Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tulca and Germaine Koh. Galway to Berlin.

Wrote a piece on this years Tulca festival for the Shower of Kunst site you can read it here. So I am in Canada for a quick visit. Unplanned but enjoying it non-the less. I had an opportunity to visit the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and their feature exhibit Building Berlin, guest curated by Germaine Koh. A brave exhibition by KWAG and a little challenge for the citizens of Berlin* should always be welcome. The show is complex in both concept (urbanity) and media and as a result asks a lot of the visitor, but the return is worth the investment. Daniela Brahm's installation along with Norwegian artist Lars Ramberg's Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof were the visually commanding stand-out works for me. Overall the show is most certainly worth the trip out to Kitchener-Waterloo, it runs till January 23, 2010. As an added bonus you can download the catalogue from KWAG's site.
*Kitchener's original name was Berlin. It was changed during world war one.

Daniela Brahm, Proclamation Wall & Proclamation Posters, 2006-2009.
Image courtesy the artists and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
Photo: Robert McNair.

Installation shot of Building Berlin (Taken from Ramberg's website)
Works from l to r are Daniela Brahm Proclamation Wall & Proclamation posters,
Lars Ramberg,
Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof, Pia Fuchs, The Pan-National Flag,
Daniele Seiple Tear Down This Fence

Installation image of Building Berlin. Works from L to R:
Karin Sander, German
National Womaen's Soccer Team 1:7,7, 2005.
Rui Calcada Bastos,
Love Map, 2003 and Events - Life in a Bush of Ghosts,
2008. Images courtesy the artists and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery.
Photo Robert McNair.

Lar's Ramberg Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof (Taken from Ramberg's website)

While in Toronto I did the long march down Queen st. and stopped by as many galleries as I could. I was only there for the afternoon so there were a lot I didn't get to see. A few shows that stood out were Kevin Yates minatures, at Susan Hobbs. Some great paintings by Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects. You can see more work by this wonderful painter here, and the controversial Jock Sturges, with his Colour prints show at the Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Kevin Yeates, exhibition shot.

Kevin Yeats, Pearl Street 2008

Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, The Name and the Gape