Artist Spotlight: Ilana Pichon

Ilana Pichon is a restless energy. She connects the tissue of her surroundings, producing an in situ network of reference points. Ilana’s work is based on the observation and dissection of space. Her practice explores notions of provenance, structural elements, material and emotional baggage, as well as graphic and physical rhythms.

Her practices vary seasonally between silkscreen printing and large-scale murals. “I think it’s very interesting because it’s very related to my country’s weather.” The Quebec based artist links her dynamic work with the body scale. Through constant readjustment and new perspectives, she “zooms in and zooms out” out of her comfort zone in order to connect with people, space and life.

“It’s a language that defines space,” explains Ilana Pichon.

She proposes, through simple shapes, a conscious view of her surroundings. Patterns, forms, colours and the textures of space are her words and she builds a vibrant dictionary. Wanting to depict the magic of the environment, Ilana reflects her interaction and dynamic in order to build an intersection with the viewer’s curiosity.

Leipzig is an immersive and exciting challenge for this Swiss-born artist.  “I need more time thinking that way,” claims the artist after participating in Ibug 2018 (Street Art Festival). PILOTENKUECHE made her wish to enter into a European residency come true. Interested in the occasional misunderstanding and surprises, Ilana moves through Leipzig in a way that resembles her instinctively vibrant work.

The city’s rhythm is very important to Ilana

“The rhythm of the city is very important to me. It’s like I’m feeling it inside of me and translating the dynamic of it.” Ilana is deeply aware of her constant need for a change of scenery. Her energetic pace aims to discover what lies between the instinctive and the controlled process. In an exciting dialogue, the artist presents her creative cycle: imagination sets-up process, and process then stimulates imagination.

“This is the way I hold and activate the city.” Her current work explores the relation between the scale of her own body and cosmopolitan immersion. Her current studio is habited by two distinct presences. On the one hand a colourful path of left-hand experiences and on the other, black and white analytical studies of shapes. Presenting us for the first time fascinating sculptures, Ilana’s presence in Almost Tension, is an unforgettable proclamation of her vibrant curiosity.


Written by Natacha Martins

See more work from Ilana Pichon on her Instagram and come see her instalation at the upcoming shows.

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
sound performance by Tomas Nuñez
duration performance by Sarah Bild

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Sarah Bild

Sarah Bild is driven by impulse. Her improvised and performative work allows her to re-appropriate her own body, defying conventions of the dance world. Despite boasting an impressive dance career, Sarah now wishes to blur the boundaries between dance, art and theatre. All types of movement, by definition, can and should be dance.

The notion of the Body-Mind is vital in her practice. Sarah believes that the body and mind are not two separate entities, but rather one force. Her work is a mixture of her whole being and her life experiences up to this point. Her history, emotional baggage, spiritual-self and her physical place all feed her mind, her body and her work.

Leipzig offers a very specific sense-of-place for Sarah. The city her father had to flee during WW2, Sarah is very aware of the pull that Leipzig has for her. Although her father’s story brought her here, it is the experience of being here and the effect it has on her body that are the key focus. For her upcoming work at the Alte Handelsschule Sarah wants to experiment with the concepts of imprisonment and escape. She is inspired by the past but her own body and experience of self in the present will drive her performances.

Sarah “offers herself up as an everyperson”

Highlighting the importance of sharing time and space with her audiences, Sarah lays focus on the movement of her body and not her facial expressions or her specific identity. This allows her presence in the space to be interpreted in many ways. The intimate act of sharing breath with those who watch her perform, feeds her impulses and movements.

A further relationship is present in Sarah’s work. Not only is there exchange with the audience, she is often accompanied by found objects. Utilising metal for her time at the PILOTENKUECHE residency, she is aware how these objects actively present themselves, guide her, produce obstacles and engage with her. The weight of the metal, its weathered appearance and the rusty colour aid the exploration of her own body.

