On my way to Inselgalerie in Friedrichshain, close to Frankfurter Tor, the area does not seem like a typical place where I would find a gallery. According to gallery director Eva Hübner, galleries must be located in every district of the city. “[…] This part of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district has less cultural and creative offerings than, for example, the area around Warschauer Strasse, and as a result, there are not so many people who often go to galleries without fear of contact“, so Hübner. What does fear of contact mean? There is a certain fear of entering a gallery, but are somehow afraid to enter. I was one of them – but why? Perhaps because a visit to a gallery is not as anonymous as a visit to a museum? “Maybe, but I don’t exactly see it this way”, says Mrs. Hübner. Continue reading “Inselgalerie” – The everyday life of a gallery
Viva la Internet! Better said: Luckily there is Instagram. Corona makes it impossible for me to visit galleries at the moment. Thank God that Instagram is also a good platform for this because I’m looking there for artworks and video installations which I would like to share with you.
Today I present you: me.magritte – a video installation by Stefanie Rübensaal. Have a look at the video installation first and let it have an effect on you.
It is important for Stefanie Rübensaal to produce the idea for her video installation from out of the flow. ” Here it went very quickly from designing the graphic mask to photographing and installing the figure,” she writes to me. She spent a day by the sea to record the video and in the end “the work is a digital collage of all the elements,” she continues.
For me personally, the video work has something calming about it, but at the same time, it encourages me to think and reflect. There is something mysterious in it. Being at the sea and looking out to the open sea makes me melancholic sometimes. How do you feel about it?
Stefanie came up with the idea through “inner chaotic states” – in times of Corona a state that many people are experiencing. ” Standing still, emptiness, upheaval, change, transformation. Where are we going? A moment of stop and questioning”, she explains, “To see the sea, but not to be at the sea. To walk along the sea in your mind and at the same time holding on to the protection of the umbrella.” Also in the interpretation of dreams, the umbrella stands for protection and safety. A state of mind that many currently hope for.
Stefanie Rübensaal has a mixed relationship with video art: “On the one hand, I think a video is a cold working medium and product […]. On the other hand, videos (video collages) can be used to expand existing images and add an additional level of meaning to them. When this happens, I really enjoy the medium […]”, says Stefanie.
So if anyone would have liked to go to the seaside over Easter, this is a good alternative to explore the sea near to Rostock even when we are not allowed to travel actually.
Same place, different artist. I’m still at the Inselgalerie and visiting the exhibition “transformer” because another artist is presenting her artwork here.
Susanne Britz has focused on photographs, pigment prints, and installations of everyday objects. The working process behind these works is exciting and is based on each other, so Susanne Britz runs through different phases during her creative process: it probably starts with an idea, then a spatial installation follows. Here she uses everyday objects from the household, sports equipment, tools from the studio or children’s toys. Once the installation is finished, she takes a photo of this work. Afterward, the photo gets digitally overdrawn.
Many of her artworks that are exhibited here seem like instructions to me, even if I am not sure for what exactly. But if I am honest, it probably doesn’t matter.
I like the strong colors and the general idea behind this artwork. It’ s funny to see all the things and to realize what you can do with everyday objects.
Usually, I would recommend a visit to the gallery, as the exhibition has been extended. But nothing is normal these days: Unfortunately during the Corona COVID-19 Pandemic, it is not possible. If you are interested in the art of Susanne Britz, please have a look at her homepage or check the Instagram account of the Inselgalerie.
See you soon!
The artist Mia Hochrein works with many different tools for her art. She decides in the creation process which creative tools she uses for her work. As a result, she creates photographs and also installations or performances.
When I stood in front of these two photographs, it was instantly clear to me that I would write about them. Why? Well, let’s start:
What do I see immediately? Two people wearing different textiles and always several of them. The textiles look like old towels, shirts, tablecloths or window curtains. In both pictures, the faces are covered. In my opinion, this gives the photographs anonymity and something mysterious.
Gender is also not directly interpretable. Is it the artist herself, or is it a woman and a man? The hands in the right picture seem a little more masculine, but the feet in the left picture seem more feminine. Perhaps this is too much stereotypical thinking. In the left photograph, the toes also point towards the wall. The rest of the body, however, appears as if the person is looking at me with his or her face. I start thinking and I have to find out what these photographs represent.
I take a look at the titles of the photographs. They are called “Strangers 1” and “Strangers 2”. The exhibition has the title “transformer” and the gallery manager Eva Hübner tells me that the textiles are garments. Clothes that were once worn by the artist’s mother and grandmother. Several generations are thus connected, quite inconspicuously. Thus the photos express the following for me: Even if some of them are no longer with us, we still carry them with us throughout our lives. They are a part of us.
Because of the anonymity, I can identify myself more easily with the basic idea. Do you?
The exhibition is on until 23 of march at Inselgalerie Berlin. Have a look!