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once in a blue moon

Gruppenausstellung zur Farbe Blau 

 

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Eröffnung der Ausstellung once in a blue moon in der Klosterpresse

Rechtzeitig zum Vollmond eröffnete am 15. Juli 2016 die Gruppenausstellung once in a blue moon in der Klosterpresse. Der Titel once in a blue moon ist einer englischen Redewendung entlehnt und kennzeichnet ein selten auftretendes Ereignis. Ein „Blauer Mond“ ist ein zweiter Vollmond in einem Kalendermonat. Dieses Naturphänomen tritt nur alle 2,4 Jahre auf.

Nach Stationen in der Galeria OFF Piotrowska in Lodz und der Galeria pod Atlantami in Walbrzych feierten neun Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus Großbritannien, dem Iran, Polen, dem Senegal und Deutschland nun vom 15. bis 17. Juli 2016 die Farbe Blau in der Klosterpresse in Frankfurt.

Die Ausstellung ist in Zusammenarbeit mit der in Lodz ansässigen, privaten Kunstschule OKO  entstanden. Ziel war es die Farbe Blau mit allen Sinnen erfahrbar zu machen.

Gezeigt wurden Malereien von Aleksandra Frankowska und Susan Sluglett, Fotografien von Rodney Dee, Max Pauer, Krzysztof Ślaziński und Mamadou Touré aka Béhan sowie plastische Arbeiten von Mindy Lee, Niloufar Shiriani und von Line Krom Skulpturen aus blauem Kuchen, die zum Verzehr einluden.

Im Rahmen der Ausstellung gab es auch einen Bazar, zu dem Besucher eingeladen waren, Objekte in verschiedensten Blauschattierungen vorbeizubringen und dort zum Verkauf anzubieten.

 

 

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Klosterpresse. Fotografien von Thomas Braunsberger und Cornelia Kube-Druener.

 

Upcoming: Once in a blue Moon

 

Once in a blue Moon

– Gruppenausstellung zur Farbe Blau

 

Eröffnung Freitag 15. Juli 2016 19 – 21 Uhr

 

 

Klosterpresse e. V.

Paradiesgasse 10

60584 Frankfurt/M.

 

Freitag, 15. Juli – Sonntag, 17. Juli 2016

Freitag 19-22 Uhr

Samstag 14-18 Uhr

Sonntag 14-18 Uhr

 

Neun Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus Großbritannien, Polen, dem Senegal und Deutschland feiern die Farbe Blau. Die Gruppenausstellung „Once in a Blue Moon“ zeigt Werke von Rodney Dee (GB), Aleksandra Frankowska (PL), Mindy Lee (GB), Line Krom (D), Max Pauer (D), Niloufar Shiriani (IR), Krzysztof Ślaziński (PL), Susan Sluglett (GB) und Mamadou Touré aka Béhan (SN).

Internationalen Studien zufolge ist Blau kulturübergreifend die beliebteste Farbe. Blau wird mit Vertrauen, Gelassenheit und Einheit in Verbindung gebracht. In Kunst und Populärkultur finden sich zahlreiche Beispiele, die diesen Sachverhalt belegen: Picassos Blaue Periode, Yves Kleins Monochromien in Ultramarinblau, die Europa Flagge oder die Logos multinationaler Konzerne, beispielsweise Facebook, IKEA und Nivea.

Der Titel „Once in a Blue Moon“ ist einer englischen Redewendung entlehnt und kennzeichnet ein selten auftretendes Ereignis. Ein „Blauer Mond“ ist ein Vollmond, der zwei Mal in einem Kalendermonat erscheint. Dieses Naturphänomen tritt alle 2,4 Jahre auf. Das Motiv des seltenen Ereignisses greift die Kuratorin Aline von der Assen auf Ebene der Besucherpartizipation auf. In der Regel werden Ausstellungsbesucher selten selbst zu Akteuren innerhalb der Galerie. Im Rahmen der Ausstellung gibt es einen Bazar zu dem Besucher eingeladen sind Objekte in verschiedensten Blauschattierungen vorbeizubringen und dort zum Verkauf anzubieten.

