I have spent the last few days holed up in the south of France trying to digest what has just happened to me. My senses are so wonderfully assaulted from my week in Munich. When people have talked about coming away from Munich with a feeling of Schmuck overload I used to think they were being silly. I now take it all back. I will try to write something that goes someway to explain the week, though I imagine I will have to revisit at a time when I can be more comprehensive. I can tell already that it will take me a fair few posts to share the week.
I will start by introducing the NZ team that I was lucky enough to be sharing the week with. Very rarely could you get a bunch of 8 adults together in a close situation and expect everyone to get on. However, I can say from this trip I have made some talented, hilarious and wonderful lifelong friends. Fran Alison travelled with us as our mentor. We couldn’t have asked for a more informed, contact savvy, kind and fun person for this role. Fran made us all feel comfortable from the word go, was always willing to have a beer with us and give us any snippets of information that were helpful not only for our stay in Munich, but also for our practices. For these pearls of wisdom I cannot thank her enough. You can find her work and a bit about her here http://www.masterworksgallery.com/index.cfm?action=artists&page=profile&artist_id=86. Next up on the list was the one and only Alan Preston. What a divine pleasure it was to meet this man. He was so full of energy and enthusiasm and so easy to talk to. I think he saw more exhibitions than all of us and covered more ground and was still eager to come for a beer at 1am. I hope I am half the person he is when I am 70. http://www.fingers.co.nz/partners/alan_preston/alan_preston.htm We also had Emma Ward from Creative New Zealand. It was so lovely to meet her and thank her for all of the hard word herself and Creative New Zealand put into making this trip possible for us.
Now, onto the Makers and Shakers exhibiting at Talente. Rachel Bell. This lady not only makes deliciously enticing jewellery, but she is also one of the funniest people I have met in the last wee while. She has inspired me to break free a little in my making and is also an inspiration in the way she lives her life. http://www.masterworksgallery.com/index.cfm?action=artists&page=profile&artist_id=161. Next on the list is Kvetoslava Flora Sekanova, known to us as Flora. Flora’s work is so painstakingly beautiful. She works with layered paper and cuts back into the layers. You can see her work here: http://kvetoslava-flora-sekanova.weebly.com/ Also exhibiting at Talente was the very sweet Corrina Hoseason. Another person, like me, who has just graduated from her degree. Corrina’s sculptures have reference to eighteenth-century Sérves porcelain tradition, but with a modern New Zealand cultural/agricultural twist http://www.objectspace.org.nz/programme/works.php?documentCode=2564 Last but by far not least is the awesome Anzac Tasker. His work at Talente stopped everyone in their tracks. I think he is one of New Zealands most promising up and comings. Anzac is a typographical installation artist. Coming from a Monday-Friday job in graphic design, it is refreshing to see someone who is pushing the limits of their practice- bringing type back out from the computer screen. Anzac’s use of type is truly ground-breaking. He’s one to keep your eye on for sure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJc_47MvC-A
I’m going to leave it at that for today. More tomorrow..