The German Scholarship holders 2015, Veronika and Alexander Zyzik

Only two and a half weeks left until the exhibition opening and I have not yet presented the two german artists who received the scholarship this year. The couple Alexander and Veronika Zyzik are both painters who also teach art and work at beautiful Kunststation Kleinsassen. Veronika is currently showing the solo exhibition ”Veronika Zyzik: Nur ein Traum?” (”Just a Dream?”) at Kunststation until 25th of may. /Christina

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Read more about the two artists on their homepage:


Agneta Forslund, the Swedish scholarship holder 2006

The artist Agneta Forslund has also worked for several years as an art educator, mostly at Bror Hjorths hus. She is a part of the Uppsala artist group Haka who curates the visual art section of Köttinspektionen, the exciting new, non-commercial, artist-run art space in Uppsala.

The pictures below were taken by me Christina when I brought my class from Uppsala Folkhögskola to visit the Haka-studio earlier this spring. Agneta held an inspiring clay workshop for my students and we got to see some paintings and installations that will be shown at the exhibition ”Tråden” (The Thread) at Köttinspektionen from may 23 to july 7. The exhibition shows artworks by Agneta and her sister Mona-Lisa Eriksson.



Agneta Forslund in the HAKA-studio


Unfinished paintings by Agneta Forslund. Will be shown at the upcoming exhibition Tråden

Friday with Konstbruket


The artists at Konstbruket are busy with the artworks for the summer exhibition


This piece of scrap metal will become something inspired by Dr Barnickels art


Konstbrukets participants have also started practicing the songs that they will perform led by music teacher Kim Westin


We looked at Henny Linn Kjellbergs exhibition at Galleri 1, in this room we will have a part of the German Contemporary exhibition


This friday was also the opening day for an exhibition by Rebecca Petterson from Konstbruket at Kulturcafét


Å-huset, the larger of the two buildings that will house the German Contemporary exhibition


Imagine this space filled with german and swedish artists and music from the stage hidden behind the bushes/Christina


Mia Hochrein, the german scholarship holder 2006

Just four (!!!!) weeks left until the exhibition opening and we still have a couple of scholarship holders left to present on this blog. The photograph and presentation below about Mia Hochrein are both taken from the German Contemporary catalogue./Christina


”Collecting, archiving, forging connections between
locations, people and periods — these are the artistic
tools Mia Hochrein employs to approach the grand
concepts of time and space.
Underway, in search of contextual correlatives,
her artistic work usually begins site-specific in nature.
Only during the creative process itself does she
determine which medium and which formal language
are to be used for the given piece. Graphic works, objects,
installations, performances, interventions, projects and
artist’s books are the causatum.
Mia Hochrein liberates the ugly, the unloved, the
superfluous, the discarded and the broken from vanishing
while bestowing them, through the integration into her
artistic work, a new significance, a new function — or
simply a smile. In her performances, she frequently takes
on the role of a commonplace cleaning lady, huntress,
researcher or saleslady and, in her public appearance,
ulteriorly intervenes in everyday events so as to
make fragments of memory once again tangible and/or
to leave unanswered perplexities in her wake.
Mia Hochrein studied fine arts and visual communications
at the Kunsthochschule Kassel [Art University of
Kassel] and now resides in a small town.”
words by dr. Astrid Scherpf
Cultural Manager, district of Rhön-Grabfeld


Katriina Flensburg, the swedish scholarship holder 2008

This weeks scholarship holder is Katriina Flensburg. The following presentation is taken from Katriinas homepage:

Photograph from Katriina Flensburgs facebook page Art Quilt Studio

Photograph from Katriina Flensburgs facebook page Art Quilt Studio

”Except being one of the pioneers for the revival of quilting in Scandinavia, Katriina Flensburg is acknowledged for her work of promoting the field of Art Quilt.Katriina is the founder member of the Scandinavia Art Quilt Group.

She was an initiator and the first president of the Swedish quilters´ guild, founded 1988 and a past time board member of the Swedish Textile Network. Her work has been exhibited both in invitational and juried exhibitions in Sweden, in the other Scandinavian countries, other European countries such as Austria, Holland, France, Italy and Great Britain and in Canada, USA and Japan. Her quilts have been featured in books, magazines and catalogues in Finland, France, Austria, Holland, Japan, Great Britain and USA.