Blau steht für Eleganz und Kostbarkeit – das breite Spektrum der Farbe wird durch die verschiedenen künstlerischen Techniken ausgelotet. Gezeigt werden Malereien von Aleksandra Frankowska und Susan Sluglett, Fotografien von Rodney Dee, Max Pauer, Krzysztof Ślaziński und Mamadou Touré aka Béhan. Ausserdem plastische Arbeiten von Mindy Lee, Niloufar Shiriani und von Line Krom Skulpturen aus blauem Kuchen, die zum Verzehr einladen.

Last days of Once in a blue Moon at Galeria pod Atlantami Walbrzych

The group show ‚Once in Blue Moon’ presents works of Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan.

The show makes the colour blue a holistic experience it addresses various senses: seeing, smelling, touching and tasting. ‚Once in Blue Moon’ at Galeria pod Atlantami opened on 3. February 2016. A great number of visitors came to revel in the colour Blue!

The title of the show picks up on an English saying describing a rarely occurring event. Despite the literal delineation the moon actually does not appear blue. A “blue moon” is a calendarical event, – a full moon occurring twice in a calendar month. This happens once in every 2,4 years. Taking the ‘rarely occurring event’ as leitmotif for the show the featured works function as gateway between art, artists and lay people. Many of the selected pieces were developed in collaboration between the artist and non-artists and invite for dialogue with the audience.

The blueness of the sky has always been object of human longing and phantasies. For Iranian artist Niloufar Shirani aircrafts represent a metaphor for the possibility to escape political strangulation and pressure. She declines the motive in various ways – in traditional painting and in interactive workshops with children.

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The British artist Rodney Dee states „The colour blue is synonymous with the spirit, the sky, the water, the immaterial and the remote. … no matter how tactile and close-up it is, the colour blue is always about distance and disembodiment.“ Often his work is assembled of many individual shots or print outs of the very same image. This technique hints on the process of production through repetition.

Mindy Lee’s paintings grow and mutate, merging attraction and repulsion into enticingly monstrous hybrids. Her  work „slips between decay and revival, where disgust and seduction intertwine through a revelling in squeamishness. Freshly served or exquisite leftovers, elements of the bodily, the abject and the grotesque beautifully fester.“ (Mindy Lee)

Polish artist Aleksandra Frankowska too reflects on family and parenthood through painting. Her recent works blend images of her childhood with pictures of raising her own son. While the images reflect on repetition of social patterns the colour blue all enwraps the sceneries into timeless distance.

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The snapshots of German photographer Max Pauer often convey a subtle humorous punch line. He seeks out for the funny and grotesque. His recent series “Moscow” is about the political and social ambiguities in contemporary Russia.

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Mamadou Touré aka Béhan lives and works in Senegal. He is well known for his documentary photography and publishes his work in African and European magazines since 1989. His works ranging from panoramic landscape motives to newsworthy social and political issues.

 

“I want someone else to see the solitude, the alienation and the attraction hidden in the geometric form.” states Polish artist Krzysiek Ślaziński. He is searching for rhythm and repetition as constructive element through photography. He focuses on constructive elements of architecture which create an urban rhythm.

Sue oiabm.jpg

Susan Sluglett is a painter from Great Britain. Her blue flower still lifes create an extraordinary visual experience for the viewer: colour fields, vivid brush strokes, broken lines and nasty varnish runs, all together moon flowers, morning glories, tulips and hydrangeas vibrantly jitter in front of one’s eyes.

The German artist Line Krom presents minimalistic sculptures. „Untitled (after A. Truitt)” is a reference to the American minimalist Anne Truitt, but in contrast to the original Kroms sculptures are edible as they are made up by cake. The artworks are consumerable and will disperse in the on-going exhibition.

The works will be on display at Galeria pod Atlantami, Rynek 9
58-300 Wałbrzych until 4. March 2016. Opening hours monday to friday 10 – 16 o’clock.

Photographs with the courtesy of Aleksanda Frankowska-Plewka and Marta Slazinska.

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Upcoming: Once in a Blue Moon at Galeria pod Atlantami

Wystawa Once in a blue moon – Srodmiescie

 

once in a blue moon walbrzych plakat_atlanty

curator: Aline von der Assen
Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan.

