April 15, 2014

INTERVIEW: KM TEMPORAER

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portrait shot: Lennart and Elisa © photo by Trevor Good // installation images: "surplus living" exhibition at km temperer during 14/03/2014 - 23/03/2014, courtesy the artists, Copyright 2014 IG Photography

Anna-Lena Werner: Elisa and Lennart, in 2012 you founded KM Temporaer
 – an off-space for art in Berlin. Many of your exhibitions profoundly stress 
the political relation between the digital world and the art market. They also posed critical questions to current tendencies of artistic positioning. What was the initial motivation to start KM Temporaer?

Elisa R. Linn: We were especially interested in the format of the thematic group exhibition as a testing field to make constellations in a transdisciplinary process that isn’t necessarily dependant on art. With our projects we have tried to investigate the potential of this exhibition format and the idea of creating sustained dialogues which aren’t limited to a specific part of the art scene and instead address many actors with different backgrounds entering into interaction
 with each other.

Lennart Wolff: The artist selection therefore was a major step for activating this potential. We consciously choose artists positioned at the intersection between rejecting marketing systems, young emerging artists and those who are commercially successful and represented by 
galleries. An important aspect is also to disclose different generational, cultural 
and social influences that characterize and shape the creative practice 
and provide individual views on certain socially relevant issues. Thus
 displaying contradictory artistic positions enabled us to contextualize
 the art works in a new way as well as to contemplate and reflect on the
 art pieces considering multiple perspectives.

April 11, 2014

ART COLOGNE 2014

artcologne 2014 Art Cologne 2014 Florian Baudrexel at booth Linn Lühn DüsseldorfDike Blair at booth Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf Florian Meisenberg at booth Wentrup Berlin Florian Meisenberg at booth Wentrup, Berlin Grayson Revoir at booth Jan Kaps Cologne Grayson Revoir at booth Jan Kaps, Cologne Michail Pirgelis at booth Sprüth Magers Berlin London Michail Pirgelis at booth Sprüth Magers, Berlin, London Tatiana Trouve at Johann König Berlin Tatiana Trouve at booth Johann König, Berlin Paul Cowan and Tony Lewis COLLABORATION at Shane Campell Chicago Paul Cowan and Tony Lewis COLLABORATION at booth Shane Campell, Chicago David Ostrowski at booth Peres Projects Berlin David Ostrowski at booth Peres Projects, Berlin Liam Gillick at booth Kerlin Gallery Dublin Liam Gillick at booth Kerlin Gallery, Dublin // all images by artfridge // Courtesy the galleries // © the artists

"The white colour on the painting has a different tone, that the one on the wall behind it," a galerist explains a curious visitor, who was interested in the artist's motivation to present a blank canvas at the art fair. Its official: The new minimalism hit its peak. This is one of the most predominant trends, currently displayed at the 48th edition of ART COLOGNE: From predecessors, such as Günther Förg (Galerie Bärbel Grässlin) and Imi Knöbel (Galerie Nächst St. Stephan), to current emerging artists, such as Sergej Jensen (Galerie Neu), David Ostrowski (Peres Projects), Michail Pirgelis (Sprüth Magers) and Paul Czerlitzki (Laurent Godin) – minimal and beautiful, physically scant and reduced wall objects are setting the tone of the fair's contemporary segment in 2014. 

April 5, 2014

RAY LAMONTAGNE: SUPERNOVA



“Some songs are like riddles, or puzzles, an unknown begging to be figured out.” – Ray LaMontagne's fifth album "Supernova", which is produced by Black-Keys lead singer Dan Auerbach, is about to be launched on the 6th of May. LaMontagne cooperated with animation artist Lucy Dyson to create his very first music video for the single "Supernova". The American Songwriter Magazine did a short interview with him.

March 31, 2014

OLAF METZEL: GELBES MAUERSTÜCK

Olaf Metzel "Gelbes Mauerstück" at WENTRUP Berlin, featured on artfridge.de Olaf Metzel "Gelbes Mauerstück" at WENTRUP Berlin, featured on artfridge.de Olaf Metzel "Gelbes Mauerstück" at WENTRUP Berlin, featured on artfridge.de Olaf Metzel "Gelbes Mauerstück" at WENTRUP Berlin, featured on artfridge.de
All images: Olaf Metzel "Gelbes Mauerstück" at Wentrup Berlin (4th of March - 19th of April), Courtesy Galerie Wentrup, Berlin  © Olaf Metzel

It all started in the late 70s during the 'German Autmn', when policemen entered Berlin's art academy UDK and devastated several studios of the art students. Among them was Berlin-born Olaf Metzel – at that time with a major focus on classic italian art. His interests and forms of expressions changed after that event: he chose vandalism and documented the selective destruction via video. Contrary to many artists, who have unsuccessfully tried to provoke, to appeal for revolution or who miscalculated their audience's economy of attention, Metzel managed several times to cause an outrage. There is always a taste of riot surrounding his art. His public sculpture "Turkish Delight" (2007) in Vienna for example, which showed a naked girl wearing a headscarf, was tipped over and caused a massive amount of hate mails. In 1987, Metzel placed the public work "Randale-Denkmal", consisting of steel barriers and supermarket trolleys, at Joachimsthaler Platz in West-Berlin – exactly the spot where policemen and protesters clashed many times. After conservative dissenting votes, the work was relocated to an industrial party area in the former east. 

March 20, 2014

INTERVIEW: MIE OLISE

Mie Olise "Between the Stratum and the Unstable" at DUVE Berlin, courtesy the artist and DUVE BerlinMie Olise "Between the Stratum and the Unstable" at DUVE Berlin, courtesy the artist and DUVE Berlin Mie Olise "Between the Stratum and the Unstable" at DUVE Berlin, courtesy the artist and DUVE BerlinMie Olise "Between the Stratum and the Unstable" at DUVE Berlin, courtesy the artist and DUVE Berlin
All images: Mie Olise, "Between the Stratum and the Unstable" at DUVE Berlin, March 7 – April 17, 2014, Courtesy Mie Olise and DUVE Berlin

Massive roller coasters, dramatic vessels and houses lifted by scaffolds – Mie Olise, a 1974-born artist from Denmark  – strategically dissembles the constructions of large architectural objects, in order to use their most basic composition as motifs for her art. Each project, often including paintings and wooden installations, is carefully researched and accompanied by a profound background story – whether it is real or fictional. Having studied both, architecture and art, Mie still intertwines the aesthetics of both disciplines with each other. In her current show *Between the Stratum and the Unstable* at DUVE Berlin, she investigates the visual and architectural language of the native Indians and experiments with other media, such as yarn and fabrics. In an interview, she answered us questions about her practice, her inspiration and her daily working routine.

March 10, 2014

BERLIN, BERLIN



There have been many words written about Berlin. These ones are very beautiful and poetic: Nehemias Colindres, who was born in Los Angeles, now lives in Berlin and dedicated his latest film project to his new home. More on www.colindresfilms.com