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Artist Spotlight: Karine Fréchette

Wide spectrum of bright colors, illusion of movement, complex composition with psychedelic elements – that what defines Karine’s Fréchette art work. Her art can be described as a blend of Op art from the 70s and abstract art, especially when it comes to the composition. Karine’s art practice is inspired by other artists such as Bridget Riley, Claude Monet or Frank Stella. One of her biggest inspirations is Czech abstract painter Frank Kupka and his visionary and mystic composition. When one comes closer to Karine’s paintings, they are almost hypnotized by the entrancing wave-like patterns.

I have a feeling I found my artist style by accident. It just happened. Somewhen during my masters I start to do those trippy, almost hallucinating imagines and then I just lost control”.


Karine is a Canadian painter, based in Montreal. The city itself had a big impact on her art work. Montreal has not only a long-time history of an abstract painting, but it is also full of contemporary art and blooming cultural scene. At the same time, while living there, you don’t see big names that often. Most of the famous paintings can be seen only on the internet. That’s where Karine’s interest in digital word, 3D modeling and scientific imagery comes from.


She chose Visual and Media Arts as a major for her Bachelors, which she studied at Université du Québec à Montréal. It was a multidisciplinary program, that combined video art, glass, painting, ceramic and other art techniques. “I got completely lost there. I didn’t know what I actually want to do. For a long time, I was really into video art and you actually can see a big impact of that on my current art. But then I decided to focus on painting”. Karine obtained her Master’s degree in Painting and Drawing at Concordia University.

Her artist path was pretty straight forward, as Karine never did anything else but art. She always felt that the most meaningful thing she could do is to paint. “To be honest first I thought it is impossible or even too ambitious to have pretensions to become a professional artist. But I just kept doing what I enjoyed. It took me some time to get the confident to say: yes, I am an artist and that what I do in my life”. In 2018 Karine won a Joseph Plaskett Award in Painting, which helps fund emerging Canadian painters who will live, create artwork and travel in Europe for 9 months. That’s how she found herself at Pilotenkueche residency in Leipzig.

Here Karine is trying to work with new materials and apply new techniques. Instead of traditional canvas, for the current exhibition she used slightly transparent fabric and neon colors to create an illusion of flowing waves which represent circles of life. As much as she likes Op art, she doesn’t really like to follow regular shapes. To achieve more organic lines, she just tore a piece of paper and used it as her shape. “Usually there is no plan or even a sketch beforehand. It is a pure improvisation. I like that these is always something between control and working blind. I think it is important to have a feeling that you are working a little bit blind even if its controlled”.

Despite the fact, that it has been almost 10 years since Karine started her artist career, she still keeps experimenting with her style and trying out new things. “Even though I know that my style is not going to change radically, I am really scared to stuck in one way of doing things, that’s why I always want to move forward”. After the residency at Pilotenkueche, Karin is planning on joining a long-term residency back in Montreal. One of her future plans is also to do a project in which she wants to interact more with the space and light and try to involve audience to discover her painting in a new way. Depending on where a visitor stands, he or she can see different dimensions and the drawing become something different.

written by Kristina Nizamova

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You can see Karine’s work in the following Pilotenkueche International Art Program shows:

Elsewhere a Blue Line and the Absurdity of a Ghost on a Stone 

Open: Sun 19 – Sun 2 June 2019, 10AM – 6PM (closed Mondays)
Location: Kunstkraftwerk, Saalfelder Str. 8, 04179 Leipzig

Wrestling with Impermanence 

Vernissage: Fri 21 June 2019, 7PM
Open: Sat 22 – Wed 26 June 2019 1PM-5PM
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany
Performance: To be announced

Artist Spotlight: Louis Bouvier

Louis Bouvier has been steadily building a world all his own. Based in Montreal, he takes influence from traditional culture, the natural world and design elements. He, then, matches and layers form as well as aesthetic preference from different time periods in a collage based process to see what emerges. The end result is an anachronistic harmony, a harmony achieved not only by fitting the right forms and concepts together, but through technical execution. His graphite and colored pencil renderings shine in a muted texture, pulling the eye in and keeping it wandering within the frame of the paper. This pushing forward of ideas and connecting of seemingly disparate elements from nature and culture creates a sort of time capsule within his works and, ultimately, a search for a common thread.