Sarah’s upcoming performance in Almost Tension will add new dimensions to the exhibition. As she moves in and around the space and amongst her fellow artists’ work, the exhibition space alters. Whoever is present for Sarah’s impulsive performances will enter into an exchange of breath, time and space.


Written by Rosie Shackleton

To see more work from Sarah Bild come to the following exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
sound performance by Tomas Nuñez
duration performance by Sarah Bild

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Philipp Orlowski

Philipp Orlowski creates enigmas with contrast. The Leipzig-based artist, addresses art in introspective and vibrant pictures. Through painting, he’s interested in the concept of identity, considering time and space. In a unique oneiric ambivalence, his artwork proposes the viewer to step in an undecipherable world.

His world is unconditionally tight with paint. “There have been times that I couldn’t paint for various reasons, but I know that I need the physical act of painting.” He holds a Bachelor of Painting from the HGB Leipzig (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst). Constantly drawing, his taste for art developed in his early teens. He was admired by his friends and colleagues for his comics, posters and sketches with punk themes.

Philipp uses the “Old-Masters technique”

Philipp’s work presents the viewer with vivid chromatic choices. He uses the “Old-Masters technique” of starting with acrylic, working the light and shadows, then finishing with the fine settling of oil.  He is able to integrate the consciousness, the energy and the movement that is present throughout the painting. His narratives recognize the pursuit of the Surrealism (Magritte). Looking for dissonance, Phillip uses visual metaphors to construct a contrast.

“I like challenges, to not fall into a routine in my artwork.”

Additionally, Philipp is exploring different ways of seeing himself through the international scope of PILOTENKUECHE. He describes his interest in the art residency as a rich experience with fresh input to his routine. He’s deeply interested in the dialogue between artists, assistants and curators, but also the collective discourse of the group to the audience. Quoting the artist himself, the final result of the upcoming group exhibition, Almost Tension, is definitely a “bigger and exciting” challenge.

Visitors to his studio enters in an eternal research for identity.

Philipp asks deep and labyrinthine questions. The current work analyses and critiques the position of the individual as a painter. Thus, with illusion and one dimensionality, the viewer is invited to a riddle. From his mind, through his hands, pigments and brushes, Philipp’s work, will definitely dare the onlooker to day dream.


Written by Natacha Martins

See more work from Philipp Orlowski on his website and come see his paintings at the upcoming shows.

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
sound performance by Tomas Nuñez
duration performance by Sarah Bild

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

PK Round 42 Upcoming Exhibitions

Pk Round 42 has been getting acquainted with each other and Leipzig. They each have their own histories that color unique perspectives. The studios are a buzz with drawing, painting, installation, sound and performance. Soon you’ll get to see the fruits of their labors. Mark your calendars NOW!

Almost Tension

The experience of tension can be found from within or beyond the self.

Almost Tension will explore the concept of tension from the perspective of the internal and the external. The paintings, installations, sculptures, and performance art in this exhibition plays with the idea that art, an external force, can create a contemplative and/or disruptive experience.

Mental vs Physical.
Silence vs. Sound.
Light vs. Shadow.
Absurdity vs. Seriousness

Through these opposing notions, among many others, the artists will bring us into the space of the “almost.” It is there, the moment before the tension is realised that will leave us to decide if the tension is from within or without.

text by curator Jazmin Soria

Almost Tension

vernissage:
Sat 29 Feb 2020
7PM

performance:
duration performance Sarah Bild
sound performance Tomas Nuñez
8PM start

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar
2PM-6PM

graphic design:
Maayan Moskona (IL)


Hard Fluid Betrayal

Hard Fluid Betrayal is the second exhibition from the artists of PILOTENKUECHE Round 42 and aims to betray the senses. How much do you trust your own senses? Are your eyes deceived by what appears in front of you? Do you trust the sounds you hear around you?

The artists from the Philippines, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, and the States, create artworks unique to their personal experiences with a twist in order to keep you guessing.