Katriina´s teaching and lecturing covers the broad field of the quilting from the culture bound and/or ethnical traditions to the contemporary and free expressions. She teaches and lectures both in Swedish, Finnish and English.”



Konstbrukets summer exhibition

Some of you may remember that there will be a small group exhibition at Kulturcafét inspired by the artworks in the German Contemporary exhibition. Konstbrukets exhibition will open the day before German Contemporary, friday 5th of june, with some music performed by the artists from konstbruket. Konstbruket is a work placement for people with neurospychiatric disabilities who practice art. It is a day activity center according to the Act of Support and Service for people with disability – LSS – and a part of the system of liberty in the council of Uppsala. They have been approved by the County and the Council.

Themes and techniques in Swedish, and a sketch in the background

Themes and techniques in Swedish, and a sketch in the background

The artists have now started working on the exhibition. Today we thoroughly analysed the themes and techniques in a selection of pictures of artworks by the participating german artists. There will be different personal interpretations, some will probably be paraphrases but some will be inspired by the german artworks in a more subtle way.

Christopher Valenkamph made a quick first sketch that is a collage of all the artworks. If you look closely maybe you can regognize the lines from Mitko Sabev Ivanovs sculptures, a face from Ulrich Barnickels sculptures and some sheep by Bernd Baldus. This is only a first draft but I am sure that this dialogue will culminate in an interesting exhibition/Christina

Sketch by Christopher Valenkamph

Sketch by Christopher Valenkamph


Susanne Bockelmann, the german scholarship holder 2008 and 2009

The following text and picture are taken from the final proof of the German Contemporary Catalogue that will be printed any day now! See more artworks and read more about Susanne Bockelmann on her webpage /Christina

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Susanne Bockelmann. Photo by Dieter Weinstock

”The art of Susanne Bockelmann is introverted in nature,
but not in a seclusionary manner, in confinement, as it
were; rather, it is on its own on open terrain. With a universal
gaze from which work is nurtured, the diversity lies in its
fields of expression: painting, color pencil drawing, scissorcutting
and collaged work, ceramic medallion-making, vessel-
making, linocut, etching. Multifarious, the appearance as
well: clearly outlined spatial densities and freely drawn lines,
the overlapping of that which loosely hangs and bends, the
scoring and how the glaze settles within it.
The beings that she paints reside within their thus-prepared
habitats quite naturally. Categorically freely-formed beings, relaxed
and impulsive, apparently tossed into life, into an existence
as a presence that cannot explain itself and, instead, remains
enigmatic like all impulses that one perceives. […] They are innate
with the naturalness that results from such an intuitive birth.
A rooting experience of fertility that confronts us in the
work of Susanne Bockelmann is the amalgamation of autonomous,
individual pieces into a consummate entirety; into
the collage that she assembles from that which is encountered,
in accordance to stimulation and significance, upon
the carrier surface.
It is an art in which the abstract and the concrete are
identical. Everything so entirely line and surface plane and color,
and yet, at the same time, so pulsating with identifiable life.”
words by Franz Josef van der Grinten
on the work of Susanne Bockelmann — excerpt from the
opening speech to the exhibition ”Füchse und andere Wesen”
[”Foxes and Other Creatures”] at the Sankt Georgen
Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology,
Frankfurt am Main


Himmel (Heaven ) , detail Hammock made of plaited willow and plastic cord Photo by Susanne Bockelmann

Bodil Gellermark, the Swedish scholarship holder 2009

Ceramic artist Bodil Gellermark also participated in the Clay & Straw project.

Picture taken from Gudrun Westerlunds home page

Picture from the Clay & Straw project taken from Gudrun Westerlunds home page

The following text is a translation from Bodils presentation in the 2011 catalogue:

”I have worked for thirty years in my own studio. The clay has fascinated me since childhood, when I played and dug on the shore with my grandma . Actually I ‘m still working in the same way. I often dig the clay out myself and process it afterwards, make clay rolls and build the shape up. I burn with sawdust in reduced atmosphere where you can feel the fire in the clay. I have performed several public artworks in schools in and housing areas. I also work with earthenware and burn traditionally in an electric oven with glaze. the whole time I have worked as an artist I have also been instructing pupils. To work with children and young people, sharpens the senses and helps me to think in new tracks.”

 More pictures of her more recent work can be seen at Bodil Gellermarks home page/ Christina

Bodil Gellermark at Bror Hjorths hus

Bodil Gellermark, photo taken by Christina Hillheim