Author Archives: Elnaz Mostaan

Artist Spotlight: Nora Manthei

Nora believes there are two kind of artists. There are the ones whom always knew they wanted to be an artist and the ones who had experiences which gradually revealed an artistic pathway. Her mother is an art teacher so she had a mix of the two above. She was always looking at coffee table books of important artists and wanted to become a painter because it was easy for her to understand what a painter does. Slowly she understood that for her there was more to working in art. It could be a form of language.

After finishing high school, she had the idea that one should already be a big artist. Obviously that was not the case, so then she supported this idea by studying art history in Leipzig. This too was not highly satisfying either so she started studying in Weimar Bauhaus University in the field of art. This was much closer to what she was seeking as she had the mind space to concentrate on her projects regarding the city and the lessons.

After Weimar, she continued studying in Halle, and from there she did an Erasmus exchange in Vienna. This was a turning point for me,” Nora says. Up to this point she was working with every type of materials and the centre of the works were all political subjects and always about moral issues. Vienna helped her to stop packing her idea and giving it to people to unpack it.  She started telling stories and writing down. She decided that she didn’t want to work with the topics that are chosen, rather the things that she had experienced herself.

The matters that you are confronted with in daily routine is Nora’s focus. She prefers to work with topics that are familiar to viewers so there is a common theme to connect with. She doesn’t think it is reasonable to make art for a small group of people who are highly educated and reference it in a way that is not readable for everyone.

Nora has her studio in an old factory. It’s a shared art space in the east of Leipzig. It’s like a collective but everyone works independently. It is the conversations, events and shared space that makes it feel like a collective.

At the moment she is working a lot with texts and typography. She has made several books. However sometimes she goes back to conceptual work like the works she displayed in the first show of the PK RD41, including writing sentences and crossing them out again.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

In addition, she does lots of photography. “Most probably every photographer experiences that moment when she blames herself for not carrying the camera with herself and loses a great shot, but when you are working with text, you have your mind always with you, You just need a pen and a piece of paper,” Nora says. Nora believes you shouldn’t put your emphasis on working with a certain media. You have to stay open to change.

“it is the most important thing for an artist not to keep repeating herself just because it’s going well and selling well.”

Artist Statement: Doubting and transforming is my process. My way of working is constantly complemented by various techniques and media, which are based on the content and emerging of piece. Since 2017 I have been working mostly with text and its interaction with pictures. These works are beginnings or fragments that can be described as a kind of everyday archeology. Out of overcoming distance and immersion into a matter, an alienation irrevocably follows. The constant back and forth is essential to be able to look from the self to the subject. For me, a work of art really only exists when it has entered the world of images of the beholder. Art is for me a connecting and supportive element to make the complexity of the present tangible. Art challenges, questions and does not give in.


written by Elnaz Mostaan

you can look at Nora’s website for more of her work

And come see her work in the following show

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

Artists Spotlight: Andrius Ivanovas

“mgmn (brand-pseudonym) has a broader soul than “Tik-Tok’s” servers. He admires Joji, social events that usually don’t fit into arrangements. mgmn is excited by “sadgasm”, “banshee”, “this cat is chonky” facebook’s groups, Playboi carti, lil Uzi Vert music, likes “Pusheen” kitten and would like to see rapper Tay-k from Tarrant jail released because mgmn loves the machine guns on western shopping carts in Muslim countries. Kuwait’s fields of burning oil are still more impressive than the speeches of climate change protesters, virtual pokemon characters created to be much more cute than any human being near, events that create emptiness faster than fill it, which are charming as much as can give sincere joy and allow life to manifest. mgmn loves these times,” written by Andrius.

Andrius is the one behind “Mega man”, which is an unofficial brand for life style. How it offers lifestyle is not by producing clothes and accessories, but instead it forms people’s lifestyle by thematizing questions. Megaman is not a normal person, he is a thing you can hide your personality behind, and feel safe with it.

The phrase “mega man” has long been in existance. It came to Andrius’ attention through Tay-K’s song which is say’s “shine like mega man”. Andrius thinks the reason he recognizes his artistic side with a brand is his geographical origin. Being on the edge of eastern and western culture and growing up in that sort of vacuum makes you think who and where you are and in what kind of historical period you live.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

“If you ask me what makes me do art, I will say: I don’t know!” says Andrius. When the search to find answers to his unknown questions pushed him to spend time in the silence and height of the mountains, what he found in himself, was his grandfather. He says his grandfather was always happy. He was a big role model for him. He sees a relation between happiness and having time.

