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Artist Spotlight: Ilana Pichon

Ilana Pichon is a restless energy. She connects the tissue of her surroundings, producing an in situ network of reference points. Ilana’s work is based on the observation and dissection of space. Her practice explores notions of provenance, structural elements, material and emotional baggage, as well as graphic and physical rhythms.

Her practices vary seasonally between silkscreen printing and large-scale murals. “I think it’s very interesting because it’s very related to my country’s weather.” The Quebec based artist links her dynamic work with the body scale. Through constant readjustment and new perspectives, she “zooms in and zooms out” out of her comfort zone in order to connect with people, space and life.

“It’s a language that defines space,” explains Ilana Pichon.

She proposes, through simple shapes, a conscious view of her surroundings. Patterns, forms, colours and the textures of space are her words and she builds a vibrant dictionary. Wanting to depict the magic of the environment, Ilana reflects her interaction and dynamic in order to build an intersection with the viewer’s curiosity.

Leipzig is an immersive and exciting challenge for this Swiss-born artist.  “I need more time thinking that way,” claims the artist after participating in Ibug 2018 (Street Art Festival). PILOTENKUECHE made her wish to enter into a European residency come true. Interested in the occasional misunderstanding and surprises, Ilana moves through Leipzig in a way that resembles her instinctively vibrant work.

The city’s rhythm is very important to Ilana

“The rhythm of the city is very important to me. It’s like I’m feeling it inside of me and translating the dynamic of it.” Ilana is deeply aware of her constant need for a change of scenery. Her energetic pace aims to discover what lies between the instinctive and the controlled process. In an exciting dialogue, the artist presents her creative cycle: imagination sets-up process, and process then stimulates imagination.

“This is the way I hold and activate the city.” Her current work explores the relation between the scale of her own body and cosmopolitan immersion. Her current studio is habited by two distinct presences. On the one hand a colourful path of left-hand experiences and on the other, black and white analytical studies of shapes. Presenting us for the first time fascinating sculptures, Ilana’s presence in Almost Tension, is an unforgettable proclamation of her vibrant curiosity.

Written by Natacha Martins

See more work from Ilana Pichon on her Instagram and come see her instalation at the upcoming shows.

Almost Tension

Sat 29 Feb 2019

sound performance by Tomas Nuñez
duration performance by Sarah Bild

Geisserstr 75
04229 Leipzig

Sun 1 Mar, Thur 5 – Sat 7 Mar 

Hard Fluid Betrayal

Sat 21 Mar 2019


Sun 22 Mar – Tue 24 Mar

Franz-Flemming-Str 904179 Leipzig

Hungry Dungeon Friends Curatorial Tour

First and foremost, we’d like to thank everyone who packed the house for our Hungry Dungeon Friends vernissage at Kunstkraftwerk. The evening was one that still has people thinking nearly a week after. For those who missed it, the show is on until Sunday 1 September.

This Saturday at 3PM, our curator in residence, Colette Patterson will be giving a tour. Come find out what is behind the high quality works created by our International artists. We will also be gifted with a performance by Tom Austin.

Meanwhile, here are some images from the install and the vernissage shot by Stanley Louis, one of this round’s interns.

Hungry exchanges are often communicated through the affective fields of our bodies. The body-organism is linked to the world through a network of primal signifiers. An underworld of currents, there are some conversations that can only take place on the borders, on the edge of ourselves, of our contact with the other. The exhibition tries to circulate these borders, these textures, these interiorities, that are viscous, unformed, multiple and many times. We morph between states of consciousness, mapping unknown desires. This exhibition is the interim show of the Pilotenkeuche residents, and explores the possibility to traverse these spaces, inviting a tactile sensibility, and begs to ask what happens in a dungeon with friends? 

text by curator Colette Patterson

Hungry Dungeon Friends

Saturday 24 August
Curatorial Tour by Colette Patterson
performance by 
Tom Alexander Austin

Sunday 18 August – Sunday 1 September 
10AM-6PM (closed Mondays)
Saalfelder Str. 8
04179 Leipzig

PK RD40 

International residents

Adam Tuch (sound, digital art, installation/US)
Agathe Barre (film/FR) 
Antonia Wetzel (performance, painting/DE)
Ariel Taylor (painting/US)
Clément Bedel (painting/FR) 
Christopher Sperandio (comics/US) 
Darien Crossley (performance, painting/US)
Helene Planquelle (painting, drawing/FR)
Isaac Magner (sound design, video/UK) 
Michella Perera (sculpture/UK)
Tom Alexander Austin (performance/UK)
Vernon O´Meally (painting/US)
Zara June Williams (painting/AU)
Zheng Wenxin (painting/CH)

Local Participants
Matthias Geisler (painting, printmaking/DE) 
Simon Schäfer (sculpture, film, sound, installation, digital/DE)

Colette Patterson (UK)

Fiona Irene Graf (DE/UK) 
Huai-ya Lin (TW) 
Silvia Zandomeneghi (IT)
milkafterfish (instagram)
Stanley Louis (HA/FR) 
iam_stanlouis (instagram)– 

Pilotenkueche round 37 prepares for upcoming exhibition, Rutschbahn photo: maeshelle west-davies

Artist Spotlight: Undine Bandelin

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

We visited our current Local Participant Undine in her studio close to Pilotenkueche. Born in Jena, Undine studied painting in Halle and lives in Leipzig since 2013. Currently, she collaborates with galleries in Leipzig and Erfurt. Her subject is mainly the human figure, its ways of expression via posture, movement, and physique, but her motifs digress into portraits, landscapes, and animal studies as well. Interpersonal communication plays an equally important role as much as individual traits.

Often, she begins with a screen print, transforming a photography into a template which is then modified. This requires high anatomy skills and coenesthesia, intuitive knowledge she often supports by practicing, sketching, and working over the image several times, adding colorful layers that transform the original starting point. The result is settled somewhere between dream and reality, story and status quo, a very unique take on surrealism and expressionism.

All photos by Pilotenkueche

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