Saturday, 27 November 2010


What was in the gallery?

The gallery was full of little surprises, when I reached the top floor it was like entering a magical ball!

Rotating Skeleton like characters were suspended from the ceiling down the entire hall way along with 'disco-balls.'

These characters are by Dutch Artist, Hans Van Bentem. His sculptures are described as having the themes of both 'the unexpected and the grand,' and it is quite obvious as to why this might be the case.

The artist uses precious materials such as glass and porcelain to create his sculptures, which are traditionally used for more traditional, exquisite crafts in Art and design.

Despite the scale and magical element his pieces hold there is still a delicacy and preciousness about them which I find particularly beautiful.
The shadows the light cast from the glossy/shiny material of the sculptures were also
very pretty and made the exhibition all the more appealing and magical.

Day 3: Direktorenhaus

In the afternoon of the third day we went to a gallery based around Illustration.

The gallery was tucked away directly next to the River Spree and overlooked the old harbour, it took a little bit of finding, however it was worth the venture in the cold, miserable weather!

This was my favourite Art Gallery of the week and the one I found of most interest to me in terms of my chosen pathway.

Exhibitions were spread over three floors containing a variety of both traditional and contemporary craft methods, breaking down the boundaries of Art and Design.
The gallery is in fact considered to be one of the most significant forums for contemporary Illustration and Graphic art in the World.

The gallery focusses and links to the 2010 calendar year. The four topics “Magic Realism” (early summer), "Montibello" (summer), "Corncraft“ (autumn) and “Opium den” (winter) form the seasonal framework of the exhibitions of art, craft, design and performance.

The ceiling on the first floor 'corridor' was a beautiful and unusual wooden structure:

Climbing to the top floor was an Art in itself, walking up a beautiful large spiral staircase.

The gallery was the kind that you just didn't know what to expect to see next which made it so exciting and intriguing.

(further posts to come outlining what exhibitions were in the gallery...)

Friday, 26 November 2010

Last 'Text as Image' Photographs

Again more simple black on white text.

A wide variety of unusual type and imagery was seen in that exhibition which I really enjoyed.

'Text as Image' contd

I love how the text has been incorporated into a face in the above image. It is so simple but so effective and eye catching.

I can not get over the simple black text on white background designs such as the images above, they have so much more impact than those ideas with a more busy/over complicated design.

Day 3 - 'Text as Image'

Day three was spent visiting more galleries! In the morning we went to a gallery full of typography and Polish Posters.

This gallery centred around the historic development of the rare occurrence of 'text as image.'
Not only did the exhibition offer an interesting and exciting insight into forms of script and design/styles of type, but also the overlapping roles of text and image.

I photographed some of my favourite pieces from the gallery:

I particularly like how interesting and original a lot of the typography is. It is so exciting to be in a gallery full of it!

Much of what I saw (and recorded) was extremely simple and minimal which made it that much more successful and appealing.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Bruce Nauman

Continuing venturing around the museum für gegenwart, I was attracted to a large structure of what appeared to be a group of reindeer.

The sculpture was by Bruce Nauman, titled-Animal Pyramid.

Bruce Nauman is a contemporary American Artist, born in December,6,1941 Indiana.

He produces work that predominantly stresses meaning over aesthetics, which makes his work stand out and create enigmas.
The work often promotes the viewers participation and trepidation.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Dieter Roths / Björn Roth: Garten Skulptur

Not only did I see fantastical reindeer and canaries but also enjoyed Dieter Roth/Bjorn Roth's Gartenskulptur's.

Dieter Roth, born as Karl-Dietrich Roth in Hanover, Germany 1930.

Roth creates organic Art objects, which show the gradual process of change, time and decay.

In 1970 Roth began working on Garten skulptur (Garden Sculpture). The project was worked on even beyond his death.
The sculpture developed over a period of almost thirty years. The sculpture defines a collection, decay and metamorphis.
Garten Skulptur was installed with the assistance of the artist's son and collaborator, Bjorn Roth.

I loved how different this particular exhibition was. It was interesting and began raising questions in my mind about what everything was/what was going on.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Day 2 in Berlin

On the second day I went to visit a contemporary Art Collection at the, "Museum fuer Gegenwart", in "Hamburger Bahnhof."

There were some particularly intriguing exhibitions on in the museum, one to catch my eye was an installation by Belgian born artist, Carsten Holler.
Holler holds a doctorate in Biology and puts his knowledge in Science to good use as an artist, concentrating predominantly on the nature of human relationships.

The artist had created a remarkable scenario that questions the relationship between art and science, laboratory and dream.
The installation consists of twelve male castrated reindeer, reindeer urine, freezer cubes, refrigeration units, snow, twelve canaries in aviaries, frozen/dried fly agaric mushrooms and four mice.

Berlin-day 1 contd:

Whilst at Olaf Hajek's studio his working partner, Martin Haake walked through the door just as we were about to leave!

He took us into his work space and began to show us what he had produced on his computer.
Whilst Olaf spoke about working in a more hands on approach Martin was much more into working with a computer.

Martin has lived in London for a number of years but is now based in Berlin where he lives with his wife and two sons.
He has an admiration and passion for American Folk art and has been working for approx. fourteen years as a freelance illustrator doing commercial work with the likes of: Orange, Penguin books and Bacardi.
Not only has he been extensively published in Design annuals but has also won a number of International awards such as, the silver awards at the German and British Art Directors Club.

His work has a humorous element about it and again like olaf he also has an inspiring story to tell.
The visit has given me a true insight to what you can make from working hard and getting recognised.

Berlin-Day 1:

On the first day in Berlin, I was offered the chance to go to Olaf Hajek's studio and meet him.

Olaf Hakek was born in North Germany and is one one of the Worlds most successful Illustrators.
He spoke of how whilst studying Graphic Design, he began to realise that being sat in front of a computer all day did not appeal to him and so moved into Illustration.
He drove himself into the social and freelance Illustration scene and spent his impressionable years in Amsterdam.

Olaf has worked alongside Vivienne Westwood teaching and has influenced both young and old with his generous talents.

The visit was very interesting, being able to look around his studio and at his work was quite an honour and listening to his story of how he has made it this far as an illustrator was particularly inspiring.

The studio space was quite methodical and very spacious. There were a large amount of beautiful books mounted on a table and around the room on shelves:

His work is very elegant, beautiful and sensitive in appearance and technique. He has such a skill to painting and produces figurative, textural and colourful pieces that are so attractive to the eye.

His work is so bright and eye catching it is full of character and sensibility.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to his studio and was very inspired listening to how Olaf himself has got to where he is today.