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Pre-view: Fast Kotzen


The source of 20th century unrest is a pattern of blind domination, according to German philosophers Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer. This is domination is trifold: the domination of nature by human beings, the domination of nature within human beings, and, in both of these forms of domination, the domination of some human beings by others.

A product of their wartime exile, Adorno and Horkheimer first published Dialectic of Enlightenment in 1944. It would become one of the most searching critiques of modernity. The duo had experienced National Socialism, Stalinism, state capitalism, and mass culture as entirely new forms of social domination.

Almost 80 years later, the patterns of social domination remain one of the main questions present in the artistic practices of today’s artists. The 38th round of Pilotenkueche International Art Program brings together 16 emerging artists that share a similar sensibility directed towards multi-layered social and cultural structures. Engaged in various topics, their approach can primarily be described as analytical, as most of them reflect on the social character of contemporary art in their practice and thus in a way deal with the question whether or not art can contribute to the transformation of this world.


all photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

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Why the title, Fast Kotzen? The artists of the 38th round relate to the idea of an instantaneous reaction in a form of purging, symbolically and physically. The body’s action of protecting itself serves as a symbol for rejection of the blind domination of nature and humans, pointing towards transformation of society as a whole and subsequently leading towards reconciliation. The duality of the word “fast” (in English – quick; but in German – almost, nearly) also implies that producing new work requires a reflection beforehand, the artists being eager to express themselves quickly in order to make room for new work and also to be in sync with the demands and the pace of the world today.

At the vernissage, you’ll have a chance to engage with the works and the artists, and also hear the reactions of Twin Effect. These talented musicians from Georgia will improvise based on their reactions to the art, the space, the crowd, and each other.

written by curator Tena Bakšaj


Fast Kotzen

Vernissage:  23.03.19, 19h
Performance: Twin Effect

Open:  24 – 27.03.19 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

International residents

A L Kleiner
(Painting, installation; Sydney, Australia)

Amanda Struver
(Interdisciplinary: Syracuse, NY, United States)

Ana Castillo
(Illustration, painting, animation: Paris, France)

Atsuko Mochida
(Installation, site-specific installation, public art: Tokyo, Japan)

Ece Canguden
(Painting, sculpture: Istanbul, Turkey)

Eliana Jacobs
(Etching, objects, collage, conceptual: Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Isabelle Kuzio
(Video, sculpture, painting, installation: Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada)

Jose Sarmiento
(Painting, drawing, etching: Bucaramanga, Colombia)

Charles Park
(Photography: New York, NY, US)

Marloes Staal
(Sculpture, photography, drawing: Enschede, Netherlands)

Ludmila Hrachovinova
(Painting: Bratislava, Slovakia)

Roman Bicek
(Painting, collage: Bratislava, Slovakia)

Tomas Orrego Gianella
(Video, installation, collage: Lima, Peru)

Valentine Emilia Bossert
(Drawing, printmaking, sculpture, video, installation: Geneva, Switzerland)

Local Participants

Henrike Pilz
(mixed media: Leipzig, Germany)

Paul Altmann
(Conceptual art, photography, video, installation: Leipzig, Germany)

Curator

Tena Bakšaj
(Zagreb, Croatia)

Interns

Ciara Brown
(Fine art, multimedia: Birnley, UK)

Maria Maceira
(Art history: A Estrada, Pontevedra, Spain)

Samra Sabanovic
(Photography: Helsinki, Finland)

Mihyun Maria Kim
(Painting, drawing: Edmonton, Canada)

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Artist Spotlight: Marloes Staal

“Come in, grab a blanket and get comfortable.” Marloes’ studio space is a rainbow. These are stacks of blankets collected from the homes of many people in Holland, each with their own personal history. Her resourceful mother assisted her in the project by putting an ad in the local newspaper. Much to her surprise, Marloes was smothered with responses. When asked why blankets, Marloes explains that they are representative of basic human desires. An everyday comfort, taken for granted, until I entered this conversation: a reflection of appreciation with the artist.

