“Memory is never fully accessible” -Anish Kapoor
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As soon as I posted yesterday Hellwag arrived with my supplies. Check out the page “My Work” to see the progress of what’s going on in the studio.
Sorry that the post have been a little slow the past few weeks. We moved into the studio this past week and have been busy working. Currently, I am waiting for Hellweg (like Lowes) to bring me wood… So in the next few posts I’ll fill you in with the shows, galleries, and traveling I’ve been doing.
So over the past few weeks I’ve ben running around doing multiple things… went to the Reichstag building , Treptower park, Mauerpark flea market, saw an awesome electronic art show in Mitte, as well as Anish Kapoor’s show at the Martin-Gropius-Bau. This coming weekend I’ll be traveling a bit south to stay in Dresden and check out what that city has to offer.
Today we were given access to our studio space. It is an old grocery store that has been hollowed out and turned into a show space/work space for artists. Can’t not wait to start making art for 10 hours each day minus weekends.. More posts of pictures to follow under “myWork” soon to follow.
Located between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Peter Eisenman, the designer of this memorial, created a plan that would consists of the Field of Stelae standing on 4.7-acre site. This Field of Stalae, consist of 2,711 concrete slabs, which are 7’10” long and 3’1” wide but vary in height (8” to 15’9”). Eisenman wanted to create a design that would produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere aiming to “represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason”. As the viewer begins to move through the piece, they begin to see that these tall structures are placed on a sloping ground. The combination of the growing evenly placed slabs on a slopping field certainly contributes to the an anxious feeling one can get when entering this site.
** I had a video of me walking through it but am having trouble uploading it. Sorry
For more information on this memorial: http://www.stiftung-denkmal.de/en/memorials/the-memorial-to-the-murdered-jews-of-
Inside of the Jewish museum was a collection of work by the artist Bedřich Fritta. Bedřich Fritta was a Jewish artist trained in Paris who was later taken to the Theresienstadt ghetto during the second War. Here Fritta supervised the drawing studio of the Jewish technical department. There were up to 20 imprisoned artists working to produce construction plans and illustrations for reports that had to be sent to the SS commandant’s office. The illustrations that they were produced were to show the ghetto as a smoothly functioning, self governed model settlement. They were to hide the truth that was the misery and horror this “model” concentration camp was really.
The drawings that were on display were not this officially commissioned works but the unofficial drawings Fritta hid depicting the truth of the Theresienstadt ghetto. These works he created in inks and pen, later hiding in the walls of this place. The strongly contrasted drawings evoke the pain and ghastliness that Fritta must have felt each day. They depict the malnourished inhabitants and paint a truly dreadful picture of life for the victims of this war. In a few works it even illustrates how those running this ghetto would embellish the area when visitors came, hiding bodies and “fixing up” the model Jewish inhabitants.
I find it this work to be a true testimony of how strong this artist was during this trying time. Despite knowing the amount of trouble he could encounter, the hardships and injustice he saw pushed him to create this work. There was one piece that really touched me. It was a small movie that was made of a book he drew or his son Tomas for his third birthday. Unfortunately, these unofficial drawings were found, sending Fritta and his family to a Gestapo jail. Later Fritta was sent to Auschwitz where he died of exhaustion.
Boros Collection Bunker
Inside a massive 5 story solid concrete building on Reinhardstrasse in Berlin, lays the Boros Collection Bunker. The collection is not housed inside any normal building but in a semi-renovated old bunker from WW2. The building was first intended to be an air-raid shelter for the civilian population built by forced labor. The history of the building is pretty interesting: shelter turned prison, turned fruit warehouse, turned rave club, and finally into a huge art shape. The entire building is 38 meters (125 feet) long and 16 meters (52 feet) and has concrete walls that are 2 meters thick. Obviously, this building would have withstood an air raid without any problems.
While the building and its history are definitely impressive, the artwork that is exhibited inside is also of a high caliber. The 3,000-square-meter interior space, which once sheltered 2,000 people from flying bombs, now holds contemporary works by a variety of artists. Currently the aritsts Ai Weiwei, Awst & Walther, Dirk Bell, Cosima von Bonin, Marieta Chirulescu, Thea Djordjadze, Olafur Eliasson, Alicja Kwade, Klara Lidén, Florian Meisenberg, Roman Ondák, Stephen G. Rhodes, Thomas Ruff, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Thomas Scheibitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo, Cerith Wyn Evans and Thomas Zipp are showing at the collection.
The current exhibition installed by these artists is only the second show (ever) the Boros Collection has had. Unfortunately, I was unable to take pictures inside the bunker but it was diffidently a great experience. While the space had been somewhat renovated it still is clearly a bunker and is not the typical “gallery” look we are used to. Seeing the artwork intertwine and utilize the design of the old bunker was really inspiring.
This Wednesday, I had the pleasure of going to the studio of Tobias Sternberg. While in his studio Sternberg did not simply want to talk about his work, but give more of a lecture on making it as an artist. He discussed the ‘ripple effect’ in the art world. How putting your work out there, entering shows, and going to events (shows your in) can lead to more in the future. Sternberg also discussed 3 necessities he felt artist should remember and do:
1) Keep your faith: in your work and self.
2) Meet people: go to the shows you get into when possible; offer your help to install your work. Give people a person/face to put toward your name
3) Work hard: Be in your studio working and creating. The amount of time you put into your work will pay off in the end.
Tobias Sternberg is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, collage, video, and installation. http://www.tobiassternberg.com/
Walking around Berlin if you look down at the cobblestone sidewalks you can discover a lot. One of the first things that was pointed out to me was the tiny brass plate that laid among the cobblestone.
These brass plates sat outside of different buildings but not all of them, or even within sight of each other. The squares were part of artist GunterDemnig’s piece was called “Stolpersteine,” or stumbling stones. These were the markers, a memorial in front of the homes of people who were killed during the Holocaust. Each holds information of the person who resided in the house: Their name,birth year, date of capture, camp taken to, and death (if found). In Berlin, about 55,000 people were taken and killed in the Holocaust, there are some 2,800 brass tiles marking the dead in various parts of the city.
In 1996, Demnig placed is his brass plaque illegally in Berlin. What started as an independent art project has now become something of a social movement. Though this idea started in Berlin Demnig has legally installed this stumbling stones in various cities.
“The victims get back a piece of their identity and at the same time, every personal stone is also meant as a symbol for the entirety of all victims…”
“It’s a social sculpture and if you look at it as a whole, it is the biggest art monument in the world.”
As I continue to walk throughout Berlin I find myself trying to spot these small brass plates.
Check out this project and learn more about it www.stolpersteine.com
On a walk back from the U-bahn found this on the ground. Bricks and a plaque laid to show where the Berlin Wall stood.