This all comes from a curiosity about the human experience, how can we distill so much input, inspiration, and sensorial stimulation into something that makes sense? Does the human experience have to make sense? Bombardment of visual language, advertisements, and screen time is what influences Louis’ curiosity. We can bend genres of music just as we can mix and match visual cultures and differing aesthetics. It is this playfulness that keeps Louis exploring.

This exploration began while attending the University of Quebec in Montreal, where he received his master’s degree in visual arts and media. Louis found time inbetween silkscreen printing and drawing to experiment with plaster, thinking more about sculpture and installation and how they fit into his fine illustrative style. This focus on form mixed with the concept of layering inherent to screen printing became a perfect conceptual starting point for the way Louis’ work has developed throughout the years.

photos by PILOTENKUECHE International Art Program

While Louis struggles, at times, with juggling different styles and an impulse towards change, he fits visual elements into his pieces in a fixed way that beautifully encapsulates his philosophy on art making in general – let things flow in an open manner and see what gravitates together, then allow them to create their own meaning.

During his residency at Pilotenkueche he will be expanding his visual vocabulary by sourcing images and forms not only from photographs that he has taken, but from sculptures and installations that he creates. In this way he can both make more focused and nuanced connections between his work and the outside world but between the works themselves. This also allows him to open up the spaces in which his works are displayed – by mixing sculptural and installation elements with more traditional feeling works on paper he allows space for the viewer to not be guided by circumnavigating the space but to let the eye wander and allowing the mind and body to follow. In this self-described ‘research mode’ he will be finding new ways of producing while using the techniques he has so adeptly honed in new and challenging ways. There are surprises within Louis’ work, and he wants you to find them, one need only look – with a little bit of curiosity.

written by Adrian Klaus Rotzscher

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See Louis’s work in his solo exhibition:

Stepping out of the Echo Chamber

Vernissage 31 May 2019 8PM
Open: Wednesdays til 19 June
Location: Helmut, Kohlgartenstr 51, Leipzig

and in the following Pilotenkueche International Art Program shows: 

Elsewhere a Blue Line and the Absurdity of a Ghost on a Stone 

Vernissage: Sat 18 May 2019, 7PM
Open: Sun 19 – Sun 2 June 2019, 10AM – 6PM (closed Mondays)
Location: Kunstkraftwerk, Saalfelder Str. 8, 04179 Leipzig

Wrestling with Impermanence 

Vernissage: Fri 21 June 2019, 7PM
Open: Sat 22 – Wed 26 June 2019 1PM-5PM
Location: PILOTENKUECHE, 2nd Floor, Franz-Flemming-Str. 9, 04179 Leipzig, Germany
Performance: To be announced

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)

ReView: SPOOR

SPOOR /spʊə,spɔː/

noun
1. the track or scent of an animal.
verb
1. follow the track or scent of (an animal or person).

The aim of the final exhibition resulting from 37th round of the Pilotenkueche International Art Program is to raise the issue of being-in-the-world, bringing forth the notion of perception. It is “the background from which all acts stand out, and is presupposed by them”. We do not perceive isolated sense-impressions because we only see things as they relate. Our mental representations are formed by our previous experiences and future expectations. Art can capture the affective primordial contact that tends to go unnoticed. Artists are embedded and immersed in the tangible day to day world and assume a life of their own, opening themselves to metaphoric meanings by responding with forms, shapes, and colours.