We delve into what else makes us comfortable. The warmth of a blanket, the beauty of a landscape. For Marloes in particular, it is the ability to express herself creatively and the freedom to practice this with a nomadic lifestyle. Growing up she was surrounded by artistically inclined people; her grandfather always fixing things and working with metal, her grandmother always creating. “Making is a natural human activity, a way in which we respond to the materials of the earth” – an activity which she exorcises, explores and exploits in detail. Her creations are built in response to her travels; the location, it’s history and the atmosphere and emotion which are provoked.  

all photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Leipzig holds a rich industrial history. Evident in the landscape of crumbling mills and old transportation track lines. Enschede, Holland (Marloes’ home town) boasts a similar history. The artist naturally became interested in the Industrial Revolution as a stamp of the term “man vs.nature”. A term which has encouraged an ocean of discourse. Marloes explains that for her this term is an unrealistic binary. Herself and many philosophers strive to encourage the understanding that humans are part of nature. There is no separation. We are part of the ongoing cycle of evolution.

Hyperreal depictions of rocks were created in ceramics and textiles, and laid on the collected blankets. Each of them, prints of rocks from the local scenery. I pick one of them up. It looks small and light, but weighed enough to make my jaw drop in shock. This one was brought from Marloes’ previous residency in Scotland. Here she learnt how to create art work in an iron foundry. I am enlightened by Marloes adventures and ability to explore many avenues and possibilities of creation. Her skills cover a variety of techniques and processes.

Where to next? After the residency at Pilotenkueche, Marloes will hold exhibition in Enschede. This exhibition will document a conversation between the industrial histories which both locations share, and the common scars which they display. Before that, she plans to install a sculpture at the Fast Kotzen exhibition. Come and see what she creates!

written by Ciara Brown

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Unfinished Hase

15 Feb – 23 Feb 2019
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, 04229 Leipzig, Germany

Fast Kotzen 

Vernissage:  23.03.19, 19h
Open:  24 – 27.03.19 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

ReView: Unfinished Hase

“Where’s the piano?” is always the question when one comes to Alte Handelsschule for an exhibition. On the evening of Friday 15th March, For Unfinished Hase, the piano was front and center in Floating Room 1, an installation by Atsuko Mochida.

Creating a room out of scaffolding, Atsuko floated the piano, stool and a temporary floor. This is a study for work she will be doing in Japan this summer on “Ghost Island,” an island left vacant after a Tsunami. In Japan ghosts are depicted as having no legs. Their feet no longer have contact with the ground.

One might think a room would dominate the space, but this center-piece did not. That’s partially because the walls were invisible and partially because all the other works were so strong. It’s a huge curatorial challenge to bring work from 16 artists into one space and maintain dialogue, but Tena Bakšaj  accomplished it with Unfinished Hase.

In general the atmosphere at the vernissage was bubbling. The exhibition was cluttered with interested adults and energetic toddlers. Clusters of people shared their thoughts and interests in a various seas of conversation, until the united attention of all was captured by the first performance in the space.

All photos by PILOTONKUECHE International Art Program

Eliana Jacobs (our Pilotenkueche resident) and the Dilara Womens Choir (lead by Walburga Walde) congregated, moving organically through the space towards their circular meeting arrangement. The group created humanist noises, all responsive to one another. In the middle of the circle, circus performer Eliana began to perform moves that called attention to the fact that we are expected to contort ourselves in order to be attractive to others. The choir created sounds that manipulated Eliana’s aggressive and erratic movements. Spectators were captured by the hypnotic actions of the performance.

This collaboration between PK’s international artists and the local choir was an example of how art can be integrated into the community. It also gave space for another PK resident, Ece Canguden to add her voice through performance.

Between the forms by Ludmila Hrachovinová  (feature photo) was designed to give viewers a new perspective of her drawing on paper, but it also gave them a safe place to engage with each other. They were completely immersed in the experience.

Throughout the space people could be seen with plants in their hands. This was part of AL Kleiner’s Take a plant – you’ll need it, where visitors were encouraged to choose a plant in return for a donation to Extinction Rebellion.

In our current climate of climate change deniers, this is a move towards radical social change. Adam knew he wanted to address a local topic, but wanted to choose a non-partisan one. This living still life could have long reaching affects. It will definitely have personal ones as those who took the plants watch their plants grow and benefit from cleaner air as a result.

