Category: Exhibitions & Books

Exhibition ‘Prière de Toucher’ (Please touch) – Basel, Switzerland

This exhibition is dedicated to the tactile sensation in art. In the context of my personal project I was looking forward to getting possibly new insights on how to visualise the tactile sensation into a piece of art. Venue is the Tinguely museum in Basel (12 February – 16 May 2016). The museum is the home museum of Jean Tinguely…

Gallery visit: Rolf Iseli – Bern, Switzerland

As part of my ‘getting to know paint’ for my new OCA course (PoP1), I went to the local Galerie Kornfeld in Bern (January 16 – February 20, 2016). The exhibition was called ‘About Painting‘. The main scope of the gallery is auctioning substantial swiss and international art. They also do exhibitions and publishing art books (at quite high prices though).…

Exhibition “Ich/Nicht-Ich (Me/Not Me) – Self-Portraits” – Kunsthaus Zurich

Exhibition “Ich / Nicht Ich (Me / Not Me) – Self portraits in art history in Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (27 Nov 2015 – 28 Feb 2016) http://www.kunsthaus.ch/en/exhibitions/current/picture-ballot/   A kind of follow-up visit on previous researches for part 4 (Schaffeld, 5 Jul 2015).  The works on show were from the collection of the Kunsthaus. This exhibition was a bit hidden behind the…

Exhibition Silvia Gertsch (b. 1963) & Xerxes Ach (b.1957) – Kunstmuseum Bern

Exhibition “Embracing Sensation” , Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (23.10.2015 – 21.02.2016). http://www.kunstmuseumbern.ch/en/see/today/494-silvia-gertsch-xerxes-ach-120.html  I went to this exhibition attracted by the subject “Embracing Sensation”. The swiss Silvia Gertsch and the swiss Xerxes Ach are an artist couple since 1992. Both have quite different painting styles and approaches. Gertsch paints realistically in oil – a reverse glass painting technique. Reverse painting means the image…

Part 5: Contextual research – Ambiguity in art literature

From my mind map I was excited to look into ambiguity in drawing, what and how it is and how it could help e in my drawing approach. Definition of Ambiguity: Lack of definition , lack of resolution (Sawdon ed al, 2015) Dalmau, M. (2003) ‘Ambiguity as a conceptual framework for Design‘ Based on the publication of Gaver, Beaver, Benford…

Visual research: Frank Auerbach (b.1931) – a physical approach in charcoal & Exhibition

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931) is a London based contemporary figurative artist. Besides Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, and a few others he is considered as one of the London school painters. However, Auerbach himself never considered himself as part of a style or movement. For his figurative works, mostly portraits, he works at times over decades with the same models/sitters who were…

Exhibitions: The figure – Max Gubler (1898 – 1973)

Max Gubler (1898-1973), swiss painter and at his time considered as the ‘only swiss genius’. Exhibition in Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (13 Mar 2015 – 02 Aug 2015) http://www.kunstmuseumbern.ch/en/see/today/491-max-gubler–120.html  What fascinated me most in the exhibition and the figurative paintings, mostly self-portraits and depicting of his wife, are his way of looking at the human figure, his mark makings, and his…

Project 1 – Research point: John Berger – Ways of Seeing / The naked figure

In the reading list of this course was mentioned the book from John Berger, that was based on a four-part TV series broadcasted on BBC on the same topic. The book is from 1972, but I think some aspects are still valid today some may be even more important nowadays with images free flowing through social networks. Berger is mainly…

Gallery visit: Jan Jedlicka (b.1944)

I had the chance to visit the Gallery Wegner in Zurich, Switzerland for an exhibition about the czech born artist Jan Jedlicka who is practising now in Zurich and partly in the italian region of the Maremma, at the ligurian sea with its special coast line and dehydration program. Jedlicka is especially interested in the light and shadow play of the…

Project Three – Notes on composition

Most classical composition rules: – The Golden Ratio (1:1.618..) – a guide that is supposed to bring aesthetic beauty (examples: Da Vinci’s “The Annuciation”): I’ve found a nice and interesting contemporary approach by graphic designers on the Golden Ratio: Belos, Alex (2014) ‘Golden Meaning: graphic artists depict the golden ratio‘ The Guardian 25 Feb 2014. Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/gallery/2014/feb/25/golden-meaning-graphic-artists-golden-ratio-pictures (Accessed 2 May 2015). One example: The…

Exhibition: Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville in Kunsthaus Zurich

Exhibition on show till 25 Jan 2015:  Kunsthaus Zurich An incredible overview of works related to paintings and drawings of body and flesh, with a century between two artists. Around 100 works (drawings and oil paintings) are on show. Works of Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville were hanged not to contrast each other or to give the perception of an historical context, but rather…

Introduction – Research Trail

As mentioned in the coursework it was encouraged to do the Introduction to HE course. Here I expected to learn more about important concepts and practical techniques. My Starting point: I chose the Documentary film alphabet, from the Austrian director Erwin Wagenhofen. I did not chose a well-established art practitioner at this time. First, I already wanted to see this documentary, and secondly…

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