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COMMUNITY HOSPITAL group exhibition by WhyWhy Art

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housed in shanghai’s newest art space – a former chinese medical clinic in jing an district – the first whywhy art group exhibition opened this past weekend as community hospital.

the show explores, defines and even tempts to “cure” the various matters tackled by participating artists in the work on display within the walls of the former medical facility.

feautured work by artists abby robinson [us], ash hempsall [uk], christian chambenoit [fr], christian de laubadère [fr], christian demaitre [be], daniele mattioli [it], girolamo marri [it], joyce rohrmoser [at], konstantin bayer [de], *llnd [fr], maya kramer [us], monika lin [us], pascale pollier [be], piers secunda [uk], roland darjes [de], susanne junker [de], tom lee petterson [us], vilnis ausinš [lv], wu yandan [cn], zane mellupe [lv].

the exhibition will be on display in the repurposed yuyuan lu space from 5 september – 10 october, 2015.

SAMSUNG CSC[above:] konstantin bayer

SAMSUNG CSC[above:] piers secunda

SAMSUNG CSC[above:] vilnis ausinš

SAMSUNG CSC[above:] christian chambenoit

SAMSUNG CSC[above:] vernissage. work by susanne junker.

SAMSUNG CSC[above:] vernissage. work by abby robinson.  [below:] work by christophe demaitre.

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the community hospital concept was created and curated by zane mellupe.

for more, see the whywhyart website here.

 

 

 

 

 

IN KIND EXCHANGE + THE STROKE OF A PEN | ifa gallery | Brussels

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sergey balovin brings his mad talent and energy to brussels this afternoon for an experimental happening presented as part of THE STROKE OF A PEN group exhibition during it’s last week at ifa gallery.

sergey has spent the last few years traveling around the world engrossed in his project, IN KIND EXCHANGE.

IN KIND EXCHANGE POSTER - website

in a commitment to sustain all his daily needs while strictly avoiding monetary transactions, he has been able to survive exclusively through goods exchanged with people that are excited to trade tangible, useful things to him for beautiful, customized portraits he makes on site.

the unexpected skill present in sergey’s pen and ink illustrations reflect his classical training as a painter in russia before setting out on the wilder path he navigates now, as an artist with no use for a monetary system.

if you are able to see this happening while it’s ongoing today at ifa gallery, then you are in for a real treat. enjoy.

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FACES & TRACES | recap [in images]

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although things have calmed down quite a bit since the opening several weeks ago, the energy and artwork is still very much alive and present in the exhibition and studio spaces of the swatch art peace hotel, even as shanghai begins to get colder.

being able to see the artwork by some of my most favorite humans as their ‘traces’ are displayed together in one place is a great feeling. the work collected from the combined three years’ worth of past artists-in-residence that have lived and created at the saph in shanghai has completely invigorated the walls with new life.

thrilled to be living and working here again over this upcoming stretch of winter weeks ahead. below are images from the exhibition as well as a painting from my mixed media series of brains in the exhibition catalog and on display.

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open studio | BLO Atelier [in images]

 

thank you to everyone that came to blo atelier’s open studio event as part of lange nacht de bilder last thursday and friday: it was a lot of fun!

rumors have surfaced of another open studio event to happen here soon… more details on this and more upcoming blo events can be found on their website here [while more information on my work and projects in the making can be found just here].

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open studio | Blo Atelier [6 – 7 nov]

 

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as part of lange nacht der bilder 2014 – hosting various project spaces, galleries and artist studios based in the lichtenberg district – blo atelier presents performances, workshops and audio + visual work by its artists.

claudia clemens | jorge lequite | johannes bucholtz | almut muller | kathryn gohmert | feryel atek | nancy gorlach | thomas knoof | till gruhl | claudia hirschberger | daniel rabe | luz schewinski | maria fernandez verdeja | sabine alex | conni saaid rabe | constance schrall | nils bornemann | michi sheffler | hana el degham | johnny kortlever | irina novarese

for more information about lange nacht de bilder 2014, blo atelier and its artists, please visit the blo atelier website or the facebook page.

it would be amazing to see you there.

[thurs – fri, 6 – 7 nov | 18:00 – 24:00] 

[kaskelstraße 55, 10317, berlin – lichtenberg]

[s7/s5 nöldnerplatz]

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artists-in-residence | AFFECT module ii

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AFFECT MODULE II - ARTISTS INFO - WEBSITE

 

just in case you wanted to know a bit more about the other six artists I’m spending nearly every waking minute collaborating with during these last several weeks – you can read more about them and their brilliant work now on the AFFECT website.