Can find the line between the truth and the illusion?

Text by curator, Jazmin Soria

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2020
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE
Franz-Flemming-Str 9
04179 Leipzig

graphic design:
Rosie Shackleton


PK RD42 International Artists:

Tomas Nuñez (AU)
Maria Kubysh (CA)
Audrey Newton (AU)
Jacqueline Huskisson (CA)
Austin Turley (US)
Ilana Pichon (CA, CH)
Sarah Bild (CA)
Denise Holland (CA)

PK RD42 Local Artists:

Shaima Dief (EG)
Philipp Orlowski (DE)

Curator:

Jazmin Soria (US)

Assistants:

Maayan Moskona (IL)
Rosie Shackleton (UK)
Natacha Martins (PT)


Artist Spotlight: Jacqueline Huskisson

Jacqueline Huskisson is “a person who draws, not a drawer.” Everything she does, whether it be lino printing, projection mapping or sound and digital elements, Jacquie claims that it all “starts as a drawing”. PILOTENKUECHE is no different and this Canadian-based artist is exploring the city by putting pen to paper.

Jacquie utilises the power of anthropomorphism. With Art Spiegelman’s MAUS as a reference point, we see the true ability of animal-human hybrids to deeply explore the human condition. Themes of memory, trauma and horror can be explored by presenting figures one step away from being human. Jacquie’s work allows her and the viewer to explore “weirdness, terror, and horror”. Her graphic style highlights the narrative of her characters. 

Notions of the body, of reality and the strange are a key focus. The walls of Jacquie’s studio are now distinctly feline in nature. Through half-human, half-cat characters, the uncanny and strange is emphasised. These creatures are simultaneously familiar yet unknown. This, coupled with the nudity of some figures, creates a dichotomy between the bestial nature of animals, and the supposed elegance and familiarity of the human form.

The narrative of her characters is not the only one being developed here in Leipzig. Jacquie is exploring her own family’s roots while here. With her mother’s side of the family stemming from Leipzig itself, Jacquie has noticed how comfortable she feels in Germany. The rawness of her experience here, although not being directly depicted, will be channelled into her work. 

Jacquie’s work often “diverges from itself”. Wanting to “play” and experiment with her style and use of materials on the PILOTENKUECHE residency, Jacquie is already testing new techniques. Actively searching out the underground art scene of Leipzig, there will be no lacking in inspiration. No matter what Jacquie produces for the upcoming exhibitions, it is sure to draw us all in. 

Written by Rosie Shackleton


To see more of work from Jacqueline Huskisson, visit her website, and you are welcome to the following exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Denise Holland

“I want to make art that helps me make sense of the world around me and my place in it.” Denise Holland presents a strong perspective about language and history. Materials such as plaster, wood and words are repurposed. Through this repurposing and perspectivism, Denise creates an insightful view of the world, encouraging the viewer to enter.

Cultivating an interest in her family’s history, Denise draws parallels between her experience of the German language and the experience of her ancestors.

As a way of interpreting the world, the artist skews familiar meanings of the surrounding realities. Philosophical, political and social issues interest the Canada-based artist, allowing her to addre contemporary issues. Her artwork is a sensitive, raw and minimal way of perceiving the complexity of connections.

She strips down all layers, reaching the barest form of communication. Denise is fiercely focused on the pursuit of simplicity as the strongest way to mould an idea. The materials that inhabit her current workspace cast a magical feeling of a familiar tale or narrative. Working in a surrealist way, the weight of the Second World War and the history of her parents is boldly narrated throughout the stories of the materials.

images by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

“I’m interested in Germany because my parents are originally from here,” explains the artist. She uses words such as “raw” and “rough” to describe the first impressions of her parents homeland. She admires the deep strength embedded in the thick layers of Leipzig’s history. It stimulates a deep curiosity and reflection upon the ability of language to narrate feelings and experiences. In a way to provide an insightful perspective, Denise embarks on a remarkable journey into her own records, reflecting on the different barriers and aspects of language.

