Tipp No. 117: “Massive Wooden Intruders” by Sculptor Henrique Oliveira (Brazil)

arts, Kunst

Wow! These sculptures are truely massive!

Powerful, they seem to slowly intrude into the space – owning it soon.
The wooden sculptures make their way. No one seem to be able to stop them.
Even if they burst, crack and splinter due to the high pressure and force that drives them, they move forward.
The sculptures grow organically like cancer and join forces with other branches.
Doors or entrance halls are too small to manage the expanding wooden bodies.
On first sight, the growth or dynamic seem to be chaotic but on 2nd sight you will discover that they inconsiderately target the same direction / destination that they will destroy and transform because of their sheer mass & nature.

Walls cannot impede them.

Entrance Hall of the Museum

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Henrique Oliveira is an award-winning artist that has exhibited his work around the world. Born in 1973, Oliveira received his BFA and Masters in Visual Poetics from the University of São Paulo.

While Henrique is also well-known for his paintings, this post focuses on his incredible wooden sculptures and installations. Using a combination of reclaimed plywood, fencing and PVC, Oliveira creates organic wooden sculptures that have a movement and flow that makes them feel liquid.

Oliveira’s installations are massive, often overtaking entire rooms and spaces. He first forms his shapes with PVC and then meticulously wraps it in layers of plywood, stripping away layers to reveal different colours of wood.

Be sure to visit Henrique’s official site to see his entire portfolio of work including his paintings and smaller-scale sculptures.

Tipp No. 21: “Interlinked Despite of Socio-cultural Barriers” – Contemporary Art by Reena Saini Kallat (India)

arts, Kunst
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‘Hyphenated Lives’, Installation View
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Globalisation + Networking + Migration + Boundaries + Connections…About finding poetry in politics.

The Artist

Reena Saini Kallat’s (b. 1973, Delhi, India) practice spanning drawing, photography, sculpture and video engages diverse materials, imbued with conceptual underpinnings. She is interested in the role that memory plays, in not only what we choose to remember but how we think of the past.

Using the motif of the rubberstamp both as object and imprint, signifying the Bureau-cratic apparatus, Kallat has worked with officially recorded or registered names of people, objects, and monuments that are lost or have disappeared without a trace, only to get listed as anonymous and forgotten statistics.

In her works made with electrical cables, wires usually serving as conduits of contact that transmit ideas and information, become painstakingly woven entanglements that morph into barbed wires like barriers.

Her ongoing series using salt as a medium explores the tenuous yet intrinsic relationship between the body and the oceans, highlighting the fragility and unpredictability of existence.

Please, feel free to visit her website for any further information: http://reenakallat.com/

Postcard No. 26: “HELSINKI …radiates – not only in January”

arts, Insights, Kunst, Reisen, Tipps, Travel
The LUX Helsinki Festival 2019 has definetely conquered the Darkness. The “Ultraviolet Gallery” of animal portraits in Finlandia Halls forecourt.

The Helsinki Music Centre and its “Moonlight” Installation
Finlandia Hall Installation – in “Clear Water”-Blue
Oodo Library with quotation of the Cat Stevens song: Colours & Kids…
“We wanted to be the sky.”
The “Large Pendulum Wave” – a kinetic light installation that represents the poetry of mathematics and the beauty of physics
Colourful, warm welcome of the visitors by the Helsinki City Hall

Damn!
Did you miss the LUX Helsinki Festival 2019 too?


…just due to the fact that you have never heard about this stunning event?
Next year, we won`t have any excuse because here you are….some information about the awesome LUX Helsiniki Festival that transforms familiar buildings and spaces into unique works of urban art and attracts more than half a million visitors each year:

HELSINKI RADIATES – HOW TO ENLIGHTEN PEOPLE IN PERIODS OF DARKNESS (“OMG! Maybe, I watch too much world news, sorry!”)

