Tomorrow I get to participate in a group exhibit in the Botanical Gardens of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. There are 19 other artists there, each can take up a 1 x 1,5m-space (3’4” x 5′), so I will show “9th Street”. I tried it out, and it looks good on my portable easel :)
The Summer Exhibit is over, the rooms are mostly back to normal, and I officially am done with my formal art education. I got an A- (1,66 in German grades) on my diploma and could just rest on that…
But that’s not happening, here’s what will really happen:
- I will take a 2-week vacation with my parents and sisters in Italy. Although it is a vacation, I want to use that time to draw and go to art exhibits. One week Tusany near Pisa, one week Venice.
- I will try to paint 2-4 Paintings as well as reframe some of the old ones. I still get to use the art studio at the academy until I leave in September
- A mini-art-show in one of the main museums of Karlsruhe! I applied for a place, and I actually got accepted! I can only show one piece, so it’ll either be “Window”, “9th Street”, or “2 Fishing Boats”.
The show will be on Sunday, August 21st, at the Botanical Gardens of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. It’s part of the “Kunsthallensommer”. The Motto “Montmartre, Paris“
- Study at the academy’s library. They are open even during the vacation and the book about art and art history are amazing! I hardly had time to be there before, but now I do :)
- Getting ready to move out: I will start studying for another degree, this time Theology. I will move to a small town in Hessen (3h north from where I live now) and study at a small but very good seminary. I will have a lot to do there, but I also get a free art studio and acess to the tool shed and shop. Art is not going away!
So that’s my summer news. What are you doing with your summer? And do you have any tips on relaxing, studying, or packing? Leave a comment if you like, and have a great day!
I just finished my diploma exhibit last Saturday. But before the end of the school year the academy always hosts a summer exhibit, and I get to be part of that. We have spent the last 2 days preparing it, now it is ready for the opening tonight at 7PM. As a class we built a bar-room, with old wooden boards paneling the walls, old 60s and 70s furniture and posters from teen magazines to decorate it. It turned out way better than any of us expected it to :)
So if you are in the area, feel free to come and see it! The exhibit opens today at 7PM and is open until Saturday at 9PM. My stuff is in one of the rooms by the center hall (Lichthof), on the 2nd floor (1.OG) (there’s a giant Britney Spears-picture in that room, too). I am showing Greedo, the restaurant pictures, and a “Service with a smile”-sign in the tavern.
Adress: Reinhold-Frank-Str 81, 76133 Karlsruhe
Today we opened the art exhibit at the art academy in Karlsruhe. I served hotdogs and watermelon outside my exhibit room and had my portfolio and postcards there. My mom and dad and a friend helped with the food and the setup.
The opening was at 7PM, but people didn’t really show up until 7.30 or later. But when people did come, the hotdogs were the hit!
Meanwhile I talked to some people, answered a few questions and spent time with some friends. In short, it was a great evening!
Today was my practical diploma exam. I presented 5 paintings and my sculpture “Greedo”. There were 5 professors and the exam was about 15 minutes.
I was asked about my process and about other (sometimes obscure) stuff: They asked e.g. why I did the American theme and I told them that I was from the US. One of them blurted out “Oh I’m sorry about that” to which I said “Well I’m not”. He didn’t mean to be offensive, just to provoke and see what I would do.
The important thing in situations like these is to keep calm and show confidence and honesty at the same time. If a critic sees a weak point, they’ll dig deep and push you into a corner. As an artist you are (or at least will be) faced with critics, everyone will have a say about what you should or should not do. Part of being an artist is shaking it off and keeping confidence. You have a choice as to how you respond to stuff. As for me, I have the rest of the day off :)
I’ve been spending the last few days with setting up the room for the art show. It’s still not 100% done but it’s getting there!
I especially like my Twinkie-Tire-sculpture and the restaurant painting (9th Street (2) )
It’s fun to see things come together after you put all the work into it. I hope whatever you are working on suceeds :) Have a great day!
The opening of the show is on Thursday, July 7th at 7PM at the art academy in Karlsruhe (Reinhold-Frank-Str 81, 76133 Karlsruhe). The show is there until July 9th at 9PM. Come check it out! :)
I will be exhibiting part of my work for the diploma exam next Wednesday, and we are into step 3: emptying out the room (step 1: make the art, step 2: start advertisement). The room should be ready to arrange tomorrow. But I already narrowed down the selection of works I will be showing. It will be a collection of paintings, sketches and objects.
“Emptying out the room” is more work than one might think, and in some cases even dangerous: One of the graduate students was moving a portable wall with some teachers. There were 2 walls screwed together and when one of them was moved, the other almost fell on them. They luckily were able to stop and unscrew the walls, and nobody got hurt. But that was a little shocker! Lesson learned: Properly secure or un-secure the things you are about to move!
Have you ever had scary moments during a move/transport? What’s your most dreaded part of clean-up/renovation? Leave a comment if you like, and have a great day!
I was supposed to paint 2 more versions of the restaurant picture (“9th Street”). I did the 1st version 2 weeks ago, last week I finished version 2 on Saturday. I kind of like it. Version 3 needs some more work. But after that I’m done with artwork for this exhibit!