Denise’s first contacts with the language barrier were “disorienting, but exciting at the same time.”

Her perspectivist-drive observes the concepts of freedom and protest, blossoming outwards into her current work. She uses blind-contour drawing to highlight the surface of a deep and rich unknown. Her current work questions temporal and physical presence. Parallel lines between personal and universal historical connection are being drawn for the upcoming shows. Denise’s work activates an unsettling feeling about the structures of power and of stories.

Written by Natacha Martins



See more of Denise’s work on her website and come see what she creates here at the upcoming shows.

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Audrey Newton

Audrey Newton lets materials find their own identities. Through her work, latex, resin and silicon all speak for themselves. Attempting to remove herself from the artistic process, Audrey anoints herself the ‘chill mum’ that allows her materials do their own thing. This practise-driven artist lets her work find its own voice; one meant to be heard differently by the audience who view it.

“Trawling through the states of matter,” Audrey experiments with what materials can do, especially latex.

She feels that she didn’t “stick to” latex rather latex “stuck to” her. Inspired heavily by the work of Eva Hesse, Audrey is aware of how the materials she has chosen are impermanent and transient, reducing her “artist’s footprint”. As the latex dissolves, discolours, degrades and alters, its identity too evolves and presents itself anew. The work is active and establishes its own presence.

images by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Audrey’s pieces are true inhabitants of space, not just mere visitors. Using her surroundings as the starting point, Audrey presents work that then disrupt this space. The materials change and converse with and amongst themselves. They occupy the space of their own accord. In line with Jane Bennett’s notion of ‘Vibrant Matter,’ Audrey wants to emphasise the “vitality of nonhuman bodies.” Objects are anthropomorphised and given life; independent of the artist.

The audience is heavily considered in Audrey’s work.

Her abstract, vibrant and ever-changing pieces are not intended for linear interpretation. She wants the viewer to create their own narratives. The life-span and meaning of otherwise ephemeral materials is expanded through audience participation.

Leipzig has made Audrey green with…inspiration! With work subconsciously driven by her surroundings, she has noticed that her current work uses green taken from the surrounding Leipzig. She is also utilising “formal” shapes resembling the bricks of the PK studio. Audrey’s work evolves in conjunction with the space she and her materials find themselves in. In the upcoming exhibitions, how will Audrey’s work introduce itself? What narratives will the audience create? And how will the work occupy the exhibition space?

Written by Rosie Shackleton

images supplied by artist


To see more examples of Audrey’s work visit her website, and you are welcome to the following exhibitions.

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

i think you’re brilliant. i don’t think I’ve ever told you that, but it’s true.

solo exhibition

vernissage:
27 Mar
8PM

open:
27 Mar – 15 Apr
Wednesdays
8PM

Helmut
Kohlgartenstr 51
04315 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Isobel Francisco

“My computer broke down, so I picked up oil and started painting,” nonchalantly says Isobel Francisco. Encouragement from fellow artists in the local scene gave her the final push she needed to migrate from graphic design. Painting has been her main practice ever since. 

The self-taught artist has been making waves in the Philippine art world with her vivid, yet gritty aesthetic. Her art hinges on figurative tension, the state of decay and the weariness of living. Creating a name for herself, her success allowed her to become a full-time committed painter in 2016. So far, she has exhibited in Hong Kong, China, and various locations in Metro Manila.

Isobel’s close examination of human nature paints a complex, often emotionally intense picture. In her last solo exhibition Aren’t we all running, she paid homage to Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels. That exhibition marked a shift in her usual practice. She experimented with more abstract concepts while continuing to ask existential questions about the existence of humankind.  

images by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Isobel experiments in deconstruction and reconstruction. Those experiments started in 2018 when she began playing around with materials used in her everyday routine. This lead to the creation of new compositions using torn pieces of her painted canvases.