 

3 lutego o godz. 17.00 Galeria pod Atlantami zaprasza na wernisaż wystawy Once in a blue moon, której motywem przewodnim jest kolor niebieski. Swoje prace (malarstwo, fotografie, rzeźbę) przedstawi dziewięciu artystów z Wielkiej Brytanii, Niemiec, Iranu, Polski i Senegalu: Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Susan Sluglett, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shirani, Aleksandra Frankowska, Krzysztof Ślaziński oraz Mamadou Touré aka Béhan. Wystawa czynna będzie do 4 marca 2016, od poniedziałku do piątku w godz. 10.00-16.00 – wstęp wolny!

Po raz pierwszy ekspozycja prezentowana była w Łodzi w Galerii OFF Piotrkowska i zorganizowana została przez pracownię OKO – placówkę edukacyjną prowadzoną przez artystów.
Tytuł Once in a blue moon odnosi się do angielskiego zwrotu, który oznacza wydarzenie pojawiające się niezwykle rzadko. W astronomii „blue moon”, czyli dodatkowa pełnia, to zjawisko, które obserwujemy raz na 2,4 lata. Nieczęsto mamy też okazję oglądać w naszym mieście prace artystów z różnych kontynentów.

Badania pokazują, że niebieski jest jednym z najbardziej lubianych kolorów. Jest kojarzony z zaufaniem, spokojem i jednością. W związku z tym posługuje się nim wiele komercyjnych marek, takich jak Facebook, IKEA czy Nivea. Pierwsze skojarzenia z wykorzystaniem niebieskiego w sztuce to “niebieski okres” Picassa i prace Yves Kleina.

Wystawa prezentuje różne wymiary niebieskiego – techniczny, metaforyczny i zmysłowy. Jeden z artystów prezentujących swoje prace na wystawie, Rodney Dee, pisze: „Kolor niebieski jest tożsamy z duchem, niebem, wiatrem, tym co niematerialne i dalekie… nieważne jak namacalny i zbliżony, kolor niebieski zawsze wydaje się odległy i niecielesny.”. Z fizycznością niebieskiego pozwoli natomiast zmierzyć się widzom inna uczestniczka – Line Krom. Artystka, która zajmuje się sztuka partycypacyjną, zaprezentuje minimalistyczną, jadalną rzeźbę. W czasie wystawy konsumowana przez odwiedzających rzeźba będzie coraz bardziej dekonstruowana. Kolejną artystkę błękit zachęca do ucieczki, zatopienia się w nim, a dla innego uczestnika wiąże się z samotnością, alienacją. Dwie artystki pochylają się w swoich pracach nad doświadczeniem macierzyństwa, a kolor niebieski nadaje pokazanym scenom charakter ponadczasowy

Kurator: Aline von der Assen
Koordynator projektu: Aleksandra Frankowska-Plewka www.oko.edu.pl

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Once in Blue Moon

 

Galeria pod Atlantami // Rynek 9 // Walbrzych

Opening 03.02.16, 5 p.m.

Duration 04.02 to 04.03.2016

 

once in a blue moon walbrzych plakat_atlanty
curator: Aline von der Assen
Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan.

 

A selection of nine artists from Great Britain, Germany, Iran, Poland and Senegal revel in the colour Blue!

Galeria pod Atlantami presents the group show ‚Once in Blue Moon’ including works of Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan.

Blue appears to be the world’s most popular colour according to surveys. Blue is associated with trust, serenity and union. In art and popular culture many examples immediately spring to mind such as: Picasso’s “blue period“, Yves Klein’s blue monochromes and multinational blue branding used by Facebook, IKEA and Nivea etc.

Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan explore the colours sumptuous elegance from an aesthetic perspective – addressing various senses: painting, photography and edible, blue sculptures.

 

Kurator: Aline von der Assen
Koordynator projektu: Aleksandra Frankowska-Plewka www.oko.edu.pl

Further Information on galeria pod Atlantami

 

Last days of „Once in a blue Moon“ at Galeria OFF Piotrowska

Once in a blue Moon

12 september – 27 september 2015

///Galeria OFF Piotrkowska// ul. Piotrkowska 138/140// 90-062 Łodź, Polska///

The title of the show picks up on an English saying describing a rarely occurring event. Despite the literal delineation the moon actually does not appear blue. A “blue moon” is a calendarical event, – a full moon occurring twice in a calendar month. This happens once in every 2,4 years.

