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Artist Spotlight: Audrey Newton

Audrey Newton lets materials find their own identities. Through her work, latex, resin and silicon all speak for themselves. Attempting to remove herself from the artistic process, Audrey anoints herself the ‘chill mum’ that allows her materials do their own thing. This practise-driven artist lets her work find its own voice; one meant to be heard differently by the audience who view it.

“Trawling through the states of matter,” Audrey experiments with what materials can do, especially latex.

She feels that she didn’t “stick to” latex rather latex “stuck to” her. Inspired heavily by the work of Eva Hesse, Audrey is aware of how the materials she has chosen are impermanent and transient, reducing her “artist’s footprint”. As the latex dissolves, discolours, degrades and alters, its identity too evolves and presents itself anew. The work is active and establishes its own presence.

images by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Audrey’s pieces are true inhabitants of space, not just mere visitors. Using her surroundings as the starting point, Audrey presents work that then disrupt this space. The materials change and converse with and amongst themselves. They occupy the space of their own accord. In line with Jane Bennett’s notion of ‘Vibrant Matter,’ Audrey wants to emphasise the “vitality of nonhuman bodies.” Objects are anthropomorphised and given life; independent of the artist.

The audience is heavily considered in Audrey’s work.

Her abstract, vibrant and ever-changing pieces are not intended for linear interpretation. She wants the viewer to create their own narratives. The life-span and meaning of otherwise ephemeral materials is expanded through audience participation.

Leipzig has made Audrey green with…inspiration! With work subconsciously driven by her surroundings, she has noticed that her current work uses green taken from the surrounding Leipzig. She is also utilising “formal” shapes resembling the bricks of the PK studio. Audrey’s work evolves in conjunction with the space she and her materials find themselves in. In the upcoming exhibitions, how will Audrey’s work introduce itself? What narratives will the audience create? And how will the work occupy the exhibition space?

Written by Rosie Shackleton

images supplied by artist


To see more examples of Audrey’s work 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

i think you’re brilliant. i don’t think I’ve ever told you that, but it’s true.

solo exhibition

vernissage:
27 Mar
8PM

open:
27 Mar – 15 Apr
Wednesdays
8PM

Helmut
Kohlgartenstr 51
04315 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

Artist Spotlight: Austin Turley

Austin Turley is all about “finding that sweet spot.” Exploring the patterns, subtleties, rhythms and various properties of different materials, Austin aims to present a series of work that extend through the two upcoming PILOTENKUECHE exhibitions.

Through collecting and exploring his physical surroundings and the objects therein, Austin aims to “investigate the system”. Curiosity is what pushes him. He tries and tests new materials to find out what they can do and how he can utilise them. Continually being spurred on by his past work, he has noticed there is a core to his practise. This core stems from his music making. Where he used to question why he picked specific notes during composition, he now asks why he picks new materials.

“Painting and working” have been a constant feature of Austin’s life.

With his mum being a painter herself, Austin found it an easy skill to acquire. It continues to be the foundation that he draws upon in his current work. Later acquiring “working” experience as a glass caster and as a stone carver, Austin familiarised himself with new tools that allow him to extensively explore the properties of the materials that he encounters.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

Serendipitous stones inspired him in his current work. After observing how his young son interacted with stones and gravel, Austin decided to join him in the sand pit and began collecting stones from the courtyard of his Leipzig residence. Austin sees his current work as truly a “family affair”. He collects the stones, his wife cleans them and his son inspired the whole process, .

From Leipzig to Lisbon; the PILOTENKUECHE residency will be followed by another in Portugal.

Austin is already thinking about what he will produce on his following artist residency, aiming to adjust the scale of his work to fit the different sized studio spaces. For Lisbon he will be thinking small and has already begun working on gel prints based off scans of mottled glass. These prints then produce topographical-like patterns and designs which are different with every scan. The work of this artist is clearly never done and “the more work [he] makes, the more ideas come.”

Written by Rosie Shackleton


For more work from Austin Turley visit his 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 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

Artist Spotlight: Tomas Nuñez

Tomas Nuñez produces work that is “seriously silly”. With accessibility, engagement and simplicity at the forefront of his practice, for his time at the Pilotenkueche, Tomas wants to produce art that is flamboyant, noisy, interactive and, most importantly, fun!

Predominately a sound artist, Tomas aims to sneak past the “gatekeepers of music”.

Through growing up in the DIY band culture of Sydney, a scene that invents spaces outside of the ‘realms of money-making’ and the hetero-normative definition of what a band and music should be, Tomas knows there is not one linear way to make music. For him, this environment is about friendship, community and experimentation, a key focus for his upcoming work at PK which he claims “needs collaboration” and audience involvement. He is also looking forward to possible collaboration with other artists in the residency and is planning shows in and around Leipzig, so he can keep performing during his time here.

Touring groups of deaf, blind and autistic individuals around artistic spaces, Tomas became very aware of the rule and restrictions of the public art sector. Working at The Museum of Contemporary Art and other installations such as Sculptures by the Sea in Sydney, it became clear to him that the gallery and art environment is one dominated by the middle-class, intellectual masses and is linear in its need to maintain a quiet and contemplative aura, one that excludes many.

The marriage between boxing and music will be Tomas’ main focus in his residency here at Pilotenkueche.

Approximately a year ago, Tomas began dancing around the boxing ring, and not just in the DIY music space; a combination prompting consideration of sound and space. The transformation of the boxing ring from an intimidating place to one of comfort and even “solace” was an important one for Tomas, building upon his work in museums and the questions of which spaces are accessible and welcoming.

After the first visit to the Alte Handelsschule Tomas has begun to think about what he will produce during the residency. He intends to produce “speed balls” (rubber coated objects with microphones attached) which will perform the purpose of a punching bag to be kicked, touched and interacted with by the visiting audience. Emphasising the similarities between music and boxing; their sensual, stimulating nature and their dependence upon collaboration and active involvement, Tomas’ work promises to get us all involved.


Written by Rosie Shackleton

To see more work from Tomas Nuñez go to his Vimeo or visit our 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 9
04179 Leipzig