I loved Unpainted Lab 3.0 and, as a Munich Artist and a Digital freak, I would love you all to see Unpainted but it’s over and now you have to wait until they organise another one… hopefully in Munich so that we can go and enjoy a bit of contemporary digital art.
Because of TOCA ME, I was unable to get to Unpainted until Sunday but I left the building feeling super happy and that rarely happens when I visit an art fair, art gallery, art conference. Most of the time when I go to an event I leave feeling overwhelmed but the artwork was well curated and I left feeling inspired and rejuvenated.
Here is some of the artwork and the artists immersed in the digital world.
Nora Renaud – Currently living in Colombia, Nora works exclusively on her mobile phone taking her photos and painting on them and then posting them in her instagram feed. She doesn’t use any special applications to create her artwork, she draws on her smartphone using the native drawing program to add/erase content from her photographs.
After creating her digital piece, Nora takes the artwork and prints it on different materials. At Unpainted, she showcased her work on fur which she allowed you to touch and interact with (as you can see from my photo.) Nora also takes digital symbolism and transforms it as you can see from the sculptural pieces below and the hashtag on a native Colombian bag.
Nora’s partner is Miltos Manetas, a digital artist creating digital artwork since the 1990s. At Unpainted, Manetas showcased his 4:44 project which he started in 2002. The project theory focues on the questions of where am I when I am “on my computer?”
Manetas also displayed his painted digital screens which Nora Renaud held up so I could see the abstracted landscape shadow.
After chatting with Nora, I talked with Elisa Rose and Gary Danner the Station Rose artist duo.
The two artists created a special piece for unpainted that was tucked into its own room. The artists created several corresponding printed digital artpieces that used images from their video installation.
Here is an example of a Station Rose Piece (I don’t have a video yet of their Unpainted performance.)
I wanted to take some photos of Lumenman, but he was super busy creating light paintings in the dark and I’m not a light painter so, here is an example of what he created at ISPO a few weeks ago.
Heading to the second floor, I talked with Munich based artist Birthe Blauth. Birthe showed two art pieces and my favourite was this small closet where you go sit inside and then a person hands you a present and you need to figure out what kind of present they are giving you by their facial expressions. You can see video of the project on her website.
I went to see the installation in exhibition hall 6 because Ines Seidel gave me a ticket. In her instructions, Ines told me to come through the East entrance but I entered through the entrance near the shopping mall and walked through all 6 exhibition halls to reach the cloud installation. Six exhibition halls full of visual stimuli trying to attract buyers prepared me for an art booth filled with clouds.
Do you believe me?
It was easy to spot Ines’s artwork because it did not look like sport equipment nor did it flash at me or try to get me to try it on (even though it was on a hanger.) After checking out Ines’s new work I headed over to the installation and then
I approached the Artist Miquel Panadero who was busy working on one of his installation pieces. We didn’t talk in art speak but rather spoke like artists and talked about the logistics of creating with a group of five, the execution of an installation in a relatively open space and getting an idea working in reality. Those are topics you too can ask Miquel when he returns to Munich later this spring.
ISPO INSTALLATION 2016
Miquel Panadero and Moreno Tapia have been creating installations at ISPO for three years. The first year, they created one just by their lonesome – a big birdlike creature that rose high into the sky. After a successful first installation, the Spanish artists decided to try working with more artists. (I think because they are two men who like a challenge and are not into siestas.)
This year, five artists created an installation piece of clouds in the front of the exhibition booth space and then displayed their artwork in cloud like formations on the walls surrounding the installation.
The artists for this year’s installation are:
Adam Harthshorne (UK)
Moreno Tapia (Spain)
Ines Seidel (Germany)
The installation developed during the exhibition so if you arrived on the first day, you would have seen just white clouds and if you arrived today, you would have seen the installation as I photographed it below. The installation pieces will be auctioned off to benefit Movember so if you want a piece, please ask Miquel Panadero, Moreno Tapia or Ines Seidel where to bid on the pieces. I have no clue so don’t ask me.
Here is the full installation in monochrome:
Here is the installation in colour:
Here are two pieces created by Ines Seidel for the installation:
ARTWORK BY MIGUEL PANADERO
Miquel Panadero is an artist with many interests. Although he was showing his installation and illustration skills at ISPO, he also works with paint and clay and other mediums to realise an idea. Miquel uses his brain database to create his illustrations and to express himself in art form. Photography was not one of his mediums… yet.
Miquel works in a studio in the Canary Islands and flies all over to show his work so if you love his artistic style/installation/name/Spanishness, just let him know and he will fly to you if he can fit it in his schedule.
ARTWORK BY MORENO TAPIA
Moreno is the other artist who hatched the idea for the installation and managed its creation.
Here are Moreno’s smaller works:
Here are Moreno’s larger works ….and his shoe.
So here is the deal with the big pieces. The pieces were hanging on the wall (by chance right behind the installation.) People ignored the art pieces thinking they were part of the installation but they were not. The artworks were large art pieces by Moreno – A waterfall of mixed media abstracts.
Now, we visitors are sometimes sheep and our brains have a hard time adjusting. All the other artists had cloud formation for their artwork so, logically his whole wall piece did not fit into the equation of cloud formations and therefore was not an artists specific work. Naughty brains.
Seeing the problem, Moreno took down his large waterfall piece and hung up a cloud formation like the four other artists and that made sense to visitors. People stopped and asked him if they could buy some of the cloud.
The downfall of taking the work off the wall was that Moreno had to rollout his waterfall for me to see it and it is kind of hard to see a waterfall in the horizantal (It was a river with a rapids at the end just like my photographs show you.)
Moreno loves old newspapers and old papers and he also loves to take his older works and rework them into his current artworks. At the installation space, Moreno had a stack of abstract art pieces under his cloud. I think you can get the feel of his abstracts by looking at the waterfall spilling all over the installation floor.
Adam was sweet to answer my one question about his work. I only asked one. I’m blaming the lack of questions on a lack of caffeine and my meeting all of the artists at the same time. (This is never a good idea.) Adam uses different techniques to make his images. A little bit of this print/transfer technique a little bit of that. I did not write them down but you are artists so you should be able to tell from looking at his work how he made it. (No screen prints, that was my one question.. Sorry Adam, I will ask you more questions next time.)
The fifth artist contributing to the installation is Majilina, an Italian artist. I didn’t ask her any questions nor did I remember to take a photo of her work (which I liked, I just did not take a photo.) Luckily, I texted Ines and she forwarded me this photo to share with you.
Here are Majilina’s animal clouds:
Ines told me there was more artwork at ISPO in a big black box so we walked down the exhibition hall and found the box and walked inside and met Lumenman a/k/a Bernhard Rauscher.
As we sat down on the wood benches, I expected a video installation to begin but Bernhard said, “You are my first model of the day!”
After about ten minutes of watching Bernhard set up his equipment, he asked me to stand up and strike a pose. Ines suggested that I fly (into the cloud) so I threw my arms up into the air and Bernhard did his magic, circling my body with his light wands as his camera took the image.
Bernhard asked me to stand very still… if you have met me, you know that standing still is not something I like to do, but, I did accomplish it for the length of his photograph and someday, in the near future, I will have a light piece to show you. For now, you can look at the light pieces on his website and the one below that Lumenman made for the colour turquoise (part of our Munich Artists challenge). I will have a few more photos from Lumenman for you in a post tomorrow.