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Ich höre den Schakal – Two Person Exhibition in Dachau 4 July

Katrin Schürmann and Imke Rust
will be exhibiting
at the Galerie der KVD in Dachau.
Opening on the 4th of July @ 19h30

Save the date! And please share with your friends in the area!


Hope to see you there! 😃 Ich freue mich euch dort zu sehen!

About the exhibition: (für den deutschen Text, bitte runter – scrollen)

Katrin Schürmann (1944) and me (1975) have a very interesting connection: we both grew up on the same farm in Namibia and we went to the same school in Swakopmund. We both are artists and both are now living in Germany.

Having met in 2017 at my exhibition in Munich we have kept in contact via email and exchanged memories and thoughts about the farm and our connection. Katrin Schürmann soon invited me to join her in an exhibition exploring this unique connection that we have.

After her studies Katrin Schürmann left Namibia to work in Germany and stayed ever since. In 1984 her mother sold their family farm Otukarru to my parents. So, just like Katrin, I spent a big part of my youth on the farm. Since my family is still farming there, I am also visiting as often as I can.

How do two artists of different generations relate to the same piece of land? How do the perspectives differ because of time,  memory and physical and emotional distance? Where do the perceptions differ? Where are they similar. How do the artists each deal not only with their personal histories, but also the colonial history? Especially in the current times, when it is important to critically question the history of land ownership in Namibia.

Both artists feel a strong connection to nature and Namibia’s vast spaces, the desert and the bush. Katrin works with abstract minimalism. Her monotypes and installations reflect the the barrenness of the land.

I am showing mixed media works, drawings and video works, which are mostly abstract figurative and explore my direct relation to the farm which I still call home. I am questioning the idealisation of and my ambivalent feeling towards the farm life. Current happenings, such as the drought, poaching incidents and the political call for land expropriation of white farmers, affect me directly and are expressed in my works.

Imke Rust ‘Rinderpest’ Mixed Media on paper, 68 x 82cm

Deutsch:

Wer entsinnt sich nicht an den Satz, der am Anfang des Romans von Tanya Blixen und einem sehr erfolgreichen Film steht: „Ich hatte eine Farm in Afrika“. Diese Aussage trifft auch auf die beiden Ausstellerinnen zu. Er prägte ihre Jugend.

Es ist nicht nur die Kindheit in Afrika, die Katrin Schürmann (1944) und Imke Rust (1975) verbindet – sie wuchsen auf derselben Farm in Namibia auf, gingen zur selben Schule in einem 300 Kilometer entfernten Dorf an der Küste, mitten in der Wüste. Dies alles stellte sich heraus, als sich die beiden Frauen zum ersten Mal trafen anlässlich einer Ausstellung von Imke Rust 2017 in der Pasinger Fabrik in München. Die beiden gehören verschiedenen Generationen an, die eine lebt heutzutage in Berlin, die andere in München.

Gemeinsam ist den beiden Künstlerinnen sicherlich die Liebe zur Natur, zu den endlosen Weiten der afrikanischen Savanne und der Wüste. Dieses drückt sich in der Arbeiten von Katrin Schürmann eher in minimalistischen, reduzierten Abstraktionen aus. Die Kargheit des Landes spiegelt sich in einfachen und direkten Darstellungen (Monotypien und Installationen) wider.

Ganz anders sind die Arbeiten von Imke Rust einzuordnen. Die gebürtige Namibierin, die erst vor kurzem nach Deutschland kam, weist auf politische Entwicklungen hin, bringt eine zwiespältige Reflektion zum Ausdruck, denn beide Künstlerinnen müssen sich heutzutage fragen, unter welchen Umständen diese Farm zur Kolonialzeit in Deutschen Besitz kam.

Imke Rust ist regelmäßig in ihrer Heimat und auf der elterlichen Farm. Somit ist sie immer wieder mit den aktuellen Geschehnissen dort konfrontiert. Ob Trockenheit, Wilderei oder die Forderungen nach Landenteignungen weißer Farmer – vieles berührt sie direkt und spiegelt sich in ihren Werken wieder

Imke Rust zeigt Arbeiten die auf der elterlichen Farm in Namibia entstanden sind oder in direkter Beziehung dazu stehen. Sie arbeitet multimedial und vorzugsweise direkt in der Natur, welches sie in Fotografien, Zeichnungen und Videoarbeiten dokumentiert und zeigt.

Für die geplante Ausstellung befassen sich beide Künstlerinnen mit ihrer Beziehung zu dem Land Namibia, aber auch dem Stückchen Land auf dem beide aufgewachsen sind und das für sie lange ihr Zuhause war. Wie sehen sie ihre persönliche Beziehung zu dem Land und seiner Geschichte? Welche Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede gibt es in der Wahrnehmung? Gerade in der jetzigen Zeit, wo Deutschland von den Herero zur Verantwortung für ihre koloniale Geschichte gezogen wird, ist eine kritische und persönliche Hinterfragung was es denn bedeutet „eine Farm in Afrika gehabt zu haben?“ spannend und wesentlich.

Mehr Information zu / More information about Katrin Schürmann:  http://www.katrinschuermann.de

Katrin Schürmann Monotypes 100 x 70cm

 

 

Studio Sale Windhoek

Dear Namibian friends, collectors and art lovers,

This is your chance to own that special artwork of mine.

I will be holding a studio sale this weekend at my Windhoek studio!! I am sorry it is at such short notice, but hope you can make it anyway.

If you are interested in my art, this will be a good opportunity to buy some of my (mostly) older works for good prices. There are big and small works, on paper, on canvas, on board… something for every taste and price. You might even find that last minute Christmas present for yourself or someone special.

I will be moving out of my Windhoek home/studio. By buying some of my art you will help me raise to raise some funds for the move and lighten the load of art that needs to be moved and stored 🙂

There will also be some art books, catalogues and magazines for sale.

When: Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th of December, 2pm to 6pm
Where: My studio in Klein Windhoek (please contact me to get the address)

Please RSVP if you are interested to come. If you cannot make it on those two afternoons, contact me to see if we can arrange another time during the week or later.

You can reach me on my Namibian cell number: 081 703 1312

Please share this invitation with your friends – I have lost many of my Namibian contacts and would appreciate your help.

I am looking forward to hopefully seeing you again!

Thank you and kind regards
Imke

Here are some of the available works, but there are many more….

A short story about an abandoned cat

My artwork on a lamp pole in Neu-Friedrichsthal

Once upon a time, in August 2015 to be exact, I created a cat, placed a golden crown on her head and abandoned it at the entrance of our village…

Okay, actually I glued it to a concrete pole and hoped it will happily greet any visitors to our little village. Unfortunately it was a very wet August and the so the glue did not stick too well to the pole and the cat, as cats are known to not particularly like wet weather, disappeared very soon.

For a long time, that was the end of the short story about the abandoned cat.

Until recently.

Recently, at the open studio days, we met some kind people who live just down the road from us. Strangely we have not met them before. Possibly because they only live here on the weekends. Anyway, these kind people invited us over to their place soon after for an evening around the fire. It turns out they moved here shortly after we did. That evening they showed us around their house and the renovations they have undertaken.

While inspecting the beautiful house I suddenly had a weird feeling, so I turned around and looked straight into the eyes of a cat. A crowned cat. Lovingly placed among family photographs on the wall.

What a delight to see that my cat is well and ‘alive’ and has found herself a warm and cosy home where she is loved and admired.

When I asked them about the cat, they said, they found it lying on the ground and they were so happy to see some cool art in this area. They thought, if such art can be found here, there surely must be living some nice people too.

And that was the short story about an abandoned and found cat. With a golden crown.

View with street and cyclist

And, if you want to know how cool our down-street neighbours are, have a look at this music video, which was filmed in their garden (and they are among the crowd). Perfectly chilled summer vibes from Meggy & Tigerskin – Bygone Eras:

Exhibiting at Roots & Wings (Windhoek)

I am excited to be participating in this upcoming group exhibition, together with many other interesting artists! Curated by Frieda Lühl.

Roots & Wings

Come to the opening on the 10th of November (6pm) at the Project Room, to see how different artists have interpreted this theme. Or, if you cannot make it to the opening, the exhibition will be on view till the 25th of November. It is not long, so do not miss it!

Address: 32 Jenner Street, Windhoek West, Namibia.
Opening hours for the duration of the exhibition:
Tuesday to Friday: 9am – 1pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm
Enquiries: info@frieda.co.za

Unfortunately I will not be present at the opening, but I hope many of you can make it!

 

Cute is the new black.

It feels as if I have not posted a new blog for ages… Even though I have promised myself to just write and share things when I really feel called to it, I do also feel a bit guilty, when I neglect my blog and all you wonderful followers.

And the longer I do not get to write, the more difficult it is to decide what to write about. There are so many things I dream of sharing with you, so much art just waiting to be seen and ideas I would love to let out of the cage of my skull.

(Click on the images to see a larger version of the artwork.)

Today’s choice has been influenced by a dream I had in the night. I almost never had repeating dreams, but it was the fourth time I dreamed about a similar situation: A little colourful bird comes flying up to me, right up to my face. Without any fear, instead with full intention, trust and love. It then kind of snuggles up to my face, always on the left side, and I can feel its soft feathers, the lightness of their touch and a mix between the warmth of such a small body and the coolness of the stirred air around their wings. Every time I am surprized by this unusual behaviour and feel so honoured and happy to experience it. I wish I knew what this means!

So, in honour of the little dream birds, I will share with you a series of works on paper depicting small birds. I started painting them in a whimsical mood two weeks ago.

I shared them on my Facebook page and while some people really liked them I also got a remark by a fellow artist (whom I do not know personally) saying: Kitsch as kitsch goes…

Well, yes. It took me a lot of time to be okay with such comments. And still I get a tiny bit insecure, as I have been filled up with all these preconceived ideas of where I should fit into the art world, and kitsch was/is generally frowned upon.

But I have to admit, I have found that there is a part of me, which just feels as happy as a little playful and carefree girl, when I create or see cute, pretty sweetness, adorable animals or some gooey fairy tale magic. Yes, sometimes that gives me the warm and fuzzy feeling, which I need to submerge in every now and then, to feel complete.

I love what Amanda Palmer had to say about creating art:

“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis, because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized. When you’re an artist, nobody ever tells you or hits you with the magic wand of legitimacy. You have to hit your own head with your own handmade wand. And you feel stupid doing it.

There’s no “correct path” to becoming a real artist. You might think you’ll gain legitimacy by going to university, getting published, getting signed to a record label. But it’s all bullshit, and it’s all in your head. You’re an artist when you say you are. And you’re a good artist when you make somebody else experience or feel something deep or unexpected.”

I am getting better and better at just listening inward to who I am and what my needs are and follow them. Not caring too much about the opinion or reaction of others. I am proud of that! And I love that I can do it all in my creative expression: serious art, political art, big, small, land art, installations, drawings, prints and warm and fuzzy sweetness. After all, there are no rules. Really.

And maybe you can also use a bit of adorable cuteness and lightness in your life today?

(Click on the images to see a larger version of the artwork. Oh, and in case you do not know: all my work is for sale, unless stated otherwise. And I happily ship to anywhere in the world. )

Blindfolded

I love it when I get strange visitors, like this one. I paint and suddenly they appear…. not sure where they come from or who they are.

And yes, sometimes they freak me out. This one did and I almost kept her hidden.

Untitled, Ink and acrylic on 170m/g2 acidfree paper, 29x21cm by Imke Rust

Untitled, Ink and acrylic on 170m/g2 acid-free paper, 29 x 21cm by Imke Rust

Some time ago I took a deep breath and released her into the world by posting the artwork on Facebook. I was intrigued and delighted to see that this artwork inspired Bard Judith to write a poem about it and share it on my wall.

The poem again helped me to understand so much about the artwork, as if she has glimpsed deep underneath the paint and found and translated its meaning for me and others.

With Bard Judith’s permission I love to share what she wrote with you here:

Bard Judith said: My own personal response to this powerful ‘visitor’ of yours:

She was blindfolded
for so long the dye of the cloth
stained the skin around her eyes.
She was labeled
with contempt that streaked between
both sides of her brain,
branded the remnant,
the end of the roll.
One day
the gag finally wore through
between her grinding teeth
and her song spilled out
golden,
golden.

Thank you so much for sharing your insights and this lovely poem, Bard Judith!

It is the third time a virtual stranger has written a poem inspired by my art. Isn’t that just so something to be so grateful for?

You can find more of Bard Judith’s inspirational awesomeness on her blog: The Bardic Circle

Copyright of the poem belongs to Bard Judith.

Pimping a framed calendar photo

Intervention Against Tasteless Wall Decorations in Hotels and Holiday Apartments.(Part 5)

The Great Bather Detail View©ImkeRust

The Great Bather Detail View ©ImkeRust

Cutting out a landscape photo from a calendar and framing it in a cheap frame seems to be a general habit all over the world. Do people really think that is cool? Ok, it is cheap and at least usually calendar photos usually show an average pretty landscape. But still, as my art lecturer would say: “Why, Larry? Why?”

Our bungalow on the island Poel in the Baltic ocean was small, but had a few typical holiday bungalow decoration gems on offer. This faded landscape of the area was one of it and in urgent need of improvement.

Found calendar photo or the BEFORE pic

Found calendar photo or the BEFORE pic

I decided to pimp the calendar image with some ‘real’ painting and a view which looks slightly more exciting and challenging. On the previous day I photographed an old man going for a swim in the shallow water and decided to add him to the idyllic island landscape.

AFTER: The Great Bather final pic ©ImkeRust

AFTER: The Great Bather final pic ©ImkeRust

While painting, I had all kinds of ideas for the title, envisioning the man to be a mythical, cow eating giant responsible for the mysterious disappearance of the cows. Or a ghost who only appears at certain times in the water and stares at the cows before submerging in the sea again. Or just the friendly village eldest who has been going for a swim every day without fail for the past 28 years….

But I guess I leave the stories for the viewers who will hopefully notice something strange in this picture and start wondering.

Making of The Great Bather ©ImkeRusts

Making of The Great Bather ©ImkeRust

The Great Bather back on the wall©ImkeRusts

The Great Bather back on the wall©ImkeRust

Did you like this? You can view more similar actions on my webpage under Interventions. I will be posting future deco busting actions on my blog, so be sure to sign up to receive notifications of updates via email. 🙂