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Artist Spotlight: Lily Cummins

In this series, we present artists currently working in our studio. Today, we introduce you to Lily Cummins.

Australian artist Lily Cummins works with a combination of abstract and recognisable forms, questioning the idea of representation and creating a dream-like patchwork of memory.

Since coming to Pilotenkueche her way of working has changed. Away from her previously muted palette she is now experimenting with striking combinations of sickly yellows, greens and pinks; colour that reject the obvious harmony within art but still work in their own approach. Her work seems to have an ambiguous narrative, conceived through repeated forms and structures. The text, characters and settings are all aspects which the viewer can relate to, but simultaneously struggles to make sense of; as though trying to recall a memory. 

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Similar to how memories are erased or distorted, her work explores a similar process. Figures are drawn and then redrawn, text written only to be crossed out and painted over leaving it barely legible to the viewer. “When you look back on a memory it’s not always clear,” she mentions, “I have a cat at home, so currently the cat is a strong image,” where as human figures in her work can appear anonymous, perhaps something more distant.

As well as creating work for the final show, Cummins has been selected (along with two other residents) to exhibit in our smaller group exhibition at Ping Pong – Architecture of Experience. For this, she is hoping to continue with her smaller works to create an accumulative install, presenting a new body that will stand out against her previous larger scale work. 

Links:

Architecture of Experience on Facebook

Corporal Temperature on Facebook

Lily Cummins

Artist Spotlight: Arabella Hilfiker

In this series, we present artists currently working in our studio. Today, we introduce you to Arabella Hilfiker. 

Working with paint, text and print Arabella documents the relevance of everyday life within the bigger picture of the human experience. Her work is a collection of images, thoughts and opinions, which manifest themselves into a story of their own direction. 

Her focus hasn’t changed since coming to Pilotenkueche, but she is hoping to expand the stories past the paintings through experimentation with sculpture and installation; mentioning puppetry as a particular area of interest. The exploration of this medium reflects the playful nature of her work and continues to encompass the honest and naive humour of the style with which she paints. “Art can be too serious”, she says when discussing the processes behind her work, adding that through personal experience she sees her work as, “something more intuitive” – starting with a sketch and thereafter seeing possible relations to wider themes. 

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Arabella’s current body of work opens the conversation of how we situate happiness within our lives. With the connectivity of the internet becoming increasingly apparent, she cites the recurring motif of the mobile phone as a background presence both in her work and everyday life; something, that without even realising, becomes unavoidable and, “forces us to not be in the present”. 

With our preview exhibition just a few weeks away, we are excited to see Arabella’s upcoming work!

Links:

Arabella Hilfiker 

Artist Spotlight: Jing Tan

In this series, we present artists currently working in our studio. Today, we introduce you to Jing Tan. 

Originally from Shenzhen China, Jing Tan graduated with a Masters degree from Royal College of Art, London, this year. In her previous millinery studies, Jing created elaborate and eccentric hat designs heavily influenced by the idea of magic realism.

For her time at Pilotenkueche however, she is experimenting more with sculpture and installation work, channeling her medium into an abstract response to a specific story from Chinese folklore – The Snail Maiden. Her work plays with the tangibility and displacement of texture as a representation of this female snail form and the domestic role she has been given in the story. Collaborating with both artists and her new Leipzig audience, she hopes to collate responses to the folklore story; specifically the moment when the shell is taken away from the woman, revealing the soft body underneath. 

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Looking at her studio space is an exciting insight into the way she works and the references she plays with, her own shrine to Snail Maiden culture. Jing is currently working on creating her own slime pigment that she hopes will deform and change throughout the time her work is exhibited.

Jing sees her project during Pilotenkueche as a “research based installation”, asking people to recount memories which they can equate to the shell of the snail being lifted. She explains that her idea initially developed from negative trauma, but she is now looking at individual memory, adding that “sometimes we ignore and to revisit is self healing”.

Jing is hoping to engage with the local people of Leipzig, including into her art subjective responses to this Chinese folklore. If you wish to contact her regarding her work, this can be done via her email or instagram linked below.

Links:
Jing Tan

tj.jingtan@foxmail.com

Artist Spotlight: Curtis Welteroth

In this series, we present artists currently working in our studio. Today, we introduce you to Curtis Welteroth. 

Predominantly working with paint and installation work, Curtis Welteroth presents a comparative between pop culture and his experience as a young, queer, American. Whether it’s his early sculptures of hyperrealism or his more recent, erotic, painterly work; he wishes to trick the eye. Deciphering a personal language between the signifier and the signified, he presents to his audience a Curtis-specific relationship between communication and context. 

