In a last minute decision to get my mind off of heavier things, I flocked with the rest of trendy Berlin to the closing day of Berlin Art Week at abc – Art Contemporary Berlin last weekend.
50+ artists and galleries showcased their works in the open event space, Station. I’ve barely scratched the surface of Berlin’s copious art galleries, so I’m not super familiar with these guys yet. The artists represented were mostly German, some from the Netherlands or Eastern Europe.
Some of my favorites…
This wall of anatomical-trippy colored sketches by Michael Wutz, a Bavarian artist.
Bright, iridescent, Lisa Frank plastic sculptures
Chemical clouds and frosted forest fires
One of Pieter Schoolwerth’s (from Captain Petzel in Berlin) two main paintings, “Fuck Me”, on display. Besides the cheeky middle finger-cubism mosaic style, I stood there for at least 20 minutes marveling at how he managed to so cleanly silo his textured oils sections.
This drawing/sculpture really stuck with me… a striking visualization of how we all feel sometimes… and how I felt that morning.
On a personal level, it was refreshing to take time out to simply look at visually striking things, and appreciate beauty for beauty. I’ve been so caught up with the job hunt grind, dealing with existential ‘where do i live, what do i do, what makes me happy, who AM I really?!?!” questions, I really needed this, to reconnect with art.