Sonntag, 22. Januar 2017

Guess who is finally learning how to draw....

Just after christmas I finally booked myself a course in basic drawing. On 7 evenings myself and 8 fellow students are going to learn the basics of drawing with a pencil.

At first I didn't know what to expect but then it was a revelation. Even in the introduction the lecturer unravelled one of my biggest mysteries regarding my drawing. 

Why does the result never look like the actual object or motive? I can't remember every word but it has to do with how we don't draw what we see but what's already in our brain. 

So basically I need to silence my brain while I draw and concentrate on what I see. It helps not to see the apple as an apple but just as a shape and a form.

After each assignment, during which the lecturer helps us with tricky situations and points out stuff, we talk about each drawing. Well, the group is still a bit shy, so it's more the teacher talking but I find it very interesting. Especially how each student has a totally different style.

I'm soo happy with the results of this first lesson and can't wait to learn more and after the course has finished will definitely come back for more!!!

Here's what I drew. 

My left hand:

an apple:

a bell pepper:

Donnerstag, 5. Januar 2017

Visiting the exhibition of Thomas Bayrle

Yesterday I decided to carpe diem and get my annual ticket for my favourite gallery, the Lenbachhaus. A one-year-membership is only twice the price of a single ticket so it's really a no-brainer for this wonky philistine.

I was a bit disappointed to find out that they had banned my most-loved series of cloud sketches to storage to display something new so I headed across the road to the Kunstbau, which translates literally into "art building". In my mind the term "art warren" would be totally suitable as well when you think that it is actually burrowed into the ground. It was opened in 1994 and very cleverly occupies an unused space on top of the underground platform of the Königsplatz station.
It's the same length and shape and through windows at one end you can see the escalators transporting passengers up and down and on the other end the platform.

It's a very versatile exhibition space and I have seen several very different exhibitions there but the current ( until the 5th of March 2017) is just a perfect match.

I didn't know anything about Tomas Bayrle and had no expectations whatsoever but was totally won over by him.
My first impression was one of the museum caretakers grabbing a pair of ear protector thingies while walking onto the floor.

So I walked through the exhibits not getting it at all and  sat down on one of the benches in front of a huge wall relief, forcing myself to overcome my inhibitions and get out my sketchbook in public. It helped that it was very quiet on a weekday morning. While I concentrated on the object in front of me, behind me one of the exhibit came to  life with a spluttering cough and human  mumbling... Imagine yours truly truly shocked!

It turns out that Bayrle, combined the cut open motors with speakers and sound collages. "... First displayed at the documenta 13 in 2012, the complete set of these pieces is on view in the exhibition at the Lenbachhaus. As Bayrle sees it, they epitomize the aesthetic of machinery, but they also visualize the rhythm ad condition of human life in the mass society. The sound collages accompanying the engines are largely excerpts from pertinent passages in ecclesiastical liturgy..." (official leaflet from the gallery).

Ford Galaxy wipers is called "conductor"

The installations are on a timer and run for 30 minutes, not all of them at once. After I was done sketching I walked across the room again, this time paying more attention and reading the descriptions of the exhibits in the leaflet. 

I find it very pertinent that the French Citroen motor is accompanied by Edith Piaf and the Italian  Vespa motor by Maria Callas.

Please go and visit this truly amazing exhibition at once and let yourself be surprised by this ingenious artist.