Andrius did his academic studies in sculpture. During his studies he won the Baltic youth award in painting. The painting was the reduced and minimalized image of the grandfather’s bookshelf. With this achievement he won a residency in Norway.

His path of art style developed over the years. Small objects found their way to his paintings. The details of the paintings faded away and colors only stayed. He made bigger sculptures and smaller paintings. He experienced and flowed from 3 meters high painting to really tiny ones.

At the moment medium is not playing a big role in the identity of mgmn’s art work, it can be a mix of aerodynamics equation with a H&M t-shirt. What matters is the philosophical sight and point of view that he has in that time period.

Written by Elnaz Mostaan

images supplied by the artist


for more of mgmn’s work you are welcome to the following exhibitions:

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Cecilia Klementsson

Cecilia resisted becoming an artist for a long time, but in the end she realized that she was just rebelling against her family. They encouraged her painting. She says she was always busy drawing something as a child and always had her best marks in art classes with not much of effort. She opted for something more challenging: natural science. However, she found herself painting in all of her free time and picking art classes. It was then that she really noticed how much she enjoys it and couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else.

Life took Cecilia from Sweden to Australia and she started her studies in Fine Art in Perth. “The most isolated and the sunniest city in the world,” Cecilia says. In Perth the base of her current technique of painting formed: having four colours and applying one at a time instead of using a pallet to mix all the colours. Cecilia compares her style of painting with a printer in terms of applying each colour in separate layers. She really wants to extract all the colours that you see on the skin so they lay on the top of each other, like how the impressionists did. This is how she avoids painting dull or flat bodies. Her self-limitations gave her the challenge to go for painting meatier and fleshier instead of plastic images.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Painting nudes was always one of Cecilia’s favourites. Jenny Saville is a painter that Cecilia admires. She believes her journey from Sweden to Australia, and the difference of the attitudes towards nudity in these two country triggered something in her. As well she secretly laughs at the fact that she like to give a little back to women who paint nudes

She started looking at nudes in advertisements in more detail. How are they getting away with that much of nudity? Commercially being beautiful. but at the same time pale and innocent and not erotic. So she decided to take normal people and put them in perfect posing of advertisement. but not with the porcelain airbrush look. Instead they are fleshy and real. This was for her the indication that people are still beautiful despite the real magenta and green shadows their skin naturally have.

Another concept that Cecilia is playing around is that what happens when a man poses in a feminine way or even a trans woman poses in a masculine way. What is man? What is woman? Where is the line in this spectrum? Plus, the fact that masculine and feminine codes change throughout history. “There is a lot of gender attached to the pose, and the way someone act and the body language,” Cecilia says.

The fact that advertisement is selling sex doesn’t draw Cecilia to it. At the same time she acknowledges that it takes talent to create such a beautiful visual thing. She is also fascinated that contemporary advertisements are being more inclusive and representative with different shapes of body and skin colours. The ads she uses are generally from the 90s.

Come see how Cecilia crushes gender borders with her paintings. You will see her self-portrait posing like a male Calvin Klein perfume advertisement model and a trans woman posing as Eva Mendez in the final show of round 41.

Written by Elnaz Mostaan

images supplied by artist


You can find Cecilia’s art works in her website.

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00


Press while here at Pilotenkueche:

MEDIUM

Beyond ‘Hypezig’: Connecting international artists in eastern Germany
by Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Magazine 43
Issue 8

Artist Spotlight: Travis D. Hendrix

Drawing is some sort of release for Travis. If he is stressed or off kilter, the process of using just a pen on the paper can reset his balance. That’s why he always carries at least one sketch book with him. Travis is a natural prodigy in drawing. The way he draws his lines confidently makes you think he is connected to an inspirational source, what he says assures this: “painting is like meditation for me.”

Travis was busy painting since he could hold a pencil. His mother has his art works documented since early childhood. While he has tried his hand at print making, sculpture, egg tempera and many other mediums, but he always comes back to drawing. He could easily say that art is his calling.

Travis made his profession academic, but after he made sure he had developed his own style and found confidence in it. “I was against the idea of going to an art academy for ages,” said Travis. He had seen many artists who had gone through academic art studies and that have had ruined their love of art and they started working in offices after that.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Architecture is a strong source of inspiration for Travis’ sketches, just as dreams are his muse for illustrating. He believes everything that happens to him during daily life gathers and assembles in dreams. This is where subconscious enters and makes a distinctive show. He places high value on dreams and wants to spend as much time exploring them as he can.