Lux Helsinki sheded some light on the Finnish capital in its darkest winter hour with comforting annual regularity (January 5–9 in 2019). Artists from Finland and all over the world created a glowing urban gallery of colour, warming the city’s soul in the void that remains when Christmas and New Year’s Eve have come and gone.

The free festival offered a recommended trail complete with official guide and map, and combined established works and specially commissioned installations.

In 2019 LUX extended to include satellite attractions at Helsinki’s Old Student House and Cable Factory Cultural Centre, as well as the Hanasaari Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre in neighbouring Espoo.
Helsinki’s magnificent new central library, Oodi (the name means “ode” in Finnish), took pride of place on a route of 12 lighting features leading past Finlandia Hall and the National Museum and looping through the district of Töölö.

Themes varied from simple visual delight to more challenging ideas. At Finlandia Hall, Immanuel Pax’s installation Trespassing explored the sinister ubiquity of security cameras. Outside the National Museum, Mexican Ghiju Diaz de Leon’s Shelter Seekers addressed issues of migration and climate change.

Exact weather conditions are hard to predict in early January, but they’re always likely to be chilly. Over the years Lux Helsinki visitors have braved everything from sleety blizzards to bone-freezing Arctic blasts.

(Article by Tim Bird, Jan. 2019 …Or did you think, I `ve mastered the English language in the meantime? That`s still work in progress.)

The exact week of the LUX Helsinki Festival 2020 is not published yet. But traditionally – also because of the long winter nights – the festival takes place in January.

For further details: https://www.luxhelsinki.fi/en/

Tipp No. 107: “The Body Is The Body” – Sculptures by David Hollander (USA)

arts, Creatures, Kunst

When I came across David Hollanders awesome work the first time, I thought the “classy” terracotta-colored body fragments with cracks or completely broken bodies might be archaeological findings…Despite of being damaged and broken, they outlast time and become gracefully an integral part of their surroundings – like the beautiful horse heads.

Frankly speaking, a few art pieces – in particular sculptures of the series “Hands” – are a bit scary in my view. I felt unconfortable looking at them. Please, feel free to visit his website to gain your own impression. In fact, these hands (that seem to burnt or hurt) or other body parts remind me on the forensic medicine lectures a took, when I was a student. I also thought of grave goods, but maybe I am off the track.

Well, I guess art shall communicate with the viewer, provide food for thoughts and in a best case scenario, arts shall also trigger emotions. Thus,….well done, David.

Eleven Hands,  L: 84” Terra Cotta, Acrylic Paint.
 Horse Head 7.   L: 21” Terra Cotta, Paint.  

Gold Horse Head, Snow.  L 23″ Unfired Clay, Paint; Colorado.
Horse Head, Hand.  H: 30”  Terra Cotta.
Whale and Bird, #1.  H: 12”  Terra Cotta , Wood, Wax, Paint.
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David Hollander

ABOUT THE ARTIST

David Hollander is an US American sculptor, who lives in Colorado close to the Rocky Mountains.  He spent a year and a half living and traveling through Dublin, Bologna, Lecce, Rome, Crete, Paris, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul. David has also lived and sculpted in Sydney, Australia and Seattle, Washington.

He is an MFA candidate in Ceramics at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and showcased his art pieces at various notable international exhibitions. His work is part of different private collections. Furthermore, David Hollander has created various public installations in the States, Canada, Australia and Europe.  

His Education

  • MFA Candidate, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2019.
  • BA, Cum Laude, Ceramic Arts, Minor in Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2002.
  • Exchange, University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia, 1999-2000.

His Residencies and Fellowships

  • Fellowship Recipient, Resident Artist, La Macina di San Cresci, Greve, Italy, 2012.
  • Resident Artist, Paese dei Balocchi, Bologna, Italy, 2010.
  • Resident Artist, Pottery Northwest, Seattle WA, USA, 2004-2006.

