This week we started the non video segment of our window installation. The installation will be installed on January 4th at Odeonsplatz, Munich, Germany. I will make a tiny video showing you exactly where it is so you can visit it on your commute through town. The two artists creating artwork for this installation are Emmy Horstkamp (me) and Street artist with a cool street art name. ( I don’t have a cool street art name.)
Initially, the installation was planned as a continuation of the madeyourbed series, but on Monday, I had a surprise visit from an American Street Artist at the Friday Gallery and after an interesting conversation my plans for the installation changed.
I didn’t tell the street artist what I was calling the installation nor did I tell him what to draw on the different segments of the installation. I wanted the pieces to feel like the a graffiti wall and be filled with a collaborative synergetic energy.
To inspire him, I made the first layer by transferring my photographs of Munich onto the paper so the paper was no longer blank. From the abstracted shapes on each art piece, the street artist began painting with black and red ink using his iconic motifs to fill the space.
Below you can see the street artist adding the second layer of drawing to one of the art pieces.
This week I will begin layering the paper pieces at the Friday Gallery to see how they overlap and where I need to make cuts and add encaustic medium.
I want to make sure that the top layer integrates our styles and the feeling of a graffiti wall so I will be adding shadows around the main figures, some stencil work and some collaging … along with the word CRUSH.
The idea of this installation is to share the feeling of a graffiti wall dissected. The artwork of some of the pieces will not be fully visible as if the artwork was done on a graffiti wall.
Wax will be used to add structural elements to the pieces and also to make the paper translucent so you can see parts of what is on the piece behind. Without being backlit, the wax will just add a texture to the piece. With backlighting, the paper will be see through allowing you to see the piece behind.
I started cutting holes in the pieces and will walk by Tumblingerstrasse all week to get inspired by the layered graffiti and street art so that I capture the graffiti wall feeling in the installation.
I decided to name the installation CRUSH to represent not only the the love themes of this street artist but the actual crushing of artwork by layering the pieces closely together, pushing them together and crushing two very different art styles into one space.
The video part of the installation will share a word story called Crush.
I will post an update of the installation at the end of next week. If you have any questions, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Feb Installation will be Ines Seidel and AllunTurner entitled “The Talk”which they will start at the beginning of Feb and will be ready for Jewellery week at the end of Feb beginning of March 2016.
If you have a window you want to share with Munich Artists for an Installation, please let me know. We are looking for a space for March 2016.