Whether stepping out of the figurative realm or choosing to stay within it, Isobel manages to convey strong, emotionally loaded pieces that speak volumes in their intensity. During her time at PILOTENKEUCHE, she intends to keep on exploring and expanding her concept of structure, the abstract, trial and error, and personal growth. 

written by Maayan Moskona

images provided by the artist


See more of Isobel’s work on her website and at these upcoming exhibitions: 

Almost Tension

vernissage: 
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE 
Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight : Maria Kubysh

Maria Kubysh starts the conversation with color. The dialogue continues through the vibrant act of painting. She claims that “colour itself communicates a lot” and agrees with Baudelaire that colour is the “soul’s native tongue”.

Maria wants to present work infused with lightness and simplicity through her graphics. Describing herself as a “very visual person”, this Canadian-based artist constructs a minimal, bold and energetic language.

Maria’s current work is developing organically.

She compares her creative process to “growing a garden” She says, “You don’t fully control it, even if you try to prune it or contain it.” Her shapes and forms are cultivated rather than symbolic.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Maria continues to explore the primal structures of communication despite classical training.

Moving to Canada from Russia at the tender age of 16, she studied Graphic Design at Ontario College of Art and Design. She sees painting as the best medium to unleash her lively shapes and forms which verge on a form of communication.

Maria names the empty or “negative space” around the shapes she produces the “conceptual room”. This creates a light and breathable area which is open to the viewers’ interpretation. The artist refers to Cy Twombly, Matisse, Basquiat and Laura Owens as her main inspirations.


Written By Natacha Martins

To see more work from Maria Kubysh visit her Instagram (@maria.kubysh) and you are welcome to the following exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage:
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE
Franz-Flemming-Str 9
04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Austin Turley

Austin Turley is all about “finding that sweet spot.” Exploring the patterns, subtleties, rhythms and various properties of different materials, Austin aims to present a series of work that extend through the two upcoming PILOTENKUECHE exhibitions.

Through collecting and exploring his physical surroundings and the objects therein, Austin aims to “investigate the system”. Curiosity is what pushes him. He tries and tests new materials to find out what they can do and how he can utilise them. Continually being spurred on by his past work, he has noticed there is a core to his practise. This core stems from his music making. Where he used to question why he picked specific notes during composition, he now asks why he picks new materials.

“Painting and working” have been a constant feature of Austin’s life.

With his mum being a painter herself, Austin found it an easy skill to acquire. It continues to be the foundation that he draws upon in his current work. Later acquiring “working” experience as a glass caster and as a stone carver, Austin familiarised himself with new tools that allow him to extensively explore the properties of the materials that he encounters.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Serendipitous stones inspired him in his current work. After observing how his young son interacted with stones and gravel, Austin decided to join him in the sand pit and began collecting stones from the courtyard of his Leipzig residence. Austin sees his current work as truly a “family affair”. He collects the stones, his wife cleans them and his son inspired the whole process, .

From Leipzig to Lisbon; the PILOTENKUECHE residency will be followed by another in Portugal.

Austin is already thinking about what he will produce on his following artist residency, aiming to adjust the scale of his work to fit the different sized studio spaces. For Lisbon he will be thinking small and has already begun working on gel prints based off scans of mottled glass. These prints then produce topographical-like patterns and designs which are different with every scan. The work of this artist is clearly never done and “the more work [he] makes, the more ideas come.”

Written by Rosie Shackleton


For more work from Austin Turley visit his website, and you are welcome to the following exhibitions:

Almost Tension

vernissage:
Sat 29 Feb 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

Alteshandelsschule
Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

open:
Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar
2PM-6PM

Hard Fluid Betrayal

vernissage:
Sat 21 Mar 2019
7PM

performance:
TBA

open:
Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar
2PM-6PM

PILOTENKUECHE
Franz-Flemming-Str 9
04179 Leipzig