Contemporary artistic process is not only about understanding technical formalities and introducing them in the art practice, but about the production of strangeness. Thus, contemporary art does not refer to a single determining judgment. In principle, the artistic process is not governed by rules and pre-established categories: these are what the artist seeks to discover and establish in their work. Contemporary art embraces sensibility – the artworks aim to capture the displacement of subjectivity through experiments and propositions that operate as a circuit breaker of the perception. It is a deflection of what is known.

all images by Pilotenkueche International Art Program

This plurality is present during the selection of artists for the program. The choices are based on the quality of their works, not in an a priori theme for each round. This means the relationships outlined between their poetics are subsequent and follow the uniqueness of the pieces produced during the residency. After three months, it is clear that all artists have sought to trace relationships with the city: its characteristics and found artefacts, each of them making their own way. 

text by curator Viviane Tabach


For the vernissage of SPOOR, Pilotenkueche was happy to host three musical performances. Violinist Izabela Kaldunska, originally from Poland,  played excerpts from her experimental work “The New Solarism”, along with some freshly created compositions. Classically trained as a pianist Elif Murat, originally from Ankara, Turkey, also presented some of her new electronic chill out pieces ‘Ellie M.’. Then the pair joined to perform as Ichor, a  collaborative project in which they compose electronic dance music. Just like the artists on the residency, Izabela and Elif  met in Leipzig.


SPOOR
14-19 Dec 2018

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)

Graphic Design
Ines Alberty

AHS speech bubble PK

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)

speech bubble photo ines

In progress: Speech Bubble

Artistic endeavour can develop in a number of ways. However, it often follows a certain pattern. In the beginning one doodles and experiments with materials. Acutely aware of their surroundings, one must be open to experience in order to be inspired. There comes a point where there is something to say. This motivates the artist to use techniques old and new to create.

The artists of the 37th round are ready to talk! Speech Bubble opens Friday 23 Nov at the Alte Handelsschule. The voices of 14 artists join to create a chorus without losing their individuality. The large scale of the shabby chic auditorium has enabled the artists to work larger and the result is breathtaking. There are just a few final touches to make before it’s perfect for you.

all photos by Pilotenkueche International Art Program

We are pleased to announce that violinist Izabela Kałduńska will perform THE NEW SOLARISM at the vernissage. Although classically trained, in her new solo project she experiments with her instrument to find new ways of creating what she calls “dreamscapes.” Supported by a loop station, she will explore the tension between romance and darkness. 


SPEECH BUBBLE
PK @ Alte Handelsschule

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Vernissage: Fri 23 Nov 2018 7PM
Performance: Fri 23 Nov 2018 8PM
THE NEW SOLARISM by Izabela Kałduńska (Gdańsk, Poland)
violin, loop station

Open: Sat 24 Nov – Thur 29 Nov 1PM – 5PM
Finissage: Fri 30 Nov 7PM

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)

Graphic Design
Ines Alberty

PK coordinator
maeshelle west-davies

In progress: Rutschbahn

With much excitement we are happy to announce we are almost ready for tomorrow’s vernissage of Rutschbahn. It’s been a busy week for sure, but preparation has been going on for much longer. I guess you could say that we’ve been preparing all our lives. 

Yes, anyone can learn skills, but few can allow themselves to be open to suggestion and create something from that. It is this gift that the artists of the 37th round have been using to get ready for Rutschbahn (German for playground slide). It is this childlike innocence that they’ve been able to tap into in order to climb the ladder and slide into the unknown.

photos by Pilotenkueche International Art Program

Challenged by the curator to interact and engage with  the unique space that Krudebude is, the works are often playful. Alongside that lightness comes precarity. Some in reaction to life experiences and others in response to the fine balance between stability and ruin that the space finds itself in. 

As Nicholas Adamson, one of the artists, so elegantly put it, 

The title ‘Rutschbahn’ invites one to ‘play’, or to return to an innocent state of mind. As artists, we engage in this uninhibited state when we create work. But at the end of the day, we ultimately must return to the so-called ‘real world’. This body of work navigates around these opposing visions to occupy the space in between work and dream, object and figment, and reality and fantasy. 