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Here in Leipzig, he wishes to “incorporate more painterly aspects of the Northern Renaissance”, into his still life painting and continue to examine the boundaries of semiotics within his work.  Wanting to explore performance as a new form of expression, he is keen to seek a collaborative process with other artists in Pilotenkueche. Through the autobiographical nature of his current work, he wants to open the discussion of a performance “that can continue indefinitely”, allowing himself to experiment with this new medium without any restriction.

Within the Pilotenkueche exhibition schedule, Curtis will be showing at Space Chorus and Corporal Temperature. We look forward to seeing what he comes up with next!

Links:
Curtis Welteroth 

Work in Progress // 36th Round

After nearly one month of the program, our residents are preparing with our upcoming shows in mind. They are in the phase of developing their individual projects, exploring collaborations, and discussing exhibition possibilities. We hope to see you at our upcoming shows Space Chorus, Architecture of Experience and our final show, Corporal Temperature!

Impressions

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International residents
Ando Saori (Performance, Choreography, Video, Photography; Osaka, Japan / Bielefeld,
Germany)
Arabella Hilfiker (Painting, Printmaking, Book Art; Cambridge, UK)
Chelsea Markuson (Installation, Drawing, Performance; East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Curtis Welteroth (Installation, Painting; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Jing Tan (Sculpture, Performance; China/London, UK)
Josefina Maro & Salvador Marino (Performing Arts, Digital Arts; Cordoba, Argentina)
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Maya Perry (Drawing, Animation, Sound; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)
Zoe Trilnick Farji (Collage, Mixed Media, Poetry ; Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Local Participants
Beate Körner (Performance, Conceptual; Leipzig, Germany)
Undine Bandelin (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)
Nora Prinz (Graphic Design; Leipzig, Germany)

WELCOME NEW PILOTS // 36th Round

We are pleased to welcome the pilots of the 36th round, who will stay in PILOTENKUECHE from July through September 2018. The artists of the current round come from Japan, the UK, the USA, Argentina, China, Taiwan, Australia, Israel, and Austria, and bring a focus on performance, painting, printmaking, drawing, sound, installation, and photography. We look forward to the coming months!

Impressions

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We already had a fully packed schedule, including a visit in MdbK and our Welcome BBQ.

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International residents
Ando Saori (Performance, Choreography, Video, Photography; Osaka, Japan / Bielefeld,
Germany)
Arabella Hilfiker (Painting, Printmaking, Book Art; Cambridge, UK)
Chelsea Markuson (Installation, Drawing, Performance; East Lansing, Michigan, USA)
Curtis Welteroth (Installation, Painting; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Jing Tan (Sculpture, Performance; China/London, UK)
Josefina Maro & Salvador Marino (Performing Arts, Digital Arts; Cordoba, Argentina)
Lily Cummins (Drawing, Installation; Darlinghurst, Australia)
Maya Perry (Drawing, Animation, Sound; Tel Aviv, Israel)
Nathan Jay Brooker (Painting; Perth, Australia)
Simona Reisch (Photography ; Vienna, Austria)
Zoe Trilnick Farji (Collage, Mixed Media, Poetry ; Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Local Participants
Beate Körner (Performance, Conceptual; Leipzig, Germany)
Undine Bandelin (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Vanessa Souli (Writer, Artist Manager; Berlin, Germany / Greece)

Assistants
Alex Davidson (Social Media, PR, Promotion; Edinburgh, UK)
Brodie Weir (Art Management, Art History; Orwell, UK)
Nora Prinz (Graphic Design; Leipzig, Germany)

This was the 35th Round

Last week we said goodbye to our most recent residents. We will remember the ideas and collaborative spontaneity inspired by the second round of 2018 to work at our studio! We would also like to thank our intern, local participants, guests and friends, attendees and our supporters, as well as the broader Leipzig community for participating in our events. We hope to foster a continued exchange between our international participants and the local artists.  
Here is a selection of impressions from the 35th round, including museum tours, gallery visits, artist talks, and our preview and final events:

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

Artists
International residents
Alejandro Londono (Painting, Mixed Media; Bogotá, Colombia)
Anna Ill & Steph Huang (Installation, Sculpture, Video, Photography; London, UK)
Benjamin Leal & Henry Bell (Sound, Performance; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Eva Macali (Mixed Media, Poetry; Roma, Italy)
Fatima Nadeem (Printmaking, Painting; Lahore, Pakistan)
Ivan Attila Cremer (Sculpture, Photography; Amsterdam, Netherlands / Los Angeles, California, USA)
Jackson Akitt (Photography; Brighton, UK)
John Berry (Painting; Bloomington, USA)
Leonardo Ciocchini (Painting, Mixed Media; Buenos Aires, Argentinia)
Maryam Abedi (Painting; Teheran, Iran)
Silvina Rodriquez (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Tegwen Evans (Photography, Multimedia, Installation; Berlin, Germany)

Local Participants
Marlet Heckhoff (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)
Claudia Vonderlind (Video, Performance, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Philipp Anders (Curator; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kyla Pinkard (German & English Literature; Leipzig, Germany)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)

Artist Spotlight: Claudia Vonderlind

Our local participant Claudia Vonderlind had an especially successful time at the residency. She does what she calls “performative photography”: single images are composed into a video and presented in an interactive, installative context. She investigates role models and identities that she once believed to be obliged to fulfill, influenced by images in magazines and other media. Often, she is her own protagonist, her own canvas.

