Artists staying at this moment at KHMessen :
Kristoffer Axen (Sweden) kristofferaxen.com
Axén’s practice focuses mainly around one main theme which branches out into different series – that of the surrealism and solitude which follows an introspective and examined existence. His images (meant to stand on their own even among a series or group) is therefore highly subjective and suggestive, and is consequently often dreamlike in its feel, relating more to atmosphere and mood in an anonymous setting than to any specifics. In this way he uses photography more like painting and certain cinematic expressions and its relation to the inner world than as a way of documenting an objective reality. His work is constructed using digital tools and he often combines more than one image to construct his world, and he consequently relies on post-production tools to reach this stage.
Sibylle Eimermacher (Germany/The Netherlands) www.sibsite.eu
In my work I deal with the ambivalent relationship that exists between man and nature, maker and material; the medium of presenting and displaying is often an underlying theme. I explore the tension between the natural and the artificial; a tension that is rooted in the human longing to encounter untouched and authentic nature versus the urge to explore, appropriate, aestheticize and display natural phenomena in the clean environment of museums. In an era where physical experience is replaced by digital immateriality I am attracted to the tactile nature of objects and materials. At the same time, I am aware that material objects never present themselves in a permanent state but are always subject to current circumstances and subjective perception.
Tammy Salzl (Canada) http://www.tammysalzl.com/
My artwork is driven by an interest in identity, the natural world, and the human psyche – sewn together by threads of mythology. Paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations are fused with allegorical counterparts to create a storybook tale the viewer steps into.
There is a dramatic sensibility that connects my work, informed by research into historical and folklore tales surrounding current ideologies, humanity and its relationship to our shifting environment, and growing up on the Canadian Prairies. Woven with psychological undercurrents, my work links the dilemma within our interior lives to the physical realities of our present times through metaphorical and experiential avenues.
Maja Ingerslev (Danmark) http://www.majaingerslev.com
Maja worked on the project ”Whiteout” at Kunstnarhuset Messen in the winter 2016.
Maja works with: photography, video , animation, installation, sculpture , drawing, artists` books and paper cuttings – and in the interaction between these media.
“I am fascinated by the impossible. The works lie in the border space between reality and imagination. I work with change through work with perception of shape and scale, space impact on the state of consciousness, the living expressed in movements and processes in nature.“
Bart Nijboer (The Netherlands) http://www.bartnijboer.nl/
How the world is unfolding in a lingering motion; how a small movement can be big; the difference in thinking towards a goal, or a thought that can go far beyond; all this show’s me a small part of the structure of which the world is build. This structure I want to uncover. Through the sculptures and installations I make, I tend to learn more of this structure and thereby of the world that surrounds me. Even though I know I’ll never be able too really understand, for my mind is not able to.
To come up with new work I use moments that fascinate me. A fragment of a movement, an arrangement of different objects, form and color that form to me an unsuspected right entity. By recreating this moment, I research which elements are crucial to experience it as a whole, and what is not.
Anna Hill (USA) https://www.anna-hill.com/
As a doctoral student who researches literary and visual cultures of ecological conservation, I am fascinated by the ways in which words and images mediate engagements with natural environments that one considers “foreign.” My work seeks to ask: how do myths, maps, and museums — the imagined environments that we construct and inherit— change our relationships with intimate experiences of local environments in “real life?” How might artists and writers mobilize creative narratives in order to communicate across disciplines (for example, with scientists and policymakers)?
Artists who stayed at KHMessen Jan-March-April 2018
Zsófia Jakab (Hungary) http://cargocollective.com/melankolia
Zsófia is an interdisciplinary artist, who’s practice is closely supported by research. She primarily works with installations, however, her practice tends to be a mixture of different techniques and media, combining sculpting, printmaking, painting, textiles and video work as well.
Both in her art practice and research, she is drawn to ideas and investigations of liminal states and places, the phenomenology of ‘in-betweenness’, fragments, through observing the surreal world of folktales, mythological metamorphoses, and personal narratives. She is interested in exploring opposites of beauty and terror, bodily and the ethereal, familiar and strange.
Carla Souto & Álvaro Giménez Ibáñez
Unuseless or Ways of Territorial Disability, is the starting point of the collaboration between two artists, with different backgrounds, but with the same interests. It is composed by sculptural attempts and installation experiments.
Carla Souto (Spain) cargocollective.com/carlasouto
Her work focuses on personal experience, the subtlety and duration of materials, process work and installation. The contact of one’s own work with the forces of nature, at any time during the process of creation and exhibition, is a fundamental part of answering the questions presented in the conceptual research in which it addresses anthropological and symbolic issues of a cultural background on the creation of the human being, exploring the link between the desexualization of the female body, nature and territory.
Álvaro Giménez Ibáñez (Spain) alvarogimenez.tumblr.com
Álvaro has MA in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture and BA in Fine Arts.
Álvaro works with installations, text and conceptual research.
Each of his projects has dealt with issues, discourses and concrete political problems embedded in contemporary culture.
James Cross (UK)http://www.james-cross.co.uk/
My practice explores the potential conversations created by the interactions of objects. Enlisting a plethora of forms and images I endeavour to examine the subtleties of everyday interactions and human responses by creating a dialogue within my practice.
Much of my practice hinges upon the understanding and misunderstanding of imagery and ideas. The appropriation of symbology and iconography offers a further level of insight into the evolving world, and begins to develop a distorted cultural narrative within the context of my environments. Much of what I produce uses the handmade, and relatable craft as its source of production. The use of the handmade as part of the sculptural language allows for a sense of recognition, and subsequently a deluge of associative symbolic language. The varieties of forms visible propose the integral idea of failure, the imperfect, the malformed, and the desire to improve.’
Filipa Pontes (Portugal) http://www.filipapontes.wordpress.com
My artistic production presents a critical and engaged outlook with the surrounding socio-cultural and political contexts, taking everyday life experiences as drivers for the projects I develop. I use drawing as an expression language and as a research method to study, represent and challenge different realities, cultures and traditions. I explore topics such as time, space and place, while I’m interested in “experimenting myself” within contexts that are diverse from my origin, in order to reflect upon some aspects of human nature.
I examined how figurative painting can function as a medium for visualizing emotions in this digital era. I focused on the ideas of fear, isolation, and anxieties that come from surroundings. In particular, they deal with a sense of alienation derived from modern digitalized society and culture.
Graham Murtough (USA) www.grahammurtough.com
As an artist I work with: Sculpture, found object, metal, plants, drawing, painting, printmaking, wood work, various DIY materials. In many of the works I create there is a sense that an event has already taken place, and I am interested in creating a kind of material and affective aftermath. A protrusion or upright beam for example, resembling the gesture of a fist pump, a blocking arm or an erection creates an upward motion and is used to conjure associations with a certain kind of resistance, power or even pleasure.
Juliette Romboti (Greece) http://julietteromboti.com/
Juliette Romboti’s practice is driven by a passion to emotionally connect with trees and suggest that they are conscious organisms. Continuous observation of trees has led her to a deeper awareness of the everchanging state of nature. The theme of impermanence is central to her work, and is visually communicated through a self-created technique capturing the movement of inks through film, photography and painting.