Human Trans_Mission. Sophie Ramirez (SOFF) on the trail of the “absurd phenomenon of being human”.
Sunday, 20 November 2022 by elke
Loud and trendy, or futuristic and downright cosmic, Sophie Ramirez alias SOFF poses on the photos of her brightly coloured Instagram-Feeds. When meeting the student of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf privately, you get a surprise. Her extraordinary styling is not just a means of her staging, but an expression of her personality. Make-up, clothing – everything is loud, stands out from what is usually described as "normal". SOFF lives this style. Bold, and impressively self-confident! But, what exactly is her art? Doesn't SOFF fall into the rather more superficial category of pop culture or, is she simply a good model? I wanted to find out and go and visit her in her live-in studio ... (to read more, tap on photo)
- Published in Design, Digital Art, Installation Art, Mulitimedia, Newcomer, Photography, Public Art, Studio visits
Tagged under: Digital Art, Düsseldorf, Mulitmedia Art, Photgraphy, Public Art, Soff, Sophie Ramirez
INSTANT SOLUTIONS by Xenia Lesniewski – Between Concept Store, funeral parlour and travel agency
Sunday, 18 September 2022 by elke
Bad-Gastein. Is that an urn in the window and a coffin at the back of the shop? Nonsense, it’s probably simply a vase and a trunk. After all, an exhibition is about to be opened within the context of the sommer.frische.kust art festival. While I am still shaking my head at my own thoughts, I pause, in a mixture of feeling dumbfounded and astonished, when I hear the opening speech: “Xenia Lesniewski created a room installation here that moves between a concept store, funeral parlour and travel agency […].” Is that possible? – My past just flitted through my mind at high speed and links up with the here and now. For those, who didn’t know this yet: Before I got involved in art, I was an undertaker….
- Published in Art projects, Events, Exhibition reviews, Installation Art, Mulitimedia, Newcomer
Tagged under: Artfestival, Artproject, Bad Gastein, Instant Solutions, sommer.frische.kunst., Xenia Lesniewski
“But, initially, it does not claim to be anything, just itself.” Gregor Russ through a photostory portrait …
Sunday, 27 March 2022 by elke
Dusseldorf. You want the most essential aspects of an artistic work visualized through a photostory? Say no more – on the occasion of Gregor Russ’ exhibition AS IF … Guaranteed reading time of less than two minutes ?
- Published in Design, Exhibition reviews, Graphics, Installation Art, Painting
Nathalie Vanheule – The beauty of vulnerability
Sunday, 16 January 2022 by elke
How can poetic art actually be explained? Strangely enough, not by using words. It comes through the senses. As so happened when l looked at the Instagram photos of Nathalie Vanheule. Even a short glance had sufficed to directly sense the emotional power of her works which move between performance, sculptures and video installations. Trying to discover this phenomenon, I am eagerly heading to Kortrijk in Belgium to meet the artist personally ...
- Published in Installation Art, Mulitimedia, Performance, Studio visits, Video Art
Ardan Özmenoglu – All wonderful
Sunday, 24 October 2021 by tom-admin
It is indeed absolutely wonderful to stand in front of Ardan Özmenoglu's front door in Istanbul. Surreal is perhaps even better. Just three weeks ago, she spontaneously invited me to her studio at her exhibition opening with the above title at Galerie Anna Laudel in Düsseldorf. And now I'm here. Am I even right? In a mix of English and sign language, I had communicated with the taxi driver and now hope that he hasn’t left me somewhere in the middle of nowhere. The bell sign "hello I'm art" is already reassuring. Address seems to be correct. But unfortunately, no one opens. The tension rises again ...
- Published in Graphics, Installation Art, Mulitimedia, Painting, Studio visits
Tagged under: Düsseldorf, Sculptures
Alex Grein – Ephemeral: photographically “exposed“
Sunday, 01 August 2021 by tom-admin
Cell phone holders, blocks of ice, dissecting tables, frozen matter in a freezer, viscous matter in canisters, photographs in deformed frames, and butterflies on video screens. Although I haven’t seen them, the mere listing makes me more than curious about this exhibition. How can we connect all of these, such different works? A first idea is conveyed in the exhibition title „d a u e r“ ...
- Published in Digital Art, Exhibition reviews, Photography, Installation Art, Mulitimedia, Newcomer, Photography, Video Art
Tagged under: Alex Grein, Bonn, Galerie Gisela Clement, Walkabout
Bernhard Martin – Between Disney and Tarantino
Friday, 18 June 2021 by tom-admin
All the clichés of a bohemian fit the artist. Since he was fifteen, Bernhard Martin has given free rein to his sheer unbridled thirst for adventure. Unconventionally and excessively, he follows his ideas about art. Gambling, drug use, counterfeiting, or life on the streets, simply belonged to his way of life; because "pushing the limits of society" means art to him. Therfore, you can find very unique visual worlds in his compositions, which are represented in the most prominent art collections in the world, such as MoMa in New York or the Arario Museum in Seoul, and his work is regularly presented in equally prominent exhibition spaces ...
- Published in Graphics, Installation Art, Painting, Studio visits
Banz & Bowinkel – Digital shadows of real images
Sunday, 23 May 2021 by tom-admin
Admittedly, I had successfully managed to sneak by the world of Immersive art without paying attention, until I visited this exhibition. The terminology alone, with its abbreviations, seemed scary to me: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Bots, and now Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) ... Too technical. Too complicated. Or so I thought until I met Giulia Bowinkel and Friedemann Banz – THE artist duo that has been shaping the development of this young art form since its beginnings.
- Published in Digital Art, Exhibition reviews, Installation Art, Mulitimedia, Newcomer, Video Art