Thursday, 26 November 2009

Fantasy Zoo - Private View

This is a group show by Garudio Studiage and Friends
at the Crypt Gallery in St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London NW1 2BA.

The Private View is on Saturday 28th November from 11am - 6pm.

You might also want to check out the Christmas Sale, which is on the same day.

The exhibition will run from Friday 27th November to Tuesday 1st December,
open daily from 11am - 6pm.

More info at:
Fantasy Zoo, Garudio Studiage, Kenn Munk

I will be showing My Animal Friends, a series of 'shrines' dedicated to a childhood memory.

The pristine white surface of the porcelain casts is a personal metaphor for the interior walls my siblings and I chose to populate with drawings of our favourite animals, one day when our parents were out.
The artwork plays on the invigorating confidence, which can drive our actions as children and the beauty of enjoying the moment to such an extent, that time and looming consequences of our actions seem to disappear.

The warm softness of the coat of animals is ever tempting. At any age, it can make one extremely happy, when a friendly, soft, breathing animal allows us to stroke it and connect with it through the sense of touch.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Old Skoolin for the Children show 2009

This Art Show/Fundraiser/Concert will be presented by Art Whino and WHALER's Creation.
It is a 4 city concert and art show tour that brings together the best visual and musical artists to benefit programs that support foster care and adoption programs. Legendary founder of the hip-hop movement Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC will perform old skool, throw back shows true to the roots of the genre. Over 100 of Art Whino's internationally renowned talents from the underground street art world will be showcasing their old scool, 80's themed creations.

The first event will take place at:

The Portals Theater, 1236 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Saturday, Nov 7th 2009, from 6-12pm.

more show info:

purchase tickets:

And here is my artwork featured in the show:

Kleiner Onkel, shrine, approx.5.5x7x3.5cm

back view

This shrine is inspired by one of my favourite children's TV programmes, Pippi Langstrumpf, when I was a little girl, growing up in Germany. The story created by the famous Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, was made into a popular TV series. In its German version, Pippi's horse was called Kleiner Onkel.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

The Private View with 650

The PV of the Pause... Show 2009 was a real success. 650 people came through the door and checked it out!
All evening I spent talking to people pretty much standing in the same spot, with 1 step to the right or left occasionally.
It was a great night!

As usual I was talking a lot with my hands, like here with Sneaky Racoon and partner.

I didn't get to take any pictures on the PV night, but thankfully my friends helped me out.

Stories of Adventure

This is one of the 2D pieces of artwork, I created in conjunction with my shrines.
Initially, I had made a small shrine in a book, by carving into the pages to represent a childhood memory about my grandmother.
Later, I created this collage based on the same story. In the end I preferred this piece. The picture frame is made from skirting board I found.

I managed to take a photo of 'my wall' in the show, just before it all got going and the doors opened for the Private View.

This is the table of reports, just opposite of my show space. My final report had over 21.000 words!
I love writing, clearly... Mine is the blue one in the bottom right hand corner.
In the background is Monika's lovely calligraphy work.

Three of my shrines:
The Sky is full of Birds (1), Papersounds and My Animal Friends (3).

from left to right: Rae, a friend and Adi.

The Sky is full of Birds (2)

This picture frame again I have made from found bits of skirting board and then varnished it with England's favourite: 'Magnolia' shade of gloss paint.
The artwork shows a tiny cut-out silhouette of a bird.

Two of my smaller shrines: In the Woods (2) and Fridays
I made the table top with help from Peter and Andy. The 'foot' I found in the streets. Dripping paint gave it the finishing touches.

I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Sieun and Erik! Thanks guys! And sorry I lost the card:(

Visitors to the show could 'build their own catalogue'. All artists had postcards printed. So people could pick their favourites and take them away in an envelope.

This is a piece of work by the very talented metal work designer Adi Toch.
She had a series of vessels on show, but this is my favourite. It is a hand-held object. When you look down into the hole, you are met by your own reflection, due to a small amount of oil on the inside.

