Strich & Faden - Heimat, Folklore & Travesty - Part II
The Berlin Strich & Faden exhibition project presents challenging travesties of craft and folklore and works that thematize Heimat (heritage), gender roles & foklore in innovative or humorous ways.
Travesty (in the sense of deceit and role playing) is a device present in many works in this show, either as an artistic attitude, or as a subject matter. The participating artists use it to subvert both the traditions of Art & Crafts and our expectations of art.
This new edition of Strich und Faden presents outstanding representatives of the thriving US-american "subversive Arts & Crafts" scene - some of which are shown in Germany (or Europe) for the first time - and presents them alongside their (Eastern) European colleagues. Strich und Faden II goes beyond ironic crafting however, also incorporating conceptual and neo-traditional works on folklore, personal mythology and regionalism.
Peeter Allik - Estonia (linocut/lithoprint)
Walter Bruno Brix - Germany (embroidery)
Ulrich Diezmann - Germany (painting)
Rinaldo Hopf - Germany (painting)
Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene - Lithuania (embroidery on scrap metal)
Garth Johnson - U.S.A. (recycled collector's plates)
Ai Kijima - U.S.A. (quilted collage)
Charles Krafft - U.S.A. (ceramics)
Nava Lubelski - U.S.A. (embroidery)
Natasza Niedziolka - Germany (painting)
David Rios Ferreira - U.S.A. (gouache)
Schalalala Knitting Circle - Germany (knitting/social sculpture/net-art)
Hunter Stabler - U.S.A. (paper cutting)
Sztuka Fabryka - BE (street-art/social sculpture)
Tulip Enterprises - Netherlands/Germany (over painted vintage porcelain)
Georg Weise - Germany (painting)
Landsberger Allee 54, Old Brewery, 10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Opening reception: April 29, 2009, 7 - 11 pm, with musical performances by Austin Brown and Heatsick.
Concurrent exhibition openings will take place at Styx Project Space, 91mQ, and other galleries in the building.
Closing reception: May 29, 2009, 7 pm
Open: April 29 - May 29, 2009
Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, 3 - 7 pm, and by appointment.
Artspace Richard Sorge Mission Statement:
Located at a romantically crumbling historic Friedrichshain brewery, the site of last year's grand Urban Affairs show and host of many art & event spaces and music studios, Kunstraum Richard Sorge reaches a young, and international audience, but adventurous discerning art lovers as well.
Kunstraum Richard Sorge's large, white, yet still funky art space is snugly hidden inside the building's Street-art covered walls. The industrial charm of iron columns and factory windows, mixed with the monastical feel induced by the ancient brick floors create a fitting ambiance to experience art.
The artist-run space focuses its exhibitions on subversive crafts, club/vj culture, kinetic- and light art, queer/feminist art and subcultures. Projects ideas by curators are considered. Like the spy Richard Sorge, the art space independently works from a marginal, yet cosmopolitan position to ultimately save the world.
More info: http://www.kunstraumrichardsorge.org