Rutschbahn // PK @ Krudebude

Vernissage Fri 16 Nov 2018 7PM
Performance Fri 16 Nov 2018 8PM
IT CONCERNS YOU by Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi

Open Sat 17 Nov – Wed 21 Nov 5PM – 8PM
Finissage Thur 22 Nov 2018 7PM

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)

Curator
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

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

Graphic Design
Elias Emtanes

PK coordinator
maeshelle west-davies

It concerns you: Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi. artists at Pilotenkueche Art Program perform at opening of "Rutschbahn" at Krudebude. 16 Nov 2018

It concerns you: Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi

Today’s culture is youth obsessed. But no matter how much we exercise, no matter how many anti-aging creams or plastic surgeries we have, there is no escaping time. Reinhold Ponesch and Tamaki Kawaguchi’s collaborative performance, IT CONCERNS YOU, addresses the unavoidable and taboo issue of dependency due to the aging process.

Ponesch portrays an elderly person who has become physically debilitated. Kawaguchi teeters between being mentally incapacitated and being the puppeteer that is time itself. Wearing a protective raincoat, Ponesch finds himself trapped in a box. As he tries to escape, Kawaguchi paints his raincoat and the latex walls of the box as he presses against them. Throughout the performance, elements of physical and psychological deterioration are revealed. Onlookers are invited to engage by responding to unexpected questions. The piece includes painting, video, dance, installation and movement inspired by Noh Theatre. 

  • Noh (能 ), derived from the Sino-Japanese word for “skill” or “talent”, is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century.

This work has an autobiographical nature as Ponesch lost his father to Alzheimer’s last year. Considered a turning point in his career, Ponesch was moved to rethink death as a new beginning. The experience created a new desire for reconnection with his father and with his own inner being. IT CONCERNS YOU  is a reflection on this theme. On a personal level, the performance is a way for Ponesch to bond with his father. On a broader scale, he hopes that sharing it with other people will touch them in some way. Although the work stems from a particular situation, it embraces a common theme that we will all have to deal with at some point. 

 

The piece will be performed at the vernissage of Rutschbahn, the second in a series of four shows featuring the artists of the 37th round at Pilotenkueche Art Program. It was on a visit to Krudebude, where the show will take place, that Ponesch had the idea of making a collaborative performance with fellow artist Kawaguchi. At a first glance,  their work appears to be quite different. A closer look reveals a recurrent common thread: human interaction.

With a history in painting and installation, Reinhold Ponesch has chosen to explore “borders” by using different media whilst at Pilotenkueche. Although academically trained, Ponesch believes the real craft comes from trial and error. In his creative process, he describes two of his production methods: the first one has to do with an idea that is thought out in advance and then implemented directly onto the canvas. The second one is more related to fruition: to unconsciously let strokes and colours lead him to the final oeuvre. The artist also believes that objects can create extensions to his paintings. In his words, installations open a new spectrum of creativity, which sometimes can feel limited by only using paint.

Tamaki Kawaguchi is a painter and performer. Isolation and alienation are the keywords for her work. Wearing white overalls and masks to hide her identity in her performances, Kawaguchi puts herself inside a cubicle, which she often describes as her canvas. Kawaguchi questions the disappearance of the artist behind the work. By revealing the making of it, the production process becomes the final artwork itself. The actions take place in different contexts: parks, art galleries, among crowds or into natural landscapes. In presenting herself as a human being in these environments, Kawaguchi acknowledges her fate to work alone, even when performing communicative art.

In addition to the performance piece, It Concerns You, both Ponesch and Kawaguchi will join other International artists in showing individual works during Rutschbahn. 

written by curator Viviane Tabach


Rutschbahn at Krudebude

Vernissage Fri 16 Nov 2018 7PM
Open Sat 17 Nov – Wed 21 Nov 5PM – 8PM
Finissage Thur 22 Nov 2018 7PM

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)

Curator
Viviane Tabach (São Paulo, Brazil)

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)