His Teaching, Lectures, Publications

  • “Contemporary Clay Shapers 2:  Thinking Through Material” Monthly Ceramic Art, South Korea, July 2018, Vol. 268. 
  • Teaching Artist at Cranbrook Art Museum Create Camps, Bloomfield Hills MI, 2018.
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2010.
  • Sculpture Instructor at Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland WA, USA, 2009.
  • Sculpture Instructor at Pottery Northwest, Seattle WA, USA, 2006-2009.

For further information, David Hollander can be reached at dfhollander@gmail.com

Please, feel free to visit his website too: https://www.dfhollander.com/

Tipp No. 12: Circles & Rings (Kreise & Ringe) – revised post

arts, Kunst, Nature, Tipps, Zen

Circles & Ring sculptures are extremely fascinating.

Their shape is not simple at all. Their shape is rather reduced in terms of focused.

Actually, these sulptures seems to be a frame, a gate, a window, a
“burning glass” or an “eye”…

Their different surfaces are reflecting or even breaking the reflection of their surroundings.

They invite us to pause and to notice our surroundings, and the fact that we are always an integral part of the scenery like the sculptures itself…Here & Now.

A few of the Rings & Circles look quite dynamic and mobile, others imperturbably stand their ground.
It might be just us, who move and consequently change our point of view – using the sculpture as a kind of reference only.

In any case, these awesome sculptures are an integral part of their
changing (e.g. think of the seasons, weather) environment and location.

It is simply magic to witness how they are able to quietly transform a landscape into wonderful poetry …

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Tipp No. 93: Textile Paintings & Embroidery Installations by the Artist Hildur Bjarnadottir (Iceland)

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About Hildur Bjarnadottir

Born in 1969, Hildur Bjarnadottir is an Icelandic artist, she graduated from the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts and from the Pratt Institute of Brooklyn specializing in textiles.

She exercises the career of professor at the Iceland Academy of Art and at the Reykjavik School of Visual Art, where she is the director of the textiles department.

She continued doing researches on the subject “The role of textiles in the field of painting” for this project she worked in collaboration with the Bergen Academy of Art.

The artist addresses mostly two main subjects; the nature of textiles and of painting. Her main purpose is to highlight the materials used to create the composotion, their color and their texture. Hildur Bjarnadottir uses embroidery to create her pieces and installations. In order to achieve the desired result, an important previous work is necessary, that is where the artist shows her talents as a draftswoman, painter and watercolorist.

Her work is recognized internationally nowadays and her pieces are displayed in numerous private and public collections, including at the Bomuldsfabriken in Norway, at the Reykjanes Art Museum, at the Nordic House of Iceland, the Scandinavia House of New York and at the Vestyllands Kunstmuseums in Denmark.

Tipp No. 81: “Humor As A Weapon” – Contemporary Art by Visual Artist Erwin Wurm (Austria)

arts, humor, Insights, Kunst
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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Erwin Wurm (born 1954) is an Austrian artist born in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria. He currently lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria.

In The Artist Who Swallowed the World, Wurm is quoted as saying: “I am interested in the everyday life. All the materials that surrounded me could be useful, as well as the objects, topics involved in contemporary society. My work speaks about the whole entity of a human being: the physical, the spiritual, the psychological and the political.”

Wurm is known for his humorous approach to formalism. About the use of humor in his work, Wurm says in an interview: “If you approach things with a sense of humor, people immediately assume you’re not to be taken seriously. But I think truths about society and human existence can be approached in different ways. You don’t always have to be deadly serious. Sarcasm and humor can help you see things in a lighter vein.”

Although the images are slightly humorous, they extend or manipulate reality in ways that can be disturbing. Wurm’s work portrays manipulated images of things in everyday life, things that look familiar, but which become distorted. Pieces like Truck, where a truck curves up against the building or Narrow House, a thin, claustrophobic house, take something familiar to all and distort it by enlarging, curving it, or slimming it down. “I will often use humor to seduce people”, admits Wurm. “To get them to move closer, but it’s never very nice when they look closer.”