Once a year with the beginning of the winter term OKO launches it’s new program. OKO is an artist’s run art school providing art classes for people from every background and age expanding the participants experience through art and aesthetic learning. Now for the second time in a row OKO assigned me as curator to pick up fresh art works to inspire it’s students.

This year I chose the colour Blue as leitmotif for the show intending to create an aesthetical sensitivity for colour schemes. According to surveys Blue appears to be the world’s most popular colour. Therefore many brands such as Facebook, IKEA and Nivea pick up that colour scheme. Many objects we unconsciously choose for our every day surrounding have the colour blue as we associate it with elegance, harmony, peace, trust, serenity and union.

The selected works in “Once in a blue Moon” are very sensuous and often address collaboration between artists and lay people.

 

The blueness of the skies always created a desire of longing for mankind to dive into and escape. Taking planes as a metaphor for escape political strangulation and pressure Iranian artist Niloufar Shirani paints and designs plane installations on her own and in collaboration with children.

Once in a Blue Moon Rodney Dee

The British artist Rodney Dee states„The colour blue is synonymous with the spirit, the sky, the water, the immaterial and the remote. … no matter how tactile and close-up it is, the colour blue is always about distance and disembodiment.“ Often his work is assembled of many individual shots or print outs of the very same image. This technique hints on the process of production through repetition.

„mooning/ gninoom“ from „Our first years together (series)“ made in a collaboration between the British artist Mindy Lee and her son J.A.L-B. „Having a baby has radically altered my sense of self, transforming from singular, to a fused identity into a new hybrid state.” The painting technique refers to the Rorschach print, a psychological test. „This print (…) evolves from one gesture being brought together and pulled apart to create two interdependent images. The cut slices the paintings in-two to create a gap which allows the two halves to develop into individual paintings.“

Polish artist Aleksandra Frankowska too reflects on family and parenthood through painting. Her recent works blend images of her childhood with pictures of raising her own son. While the images reflect on repetition of social patterns the colour blue all enwraps the sceneries into timeless distance.

The snapshots of German photographer Max Pauer often convey a subtle humorous punch line. He seeks out for the funny and grotesque. His recent series “Moscow” is about the political and social ambiguities in contemporary Russia.

 

Mamadou Touré aka Béhan lives and works in Senegal. He is well known for his documentary photography and publishes his work in African and European magazines since 1989. His works ranging from panoramic landscape motives to newsworthy social and political issues.

“I want someone else to see the solitude, the alienation and the attraction hidden in the geometric form.” states Polish artist Krzysiek Ślaziński. He is searching for rhythm and repetition as constructive element through photography. He focuses on constructive elements of architecture which create an urban rhythm.

Susan Sluglett is a painter from Great Britain. Her blue flower still lifes create an extraordinary visual experience for the viewer: colour fields, vivid brush strokes, broken lines and nasty varnish runs, all together moon flowers, morning glories, tulips and hydrangeas vibrantly jitter in front of one’s eyes.

„Untitled (after A. Truitt)” are edible minimalistic sculptures by German artist Line Krom who deals with the supporting system of the gallery space, gallery assistants and the audience. For the duration of the show the sculptures will more and more disperse as they will be consumed by the audience.

Collaboration between artists and lay people is an integral part of this show as it is an approach of OKO to create an awareness and understanding for contemporary art. Therefor we take this engagement for aesthetical awareness, visual research and participation in arts even further and invite the visiting public to submit blue coloured everyday objects building a collection in all shades of blue. Both art works and everyday objects will be on display and for sale in the gallery for the duration of the show.

