Monthly Archives: January 2019

Artist spotlight: Amanda Struver

Each day Amanda sits facing her studio window, legs crossed, listening intently to her big black headphones as she researches and gathers her materials.  Her studio has two shovels, a pink sparkly pig mask, sardine tins painted white, a tripod and other objects that don’t seem connected. It is her effervescence that fills the room.  Amanda Struver considers any given space she occupies as a part of her practice. She continually thinks of ways to contextualize ideas and objects within the given situation, as she uses boundaries of place and the body, concepts of disarray and dysfunction, as tools for her work.

Amanda understands her practice as manic. She is continually working through multiple projects at once. However, each idea is linked by questions of various dualities, such as; personal vs universal; animal vs. human; nothing vs everything; dirty vs sterile.  These questions began with the exploration of her body and the ways in which one is to behave or not behave, based on the cultural/social beliefs and norms.

She does not prefer being identified in one form or to belong to any one category, but rather she frees herself by revealing different performances of alternative selves. Examples of these performances are Pool Boi– where she had the chance to care for a pool, she performed and logged entries on Instagram of her life poolside, and Scum– another performance in which she walked around the crowds of the gallery either noticed or neglected by them and created an atmosphere that tested their tolerance through smell and behaviour.

all photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program or supplied by the artist

Order vs chaos is another duality she heavily worked through. Over the course of seven months she built up a space composed of three walls in her given studio, called a “set”, and filled it with various objects, creating different scenarios.  It evolved to her entering the space and recording her actions, which ranged from sitting on a block of lard, crushing eggs between her armpits, and pouring milk on the carpet only to absorb it back onto a rag until full and repeat. Through the repetition of a simple task or motion she lost sense of time and was transported out of the situation of the “set”.  By bringing focus to repetition, she provokes comfortability in regularity.

“It is easy to exist within a routine, and I wonder how does this influence an experience of a reality?”

While at Pilotenkueche, Amanda will be continuing to process through a few different projects, and one that is specific to the context of this residency- in which she will be digging a hole under a bridge for Sad Baby. The hole will be dug for a set number of hours, each day. In conjunction, she will be doing a series of writings for the situation of Sad Baby, who is all of us and none of us. Through this work she will suggest a notion of routine, while emulating desperation felt from doing it all for nothing.

written by mihyun maria kim

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Come and see what Amanda creates in the following shows:

Unfinished Hase

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

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

Artist spotlight: AL Kleiner

 

“Too much decoration distracts my thought process” confirms Adam, from the seat of his nearly empty Pilotenkueche studio.  Adam’s creative process begins with research in the form of reading. For this, he needs a blank environment. This provides him the clarity of a clean mental space in which he can grow new knowledge.

It was upon discovering the Contemporary Master Heads of the 1970’s that Adam decided to face his practice with a new attitude. After experimentation at The National Art School in Sydney, he decided to hand the paint brush over to the spectator at his graduate exhibition. Now his creations could be activated by interaction from the viewer. Adam created Micro Studios: sophisticated constructions of wall hangings, encasing canvas and painting materials. The expertise Adam gathered over years of landscape paintings translated into strict attention to detail and composition within the creation of his tangible objects.

A socially engaged practice satisfies Adam in knowing that he is critiquing the “look but don’t touch” ethos of the gallery space. He is hoping to push this further during his three month stay at Pilotenkueche. After a six month break from creating his own art works, he is entering the residency with no fixed program. With an interest in German politics, Adam hopes that his practice will be somewhat shaped by the dynamics of his new location and the social situations and structures in which he finds himself. I’m curious to experience how these discoveries are translated into a multi-sensory installation.

photos by Pilotenkueche International Art Residency

Written by Ciara Brown

Come and see what Adam creates in the following shows:

Unfinished Hase

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

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


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)

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

Henike 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)

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

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

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

PK Artistic Director and Coordinator

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

Meet the curator: Tena Bakšaj

In 2017, Tena went to a small punk bar in Connewitz. She had seen a flyer for an exhibition entitled, Enjoy Yourself.  Music, dance, drink and art sounded like the perfect way to do that. It was an exhibition from the 33rd round of Pilotenkueche. After conversing with the artists, Tena was enticed to follow their journey. When she attended their final show, she felt comfortable in the Pilotenkueche space and decided to apply for the curator internship.

After studying French and German Language and Literature in Zagreb, Tena started working at the Modern Gallery. There she learned how to take visitors on guided tours, building a storytelling skill which later found its way into her work.

Discussion with a group of former museum colleagues lead to a common realisation that there was a lack of opportunities for emerging artists and young curators within the city. This resulted in the birth of Kolektiv EMGE – a non-profit curatorial organization dedicated to filling this gap. This allowed Tena to develop a practical knowledge in the field of curation and the organization of art events.

Kolektiv EMGE ‘s first exhibition, Under Cover

“We noticed that there was a refined independent music scene present in the whole region and that a lot of musicians collaborate with local artists in a form of cover artwork or visual identity, thus creating an alternative/DIY network between many local young creatives. We wanted to research and map these collaborations in a form of an exhibition.”

A series of interviews with musicians and artists lead to an exhibition showcasing 50 cover artworks along with a story and explanation of how each image was derived. The success of the exhibition lead to a tour of the ex-Yugoslavian region, fulfilling the collective’s original goals and providing them the energy to push their intentions further.

photos by Pilotenkueche International Art Residency or supplied by Tena

With their next curatorial project, the collective decided to take a similar anthropological research approach – this time with the topic of Kino (movie theatres) in Zagreb from the sixties and seventies. After delving into state archives and newspapers, EMGE gathered material to create a multimedia interactive exhibition. They showed the current and past states of each theatre. The focus was on the development, growth and degradation of each individual site and eventually on how the buildings were adequately or inadequately repurposed.

Next, Tena and the collective assisted in the coordination of the Antisalon project, which is based on the concept of gathering the work of artists recently rejected by the Youth Salon (an established biennial art show collating works of emerging Croatian artists). Antisalon is a space where young artists often exhibit for their first time and it takes place in Zagreb’s alternative center/squat Medika, in Grey gallery. The main goal is to give insight into the complete emerging art scene and not only the works selected by established museum. This was Tena’s first step towards curating a show with an emphasis on providing a platform for each individual artist.

As the next development, Pilotenkueche will allow Tena to gain experience in building relationships with each artist and monitoring the progress of all projects involved in the exhibition.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of working with sixteen very unique artists and providing ample attention to each one of them. My desire is to create a coherent show which is accessible to the public eye. It is important to me that there is a dialogue between the works. This close relationship and observation of the artists progression should enable me to find this dialogue.”

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)

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

Henike 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: Birnley, UK)

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

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

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

PK Artistic Director and Coordinator

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


This was the 37th round

Last week we said goodbye to 2018 and, with it, our most recent residents. We will remember the ideas and collaborative spontaneity that filled the studio, but most of all their ability to play in life and through their art. We were able to bond through our collective experiences. Between our four exhibitions, our program days included day trips to Bauhaus and Halle. We saw Leipzig from many perspectives, talked to exhibiting artists, gallery owners, curators and project spaces. We toured the west with architects, went to museums and even to the Christmas market.

We danced, we laughed, but most of all: we created.

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
Georg Lisek (Leipzig, Germany)
Julia Eichler (Halle, Germany)

Curator
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

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