The Kunstart exhibition showcases the work of the eight award-winning artists of the kunstart competition, all students or graduates of the region’s art schools, representing three nationalities and embodying the creative vibrancy of the Rhineland.
Jules Andrieu, Alice Blot, Iris Brodbeck, Manuel Diemer, Othmar Farré, Jordan Madlon, Marion Schutz and Flora Sopa highlight the diversity of techniques and media with a variety of works based around the theme of water. Installations of salt, a submerged city, a water cabin, small islands of glass and a flying fish are all on show.
Discover these unique works with a stroll through the great hall at the Centre d’Art. Jules Andrieu uses his concretions and the relationship between water and stone to explore the nature of the material. Alice Blot covers the ground with a layer of salt in her work Ondée and creates a subtle interplay of droplets. Iris Brodbeck criticises the situation of refugees with 1,563m3, an aquarium-cabin as a metaphor for power and the sea. The 12 pieces of glass which form the installation Isula by Manuel Diemer can be interpreted in two ways, depicting either the birth or the disappearance of an island. With his photographic work, Der Sprung, Othmar Farré presents Brushman, the main character in his farcical story, navigating cities and mountains in search of a fish. Jordan Madlon’s conceptual artwork examines shape and form. Similarly, Flora Sopa produces abstract paintings, playing with the idea of synaesthesia, combining colour, water and sound. Marion Schutz has created Azul Noce, a dreamlike landscape showing a world engulfed – a never-ending city of granite submerged in water.
Each one of these young artists already has a very personalised style, but what unites them is perhaps the melancholy vision they have of their environment. Power relationships and tension seem to be central to their approach, possibly reflecting the nature of our times?
FONDATION FRANÇOIS SCHNEIDER – grand salle
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