For day 2 of our 14 day colour challenge, you will be playing with the colour black. Drama, Grief, Delight and Joy are the words I’ve associated with this colour. You can pick one word or try and incorporate as many as you want into your composition.
I decided to share a few photos for day 2.
My first photo focuses on delight and joy. The photo is of Jenny Schminke who has been at the Friday Gallery working on a large scale paper piece. Jenny is studioless right now and I know what that feels like so I offered Jenny a wall at the gallery to work big for a few days.
Jenny has been enjoying the freedom that comes with space and has been happily sketching the first of a series of large scale drawings.
The image below is of the new snowfall on one of Munich’s cobblestone streets. Snow for me is a joy/delight but it also symbolises grief/death. The earth sleeps and rests waiting for spring buried under the white and exposing only the essentials; The earth is “dead” waiting rebirth. In my photo black is buried under the white but, always there… good/evil/ day/night. Lets dig deep, or not. It is your choice when playing with black.
Here are two pieces of artwork you will not see at a Munich art fair, a Munich exhibition or at the Friday Gallery after December.
The first piece is by Rainer Schmitten. It is very expensive. It takes up the whole wall of his hallway. It is way too big for his house. It deserves a new home with lots of room to actually see the image.
When I walked up the stairs, I saw blocks of colour but I could not tell what the image was. Rainer suggested I take a photo.
When I looked at the photo, I was surprised, “Oh my goodness, It’s a woman licking her lips.” The only artwork I’ve seen from Rainer were his abstracts and some pen and ink illsutrations. Rainer said he thought about doing something more intimate but now he is glad he didn’t because he has two small children and he wants to keep his house appropriate for children.
The approximate size of the piece is 3 M x 3 M. Rainer lives in a traditional Bavarian styled house with three levels and no huge rooms or walls except in the narrow hallway. This piece deserves to be showcased on a wall and appreciated from the right distance. Do you have a big house with large enough walls to hold a 3M piece of art? If you do, contact Rainer and buy this piece. For around 25k Euro, it can be yours.
I met with Jenny Schminke last week and bought a set of animal portraits which are now residents at the Friday Gallery. This is one of the pieces dismantled.
If you are interested, stop by the gallery and have a peek. Manuela Illera is also at the gallery painting during the month of December. I asked her to paint a painting and she is painting a painting. I will post photos in the splaining section after she sends me her 500 word post about her process.
Here is my schedule for the rest of this week:
Wed – 900 – 1500 at Frauenstrasse 18
Thursday – Visiting an artist. If you want to see me on Thursday, I will be working in Sendling after my meeting with a talented Munich artist.
Friday – 900 – 1400 at Frauenstrasse 18
NOTE: If you have an art piece that is too big to exhibit in a Munich gallery but you want people to know about it, please let me know and I will talk about it. I will only post photos with price tags. Don’t make me guess about the piece. give me exact information including a price. If the collectors love it, they will pay what you are asking or negotiate you to a price they are willing to pay. You can also send me some cash if a collector buys it because Munich Artists wants your money to do creative things (like the stuff on our projects page.)
PS The last time I talked about Rainer and Jenny in the same post was during our Art in the Park project last summer.
PSS. Do you know the story of the poster of the dog in my feature shot? She has been missing since 2014 and her poster was everywhere for almost a year. Man’s best friend lost in Munich.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Possible Events
Here are a few of the images we took during Stroke:
We are raising funds for Doctors without Borders and Munich artists are coming forward with some beautiful pieces for our art swap. Here are the list of artists who have donated pieces of art for the art swap game.
BCAMunich will be selling artwork from local Munich artists on Saturday November 16, 2013 at the IWC Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar will be at the Friedenskirche, Frauenlobstrasse 5, 80337. The event starts at 1100 and ends at 1500.
Here are some links to the artists so you can see their work and get an idea of what they will have at the bazaar. (I will add images of artwork later in the week on the blog and on Facebook.)
Martin Potsch small oil paintings selling around 100 Euros He is German and his studio is in Haidhausen. He was just featured in a German magazine about his small oils.
Nutan Jaeger– Mixed media pieces. Nutan is an artist and licensed architect in Germany and the US. You can see that training come out in how she makes her art pieces.
Andrea Senyk is a photographer who will be selling limited edition images of Munich and Canada.
Corinna Naumann is a German artist who likes creating etchings. Her work is very unique and well worth checking out. You an see more images of her work in our BCA Munich Galleries.
Jenny Schminke is an artist working in Haidhausen. She will be selling her mixed media pieces this weekend at the Christmas bazaar.
Andrea Peipe is a German photographer who makes dreamy photographs. She will be selling postcard sets and Her portfolio will be available if you would like to order a limited edition print.
Gabriele Rothweiler is a German artist trained as a photographer and oil painter. Her larger pieces focus on combining the two mediums. At the show, she will be selling a few photographs on tiles and small acrylics.
Ines Seidel is a German artist who loves paper. We will be presenting some of her creations. She currently has a solo exhibition running in another area of Germany so we are lucky she was able to give us some work to offer you this weekend!
Maria Garcia is a Spanish Illustrator. She decided to sell a few of her printed illustrations. We highlighted one of her pieces last week on our Facebook page.
Emmy Horstkamp is an artist, writer and entrepreneur living in Munich, Germany. She will be selling her mixed media images and saying hello to everyone at the table on Saturday.
Constanze Kirmse is a German painter who will be sharing her Pastels and Oils. Her work focuses mainly on Bavarian landscapes, nature and her garden.