Once in a Blue Moon Catalogue

Review wyborcza

wyborcza.pl review: Natalia Wolniewicz: Off Piotrkowska. Niecodzienne zdarzenia na niebiesko. In: http://lodz.wyborcza.pl/lodz/1,35153,18800898,off-piotrkowska-niecodzienne-zdarzenia-na-niebiesko.html 12.9.2015

Review plasterlodzki

plasterlodzki.pl review: Once in a blue moon w Galerii OFF Piotrowska. In: http://www.plasterlodzki.pl/sztuka/malarstwo-grafika/14119-once-in-a-blue-moon-w-galerii-off-piotrkowska 12.9.2015

once in a blue moon

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in a blue moon

Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett oraz Mamadou Touré aka Béhan

12 września – 27 września 2015

Wernisaż: 11 września,  2015, godz. 19:00

///Galeria OFF Piotrkowska// ul. Piotrkowska 138/140// 90-062 Łodź, Polska///

Godziny otwarcia: Śr – Nd  15:00-18:00 oraz po umówieniu telefonicznym

Kurator: Aline von der Assen

Koordynator: Aleksandra Frankowska-Plewka

Program edukacyjny towarzyszący wystawie: Pracownia OKO, konieczna rezerwacja

 

T               + 48 790 607 786, + 48 531 400 882

E               pracownia@oko.edu.pl

W              www.oko.edu.pl

Galeria OFF Piotrwska prezentuje wystawę Once in Blue Moon. Dziewięciu artystów z

Wielkiej Brytanii, Niemiec, Iranu, Polski i Snegalu celebruje kolor niebieski.

Niebieski zdaje się być najpopularniejszym kolorem według przeprowadzanych ankiet. Jest kojarzony z zaufaniem, spokojem i jednością. W sztuce i popkulturze wiele przykładów natychmiast przychodzi na myśl: od “niebieskiego okresu” Picassa i prac Yves Klein’a po międzynarodowe marki takie jak Facebook, IKEA czy Nivea.

Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett oraz Mamadou Touré aka Béhan podchodzą do różnych wymiarów koloru niebieskiego w sbosób techniczny, metaforyczny i zmysłowy. Podczas gdy obrazy wpisują się w podstawy teorii koloru, fizyczność niebieskiego może być właściwie skonsumowana za pośrednictwem pokazanych rzeźb.

Tytuł Once in a blue moon odnosi się do angielskiego zwrotu, który oznacza wydarzenie pojwiające się niezwykle rzadko. W astronomii blue moon, czyli dodatkowa pełnia, to zjawisko, które obserwujemy raz na 2,4lata. Nakreślając motyw przewodni wystawy – niecodzienne wydarzenia – kuratorzy zapraszają do przynoszenia niebieskich przedmiotów, które wraz z dziełami sztuki współtworzyć będą bazar we wszystkich odcieniach niebieskiego. Prace artystów oraz przedmioty przyniesione przez odwiedzających można będzie nabyć w galerii.

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in a blue moon

Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan

12th – 27th September 2015

Private View: 11th September,  2015, 7 pm

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 3 – 6 pm or on appointment

Curator: Aline von der Assen

Coordinator: Aleksandra Frankowska-Plewka

Education Programm: Pracownia OKO

 T               + 48 790 607 786, + 48 531 400 882

E               pracownia@oko.edu.pl

W              www.oko.edu.pl

///Galeria OFF Piotrkowska// ul. Piotrkowska 138/140// 90-062 Łodź, Polska///

Galeria OFF Piotrwska proudly presents the upcoming group show „Once in Blue Moon„. Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan – a selection of nine artists from Great Britain, Germany, Iran, Poland and Senegal revel in the colour Blue. 

 

Blue appears to be the world’s most popular colour according to surveys. Blue is associated with trust, serenity and union. In art and popular culture many examples immediately spring to mind such as: Picasso’s „blue period„, Yves Klein’s blue monochromes and multinational blue branding used by Facebook, IKEA and Nivea etc.

 

Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan explore the colours sumptuous elegance in technical, metaphorical and sensual ways, through illusionistic and physical dimensions. The exhibition will be a visual and physical feast, including edible, blue sculptures. 

 

The title „Once in a Blue Moon“ refers to an English saying meaning a rarely occurring event. A blue moon, a full moon occurring twice in a calendar month, only arises every 2,4 years. Picking up on the rare occasion as leitmotif the curators invite the public to submit blue coloured everyday objects building a bazar in all shades of blue. Both art works and everyday objects will be on display and for sale in the gallery.

