Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Polke and Richter...

Invitation to the polke/richter exhibition at the SKD, Dresden; copyright Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

...I wish I could go!

State Art Collections Dresden, Germany
polke/richter - documentation of an exhibition
April 8 - June 1st, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Accolade connects art and audience

Accolade website, http://artsaccolade.ca

Where art, artists and the audience connect: a new microsite of the AOE Arts Council features works by and information about their members. But that's not all. Accolade promises to show “innovation, imagination and art in all its forms in our dynamic city. You will be able to discover artists, enjoy their work, find arts instruction and support the arts.” Accolade aims to be a forum not only for professional artists, but also for recreational, community-based, and emerging artistic expressions.

That sounds great! Check it out under the link: http://artsaccolade.ca/

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Triage: An Artist in Kandahar

© copyright Karen Bailey, all rights reserved

Recently, Picasso's 1949 book illustrations for “Carmen” came to my mind. They are quite amazing – showing scenes from the novella by Prosper Mérimée (later adapted into the famous opera) with wonderful portraits of Carmen and of course Picasso's characteristic minotaur. A wonderful book.

It's also a great example for interdisciplinary 'cross-fertilization' of visual arts and literature. Now I encountered a project that went the opposite way, so to speak: first were the paintings and than the literature. The School of Music poets responsed to “Triage: An Artist in Kandahar”, an exhibition of paintings by artist Karen Bailey. Karen Bailey's astonishing paintings which she created when she was a volunteer appointed military artist with the Canadian Military Forces at the Role 3 Hospital, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, were the starting point for a group of Australian poets. Their aim is to “explore the relationship between poetry, music and other art forms by providing a wide variety of rich artistic experiences”. Now the impressive poems about Bailey's paintings were published online and in print.

Karen Bailey's Artist Statement:

Poets and painters share a similar history in documenting war. Without the efforts of artists the human story of war would never be memorialised; for generations poets have written about the effects of conflict, history books are filled with images depicting war.

The poems here are moving, the compassion shown is palpable. It’s as if each poet was with me during my experiences in Kandahar. You have been able to put into words what I can only say with paint. I feel privileged to be part of this collaboration with the poets of Canberra, Australia.

Karen Bailey, December 2013

Link to the publication: http://sompoets.wordpress.com/projects/response-to-triage/
Link to Karen Bailey: http://www.karenbailey.ca/

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“Chase” - New Public Art in Kanata

"Chase" on the roof of the entrance of Richcraft Recreation Center, Innovation Drive, Ottawa

During my recent visit of the newly opened Richcraft recreation complex in Kanata North, I encountered an interesting piece of Ottawa's public art. Anna Williams' and Erin Robertson's bronze sculptures “Chase” depict a fox chasing a ball in over the roof and in front of the the entrance of the rec complex. They are financed through the City of Ottawa and a good fit for that center – because they joyfully combine playing and exercise.

The fox eventually catches the ball...

The life-size fox, captured in seven poses, runs after a small red ball across the roof of the entrance, then down to the pavement and off into the nearby woods while eventually catching the ball. I bet children will have fun with these public artworks – the newly opened Richcraft recreation complex is a good site for art like that!


... and he runs off with it. Sculpture by Anna Williams and Erin Robertson

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Welcome to Berlin, Wolfgang Tillmans!

After 23 years in London, German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans moved back to Germany. He has just made Berlin his new home, and also opened his gallery “Between Bridges” there. Actually, the gallery also moved from London (where it started in 2006 as a non-profit exhibition space in the ground floor of Tillmans' studio) to Berlin. Tillmans won the Turner Prize in 2000 – the first photographer ever to receive that award. He's known for his observing photographs of everyday objects and situations, and in particular his very personal portraits (lately also for amazing abstract photographic works).


Artist's Website: http://tillmans.co.uk/

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Home built digital cameras? Yes!

That sounds pretty interesting: Experimental Digital photography created using home built digital cameras. Abstract portraits and bodyscapes by Ralph Nevins are now on view at the Atrium Gallery – and the opening reception is actually today!

Slitscan: Photography by Ralph Nevins
Atrium Gallery, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
January 10 to February 12, 2014

Ralph Nevins' Homepage where you can see more of his impressive 'Slitscans': http://ralph.ca/?page_id=425

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May it be filled with a lot of exciting art events, challenging exhibitions, meaningful artist talks, and public debates about the state of art. I keep you posted.