'twas really nice...

 

26.-28.10.2018 - C.A.R. (Contemporary Art Ruhr) 2018, the 12th edition

For the first time at the C.A.R. art fair and it was a real experience!

This year, three fellow artists (Susanne Scheidle, Michael Pischke und Dieter Gregert) and I formed - by initiative of Monika Schwarz - the team Kunst-Focus / RuhrArt . Generally our booth had (considering the position within the fair premises) a pretty high volume of visitors and whoever perceived how comfortable our guests felt and how many intense conversations about art were taking place, will not be suprised that we were planning future collective events during our first joint fair already.

And yes, it still feels very good to receive so many acknowledgements for one's work, from visitors and artist colleagues alike.

 

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06.+07.10.2018 - "Art Mile" in Düsseldorf-Unterbach

It was a truly wonderful weekend at the 20. Kunstmeile in Düsseldorf-Unterbach. Contrary to the weather forecast no liquid sunshine came from the skies and thus our sculptures, on display in our host's garden (Atelier Kühn-Löwe) not only stayed dry but were a real magnet for the spectators which were not only very interestd in art but knowledgeable as well. The stream of visitors was constant enough to keep my wife and myself from visiting the other art bases and enjoying the works of our artist colleagues - I want to express my sincere apologies to the other members of the Kulturinitiative Unterbach and all guest artists!

The advanced schedule this year (first weekend in October) was at least in the opinion of the exhibitors and visitors of the "art base 13" a definite improvement over the last years with respect to temperature, daylight hours and probability of rain (or rather: the lack thereof).

We are very expectantly looking forward to next year's event!

 

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25.+26.08.2018 - ArtBrüggen 2018

An international art fair in the Burg-community Brüggen for the very first time, that was a venture indeed. Which we (my wife and I) countered with approximately 650kg of sculptures, plinths and other equipment which we made good use of to presenting an adequate profile of my works. Our visitor's reactions (as well as these of our artist colleagues and of our host) showed we are on the right track. We are looking forward to the ArtBrüggen 2019 already - that fair is again scheduled for the same week-end as the Burgfest in Brüggen which is pulling visitors from a vast area (including the Netherlands) for quite some years already.

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 28.07.2018 - Art in the Park / Summerfest at Haus Unterbach

Under perfect skies (well, if one has not to move heavy things) the "Art Market" was a complete success. The artist group  "unart" had erected their pavilions in a rough circle so the visitors had a good and coherent view of the different disciplines and styles which are brought together in our artist's society. Lots of very nice conversations with a very interested audience were accompanied by soft background music and the fragrance of coffee, cakes and even more savoury things. Pity only that this event is bi-annual only...

 

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14.04.2018 - "Night of the Museums" in Düsseldorf

Most definitely no boring night at the gallery Art4Bilk, Brunnenstr. 10, 40223 Düsseldorf - of the event's six hours less than half an hour was really "quiet". With the weather at its best and accordingly cheerful and knowledgeable audience a veritable lot of interesting talk and some very nice contacts emerged, which have intensified since. In den gallery proper this year the range of paintings, objects and jewelry was extended by Regine's string puppets but my sculptures were able to convert the thoroughfare to the rear house into an alley to look, wonder and discuss. I am looking forward very much towards next year's "Nacht der Museen"...

 

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21./22.10.2017 - "Art mile" in Düsseldorf-Unterbach

Partaking at the 19. "Art mile" of the Kulturinitiative Unterbach e.V. has gifted my wife and me with a wonderful weekend. Not only were we able to present our sculptures in the wild-romantic garden of our lovely hosts (Atelier Kühn-Löwe) and so showing their full potential - the discussions with all the visitors who were very much interested and knowledgeable in art were pure joy. The wide coverage of subjects was appreciated very much by the numerous visitors - the artistic coverage reached from painting and photography from our hosts over my sculptures to the little treasures of the jewelry manufacture  Ars Aureus. The date for next year's Art mile is in my diary already...

Some photographic impressions are shown here.

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30.03.2017 - Evening market at the Weberplatz, Essen

The very first "after-work-market" at the Weberplatz in Essen-North, a rather smallish but stylish event. Weather, atmosphere and ambiente made everybody ask for more, exhibitors and visitors. I was at the market stall of the Unperfekthaus (theme: "Art and Cake") and presented the "art" part and showed some finished pieces as well as how a sculpture is "peeled" out of a raw stone. Being on duty to answer all the numerous, friendly asked questions, I did not manage to sculpt a lot but working the stone was thought as an illustration rather than true sculpting. The ideas was to make the visitors curious about unusual and creative aspects of the Unperfekthaus and that turned out to work really well. So well indeed that I did not manage to shoot any pictures...

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2013 - starting with "big" stones

A friend from my wife's past had told us for quite some time about her good times at the workshops held by the artists of Shona-Art, and the sculptures she had made during these workshops were very convincing in style and manner indeed. So that year (2013) we took courage and booked a workshop.

Of course one starts thinking beforehand - artists from Zimbabwe, nothing more logical than a subject with at least African influences. Rather soon the story of "Rain Man" started to take shape in my thoughts and the shape of the sculpture itself became more and more alive - until I carried a pretty precise picture of this old farmer in my head.

Thenm finally, the big day, the first day of the workshop, was there.
We had been exploring the area in Witten (Auf Steinhausen) beforehand and were pretty impressed by the powerful, atmospherically rich but at the same time very elegant sculptures that are "just standing around" there. Our teacher - Merchers Chiwawa - introduced himself and we were very much impressed by his quietly-happy but very intense and careful manner, not just towards people but towards tools and stone as well.
All of us found their places where to install oneself and then the Old Hands got their supply of stone and tools so they could commence working already. Us "rookies" were taken to the stone hoard and been familiarized with the different types of rock - colour, hardness, peculiarities and how to sound-test a raw stone for cracks and loose pieces.

The very best advice, however, was "If you are looking for a stone, sit in front of the heap and listen which one talks to you!" - and, as strange as this may sound "talking stones", as much it came true for me. You look at the quarry stones, takes one's time, turns a stone this way and that or just shifts its position - and all of a sudden one knows that this is just the right piece one has in his hands. Suddenly one can fathom the shape that is hidden in this raw, fractured, bulky thing. Be that by an edge one recognizes or a change in colour or just because the stone looks different "upside down".

Thanks to this "listening" I faced a 86kg chunk of relatively hard black serpentine on my stand and the necessity to explain our tutor what I had seen in there and how I intended to get that out of the material. The former seemed rather difficult to me but by means of a bit of chalk and some pantomimic work in addition to the spoken word that was transmitted rather quickly - Merchers and I found, to our mutual pleasure, that we were talking the same language not just literally but artistically as well. Which, together with my then only professionally used ability to "see" in 3D things that are not yet existing, made answering the second question quite easy - sketching three shapes on three different sides of the stone and indicating the tooling direction gave our "Mudzizisi" (Shona for "teacher") a big grin and with the words "Exactly so - do it!" he handed me punch and mallet.

And - I don't know why and how - it worked for me right from there.
Many of my antecedent concerns (hard on the joints, sore muscles, how easy will the stone crack) were near instantly obsolete and the best part was: what my hands peeled slowly out of the raw material was indeed what I could "walk around" in my imagination.

In short: I had found the medium that allowed me to implement my artistic ideas.
Since that moment, regardless of what happens to me or around me, I have a small place in my soul where happiness is at home.