Mapping is another field that Travis is obsessed with. He explains, “Maps are from the very first means that human could use to understand and describe his surroundings.” Maps are like a common language for people, and Travis likes to communicate or transfer a feeling with his audience through his work.

Currently at PK, he is working on a series of maps from an unknown place. He believes maps can recall something in people from their historical memory hidden in their subconscious, especially when the map is produced from his subconscious and not necessarily from the reality outside. So with an art piece like that, people connect through a hidden chain and communicate on a Meta level.

Written by Elnaz Mostaan

images supplied by artist


To more of Travis’ work you can check his Facebook page, and of course you are welcome to the following exhibitions:

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Open:
Sat 16 / Sun 17
Thur 21 / Fri 22 / Sat 23
14:00 bis 18:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Ingrid Pumayalla

Ingrid has a special connection to the ancient roots of the earth. She is bound with nature, symbols and rituals. She has a specific sort of respect for shamans, knowing them not as witches but instead as the wise people who knew the knowledge of herbs and health and secrets of nature.

Her professional path took a new directlon when she was a student in university. She decided to stop studying business administration and redirect her time and energy to her old desire of being an artist. She purposely chose to study at a photography school in Lima, which was founded in 90’s and focused on psychoanalysis and photography. Now she had the time and insight to look and see what photography meant to her, conceptually and technically.

“Photography changed my state of mind and relationship with the world,” says Ingrid. The portrait project she did of her family, left her with a deep impact and some sort of internal emotional healing. Because her family are immigrants, she had to travel around to make a portrait of them. The experience was like putting bones of a body back together again. Migration is a painful phenomenon within Peru, the history goes back to 70’s when people from rural areas started going to big cities. Due to colonization, they have lost nature, language and this was with the feeling of displacement, violence, loosing identity and home. It is also important for her to contribute to preserving Quechua (Inca’s native language) as a Peruvian artist.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Her thirst for making art took her to London. She still works with Photography but her studies in M.A. of fine art opened a space for thinking even wider. “Not just clicking and see what comes out after, but also the process of photography, directing a photo and the dialog you can have with the space and all the surroundings in a photo including the performance in the course of the photography,” said Ingrid.

Ingrid’s Peruvian origins has her telling stories. She tells me a memory about a Shaman who gave her a cup of his potion and tell her “now I’m giving you the Art”. In shamanic culture Art means knowledge to heal and see yourself and your environment and find what you have lost. Going to a shamanic ceremony got her thinking, what those individuals were trying to find. In a post-colonial community, what have people lost collectively. It makes her question the active role of an artist in the position of having that “Art” in a society as a shaman in a community, this makes the fundament of her work, her concern and her quest.

Her enthusiasm for story telling furthers her works in making film. Currently Ingrid is doing photography and filmmaking alongside with other mediums such as wool, stones, woods and etc. for making installations and performances.

Here in PILOTENKEUCHE her project is a fusion of parallel methods specifically textiles and knitting skill from Quichuan culture and language, In a figurative narration of an oral story or a myth. The myth is about now and about the fires in the Amazon, 20 years of deforesting Peruvian Amazon, combined with the concept of migration and with the strong play of nature.

written by Elnaz

image supplied by artist


you can find out more about Ingrid on her website, and you can come down to the following shows to see more of what she is doing.

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

performance: Ingrid Pumayalla

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Lichtspiel des Westens

Karl Heine
Saturday 7 December 2019
16.00 – 22.00

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Mirjam Bürer

Mirjam has an affinity for spaces. Her dreams are very much involved with space. They appear with strong feelings of existence and memories. By spaces, she means a room, a garden, inside a bag, the figures shaped between the trees and so on. Nature is an indispensable part of her work. Her enthusiasm for spending time with nature is the core of her inspirations and even her decisions.

Collecting original seeds is a mission for Mirjam. Prior to 1994, she recognised climate change as a longstanding phenomenon. She saw that mono-cultures were forcing the farmers to use genetically manipulated seeds. At the same time the factories were delivering insecticide seeds in the same buckets and were pushing them on the farmers. However farmers were planting original seeds in their small private gardens. “People keeping the original seeds in the most important room of the house, because it’s the source of the food and all the genetic materials are in the seeds,” said Mirjam. Now when plants have defects, she has the original seeds to be able to feed humanity.

