Monday, June 20, 2016

Studio Visit: Bernd Wagner in Lauf, Germany

Bernd Wagner, Atelier 

In May, the four Alte Schule artists visit Bernd in Lauf, Germany. A first-hand look at the studio and creative process offered insights into his tactile work! Often using found objects, his sculptures and his home are put together with material that has a more complicated history than you may think. 

He also introduced is to his native town, Lauf, including the under-city network of cellar caves.

Visit his website here

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hohenstein Part 4: Photos

Snapshots from the Alte Schule artist residency in Hohenstein, May - June 2016.

Hohenstein Artist Residency Part 3 // May June 2016

Alte Schule Artist Residency

I have spent six beautiful weeks in Hohenstein, Germany. The small town in the Bavarian countryside fills up on the weekends with tourists hoping to visit the little local castle. The weather oscillates between sun and lightning storms, and everything has exploded into lush greenery.

The residency takes place in an old schoolhouse (Alte Schule) that has been converted into a creative production zone. Thanks to Sophist's Chris Rupp, artists from all over the world have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Franconian culture. I will never be the same again.

Learn more about the residency program on their website. Listed are the other artists that have overlapped with me:

    Bradley Gray // Painting // Website
    Rafi Munz // Multi-media // Website
    Meriem Elatra // Multi-media
    Omata "Ouma" Tomoko // Installation // Website

Brad, Roland, Chris, Meriem, Ouma at the Hirtenmuseum Hersbruck opening

Some photographs from our time here, from cooking, to art, to local field trips. 

Walks with views over the hilltops
Everybody makes some of their native cuisine
Ornate Bamberg 
We have our very own castle. You can't miss it.

Beautiful old buildings 
BBQ and firepit evenings
Anouk, Ouma and Meriem
Roland built a brand new little veggie garden
Hohenstein village in Franconia
Ouma, Brad, Johan and Meriem on a field trip

Nurnberg craft village
Munich art museum
Hohenstein Castle
Ouma in the studio
A new piece
Hiking paths

Bernd Wagner's studio
Rafi on a walk

I'm so lucky.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Part 2: Omata Tomoko: Rock Installation at Hohenstein


'Ouma' was a fellow artist at the Alte-Schule Hohenstein artist residency during May 2016. Here are a few photographs of the residents (myself, Brad Gray, and Chris Rupp) helping her document a colourful rock installation on the Hohenstein Castle. More of her work can be seen on her website.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Hohenstein Part 1. Getting to Germany

Ansbach, Germany. Antique store.

Colmar, Alsace, France. Little Venice, so very romantic.

Obernai, Alsace, France. In BLOOM!

Colmar, Alsace, France. 

Obernai, France

Alsace, France. Wine region with a beautiful road winding through the little towns.

Hohenzollern Castle, Germany. Still owned privately by the family, but open to the public.