Later in the evening, Eliana performed traditional Yiddish songs. Her arrangements with Ben Osborn were tantalising and made for a mellow atmosphere. All in all it was a wonderful experience. Somehow these artists in process felt very much complete.

We can’t wait to see the next and final show: Fast Kotzen.

Fast Kotzen 

Vernissage:  23.03.19, 19h
Open:  24 – 27.03.19 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

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International residents

A L Kleiner 
(Painting, Installation; Sydney, Australia)

Amanda Struver 
(Interdisciplinary:Syracuse, NY, United States)

Ana Castillo 
(Illustration, Painting, Animation: Paris, France)

Atsuko Mochida 
(Installation, Site-specific Installation, Public Art : Tokyo, Japan) 

Ece Canguden
(Painting, Sculpture: Istanbul, Turkey)

Eliana Jacobs 
(Etching, Objects, Collage, Conceptual: Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Isabelle Kuzio
(Video, sculpture, painting, installation: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Jose Sarmiento
(Painting, Drawing, Etching: Bucaramanga, Columbia)

Charles Park
(Photography: New York, NY, US)

Marloes Staal
(Sculpture, Photography, Drawing: Enschede, Netherlands)

Ludmila Hrachovinova 
(Painting: Bratislava, Slovakia / Stockholm, Sweden)

Roman Bicek
(Painting, Collage: Bratislava, Slovakia)

Tomas Orrego Gianella
(Video, Installation, Collage: Lima, Peru)

Valentine Emilia Bossert
(Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Installation: Geneva, Switzerland)


Local Participants

Henrike Pilz 
(Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Paul Altmann 
(Conceptual Art, Photography, Video, Installation: Leipzig, Germany)

Curator

Tena Bakšaj 
(Zagreb, Croatia)

Assistants

Ciara Brown
(Fine Art, Multi-media: Burnley, UK)

Samra Šabanović 
(Photography, Visual Culture: Helsinki, Finland / Sarajevo, B&H)

Maria Valcarcel Maceira 
(Art History: A Estrada, Spain)

Mihyun Maria Kim 
(Painting, Drawing; Toronto, Canada)

PK Artistic Director and Coordinator

maeshelle west-davies
(Performance, Time-based media, Installation: US/UK/DE)

PK says farewell to Martin Holz

Martin Holz was and remains a PK pilot. He came to create art, but fell in love with Pilotenkueche for its potential. During his five years as Director, it developed into much more than a residency. Today Pilotenkueche is a multi-faceted program that gives more than a space in a shared studio. It recognizes a growing trend of curation by offering emerging curators three month internships. While here, they do consultations with artists, write texts and, of course, curate the shows. It also gives interns a chance to be very hands-on in the day to day happenings, including graphic design for exhibitions and writing posts for the website.

When Martin arrived as an artist, PK was located in HALLE 14 at Spinnerei and was host to around five international artists. Now it is housed in its own space in the up and coming art area of Leutsch. Each of the approximately 12 International artists has up to 36 square meters and all have inspiring views.

all photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

The new space was just a shell when he got it, but he knew this was a place he could expand the project and make his vision come true. He worked tirelessly to have it ready for the 10th Pilotenkueche anniversary in spring of 2017. He did all the wiring, built walls, put in windows, a bathroom, a tea kitchen and an office area. He carefully designed the space so that some walls could be moved to give more flexibility when converting it from work space to exhibition space. Yes, the art was always the heart of it all.

The last five years have given Martin many wonderful memories of bonding and creating. Last November he was pleased to open Heat Lee’s show, AXIO, at the MdBK. While Heet was a resident at Pilotenkueche, the two recognized they shared the ability to see the darkness.

Martin intermingled performance and text, drawing comparisons to karate and being an artist. The fight between order and chaos requires offensive and defensive skills. In her paintings, Lee searches for the moments between chance and control. This was always a quest that Martin was happy to seek.

It was on purpose that Pilotenkueche remained an artist run program. The program supports artists in finding applicable individual funding. His goal was to create a safe space in which artists could engage and collaborate, but didn’t confine them to the program. In working together with Natalia Kalicki or Magdalena Cichon as coordinator, Martin tried to give as many opportunities to engage the local community as possible. This is why there are also two local artists each round. While they have their own studios in town, they accompany the residents on program days where a variety of high and low art activities take place and they participate in the exhibitions.