She has taught art at a visual art school for 30 years. Teaching was quite intensive and she moved studios often, but never stopped producing her own projects. She has traveled around the world because her work is multi-layered and looks to the outside while the source is deep inside her. She has been in Pakistan, Himalaya, Indonesia, North India and many more places in east Asia. For her, as an artist based in Netherlands, traveling to these countries and experiencing the culture and landscape of these lands intimately, has opened the doors of a different world.

Photos by PILOTENKÜCHE International Art program

Her Book “Local is global” was initiated in a collaborative project with Netherland’s University museum and biology scientists. “It was another eye opener to work as an artist and collaborate with scientists,” she says. The book took her to Korea. She changed the title to “Gross national happiness” in 2001. That’s the quote used in Bhutan: gross national happiness instead of gross national product.

It’s important for her to get involved while traveling, staying for a while, getting to know the people, and make her works with fresh inspirations from local landscapes and people. That’s why she doesn’t carry her art works around. “When I’m triggered with something I have to make it,” Says Mirjam.

There has not been much time for her to make exhibition for a long time and now she is here to have her time to focus on her work again. She wants to have her own interpretation of the kleingartens of the city. Maybe this will manifest in making her own plan of green lounges of Leipzig playing around industrial spaces or maybe in a small collaboration with other artists in the residency. For the final exhibition, she plans to make an installation of movie compilation, drawing and space of the elements that she was freshly engaged with.

written by Elnaz Mostaan


you can find more of Mirjam’s work in her Website. As well she will exhibit her works in the following events.

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00
PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Daniel Domingo Schweitzer

Daniel works with simple triangles, only they aren’t really triangles. When you look at the development of his work you see something beyond visual aesthetics. He started with the main focus being the human body. After experimenting and dissecting the current world’s lifestyle and social norm’s efflects on human’s body, he came to the conclusion that the corporal side of the human comes from shape and restriction. This lead to space becoming the center of the artwork. This may sound like a big shift, but the human body stays very much involved in the work, but how it is demonstrated differently.

Daniel’s work shifted from meticulous human sculptures to minimal and simplified objects which deal with the matter of space. By slowly deforming and deconstructing the body, Daniel searches for that point where it is still identifiable but at the same time reduced. “I wanted to see how much I can remove from the body and still talk about the body,” says Daniel. This process led to a point where the object remains and the human body almost disappears. What remains is the object which substituted a part of the human body. It defines the space. Now the fractal geometry he makes is a metaphor of body.

During the process of focusing on space rather than the human body, he realised that triangle was the perfect form. The triangle is not only the strongest form, but it requires the minimum amount of lines to make a shape/surface/space/ geometry.

Photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Playing with material is like sketching for Daniel. He edits and reforms the material he is working with until it satisfies him. Not only has he simplified the human form, but he has started using simpler materials. He searches for processes that are faster and can be in alignment with his mind. If the processes are too cumbersome, the mind jumps ahead and the material doesn’t allow you to catch up. In addition to their simplicity, these materials are chosen for their ability to carry meaning.

Currently, he is allowing the viewer to physically interact with the art work. He believes when the viewer moves or rearranges the elements of the work, it results in a trace of that body. It forms a reflection of an idea, thought and way of perception. It replaces the person and body. The viewer activates a space in their own image.

When you look at images you contemplate it but when you interact with an art piece you become part of it. You get empowered. Your personality modifies the world because your intensions are there,”

The world of visual media is so saturated today that it is difficult to get the viewers’ attention. An image is consumed in 2 seconds and then that image is dead. Art can be the opposite of this. It needs time. It needs to involve more than the eyes. Replacing “DON’T TOUCH” with “Please Touch” gives the onlooker permission to be more than just an objective observer.

At PILOTENKEUCHE Daniel is working on progressing a version of interactive, movable installations with repeated models. The triangles will be in a continuous process of construction and deconstruction.

written by Elnaz Mostaan

images supplied by artist


you can see more of Daniel’s work at upcoming PK shows and his personal website.

PK Open Studios / Designers Open Spot

Sat 26 Oct
2PM-9PM: open studio
4PM-6.30PM: BYOB potluck
7.30PM: performance Izabela Kałduńska

Sun 27 Oct
2PM-9PM: open studio

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Random surface displacement
Daniel Domingo Schweitzer solo exhibition

vernissage Fri 13 Dec
Helmut, Kohlgarten 51, Leipzig
20.00 – 24.00

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig