These Flowers will never die - Gregor Hildebrandt
Being seen as a ‘multi-medium’ artist may turn out to be limiting at some point, however, Berlin based artist, Gregor Hildebrandt transcends such unimaginative notions by creating art works which blend music and art on multiple levels of tangible and ingenious wavelengths. Presenting his debut solo at Gallery Isa, Mumbai, the artist talks about his work in an interview for The Art Daily.
(Flowers of Gold,2013
Cassette tape,adhesive tape and acrylic paint on canvas)
The Art Daily : Do you consider your art as a fusion of two distinct styles of artistic expression, i.e. music and visual representations of it?
Gregor Hildebrandt: I wouldn't say so. The music is recorded on the tapes, and the pictures are charged with it, as can be gathered from the titles of the works. But you cannot see or hear the music, and there is something new that emerges.
TAD: How did it come about? What was the first time you made music-inspired art?
GH: Music has always been important. The first time that I recall was painting an oyster box in 1993, which was strongly influenced by Jacques Brel's song, "Le plat pays". But also picture titles such as "Wie die Motten ans Licht" (As Moths to the Light) from 1997 are borrowed from lyrics of songs. I made the first cassette tape collage in 1997 in a concept book, using the song "Falschgeld" (Counterfeit Money) by Einstürzende Neubauten.
|(The dark beauty of mistake(Swans),2011
Cassette tape and acrylic paint on canvas)
TAD: What is the determining moment / phrase in the song / note / number which inspired the specific art works?
GH: "Avec la mer du Nord", with the oyster box; with the title of the Marlene Dietrich song, it's the song itself, and with "Falschgeld", the whole text: "… und Blei und Blei und Blei / verbrannt für die Liebe" (and lead and lead and lead / burned for Love).
TAD: Does spontaneity play a serious role in the making of your art? Or is it a slow ruminating deliberation on a song or a part of the song that generates the visual chain reaction?
GH: Many ideas are quite spontaneous, even though the realisation usually takes, or turns out to take, pretty long. But it is different with every work.
|(3 Imaginary boys(cure),2009
Cassette tape and acrylic paint on canvas)
TAD: Does any specific music influence you more than others?
GH: The Cure, Tocotronic, Jacques Brel and Einstürzende Neubauten, it’s my favourite music.
TAD: You maintain a minimalistic palette as far as colour is concerned in your work?
GH: Yes, the colours are the result of the cassette tapes. Therefore their variety is limited.
|( 7 Wishes Earlier, 2013 Granite with laser engraving)|
TAD: Who are the artists that inspire you most?
GH: René Daniels, K.O. Götz, Robert Motherwell, Constantin Brancusi, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol are artists I quote directly. I am inspired by a great many, but I would like to mention Jochen Gerz especially.
TAD: Is there any message that your art intends to give to the world?
GH: I am not really sure. In my art, I am trying to create a world that exhibition visitors may enter, and so each of them may take their own individual message from it.
|( Artist Gregor Hildebrandt)|
TAD: What are your upcoming shows in 2014?
GH: I'm participating in two group exhibitions, one at Museum MARTa Herford (Germany), the other at the Bass Museum in Miami.
A Birthday Show
|(new work by KG Subramanyan on display)|
Uttarayan, Baroda and Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata presents a solo show of recent paintings by legendary artist, painter, writer, illustrator, art historian and theorist, K G Subramanyan. This show has been specially organised to celebrate the 90th birthday of the eminent artist.
On display are his recent works along with older works from various series like black and white drawings, reverse paintings on acrylic, gauche on board, diptychs - reverse paintings on acrylic and more.
The show commences today at 6:00 pm at the Red Earth Art Gallery, Vadodara and will be on view till 20th February 2014.
You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi presents a show curated by Roobina Karode, titled, ‘You Can’t Keep Acid in a Paper Bag’. This is an interesting art exhibition by eminent artist, Nalini Malani. The art exhibition is an introspective in three chapters where the artist displays her brilliant experiments of vivid material and media from 1969 to 2014.
She will be showcasing her acclaimed installations and international projects at the art exhibition. This exhibition is on view till 30th of November 2014.
|( Work on display)|
India International Centre, New Delhi presents a show titled, ‘Panchatantra Chitra’. On Display is an exhibition showcasing paintings which will be depicting Panchatantra stories. Through different mediums and styles of traditional and folk art like Madhubani, Patachitra, Sanjhi, Sikki grass, Santhal, Phad, Gond, Contemporary and Kalamkari, the timeless stories will be displayed here.
The show was inaugurated by Dr Syeda S Hameed, member of Planning Commission, this exhibition will also have storytelling sessions everyday of the event.
The show is on view till 11th February 2014.
|(Young artist Shishti Sareen)|
Atta Galatta, Bangalore presents the works of young Delhi based artist Shristi Sareen. She has been painting professionally since the last three years and had her first exhibition at the age of sixteen. Since then she has collaborated with several artists, photographers and musicians to create a wide variety of artworks.
She has worked extensively with Sree Arts based in Gurgaon. She is currently pursuing her B.A. from Christ University Bangalore and Senior diploma in fine arts from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad in West Bengal (distance education). Each of Shristi’s collections tells a tale and she aims to through her works inspire people to question and to think out of the box and write their own destiny.
The show is on view till 9th February 2014.
(News reports by Sushma Sabnis)