Allun Turner and Ines Seidel have been working on an installation at the Friday Gallery during the month of February 2016.
The artists were asked to develop an installation that incorporated their art jewellery and the idea of a conversation.
Over the month, the two artists emailed, met in person, worked in their own studios and at the Friday gallery. Emmy Horstkamp videotaped the artists discussing their installation and their artworks and asked the artists to share how the other artist influenced their work in the space.
If you would like to visit the gallery, one of the artists will be there each day from 900 to 1700. Please remember that the Friday gallery is in the courtyard. You will need to push open the green doors and walk into the courtyard where you will then see a big pink sign designating the Friday Gallery as one of Munich Jewellery Week’s galleries.
As part of the installation process, I’m creating videos throughout the month which document the interaction between the artists and their artworks. I find the whole process fascinating. Here is week II
Manuela Illera plunged head first into her painting and surfaced with the following splaining thoughts:
Thoughts about the process of “Listen to the Flow of Life” art piece
The beginning of an art piece is always a challenge. Sometimes I’ve spend weeks organizing what I need to start a new painting. Lately, this “beginning syndrome” has decreased to about two days of just doing nothing in front of the surface.
For this commissioned art piece my parameters were simple – Positive vibes and nothing pornographic. I started sketching.
The painting is for Emmy Horstkamp, a writer and an artist and the founder of Munich Artists. Emmy commissioned the work and allowed me to use her studio space – a fantastic spot right in the city center.
The studio is a magnificent atelier with everything needed to create art and when I say everything I mean everything: drawers and shelves filled with tapes, paintings, tools, brushes, sprays, markers, books, papers, pencils and more.
Here I was, working downtown, with my painting clothes and “The Heliocentrics” playing in the back.
With big pieces or commissions there is always some factor that could alter my approach to the artwork. When it comes to sketches and free drawings I flow, I’m like a fish in the water. But when it is something bigger, which is my favorite way to work, some insecurities and fears come out.
Thoughts, emotional states, problems, desires and questions aren’t separate from the painting in that particular moment of creation. Even breakfast and weather will play a specific roll in the feeling of the painting. Sometimes it is really mental; my focus is in the technique, composition, and colors. Sometimes after a joint and a bottle of prosecco it can get rather mystical…
“Listen to the flow of life” is the name I chose for this piece. It just came to my mind in a moment of complete peace and satisfaction, in a moment when the painting and I, were the same thing, when I realized that the canvas was just an extension of my body and my soul.
Painting is like making the puzzle of myself.The way I organize the pieces and forms to fit them together in the right way, is the same manner in which I make a map of my psyche and my emotions. Just when I’m painting I can see and perceive myself in that particular form.
It is peculiar, but most of the times this feeling of satisfaction comes in the middle of the painting. At the end it is different, at the end a weird suspicion arises, because even a finished piece is still a process of something else, it is one more step towards something that to me, still remains uncertain and unveiled.
Emmy’s Comment about the commission & the artwork:
I like Manuela’s work and I’m a big fan of raw canvases so I gave Manuela a raw linen canvas and allowed her to work in my space during the month of December 2015.
You learn a lot about an artist when they work in your space and I could tell it was not easy for Manuela to tackle a large canvas commission. Many artists find commissions trying which is why I made the parameters simple asking only for an art piece that was happy and free like the smaller pieces that Manuela created at the end of 2015.
After Manuela finished the commission (Which is at the Friday Gallery,) Manuela created a another piece on an A3 piece of wood. The smaller piece was a present for a friend and contained an energy that was interesting and drew you into the piece- An energy missing from the larger artwork. For the smaller piece, Manuela respected the medium and integrated the wood into the art piece allowing her personal artistic style to shine through. With the A3 artwork Manuela was within her comfort zone and free to be creative without letting doubt creep into the equation.
I’m glad I commissioned the larger piece. If you would like to see it, it is at the Friday Gallery.
If you enjoy Manuela’s work, I will have a few more pieces from Manuela to show you in March 2016.
Day 5 and the color is purple. I played with my camera and made something with purple. This is not high art. There is no deep meaning other than taking an ugly stylized fish from the side of a building and adding some color and playing with my iphone and finishing today’s challenge. It is an example of how you can use your creativity just to play and have fun because…
The reason I’m not going heavy duty with purple is because I’m preparing my installation for the Odeonsplatz Window for February 2016. My inspiration for this installation is Alice in Wonderland (rabbit’s hole), the Matrix (red/blue pilll) & This display at a sock store.
The installation is titled “You pierced my heart and shattered my soul.” My tribute to Valentine’s day. I will give a “splaining” of the piece after it is created. Right now, I’m experimenting with hanging the pieces at the Friday Gallery and figuring out how to deal with those bright lights in the space.
There are 23 pieces in the process of creation but maybe I will reduce it or mold it into one assembled piece. We will figure that out when the artwork is installed on January 31st. (Great Sunday Morning activity.) I still have not decided if I want to add a video component to this installation but I might experiment with how to add it this weekend when I take a break from Alice.
The Friday Gallery will be closed until February 1st as I use the gallery space to work on the installation. If you need to meet with me, please make an appointment.