But now, unfortunately, Martin feels he has taken Pilotenkueche as far as he can. It is time to let his baby go in order for it to continue to grow. We want to publicly thank him for his countless hours of unselfish devotion and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Pilotenkueche will be announcing the new directors sometime in March. We look forward to seeing what that direction will bring. We welcome them and hope you will too.

Upcoming Shows of the 38th Round 2019 / 1 Jan – 31 March

Work is the main thing on the minds of the artists of the 38th round. They are busy contemplating their surroundings, researching and testing out materials. We invite you to come see the results.

Unfinished Hase

Joseph Beuys described his 1965 performance “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare” (“Wie man dem toten Hasen die Bilder erklärt”) as an effort to expand the human potential for thought and expression beyond the rational. The group of artists of the 38th round of Pilotenkueche International Art Program played on a similar concept during one of their first meetings. The newly assembled group decided to choose an exhibition title through a sentence-building game in order to find a common ground for future collaboration. This resulted in “Unfinished Hase”. The phrase also evokes a common motif in the visual arts, the hare being a symbol for various mythological meanings in different cultures throughout art history.

Vernissage:  15.02.19, 19h
Open:  16 – 23.02.19, 13 – 17h
Finissage: 23.02.19 19h
Location: 
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, 04229 Leipzig, Germany

All photos by Pilotenkueche International Art Residency

Fast Kotzen

Repulsed? It’s natural. It’s just the body’s way of protecting itself. The artists of the 38th round relate to the idea of an instantaneous reaction in a form of purging, symbolically and physically. They are eager to express themselves quickly in order to make room for new work and also to be in sync with the demands and the pace of the world today. The duality of the word “fast” (in English – quick; but in German – almost, nearly) also implies that producing new work requires a reflection beforehand, the artists currently being in a stand by mode.

Vernissage:  23.03.19, 19h
Open:  24 – 27.03.19 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany

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International residents

A L Kleiner 
(Painting, Installation; Sydney, Australia)

Amanda Struver 
(Interdisciplinary:Syracuse, NY, United States)

Ana Castillo 
(Illustration, Painting, Animation: Paris, France)

Atsuko Mochida 
(Installation, Site-specific Installation, Public Art : Tokyo, Japan) 

Ece Canguden
(Painting, Sculpture: Istanbul, Turkey)

Eliana Jacobs 
(Etching, Objects, Collage, Conceptual: Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Isabelle Kuzio
(Video, sculpture, painting, installation: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Jose Sarmiento
(Painting, Drawing, Etching: Bucaramanga, Columbia)

Charles Park
(Photography: New York, NY, US)

Marloes Staal
(Sculpture, Photography, Drawing: Enschede, Netherlands)

Ludmila Hrachovinova 
(Painting: Bratislava, Slovakia / Stockholm, Sweden)

Roman Bicek
(Painting, Collage: Bratislava, Slovakia)

Tomas Orrego Gianella
(Video, Installation, Collage: Lima, Peru)

Valentine Emilia Bossert
(Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Installation: Geneva, Switzerland)


Local Participants

Henrike Pilz 
(Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Paul Altmann 
(Conceptual Art, Photography, Video, Installation: Leipzig, Germany)


Curator

Tena Bakšaj 
(Zagreb, Croatia)

Assistants

Ciara Brown
(Fine Art, Multi-media: Burnley, UK)

Samra Šabanović 
(Photography, Visual Culture: Helsinki, Finland / Sarajevo, B&H)

Maria Valcarcel Maceira 
(Art History: A Estrada, Spain)

Mihyun Maria Kim 
(Painting, Drawing; Toronto, Canada)

PK Artistic Director and Coordinator

maeshelle west-davies
(Performance, Time-based media, Installation: US/UK/DE

Welcome round 38

We are extremely excited to introduce round 38. With very talented artists from all over the world, this round is ready to inspire you to ask questions. Of course one question that continues to be asked is, “What is art?” This varied group will challenge your perceptions through painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, photography, video, interactive works and performance. The next three months are going to be enlightening.

