I started my new semester with some really inspiring classes and interesting topics. Opens up the mind.
I’d sown out some tomato seeds on my window sill in mid-march. Now, there are about 30 little plants in my room, waiting to be transplanted.
I get to display 8 of my paintings at my school. It took me a whole day to hang the pictures, but it was worth the trouble. Now, I can think of new paintings.
Right now, I am surrounded by creativity and inspiration. And I’m taking it in. In some ways it’s a comparatively easy choice to do so right now. But it’s a choice nonetheless. You often think that the “hard times” are when you grow the least. But it’s the “easy times” I try to keep an eye on, because you can get lazy when everything seems “ok”.
I’m not wishing for trouble or anything, I just don’t want to lose my focus, now that things are “easy”. I’m grateful for these times and want to make the most of the opportunities.
So in that sense, I hope you can grow, too. Wherever you’re at right now. Have a great day!
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!
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 am graduating from art school this July, and after the exam there is an art show. It will open on Thursday, July 7th at 7PM at the art academy in Karlsruhe. The show will be until Saturday, July 9th at 9PM. Opening hours from 10AM-9PM.
The flyer will follow soon. The adress for the Art academy is:
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe
I got back from the US a few days ago and am still getting over the jetlag. The sun is shining outside and I am very blessed by the people around me. But at the same time I am also kind of stressed:
I was at a class meeting on tuesday, where I presented my ideas for my diploma exhibit to my professor. He shook his head and basically told me to start over. He wasn’t mean about it, but he was firm. The message hit hard and at first I was upset. The art exhibit is in 2 months, what am I supposed to do? And what can I get done in less than 8 weeks?
I’ve calmed down since tuesday, but I still don’t know what to do. This is my final grade from art school and it counts for about 70-80% of my art degree. In other words, this exhibit has to work. No time to lose. I have an exhibition room to fill and won’t be paralyzed by fear.
Luckily I am not completely without ideas. The theme of the exhibit is “Die Statik das Augenblicks”, which roughly translates to “motionlessness of a glimpse”. On the one hand stillness, quiet, standstill and peace, on the other hand travel, restlessness, knowing that anything can change in a second. So far I will include “Devil’s Canyon” in the show.
And then some new pieces:
I will do a painting of the “Open”-sign (about 3’x4′) and maybe a sculpture out of old tires. The tire sculpture is supposed to capture the feeling of travel/motion while being “done” at the same time (the tires aren’t on the road anymore). It could be a tire swing or a stack of tires that look like one of those baby stacking toys.
That’s 3 pieces, I’ll need at least 3 more. So we’re getting somewhere!
I went to visit the opening of a classmate’s art exhibit. She was displaying her paintings in a place which I found tragically beautiful:
It was an old building complex behind the Karlsruhe train station. This property had been bought by the city over 25 years ago, with intentions of putting an art school there. However, this plan wasn’t realized and the buildings were neglected. The city wanted to tear them down, but artists occupied the site and made it an inofficial studio/event site. Since they were doing no real harm, the city tolerated this and had the artists pay a small amount of rent.
Now, 25 years later, the site continues to be a half-legal site for art exhibits. I can see why the artists are occupying it, but I can also see why the city doesn’t really like it. The place has lots of potential and could be amazing, but it is so run down that some parts are too fragile to enter. You wouldn’t consider the site very inviting, yet you can’t deny it’s uniqueness. This really is a secret garden.
I will be graduating from art school in about 3 1/2 months. My final exam will be to host an art exhibit. I have an idea of what it will look like, but just for fun I decided to test-hang my 3 newest paintings. The same picture can look great or terrible just by how it is displayed. So here’s test 1.