///Opening group show ona i ja wahlverwandtschaften // Galeria OFF Piotrkowska///

Group Show

ona i ja

wahlverwandtschaften

Alexander Bühler, Keren Cytter, Aleksandra Frankowska, Agnieszka Kołek, Ola Kozioł, Line Krom, Astrid Stricker and Stefanie Trojan 06 September – 18 September, 2014 ///Galeria OFF Piotrkowska// ul. Piotrkowska 138/140// 90-062 Łodź, Polska///

DSC_0174 Aline von der Assen curator of the show gave an introduction into ona i ja wahlverwandtschaften for the opening on Friday 5 September 2014. „… The subtitle Wahlverwandtschaften (Elective affinities) is a term borrowed from physical chemistry, which became a winged word after Goethe’s iconic novel Wahlverwandtschaften from 1809. This term expresses relationships with close friends or soul mates – relationships that are not created by family bonds but by choice. In the novel Goethe applies the metaphor of chemical substances forming compounds or resisting decomposition on human relationships. He uses the chemical equitation ab + cd → ac + bd to illustrate the relationships between his protagonists, explaining that couple ab meets couple cd and they form new matches ac and bd. Goethe’s metaphor applying mathematical equitations on social relations raises the question if kinship could be as predictable and calculable as chemical reactions. Today this idea doesn‘t sound outlandish to us as a lot of information about our habits, preferences, lifestyle and social/economical situations is produced and collected online. This not just happens passively, when browsing websites or adds on the internet, but often we actively upload our data when using apps like Endemondo, ,the Personal Trainer for your smart phone‘, SleepBot, ,the wakeApp, that logs your sleep, tracks movement and sound, and wakes you up at the best time each day‘ or Dating Apps like Tinder and Happn, which are supposed to ,help you to find people you have crossed paths with‘. So to which extend are human relationships calculable and predictable through mathematic formulas and computer algorithms? In Goethe’s story the chemical equation as symbolic representation proofs wrong: human passion and guilt get out of control and mar the clear connections of science and math. Two protagonists die broken hearted, the other two feel guilty and lack of happiness. Contemporary artists too deal with predictability and uncertainty of love and live. They use experimental set-ups to analyse relationships. Or they deconstruct culturally shaped images of ephemeral encounters and intimate relationships, images and ideas, which are viral in the media and advertisement. Tonight New York based video artist Keren Cytter presents her new video ,Siren‘. For her films Cytter employs aesthetics of amateur home movies and video diaries. Her video works blend fictional and non-fictional narrative and imagery of the media as presented in movies and soaps. Her narratives often appear scattered, fragmented and looped to highlight the way media strategies work and shape our social reality. ,Siren‘ is dealing with the stereotype of a love-murder-movie: two lovers killing the wife/husband. In ,Siren‘ a woman employs her lover to kill her boy friend but eventually her lover turns against herself too and kills her in mania.

Zürich based artist Alexander Bühler presents a wall installation assembled of photos and texts. Referring to the image of the artist as flaneur, (visual) poet, scholar and dandy, strolling the touristy, neon lit night clubs in Bangkok and Fukuoka waiting for personal and random encounters, ready to consume and to be consumed. „The thing about traveling is that there are so many things you don‘t understand, and you will always end up in imagery worlds.“ is what Bühler comments on his new work ,The Journey‘. His blurred photographs and fragmentary texts communicate the aesthetics of being permanently on the move. Meeting random people and bringing different stories together.

German artist Line Krom deals with the supporting system in the gallery space, it‘s institutional laws, regulations, structures, architectural and legal frame and the people that keep the space running (workers and audience). She quotes administrative and hanging systems with their specific aesthetics of normative structures. In updating the discourses on minimalism and Institutional Critique Krom demonstrates interest in the visual and cultural heritage of this influential period and its relation to contemporary visual and political culture. For ,Dimensions Variable‘ Krom hires young sleek model-esque men to hold her minimalistic installation in place. They become an integral part of the installation itself, because it is only while they are in place and holding the works that the composition is whole. Line Krom’s work is a fragile system and once the agreed time is up the installation collapses.

Agnieszka Kolek a Polish artist and political activist based in London focuses on human relations, their complexity and interrelations. She moves from a microscopic view of one to one human relations to a wider one, where society chooses how to react to political events. She is particularly interested in human motivations behind ‘willful blindness’.