Photos by Pilotenkueche International Art Program


International residents

A L Kleiner 
(Painting, Installation; Sydney, Australia)

Amanda Struver 
(Interdisciplinary:Syracuse, NY, United States)

Ana Castillo 
(Illustration, Painting, Animation: Paris, France)

Atsuko Mochida
(Installation, Site-specific Installation, Public Art : Tokyo, Japan) 

Ece Canguden
(Painting, Sculpture: Istanbul, Turkey)

Eliana Jacobs
(Etching, Objects, Collage, Conceptual: Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Isabelle Kuzio
(Video, sculpture, painting, installation: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Jose Sarmiento
(Painting, Drawing, Etching: Bucaramanga, Columbia)

Charles Park
(Photography: New York, NY, US)

Marloes Staal
(Sculpture, Photography, Drawing: Enschede, Netherlands)

Ludmila Hrachovinova 
(Painting: Bratislava, Slovakia / Stockholm, Sweden)

Roman Bicek
(Painting, Collage: Bratislava, Slovakia)

Tomas Orrego Gianella
(Video, Installation, Collage: Lima, Peru)

Valentine Emilia Bossert
(Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, Installation: Geneva, Switzerland)


Local Participants

Henrike Pilz 
(Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Paul Altmann 
(Conceptual Art, Photography, Video, Installation: Leipzig, Germany)


Curator

Tena Bakšaj
(Zabreb, Croatia)

Assistants

Ciara Brown
(Fine Art, Multi-media: Burnley, UK)

Samra Šabanović
(Photography, Visual Culture:Helsinki, Finland / Sarajevo, B&H)

Maria Valcarcel Maceira
(Art History: A Estrada, Spain)

Mihyun Maria Kim
(Painting, Drawing; Toronto, Canada)

PK Artistic Director and Coordinator

maeshelle west-davies
(Performance, Time-based media, Installation: US/UK/DE


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Re-View: Rutschbahn and Speech Bubble

Marking the half way point of the artists’ time at Pilotenkueche art residency, Rutschbahn, the second exhibition of Pilotenkueche round 37, opened on Friday, the 16th of November 2018 at Krudebude.  Krudebude is an unusual exhibition space set in a “Wächterhaus” – a very Leipzig concept which provides apartments and other project spaces for inexpensive rent –. This made for a intimate and friendly atmosphere throughout the evening .

The 10 participating artists were encouraged to collaborate and make use of the space and its peculiar characteristics. This was particularly visible with Buket Savci’s work Hole of Mystical Desire, which was placed in direct relation with the remains of flowered wallpaper on one of the doors;  Jan Yongdeok Lim’s installation Smoke, which appropriated the coal burning stove in one of the rooms, and Reinhold Ponesch’s RIDE MY HORNS, placed just above one of the door frames in the entrance hall in reference to the traditional placement of mounted horns.

A great number of guests arrived as soon as the clock hit 7pm, and just an hour later, everyone gathered in one of the rooms to watch Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi’s collaborative performance IT CONCERNS YOU. This was Reinhold Ponesch’s and Tamaki Kawaguchi’s first experience with performance art. It was engaging to see how fiercely emotions were portrayed by the two artists. The audience was also positively taken by surprise when encouraged to participate.

We welcomed some familiar faces, previously spotted at the artists’ first exhibitionI Accept the Cookies – who were enthusiastic to see the development of the artists’ practice from  its first work-in-progress sneak peak. New faces kept on arriving until late in the evening, and the same was visible at the finissage last Thursday, 22 November 2018. Ann-Kathrin – one of the organizers of Krudebude – was positively amazed by the show, claiming it was one of the best so far at the space, both in quality and attendance.

photos by Pilotenkueche  International Art Program

Just a week later, on Friday, 23 November 2018, the third exhibition of the 37th round of Pilotenkueche – Speech Bubble – opened its doors. This was the first exhibition showcasing all 14 artists, marking local artist Georg Lisek’s first exhibition of the round with the display of Mask Variation, one of the two video works that could be seen in the show.

