The countdown to the German Contemporary exhibition is now nearly finished. The scholarship was founded in 2004, and in this first year it was awarded to administrators Viktoria Schäfer from Kunststation Kleinsassen and Kjell Cederberg from Studiefrämjandet Uppsala. In the following year 2005 Marion Feld, VHS Landkreis Fulda, also an administrator was chosen by Kunststation Kleinsassen.
The swedish scholarship holder 2005 Katrina Loelv, was actually the first artist to recieve the scholarship.
The following text and the photo of the artist are taken from Katrina Loelvs homepage www.katrinaloelv.se
”I work with painting, often in mixed media, collage and video.
Part of the fascination in various materials are related to their purely tactile qualities, the feeling of mat or lustrous surfaces, semi-transparent or solid materials. Contrasts and tension effects that are embedded in the material of my works.
Some years ago I started to examine the possibilities of video with an idea to create, what I call “ video paintings”, in this media. In the moving picture you are present in the intersection of the more constant and the changing where time and space can be depicted with greater clarity. I am inspired by the alteration and development everything passes through. With this follows a curiosity for the internal changes I as a living, sentient creature constantly experience. As an artist I aim to spend where this process is taking place, that is in the area separating the external reality from the internal. This space conceal a powerful, magic force which attracts me and I want to listen and communicate this in my art.”
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
This weeks scholarship holder is Katriina Flensburg. The following presentation is taken from Katriinas homepage: www.katriinaflensburg.se
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.”
Ceramic artist Bodil Gellermark also participated in the Clay & Straw project.
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, photo taken by Christina Hillheim
Bill-Ove Jonsson was the Swedish Scholarship holder in 2010 and is also the art director behind the German Contemporary catalogue. He left a career in advertising behind him when he became a full time artist and has been teaching printing techniques at Studiefrämjandet. However he seems equally at home with painting, sculpture or conceptual art and describes himself as ”to restless and maybe to curious” to settle for one field of work. The lowest common denominator in all of the works that I have seen by this artist is that it always contains a darkness more or less hidden behind a pun. Learn more about how he tries to make the world a bit more human with art on his homepage. The pictures below are all from Bill-Oves scholarship stay in beautiful Kleinsassen./Christina
Bill-Ove sculpting at his scholarship stay in Kleinsassen. Photo taken by Marie Gisslén
View from the scholarship apartment. Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson
Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson
Sculpture and photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson
Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson
Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson
Kunststation Kleinsassen. Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson
Photo by Bill-Ove Jonsson
This is the catalogue from 2011 that i referred to in the post about Barbara Benedix! The remaining copies of this catalogue will be available at the German Contemporary exhibition. Have a lovely weekend! /Christina
One of the pages of the 2011 catalogue, text about Agneta Forslund
As you can see our German Contemporary- catalogue is still a work in progress! We hope that we will receive the last photos and texts so that we can send it to the printers soon!
This blog has been a bit quiet during the last two weeks. But I can assure you that things are moving forward!
Last weeks presentation should have been about Barbara Benedix, the German scholarship holder in the year 2011.
Photograph taken from http://www.vhs-in-hessen.de
Barbara was also the competent curator for the exhibition Konst från Sverige in 2011 and produced the exhibition catalogue. We were all very impressed by the 2011 exhibition and we try to reciprocate this as well as we can.
Barbara, Gunnel Sörbom and others at the opening of the 2011 exhibition at Kunststation
Barbara Benedix is currently working as the Program Head of Cultural Education at Volkshocschule Region Kassel, more information about that on the homepage http://vhs-region-kassel.de/
I am looking forward to meeting her again at the exhibition opening in June!/Christina
This week the time has come to take a closer look at Henny Linn Kjellberg who was the swedish recipient 2011. She leads ceramic classes for Studiefrämjandet for both children and adults. The photograph and the written presentation below is taken from the artists homepage, visit www.hennylinn.se for more information and pictures/Christina
”Henny Linn Kjellberg holds a BFA from Denmark’s Design School Bornholm, and an MFA from Konstfack – the University College of Arts and Craft in Stockholm, Sweden. She has also been a guest student at SHKS – the National University College of Arts and Craft in Norway. Since 2000 she has been active in various fields within the visual arts, such as installation, performance art and traditional commission work. She has shown her work at galleries and museums in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Thailand, Canada and the US and has been an artist in residence and guest artist several times at the International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Although trained a ceramic artist, Henny Linn Kjellberg has often collaborated with artists in the performance field. In order to cross boundaries between the art forms and widen the concept of stage design, she has created ceramic objects that have been used as costume and installation art, as well as set design. In this context she has also been researching ceramics and sound, in collaboration with the American composer Ellen Lindquist and Danish percussionist Birgit Løkke, through the development of a set of porcelain percussion instruments.”
When we finally arrived in Kleinsassen the remarkable Kunststation building and the surroundings greeted us with a stunning beauty. We all felt extremely priviliged to be a part of the exhibition. The opening night was memorable and represented the culmination of a wonderful visit where our German hosts spoiled us and made us feel welcome.
In 2011 we started planning the humble answer to this, an exhibition in Uppsala with german artists that had received the scholarship. Sadly, we have no Kunststation in Uppsala and it was not an easy task to find a suitable location. After having considered the alternatives Gunnel Sörbom talked to Uppsala Konstnärsklubb/Uppsala ArtistsClub about the possibilities of them hosting the exhibition. The club has access to exhibition rooms at Walmstedska gården, an area with buildings built between1855-1860 situated in central Uppsala. She also felt that it would be a place where the german artists could be warmly welcomed to Uppsala by their colleagues and fellow scholarship holders. All photos are taken by Bill-Ove Jonsson/Christina
Gunnel Sörbom from Studiefrämjandet Uppsala and Agneta Forslund surrounded by Agnetas paintings
Anna-Karin Brus and some of her Vanitas collagepaintings
Christina Hillheim (yes, the editor of this blog!) and Anna-Karin
Three paintings by Bill-Ove Jonsson
Artworks by Bill-Ove, Katriina Flensburg and a hanging clay installation by Henny Linn Kjellberg
Henny Linn Kjellberg
Agneta Forslund and Katrina Loelv in front of Katrinas installation
Katriina Flensburgs artworks
After Frankfurt we spent two days in peaceful Fulda where Professor Mons guided us in the city on a clear chilly september morning. We were also treated to lavish meals in beautiful surroundings, for example at Fuldaer Haus.
Professor Mons gave us a historical guided tour of this old city, the architecture and the churches
Dom zu Fulda
Outside Fuldauer Haus Leif Kindblom, Peter Ballmaier, Lars Häger, Lars B Andersson, Sven-Eric Svensson and some of the artists from Uppsala
All photos in this post by Bill-Ove Jonsson