Aleksandra Frankowska, a Lodz based painter, who is present tonight, is working from direct observation. In the painting process she focuses on the overlooked and ordinary. In her new work Frankowska approaches observation as aesthetic discourse of painting through the interaction with her students. She gives instructions to them and observes what and how they perceive. She applies these records in her own painting process. In employing other people in the production process of her work Frankowska touches on to current aesthetic practises found in participatorial and socially engaged art. These practises follow up a post-structuralist discourse in art, abolishing the idea of ,the authentic‘, and the authoritative artist by including different ,points of view‘ into the production of art work.

Participation and communication are an important topic too for another Lodz based artist present tonight, Ola Koziol. The performance artist presents her new piece ,Ola&Jola‘ in which the artist is singing a duet with her cat. The work comes across as humorous. – Though what applies for ancient fables applies to their modern counterparts as well: Animals represent humans and present human interactions in disguise. While it is cute and funny to listen to, fables always have a serious concern underlying. In crossing the possible ways of communication between human and beast Koziol’s piece evokes mutual dialogue and proposes equally respect for one another. Her work leads to the moral lesson: „ Global crises: economic, ecological and a crisis of consciousness and meaning (spiritual exhaustion) is a result of our lack of respect for ourselves and for the nature… Each of us has only one life. Every gesture, word, deed proper on our surroundings. Everything is intertwined.“ (Interview with Ola Koziol, 2014) For more images and the video of ,Ola&Jola‘  see: http://olakoziol.blogspot.de/2014/10/ola-i-jola.html

While Koziol gives her cat human like qualities, Frankfurt based artist Stefanie Trojan irritates and disgusts the visitors of her show at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin in 2005 with her animalistic behavior. Without any warning or any other word the artist approaches the gallery visitors and sticks her nose into the arm pit of strangers. Tonight we can watch the video documentation of that performance in safe distance. No one will come and sniff at our intimate body parts transgressing our borders of privacy and intimacy. We feel safe and we can even laugh as observers of Trojans grotesque inquiry of social norms and values. Trojan questions civilised behaviour. She points out on the proportions of regression and progression, both are the sides of the same medal: regression is essential part of progression, opposing and violating social norms and structures have always been integral part of artistic practise and can be interpreted as opportunity to start all over again. Watch Stefanie Trojan’s Kontaktaufnahme

Berlin based artist Astrid Stricker presents isolated protagonists in her recent drawings. Lonely people are wondering through suggested city scapes. The architectural fragments, blending partly with the figures. The outline blurs the barrier between building and human body. Rain, water floods and wind gusts create even bigger disorder and the whole composition describes a chaotic co-existence. Animism, is about the fantasy of (inanimate) objects being living entities which possess a soul. Interpreted by psychoanalysis animism describes an earlier stage of development through childhood, while for adults this condition is defined as primitive and pathologic. Both states form the opposition of control and predictability.

So what is to gain of formulas and algorithms of social patterns from the artist’s point of view? Art has many different approaches. Contemporary art includes the audience and invites the viewer to create their own interpretation of the scenario. As Roland Barthes claims in ,the death of the author‘, the opinion of the creator is just one out of many possible interpretations. Art opposes and deconstructs the idea of predictability of social relationships. This stands in harsh contrast to contemporary societies desire and ideal of calculability for the many inevitable contingencies of live in general. When I tell my exhibition proposal to a friend working as an associate professor in computing sciences, he laughs at me and says: Well, even in mathematics and computing sciences it is often more efficient and easier to go for the trial and error route instead of developing a formula for a specific problem.“ (Taken from Aline von der Assen’s opening speech on Ona I Ja Wahlverwandtschaften, 5. 9. 2014) ona i ja wahlverwandtschaften is running from 06 September – 18 September 2014 at Galeria OFF Piotrkowska, ul. Piotrkowska 138-140, 90-062 Łodź. Galeria OFF Piotrkowska is open from Mon – Sun  12:00-19:00 and on appointment.  Pracownia OKO developed the gallery program for ona i ja wahlverwandtschaften. The participation in the program is free. Booking is required. Further information www.oko.edu.pl Images by the courtesy of the artists Alexander Bühler, Keren Cytter, Aleksandra Frankowska, Agnieszka Kołek, Ola Kozioł, Line Krom, Astrid Stricker, Stefanie Trojan and photographer Michał Skrzecz.