The evening began with a welcome speech by Barbara Röhner, owner of Alte Handelsschule and organizer of its exhibition space, followed by words from curator Viviane Tabach. For the curator, this show marks a turning point in the artists’ creative journey at the residency, where they can naturally invent their spaces within the large floor areas of the space, as well as its high ceilings. The artists finally have the freedom to exhibit some of the larger works that have been behind the studio walls, anxiously awaiting their moment. There was also space to develop site-specific work, as Luca Arboccò so rightly did. 

Before reaching the second floor where the exhibition takes place, visitors were surprised by flashing colours on their right as they walked up the stairs. As they followed this intriguing set of blue and purple lights, they found the first piece from the exhibition, No Broken Mirrors Shift Between Our Glance, by Nicholas Adamson. At first just a broken chair carefully laid on the floor, once the visitors moved closer and engaged in the space, they could see a mirror below the chair, reflecting an oil painting of a clown.

 

photos by Pilotenkueche  International Art Program

As the visitors continued up the stairs, they were intoxicated by the sound of Izabela Kałduńska’s music performance “The New Solarism” as they entered the exhibition space. Sitting in harmony amid Finn Curry and David Benarroch’s sculptures, the audience was treated to an hour long experimental performance that shifted between loops of classical violin arrangements and other sounds such as tearing paper, taps on wood and voice. 

Some visitors were noticed exploring the processes of Jan Yongdeok Lim’s Draainweg series through touch, which was interestingly unusual; others were intrigued by Barry Amey’s pieces and their reflection of colour on the wall, and curiously placed their hands behind the pieces to sense their heat – or as they then discovered, the lack of it – in an attempt to explore if they conveyed any light. For many guests, the most striking pieces were Julia Eichler’s Borderwallprototype I and II, for their materiality and playfulness; discovering they are relatively light, considering appearing heavy.

As the evening progressed, the guests grew comfortable – some sat in each corner of the room discussing the different works on view, and others laid on the floor next to Ai Ikeda’s piece Reassembling Matters, almost blending in with the ropes, kraft and waste papers.

These were two nights to remember and we cannot wait to meet again at the most awaited of all exhibitions –  the final one.

SPOOR
Friday, 14 December 2018
at the PK studio space.


Last chance to see Speech Bubble:
finissage Friday 30 Dec from 7PM.


Rutschbahn

International Artists:
Ai Ikeda (Montreal, Canada)
Barry Amey (Cornwall, UK)
Buket Savci (NYC, USA)
David Benarroch (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Jan Yongdeok Lim (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Mihyun Maria Kim (Edmonton, Canada)
Nicholas Adamson (Winnipeg, Canada)
Reinhold Ponesch (Vienna, Austria)
Tamaki Kawaguchi (Osaka, Japan)

Local Artist:
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Speech Bubble

International Artists:
Ai Ikeda (Montreal, Canada)
Barry Amey (Cornwall, UK)
Buket Savci (NYC, USA)
David Benarroch (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Robert Finn Curry (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
Jan Yongdeok Lim (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Luca Arboccò (Turin, Italy)
Mihyun Maria Kim (Edmonton, Canada)
Nicholas Adamson (Winnipeg, Canada)
Reinhold Ponesch (Vienna, Austria)
Tamaki Kawaguchi (Osaka, Japan)
Yuuki Horiuchi (Tokyo, Japan)

Local Artists:
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)
Georg Lisek (Leipzig, Germany)

Curator:
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

Assistants:
Elias Emtanes (Leipzig, Germany)
Ines Alberty (London, UK)

Re-View: I Accept the Cookies

I came. I saw. I ate

Thursday 1 November 2018, I Accept the Cookies, the first exhibition of the 37th round of Pilotenkueche opened its doors.  It had taken days to prepare the exhibition space: from painting the wall, to arranging the work, and then finally placing the cookies (as promised in advance) in a highly visible place. 

all photos by PILTOENKUECHE ART PROGRAM

Thanks to the almost sterile environment of Ping Pong, upon arrival people could see how concisely everything was arranged. Using only one stone grey wall for the works of 13 different artists without creating an overwhelming impression certainly isn’t an easy act, especially when the artists had barely known each other only a couple of weeks.