The multimedia, interdisciplinary art and psychology project RED LIPS investigates the politics of the female body with brilliant irony and bittersweet seriousness, and explores the stigmas, standards, and expectations to which women are exposed.

The artist visits each participant’s home with her MacBook, a tube of red lipstick, and a drink of choice, and leaves them alone for up to four hours. During this time, they take 144 self portraits using the laptop’s photo application. The women do not see each other’s videos. The bed reflects the participants’ intimate and private space, just as the artists’ personal laptop demonstrates her willingness to trust others. Intimacy and closeness, as opposed to disconnencted and fragmented relationships of modern everyday life, are central layers of her work.

When she started RED LIPS two years ago, Claudia made her project open to all people of all ages and genders, but only women have chosen to participate thus far.

We are happy that during our Final exhibition, Red Lips was discovered by Alfred Weidinger, Director of MdbK, who invited Claudia to have an exhibition there in July (tba). Congratulations!

Images courtesy of the artist.

Links:
Claudia Vonderlind
on Facebook

Re-View: Consultations // 30.05.18

The consultation between a curator and an artist is a crucial moment for the exhibition. The direct contact between the participants guides the overall direction of the curation, and encourages creativity, a process that transforms the initial and individual ideas. In this pairing, we develop a different concept about an exhibition, one that is greater than the ideas of one mind. The consultation period also allows the artist to reevaluate their work and to compare their ideas with an outsider, which ultimately helps define their position in the exhibition. It is likewise essential for the curator to understand the individual pieces that are a part of the exhibition as a whole. We are looking forward to a night of performances and collaboration, and would again like to invite you to Bauchgefühl, the final exhibition of the 35th round at our studios!

Opening: 08.06.18, 18:00h

Open: 09.03.18,         14 – 20h
            11.– 13.03.18, 10 – 16h

All photos by Pilotenkueche.

Artists
International residents
Alejandro Londono (Painting, Mixed Media; Bogotá, Colombia)
Anna Ill & Steph Huang (Installation, Sculpture, Video, Photography; London, UK)
Benjamin Leal & Henry Bell (Sound, Performance; Los Angeles, California, USA)
Eva Macali (Mixed Media, Poetry; Roma, Italy)
Fatima Nadeem (Printmaking, Painting; Lahore, Pakistan)
Ivan Attila Cremer (Sculpture, Photography; Amsterdam, Netherlands / Los Angeles, California, USA)
Jackson Akitt (Photography; Brighton, UK)
John Berry (Painting; Bloomington, USA)
Leonardo Ciocchini (Painting, Mixed Media; Buenos Aires, Argentinia)
Maryam Abedi (Painting; Teheran, Iran)
Silvina Rodriquez (Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation; Montevideo, Uruguay)
Tegwen Evans (Photography, Multimedia, Installation; Berlin, Germany)

Local Participants
Marlet Heckhoff (Painting; Leipzig, Germany)
Claudia Vonderlind (Video, Performance, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media; Leipzig, Germany)

Curator
Philipp Anders (Curator; Leipzig, Germany)

Assistants
Kyla Pinkard (German & English Literature; Leipzig, Germany)
Elsa Henderson (Painting; Los Angeles, California, USA)

Artist Spotlight: John Berry

In this weekly series, we present artists currently working in our studio. Today, we introduce you to John Berry who does painting and printmaking.

Before starting his residency, John planned to investigate the possibilities of organizing a flat surface, the rules it follows and the opportunities these very rules provide, via printmaking and rug design. In Leipzig, he discovered another source of data: the allotment gardens that surround the city. Though the organization of these tiny rectangles is restricted by a German-ish amount of rules, no two gardens look the same. They display a weirdly shaped but still undeniably high grade of freedom, though it is unclear if this freedom exists in spite of or even because of the rules. It’s unclear what is allowed and what is controlled, what is left free and why.

In John’s paintings, this relation is translated into a controlled set of patterns, strictly arranged like the elements of a rug, but still with a vivid, playful sort of intelligence and humor. Taped edges are set next to spray painted areas, seemingly spacious shapes flip back and forth, accidental marks and blurry colors coexist with geometric structures. The motif is never recognizable enough to become the actual protagonist of the painting; the overall construction of the image is meant to be the protagonist.

All photos by Pilotenkueche

 

Links:
John Berry
on Facebook