Friday Gallery February Installation
Ines Seidel and Allun Turner will begin installing their “Talk” installation at the Friday Gallery in February. I will post the days that they are at the gallery installing pieces. The gallery will be open Monday – Saturday from 1100 to 1500 during February so you can come see their installation and I will post when they add new elements along with an explanation of their talk.
You have one more week to see the January Crush Installation at Odeonsplatz. In a few days it will be crushed into storage tubes and moved to the Friday Gallery.
Here is a video of the installation( In case you have no desire to visit Odeonsplatz but are curious about our first installation of 2016.) Want to read a little about this installation, you can go visit the Crush splaining page.
If you were unable to make it to Goethestrasse 53 yesterday to see the “Dahoam is Dahoam is Wo?” exhibition, here are some images of the artwork presented. It is always exciting to watch people interacting with the artwork and I love seeing Munich Artists in action. Great job everyone. I hope to see more of your work during the coming year.
Welcomed with a video installation on the facade of Goethestrasse 53. Dahoam is Dahoam is wo?
Action painting and Art by Florencia Chueke Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Made Your Bed Room Installation by Emmy Horstkamp Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Action Painting and performance art at Goethestrasse 53 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Gallery hallway Goethestrasse 53 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Art Piece by Freyja Exner Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Freyja Exner Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Live Painting @ Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Goethestrasse 53 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Goethestrasse 53 Exhibition Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Artwork by Julian Opitz Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Goethestrasse 53 – Artwork by Julian Opitz Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Artwork by Julian Opitz Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Wood’n Ticker by Malte Dinkela Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Made Your Bed – Emmy Horstkamp – 2015 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Installation by Emmy Horstkamp
Installation by Emmy Horstkamp Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Thank you Malte Dinkela for printing the signs for the exhibition. Will be a nice souvenir!
Florencia Chueke Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Video Art Goethestrasse 53 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Masks – Goethestrasse 53 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Light Sculpture Goethestrasse 53 Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
Goethestrasse 53 box sculpture Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
See You Next Year. Dahoam is Dahoam is wo? Exhibition
For the Friday Gallery project 3.0, Munich Artists will be selecting a Munich Artist and sharing their artwork in a gallery on our front page. For October we chose Chris Tomas. Chris has a studio located at Max Weber Platz 9 in Haidhausen and her main art focus is photography.
Q: Why are you a Munich Artist?
A: I’m an artist so I can leave something in this world when I leave myself… one day.
Q: Why are you in Munich, Germany?
A: All my attempts to go away have failed. There is always some U-turn that brings me back to Munich.
Q: What is your favourite idiom?
A: “Sitzfleisch” = Sit-flesh. Sitzfleisch is the ability to endure boring or difficult situations – or just long bar nights.
The following images will be in a gallery on the front page of Munich Artists during the Month of October. If you would like to see more artwork by Chris Tomas, please let me know. If you would like to see a few more photos by Chris Tomas, visit her website.
The application form for submitting your work can be found here. You must be an artist in Munich actively working as an artist and we must have met for you to be chosen. There are no exceptions. If you have not met me, you are welcome to make an appointment for after November 10, 2015. For this project, I will select only 12 artists and November is already filled.
This was the first year that the Friday Gallery invited artists to share a booth at the Stroke Art Fair. Here are some immediate thoughts about our experience:
It was very smart to have a talk with the creative director of Stroke about how we should use our limited space with five artists. His advice was excellent and very helpful to a novice art fair booth organizer.
I’m very happy we showed original work. The artists were able to sell originals which brought in more cash. I would have loved to have limited edition prints of Mr. Fox and will focus on having limited edition prints of our showcase piece next year. It was funny to hear people say “There he is!” as they rounded the corner and saw the fox painting. People were happy to see the fox and we enjoyed hanging out with him for the fair.
There was no price point that sold best. The artwork displayed ranged from 170 to 800 and we sold artwork at all price points. We found the grid installation worked really well for each artist.
Each artist that actively participated sold their work. Michaela Wuehr, Brigitte Pruchnow, Jenny Schminke and Emmy Horstkamp sold work, were present everyday and were happy to talk with people interested in their artwork. (most of the artists are introverts so talking to strangers for five days was a big thing.)
The buyers really liked being able to go pick up artwork at the artists studios. Only two people picked up artwork at the fair. Most the other buyers put down deposits and made appointments with the artists to pick up the artwork.
Five days at stroke meant five days away from the computer. This made it difficult to share information about Munich Artists especially from a concrete cellar. Sorry about the internet silence. Hopefully next year we will have staff who can help report back on a more regular basis.
I must remember that we live in Germany. I ordered a catalogue for Stroke within the appropriate amount of time but forgot the holidays which closed down business for many days. The catalogs arrived today which is two days after Stroke. The catalogs are nice and I have a large box of them sitting in my living room waiting to be sent out to collectors and anyone else who we think might be interested in a catalog.
We plan to attend Stroke 2015. I’m looking forward to organizing Munich Artists for more events like this. If you know of an event that we should attend, please email me at email@example.com with the subject line: Possible Events
Here are a few of the images we took during Stroke:
Munich is getting ready for the holiday season. Christmas markets are under construction and the Christmas tree corrals are up. Are you getting into the holiday mood? If not, maybe this week’s Friday gallery will help.
Guess who has a day job and still finds time to create art? Britta Eriskat. Here is a link to her work website. I hope that Britta keeps sharing her art with us. I like knowing artists who are creative and productive.