There is an old German proverb that goes, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” In our case it’s cookie dough.. But in the end with the remarkable knowledge and skill of the curator, Vivian Tabach, this cookie could’ve not been tastier.

Although most of the exhibited art was still in progress, as a whole it created a unique finished piece. In a simple, yet experimental way, with each artist participating with their own, personal flare, the installation mirrored the character of Lindenau in which the exhibition took place. Like the neighborhood and exhibition, Pilotenkueche is about people coming together. What matters isn’t the gender, the heritage, the religion etc. – but the common interest for art…and for cookies.

 all photos by PILTOENKUECHE ART PROGRAM

Diversity was also present in the audience, ranging from the artists themselves, former pilots and people from the local art scene to seniors who had read about the vernissage in the local newspaper LVZ – even more interesting since this broadsheet isn’t the exactly known for its affinity for contemporary art.

There was even one guy who just felt so attracted by our well placed bait – the plate of cookies shining at him from behind the glass pane – that he just had to accept them without looking further to see what was going on inside besides them. This was especially relevant as, in some way, it turned the virtual phenomena of just hitting “accept” without even reading the endless terms and conditions into a real thing. Eventually, sedated and with another cookie in his hands he also found interest in the art pieces. He could be found studying very closely the synergy of sketches and paintings, of the installations and leftovers attached to the stone grey wall giving just a hint what might be in the making behind the door of Pilotenkueche studio. He left with flyer in hand.

This was a really nice evening, with happy pilots and many interesting talks, leaving the audience hungry for the next crumbs in the artist’s little journey through the different art spaces of Leipzig. 

After this kick-off and with an even more strengthened bond, our pilots are already preparing their next exhibition: Rutschbahn. Come slide with us into it and see how they progress!

We would like to thank Ping Pong’s gallery owner, Marcel Noack,  for his collaborative spirit!

written by Elias Emtanes


I Accept the Cookies

International Artists:
Ai Ikeda (Montreal, Canada)
Barry Amey (Cornwall, UK)
Buket Savci (NYC, USA)
David Benarroch (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Robert Finn Curry (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
Jan Yongdeok Lim (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Luca Arboccò (Turin, Italy)
Mihyun Maria Kim (Edmonton, Canada)
Nicholas Adamson (Winnipeg, Canada)
Reinhold Ponesch (Vienna, Austria)
Tamaki Kawaguchi (Osaka, Japan)
Yuuki Horiuchi (Tokyo, Japan)

Local Artist:
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Curator:
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

Assistants:
Elias Emtanes (Leipzig, Germany)
Ines Alberty (London, UK)

 

 

In progress: I accept the cookies

People come to art residencies for all  kids of reasons, but those reasons all come back to one thing: work. First and foremost artists want to create. This may be influenced by what they experience here. It may include collaboration with other creatives they have met here. It always includes a progression of impressions in reaction to their new environment. These impressions are often overlooked. In the first show of the 37th round, I accept the cookies, we want to invite you into this secret world.

The artists have been here for a month now. During this time we have been having consultations and closely following their work: both past and current. This was imperative in deciding which pieces would be included in our upcoming shows.

We are currently installing I accept the cookies. It will include works from the entire group. In fact, the salon style hanging was chosen to show how the works correlate and create one single work. The open plan industrial loft studios at Pilotenkueche make it easy for artists to interact if they want to. This group of artists is feeding off each other and taking advantage of the randomness that has them in Leipzig at the same time. They understand this gift. 

photos by Pilotenkueche Art Program

I Accept the Cookies will be presented at the Ping Pong Kunstraum. “The title came up as an unpretentious wordplay with the new pilots at the kitchen (the artists at the Pilotenkueche!), baking some cookies and/or being the cookies and also makes reference to the pop-up window you have to accept to continue navigating online. This exhibition does not approach internet issues, but the situation of compromising your privacy in order to access content. In this case, privacy can be understood as the process: the artists unveil their process to the audience. This exhibition is the gateway to the contents you will see in the three following shows.” Vivian Tabach, guest curator.

Come meet the artists. They are a friendly bunch. And, yes, there will be cookies for you to accept.