This amazing mirror corner is by Rae Mearkle. I never got tired of taking photos of it...

Lyndsey Dangerfield's pop-up shop installation, also of course a fully working shop, where visitors could indulge in consumerism with a touch of ironic self-reflection.

Lovely ceramic artwork by Hye-Soog.

The morning after the PV. At first it was really quiet, but then there was a another steady stream of visitors.
A big thanks to everybody who helped me with the development of my work, feedback, suggestions, technical advice and inspiration. Special thanks to Kenn Munk! Big thanks also to Fred Gatley.
Many thanks also to my dear friends, old and new and everybody who came to the show and PV!

Friday, 4 September 2009

Private View!

For the last 2 years I have worked on a self-initiated project:

Always With Me:
Stories from my Childhood

At the same time this has become my MA in Fine Art.

The Private View is on 10th September 2009 from 6-8pm at
London Metropolitan University
Central House, 3rd floor, studio CE3-17
59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF
The show will be on from 10-14 September.

Here, I present my latest work, which is a series of 'shrines' dedicated to childhood memories.
I investigate childhood memory and storytelling from a personal individual perspective and experience of memory work.
My childhood memories have an almost religious importance to me, in this project I have developed a series of 'visual stories' based on these memories, which are displayed in the form of shrines. Similar to souvenirs, my 'shrines' are to create a feeling of anticipation and intend to visually communicate and celebrate a sense of longing, magic and enchantment.
In my work I aim to confront the viewer with a conceptual blend of commonly accepted iconography and my individual metaphors.
Craftsmanship and the notion of 'play' are vital aspects of my working method.
Discarded and forgotten by others, found objects are re-interpreted and given a new lease of life by becoming part of my storytelling 'shrines'.

The Sky is full of Birds, shrine
Annabelle Hartmann 2009

The Sky is full of Birds (close-up)

In the Woods (2) close-up

For this shrine I have used a small porcelain doll torso, I bought at a Berlin flea-market. I liked it a lot immediately and knew I had made a good find.
I sculpted legs to fit and made a cloak from fabric, then I painted the figure.
It is meant to represent me as a small child in the forest.
The shrine in its entirety, is below:

In the Woods (2), shrine,12x12x17cm
Annabelle Hartmann 2009

Friday, shrine
Annabelle Hartmann 2009

This is a very small portable shrine, approx.10x4x6cm
It is telling a story about my grandma.
As a child I spent most fridays with my siblings at my grandma's house.
There was always a plate with sweets awaiting us, which we munched-up pretty much instantly.
My grandma had great stories to tell. I especially loved the ones about her dog.

Papersounds, shrine
Annabelle Hartmann 2009

When I made this shrine, I was very inspired by road shrines.
I used an old zigar box I found, and also wooden elements, acrylics, paper, a 'keyhole' and photographic imagery.
Below you can see a photo I have taken of this shrine in situ.

The next two shrines, you can see below, are slip casts made from porcelain.
The surface is spray-painted with matte white emulsion paint after the firing process. I then drew on them with graphite pencil. These two work as a set and they are some of the largest shrines I have made, measuring approx. 43x68x14cm.

My Animal Friends (1) and (2)
Annabelle Hartmann 2009

There is a third porcelain shrine to see too, come and have a look at the Private View of my show Thursday evening!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

The Artic @ Tea&Make

Yesterday, The Artic was at Tea&Make at St Saviours in Forest Hill.

Kenn and me created The Artic, a stall with cool stuff and a mask making workshop. Here you can see me with a fabulous explorer beard, ready to go on expedition.

We met a lot of very nice people who liked our beards...

People could also make Polar Bear masks, which were particularly popular with kids! Everybody made their own mask, sometimes with a little help.

We also sold The Artic buttons...

...and my Qee Eskimo toy...

It was a great day!