find it very hard to believe this, but there are actually other countries in the world, where cars and  bicycles happily co exist. Well for most of the time..


" Ernst Ludwig Kirchner- Soldier Studio"- Collage on Paper, Digital Pen- 2014
                           
                                 Now, what does all of this expat bicycle ranting have to do with ART?
Well, quite frankly speaking it has a lot to do with art, because.... " ART, that has an atmosphere of otherness" is like the annoying cyclist, which stubbornly refuses to change his lane. He stays in his lane, continuing on his path, knowing that in the wide brown land he is a minority. He stays on his path, despite the dangers of abuse and risking to be run over by the majority.
See, the value of otherness can only be appreciated, if you are open to the notion, that what you believe in and hold true for yourself ( cyclists don't belong on roads) can mean absolute bollocks to somebody on the other side of the world ( cars are stupid). Everything can turn upside down for you, (which is sort of  true looking at our roundly shaped planet),that we are literally standing upside down in Australia....at least from a German point of view. So what I am actually trying to say is...( note to self) that we must ride our bikes more and only stay in one lane. Hahaha!
Well sort of, but what I am really trying to say is ..Folks, you need to get out and experience " Otherness" in all its glowing glory!  "Otherness" in Art means to be shocked, repulsed and being out of your comfort zone. It means you have to dodge the pretty blue skies, the brown ever repetitive landscapes and the farm animals, you have to stop making and looking at art that is nice. 
NICE DOES NOT CHANGE ANYTHING.


 You have to be brave enough to jump into the muddy waters of unease, when looking at art. Nobody's life has been changed by looking at pristine Ocean paintings. Life is not about everything being tranquil, colorful and choosing an easy subject matter. Life is the absolute opposite of that, so let me ask you...why are we not incorporating this into Art? Why are so many people held back, because they think in order to sell, their work needs to be accessible to the wider public?
Well, you know what I think....I think " scheiss drauf"! Making art is about tapping into your soul, reaching into the deep waters of the self, whilst expressing who you really are. The real you, not just a watered down version, that is likable.Whose art is it, when you are being guided by an internalized idea of what you think makes "good art"? Whose idea is it, yours or theirs?  Self-Censorship is ripe in this country and it is infiltrating the very core of what art is all about.  

Are you in charge of the brush? Or other people? 

RANT OVER.






RED DOOR SHOW EXHIBITION- LA 51 GALLERY > 2014


I took part in another group exhibition at LA 51 Art Gallery in August, where the gallery was  officially opened by Mrs Saxon Rice - Member for Mount Coo-Tha and Phil Brown, who is the Arts Editor for the Brisbane Courier Mail.


It was a very interesting opening night and many friends came to support me and my work. Some of the works generated great interest, as people were asking for the concept behind my practice. Many of my works are highly symbolised, where each colour, line and form has its own distinct meaning, forming part of the whole composition. I draw a lot of inspiration from German Expressionism, as well as from the Old Masters, like Tintoretto and Titian, only to name a few.




People often say, that my work has an " European Feel", that one could see in my paintings a very distinct heritage and influence. I find this highly fascinating, that through no conscious effort my work actually shows the signature of my home country. It is particularly interesting, that only people from Australia ( the other side of the world)  are pointing this out. I guess, it always comes down to the effect of " otherness" and that it is a lot easier to note a certain style or patterns, when you are foreign to something. This something could be a country, art, different cultures etc.















Wednesday, 6 August 2014

EXHIBITION -OLD BOMB FACTORY GALLERY SPACE, BRISBANE.

I was part of another exhibition in July this year, which was a group exhibition at the Old Bomb Factory in Salisbury, Brisbane.  The Gallery is part of an Art School teaching in the traditional Atelier Method.  I have been studying at Atelier Art Classes for nearly over a year now, and must say that learning how to paint and draw in a structured skill-based environment, has been of enormous benefit to my practice. I can really see, how my work has changed, when it comes to technique. Before that, I always felt like I could not " say what I want in a painting, because I did not know the language". Having the visual foundations to construct a painting or the  human figure , I am now able to give form to  whatever wants to come through the channels of consciousness.  The possibilities are endless....and the learning never stops.

LAUNCH EXHIBITION- LA51 ART GALLERY, BRISBANE.


Just recently, I participated in an Artist Call Out for a newly established Art Gallery named LA51 Gallery  in Brisbane. Lucky me, I got selected to take part in their Launch Exhibition alongside 16 other artists. The opening night was packed and many people came to look at the artworks, it was a really great night and everyone enjoyed themselves. People asked me about my work and the meaning behind it, which was very engaging.