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. 104: “Below The Surface” – Spectacular Underwater Photography by Tobias Friedrich

arts, Creatures, Film, Insights, Nature, Reisen, Sports, Technology, Tipps, Travel

When I was a child, I dreamt of becoming a crew member of spaceship “Enterprise” in order to discover new worlds, unknown life forms and different cultures. Actually, I`ve lived this dream by chosing jobs that
allowed myself to travel a lot, to visit exotic places and which is even
more important to meet interesting people of in many aspects different cultures.

Scuba diving has been on my bucket list since childhood because I was
aware of the fact that the oceans are still “terra icognita” although about
71% of the earth`s surface (2/3) is covered with water of which 97,4% is salt-water.
From the very beginning, I had the idea that scuba diving could be the
unique opportunity to experience a kind of “space traveling” without the
need to meet NASA qualification requirements.

Of course, I was also inspired by the reports about Jaques-Yves Cousteau
and his adventureous expeditions when I finally took action and passed my scuba diving PADI open water exam in the Red Sea / Egypt many years ago.
It turned out that my phantasy of “space traveling” underwater was not completely absurd. As a scuba diver rookie, who is dependent on his
equipment and the goodwill of the sea dweller, I felt actually very vulne-rable. There was no doubt, it was me who was the intruder… the alien in this outlandish – almost surreal – water world! 

The spectacular underwater photography of Tobias Friedrichs brought
pre cious memories back…
Back on board after a beautiful dive, I was completely overwhelmed by
all the impressions and my emotions…Secretly and unnoticed a few tears
dropped into the Red Sea.
I didn`t recognize myself anymore because I was convinced to be quite
top-heavy and introverted. 
All this fragile beauty underwater was simply breaking my heart.
I learnt that beauty can be painful. In particular, if it is endangered by
pollution, mass tourism (I was a part of too) and climate change.   
Maybe, it was also a dash of desparation why I experienced this sudden
“crisis of joy”. 

Tobias Friedrich`s touching underwater photography allows us to sneek
a peak  cit.: “Below The Surface”. This motto might be ambiguous in
my case.

However, I` d like to share my fascination with you and invite you to
descent into The 50 Shades of Deep Blue….Enjoy the weightlessness, the flow, hushed sound level and not to forget the encounters with still quite unknown creatures who are often as curious as the human visitor!

Friendly encounter with a brown fur seal (South Africa)
Humpback Whale (Oman)
2 purple eye dwarf gobies, sitting on top of a hard coral near Marsa Alam (Egypt, Red Sea).
Face to face with a shark

ABOUT THE ARTIST

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is 
bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he
is free."
Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910 - 1997)

In his childhood Tobias Friedrich loved to watch the adventures of the Calypso with Jacques-Yves Cousteau as its captain and the beauty of the world that is below the ocean’s surface. It’s still an overwhelming feeling for him when he has the chance to dive. He loves the elegancy and calmness of the world under water standing in contrast to the hectic atmosphere above.

Tobias Friedrich lives in Germany and started taking pictures with a DSLR underwater in the year 2007. Since then his images have been published in prestigious scuba diving magazines and newspapers around the world.

Several underwater photographic competitions, have honoured his work, resulting in over 50 awards with nearly 30 1st places.

Lately, he has been named “Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018” in the prestigious UPY London competition.


The UPY 2018 awarded photo: A panoramic view of the cargo deck inside the SS Thistlegorm with the motorcycles in the middle and light to lighten the trucks on the side of the cargo deck, near Sharm el Sheikh, Northern Red Sea, Egypt.

All waters, from zero to 30° Celsius, are attractive for him, at least there is something to photograph.

Tobias`fine arts photography is not staged. His photography is rather a result of stamina, patience and opportunity. He is not working with photomontages. The panorama view – combining a view above and under the ocean surface – is achieved by utilizing a dome camera.
He is SEACAM equipment for his Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and 5D Mark II DSLR.

He is leading expeditions and workshops around the world, where everybody can join.

Please, feel free to visit his website that shows further amazing underwater photo galleries, panorama views, beautiful aerial views (highly recommended!) and a few offerings like:

  • Underwater photography BOOKS in German and English language,
  • His calendar “BELOW SURFACE 2019″
  • A collection of high-quality POSTCARDS with unique motifs
  • His schedule of awesome PHOTOWORKSHOPS 2019 (Destinations: Egypt, Bali, Philippines, Brother Islands) – simply click on “JOIN”.

web: http://www.below-surface.com

The Calendar 2019 by Tobias Friedrichs