Wurm’s work is often critical of Western society and the mentality and lifestyle of his childhood during post-World War II Austria. Although Wurm’s sculptures are humorous and ridiculous, they are actually quite serious. His criticism is playful, but should not be confused with kindness. He represents his criticism of objects, such as clothing, furniture, cars, houses, and everyday objects to his audience. Common themes in his work include not only our relationship to banal everyday objects, but also philosophers and life in postwar Austria.

Tipp No. 73: “Al Mizan in Design & Arts” – Contemporary Arts & Design by Ahmad Angawi (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

arts, Kunst, Tipps

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ahmad Angawi is an artist / designer of Meccan roots, and is inspired by the colourful diversity of the culture of Hejaz.

His works revolve around the human condition while also paying homage to both culture and the environment. His approach is inspired mainly by Islamic principles rather than the Islamic aesthetic.

Influenced by his Father, Architect Dr. Sami Angawi, he has adopted the concept of “Al Mizan in design”, which is the belief in the fundamental principle of balance; as a state of mind, as well as the belief in its application in the field of design.

Ahmed travels extensively throughout the Middle East, visiting historic cities such as Cairo, Marrakech, Fas, Damascus and Tunis, where he intermingles with traditional artisans and craftsmen in an attempt to research their time-honored roles and their relationship to today’s mass-market productions.

He strongly believes that industrial designers are the craftsmen of today.  Ahmad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

He is currently the Associate Director of AMAR center for Architecture and Design Studies and works as a consultant at GMSV (Geometric modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center) at KAUST where he is working on Traditional Innovative Products.

Tipp No. 9: Nando Kallweit (Northern German Sculptor)

arts, Kunst, Tipps, Travel

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Nando Kallweit

Website: http://www.nandokallweit.de/

Kontakt: BESUCH IN DER WERKSTATT IN BADOW
BITTE NUR MIT TELEFONISCHER ABSPRACHE

ALTE DORFSTRASSE 17
19209 BADOW / GERMANY
TEL. +49 (0)38874 / 23029
MOBIL +49 (0)162 / 21 35 101
nandokallweit@web.de

Nando Kallweit is also represented by The Gallery FLOX in Dresden / Germany

Galerie FLOX, Obergraben 10, 01097 Dresden
info(at)galerie-flox.de, Fon +49 (0) 351 27563677
DI,MI,DO,FR 13:00 bis 20:00 Uhr
SA 11:00 bis 18:00 Uhr
und individuell nach Vereinbarung

 

 

Tipp No. 28: “TEXTILE INSTALLATIONS” (meeting today`s “Fast Fashion” Trend) by the Finish Artist Kaarina Kaikkonen

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ABOUT KAARINA KAIKKONEN

Born in Iisalmi, Finland 1952 | Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.

Kaarina Kaikkonen, one of our most internationally recognized sculptors and artists, is known for shaping urban landscapes and emphasizing community through her installations. In her works, one can find references to current themes of humanity’s place in their own time, and of basic needs that always exist regardless of environment or culture. Old clothes contain the former user’s presence, which wraps around Kaikkonen’s story and places the viewer before something new and unknown, but at the same time exceedingly familiar and intimate.

The impressive installations made out of mens’ jackets and shirts are well known both in Finland and globally such as in the US, Cuba, Canada, Japan and Great Britain. Her first installation was on display in Helsinki in 1988. In Finland, one of her most famous works is the ‘Way’ -installation, which she built on the steps of Helsinki Cathedral in 2000. Her pieces can be found in several collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki City Art Museum, and Espoo Museum of Modern Art of EMMA.

Kaikkonen studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts School and was awarded the National Visual Arts Prize in 1989, the Finland Prize of Art in 2001, and in 2013 the Order of the Lion of Finland awarded her Knight, First Class. Kaikkonen has also received international awards such as Public Prize in Den Haag Sculptuur in the Netherlands in 2004 and Honorable Mention at the Cairo 11th Biennale in Egypt in 2009.

Galerie Forsblom has been representing Kaarina Kaikkonen since 2008.

web: http://www.galerieforsblom.com/