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Kunstraum PING•PONG

Helmholtzstraße 1
04177 Leipzig, Germany

Vernissage: Thur 01 Nov 2018, 19h
Open: 02 – 04 Nov  17-20h

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International Artists:
Ai Ikeda (Montreal, Canada)
Barry Amey (Cornwall, UK)
Buket Savci (NYC, USA)
David Benarroch (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Robert Finn Curry (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)
Jan Yongdeok Lim (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Luca Arboccò (Turin, Italy)
Mihyun Maria Kim (Edmonton, Canada)
Nicholas Adamson (Winnipeg, Canada)
Reinhold Ponesch (Vienna, Austria)
Tamaki Kawaguchi (Osaka, Japan)
Yuuki Horiuchi (Tokyo, Japan)

Local Artist:
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Curator:
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

Assistants:
Elias Emtanes (Leipzig, Germany)
Ines Alberty (London, UK)

Artist Spotlight: Mihyun Maria Kim

Mihyun Maria Kim is a painter. The idea of the painting itself is meaningful for her because it is both the process and the outcome: it alludes that its end is not necessarily defined. It is through this ambivalence that she also explores the place between the encounter and the separation, the integration and the isolation.

She depicts portraits, figures, faces, whose main theme is the human connection. Maria Kim looks through her personal photos to find randomly captured people. She may not know them, but the fact that they shared the same space and time gives her an entry point to discover a potentially valuable moment. The stories she investigates can be her own – where she draws from memory – or can be a story told to her by her family and friends. From this, Maria Kim connects the past to her current situation, struggle or emotion and reinterprets it in order to dig deeper into the reason she has accessed it.

Photos are the starting point for Maria Kim’s works, but she never looks at them during the process. She let them intermingle with her surroundings, “to be more influenced by information through news, research, writings, books, so that I free the mind and emotions of my own visual world to come alive”, she describes.

all photos by Pilotenkueche Art Program

She allows herself to be carried away by her thoughts so that her body moves with a certain weight and energy which can be seen in the brushwork, choice of colors, the size of the work and how controlled the situation is for painting. The dark color palette and the expressive brushstroke are remarkable in her work.

All the subjects and contexts Maria Kim paints relate to who she is as a painter. The figures she paints can be seen as her own representation. Her painting process is her own self-knowledge process. The time of painting is also a time of reflection and the reinvention of a memory. The anonymous character of a possible encounter gains an intimate form, at the same time, the painting seems to be reduced to a non-place and timeless state. Taken to the extreme, it is the creation of a background for new memories.

At the beginning of her career, she was influenced by the Austrian painter Egon Schiele, for his raw lines and use of negative space; the German Expressionists who distort the use of colour, space, and scale; sculptors as Magdalena Abakanowicz with hollow figures and surface texture, and more recently Claudia Alvarez with her rooms of ceramic children and their piles of shoes. Her current influencers are Maja Ruznic, Xin Ye Cheng, Kaye Donachie, Grace Metzier and Genieve Figgis. With her recent move to Edmonton in Canada, she wishes to further understand the rawness and depictions of both Julian Forrest and Kim Dorland.

Since 1998 Mihyun Maria Kim has been selected to several art residencies, such as Can Serrat and AIRGentum, in Spain and CAMAC (Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre), in France. At Pilotenkueche, the artist aims to move on to larger paintings and also to group the smaller paintings for viewing as it has this element of a search for one that one can recognize him/herself in.

text: curator Viviane Tabach


You can see Maria Kim’s work in the four upcoming shows of round 3 7. 

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Vernissage: 01.11.18, 19h
Open: 02.11 – 04.11.18 17-20h
Location: PING PONG, Helmholtzstraße 1, 04177 Leipzig, Germany
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RUTSCHBAHN

Vernissage:  16.11.18, 19h
Open:  17-21.11.18 17 – 20h
Finissage: 22.11.18, 19h
Location: Krudebude, Stannebeinplatz 13, 04347 Leipzig, Germany
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SPEECH BUBBLE

Vernissage:  23.11.18, 19h
Open:  24 – 29.11.18, 17 – 20h
Finissage: 30.11.18 19h
Location: 
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, 04229 Leipzig, Germany
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SPOOR

Vernissage:  14.12.18, 19h
Open:  15 – 20.12.18 17h-20h
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany
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