[josé cori]:

josé cori was born in freiburg, germany in 1989. he studied both visual arts and aesthetic at pontificia universidad católica de chile, in chile [2008-2013]. he focuses mainly on installation and painting, and now lives and works in berlin.

[rune bosse:]

[bio-poem] if i was a plant, in the summer of 1987. sprouting between the forest and the beach, on southern zealand in denmark. then i would grow, become interested in growing. later in life through being moved and moving, collect nourishment from different soils and places, play with, and on, the different grounds. i would learn and seek inspiration in my natural surroundings. it would be a trigger in my work. both thru questioning the world, how is it put together? and the possibilities of assembling it in new ways. I often would find myself confused and not sure of where i was going, then locating the starting point or origin, would make it possible to create a line and see a connection, it would give me direction knowing the nature of things. maybe from two thousand and nine till eleven putting my roots in the royal danish academy of fine arts and afterwards taking part two and a half year in the institute for spatial experiments lead by olafur eliasson in berlin. still playing with things that grow.

[kathryn gohmert:]

kathryn Gohmert [1983] is from the united states. she received her ba in art from the university of texas at austin before relocating to the uk, then china. in the last six years, while based mainly in shanghai, she has been working throughout china in a succession of studio spaces that include the songzhuang artist village in beijing and 696 weihai lu in shanghai. her range of mediums now include illustration, video, mixed media, installation and performance art. She is currently based in berlin.

[jol thomson:]

despite years of university educations, along with all the accrued debts, he still cannot specifically name more than five types of trees [of which he assumes there must be many many others]. and while preferring not to align himself with a specific nation, he anyways profusely enjoys maple syrup and “the great outdoors,” though not enough to know the systematic classifications or taxa of the types of things that might be “out there.” while waisting his time reading and thinking about things he could never fully comprehend, he becomes occasionally bored and resorts to making sounds into volumes, rhythms and patterns – or he goes swimming – or he just stares off into deep space. . . recently, upon trying to decide whether his capacity to remember was getting better or not, he realized he simply couldn’t recall how it was in the past anyways, quickly forgot the whole endeavour, and got to the task of rearranging a collection of favourite stones kept on and around his working table.

aviv benn:

aviv benn [b.1988,] is a tel-aviv based artist. through direct, expressive paintings and while using a scope of visual language ranging from street to folk art, aviv explores in her work imagery from classical painting and folk art – referencing often the symbols of skulls, masks and self portraits – alongside the investigation of “inner worlds,” as can be seen most recently in her latest series, dealing with the concept of death anxiety. benn’s thick oil paintings often combine “direct” materials primarily used in street art – xerox transfers, black and white prints and [of course] spray paint. aviv holds a bfa from the bezalel academy of arts and design in jerusalem, where she graduated with honors in 2013. she is mainly based in tel-aviv and jerusalem.

[alice bucknell:]

alice bucknell is a visual artist, writer, researcher and thinker based in chicago, il. her practice is located at the intersection of art, aesthetics, and social spaces. her anthropological research takes up the social authority of public/installation art and the production of art spaces [i.e. artist collectives] in the urban environment as a platform for both knowledge production and sharing. as a visual artist she considers topics of memory and commemoration; the phenomena of nostalgia, embodiment, and affect; in addition to the aesthetics of atmosphere and [be]longing. She considers her art practice to be an additional form of fieldwork. she is currently investigating the role of contemporary art in constructing new narratives of social experience within both the built and imaginary environments of detroit and berlin, paying particular attention to the ways in which visual and performance artists can [re]activate the space and politics of emptiness in the modern cityscape. this experiential-experimental project, taking the form of both a publication [upcoming, 2015] and a website, also explores the ways in which abandonment and urban voids have in turn become aestheticized; the relationship between history, fantasy, memory; and the productive and hazardous possibilities that shape these changing social, spatial, and visual dialogues.

[daniel almgrenrecén:]

daniel is working as choreographer, performer, movement coach, workshop facilitator and project manager. he is systematically problematising choreography as creative practice by looking in to the fields of education, management, architecture and design thinking. daniel holds a ba in choreography from sndo at the amsterdam school of the arts and has also studied theology and drama. since 2011 he is through his work exploring the notions of home that have so far resulted in the experiential works native realm in 2012 and near that place in 2013.