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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: 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

Curator Spotlight: Jazmin Soria

Jazmin Soria likes a challenge. Despite it being not the easiest field to get into, Curation always felt like the right direction for her. That determination and sense of purpose motivated her to leave her native Hawaii in order to explore the art world in a place far away from home – Europe.

Her high level of education is immediately recognizable. When talking to Jazmin, it shines through in the way she naturally phrases a sentence. When watching her work, it shows in the way she keeps a detail-oriented and focused disposition. And it comes as no surprise when reviewing her accomplishments. Jazmin moved to Europe in 2013 and has acquired her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She then moved to the Netherlands, where she is in the process of getting her master’s degree in Museums and Collections at Leiden University.

Creating a harmonious and fluid space is of the utmost importance to Jazmin.

When asked about her ambitions and visions for the upcoming exhibitions at PILOTENKUECHE, she puts an emphasis on creating an atmosphere and space that feels like a whole, while representing each artist individually. This mindset developed after writing her thesis on the Museological Representation of Hawaiian History and Culture in the Bishop Museum, Honolulu.

photos PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Her views on the role of a curator are refreshing.

She is aware of the politics that a museum or a collection may have or represent, in terms of what you are exhibiting, and how you do so. She aspires to step out of the traditional, authoritarian position of a curator who dictates the space and prefers to work in a way that goes hand and hand with the artists and their concept and practice, creating a mutual and unique vision for each exhibition.

 
We are excited to feature Jazmin Soria in her first solo curatorial work here at PILOTENKUECHE. Her experience has prepared her for this opportunity to show her well honed skills. Other than her many academic achievements, she is also passionate about volunteer work. She spent two and a half years at Peacock Visual Arts gallery in Aberdeen, Scotland. While there, she was working hand in hand with the curator, artist and visitors. She has also volunteered at the Honolulu Museum of art.


See her curation work in the upcoming exhibitions.

Written by Maayan Moskona

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