S has met someone in the hospital (N, who was released by now) who’s an art student at the Uni in Essen. They run an exhibition each year, displaying art work of selected students. Paintings, photographs, sculptures, light installments and other projects are on display there.
I have to admit that I’m no art expert. I’m pretty much a philistine. Same goes for S. It’s a bit like with wine. If I try it and it tastes good for me, then I really don’t care if it’s a €2.99 bottle and the experts are disgusted. If it tastes good, it tastes good. So if I look at a painting and like it, I don’t actually care if an art expert is raising their eye brow at me because it’s a really shitty painting.
Gotta say though, that I’m not so much into paintings anyway. I’m very much a photography person.
But we were just simply interested in visiting that exhibition and S wanted to support N. It’s not that you HAVE to love everything you see in an exhibition, right?
It turned out to be an interesting afternoon. We saw some actually very interesting works of art but also a lot of (for us!) WTF stuff.
I took some photos here and there, but what you see in the photos is not necessarily what I liked.
This one, I took just for no particular reason and cropped it. The black… thingies left and right don’t belong to the pictures but are the window frames and the background is a part of the next building outside.
Also not taken for a special reason. We just sat in that room on chairs, drinking a beverage, waiting for N to come. That was my view. Pic was edited to b/w.
Those two photos above are definitely WTF subjects. I really don’t see any sense in either (maybe there is none, who knows) and I don’t know what the artists wanted to tell us (maybe nothing?) but I can’t even see beauty or something interesting in them. Sorry.
N told us that these things that kinda look like large paint brushes represent Chinese characters and that a Chinese person would be able to read what’s “written” here. Okay… interesting. But that’s it. I’m not overwhelmed.
1 Euro-Cent coins
Both exhibits are from the same person. At first I thought that the nails and coins were kept together with glue. But no! If you make a wrong move and throw over the stand where they are sitting on, the art work is destroyed LOL. N said that the student who made those is a VERY anal and details-orientated person. I kinda liked both the coins and the nails.
From afar it wasn’t exactly clear … I only saw a certain pattern. But looking closely, you see that this contains of the same photo, one straight, one upside down. This was a really big… picture, I only took a photo of a small part. Wouldn’t put this on the wall in my home, but I liked the idea of designing it.
Those figures were actually created by N herself. I can asure you that they looked a LOT better in reality than they look in these photos because you can see all the detailed work. Both S and I liked them… especially the one with the book.
N told us that they are made from aluminium foil and adhesive tape, colored with a special paint and pigment coating. It takes 35-40 hours for her to create one figure.
She showed us others that are not part of this exhibition and they all looked very…. sad. Troubled. She told us that they represent a certain part of her life.
There was already someone interested in buying the one with the book. N is selling them for €150 (price is negotiable).
My faves were two paintings that were both in a VERY beautiful shade of very dark blue with some lighter elements. Unfortunately I couldn’t take a pic of them but I really really liked them.
We also came across the portfolio of a photographer student. We both found her photos very fascinting. Not in the sense that I would frame them and put them up on my wall. But from her technique and how these images come together and how she’s playing with light and dark spaces. VERY interesting. If you want, check out her website
Altogether it was a very nice and interesting afternoon. And it was great to hear some details behind some of the artwork because N knows a lot of the students and what they are working on.
After that we went to the restaurant Lukas in Essen-Kupferdreh. If you click here, you can see some photos of what it looks like inside and out. It’s located in the historic building of the old Kupferdreh train station which began its service already in 1898. It’s a VERY popular place and usually very crowdy. Their food is to die for!
Oh, and I forgot that we also found the time to take a stroll along the nearby Bladeneyesee (not a natural lake but a water reservoir). It was just such a very very lovely day. Very cold but sunny and so so nice!
Just like yesterday I took a lot more photos with my camera but they are still on the memory card. Hope there’ll be a chance to post some of them at another time.
And lastly… this is not a political blog and I have no intention to make it one. This is just a silly little photo blog with some useless babbling of mine, and it won’t change. But I’d like to point out one thing because of the results of elections in three of our states today:
I AM D I S G U S T E D !!!!
Anyone in this country pointing fingers at the USA and what’s going on with that idiot Trump? We’re no better here. This is getting downright scary! Looking at you specifically, Sachsen-Anhalt. Shame on everyone who have voted for these Nazis! I don’t get it.