Samples of Works from previous projects referring to the theme “Ruins of Time”.
PASSAGE, site-specific installation
Eleonora Bourmistrov’s practice explores issues around transience, precariousness, instability, time, place, perception, dislocation and ruins. She uses deconstructive techniques, such as illusion, simulacra, parody of building processes, mixing genuine and imitation materials to treat themes that are disorienting, ambivalent and challenging, in works including site-specific, audio-visual installations, film, video, painting and sculpture. Her focus is physical and human worlds at the point, where things break down, collapse and fall apart – the moments that demonstrate most powerfully the finality of all things. The work is dark, dramatic and disorienting. It reveals the power of ruination and inevitability but also the beauty of the flux of time and of transitoriness.
Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, MA Fine Art, based in Munich and London http://www.eleonorabourmistrov.com
BRIGHTLIGHT 09, site-specific installation
Myra Brooklyn’s art has a transient, unrestful and daunting quality, hovering on the edge of ‘black humor’. It reflects her deep awareness of her personal mortality, vulnerability and non-belonging that she expresses in a variety of media ranging from sculpture, installation, drawing to printmaking and video. A dark energy seems to form the center of all her works, which are extremely physical and expressive, yet delicate and fragile; they are often made on site with materials taken from other pieces in acts of rearrangement to form new works. Contemporary materials, such as industrial and technological detritus, electric appliances, wires and lightbulbs, are used in some installations to replicate her own physiognomy and nervous system in a kind of obscure tabletop landscapes: a wire plug could be disconnected, for example, and seen as a metaphor for the physical break-down at the end of life.
Academy of Visual Arts, Munich, Postgraduate Diploma Sculpture, based in Munich and N.Y. http://www.myrabrooklyn.com
SPINE, site-specific installation
Nicholas Cheeseman uses making as a form of thinking. His material investigations use craft related processes to challenge the integrity of the form being created or deconstructed. The element of failure is often deliberately visible and present. Contrasts between materials and objects are used to create tension between opposing themes that arise within the work.
Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, MA Fine Art, based in London http://www.nicholascheeseman.co.uk
FREE ME BECAUSE I AM DYING, performance
Risha Gorig works in variety of media, including film, experimental video, performance, composing, dance, poetry and site-specific installation to create a surreal and hauntingly lyric world of decay and rebirth – work that takes the viewer on a journey of provocative and challenging imagery and motives of multi-layered meaning and that mirror our complex environment and the artist’s states of existence. By mixing technology with fragility of humanity and often using images of elements such as water, fire and the wind in her pieces, she creates visual metaphors of time, death and life – evoking the feeling of otherworldliness and melancholy.
Experimental film-maker, composer and choreographer, based in London and New York http://www.rishagorig.com
INTERIOR of AWRE Building, Orford Ness, print
Monika Kita’s recent art practice is concerned with the subject of loss, with a strong emphasis on space, time and history. Memory as a psychological journey inwards adds an important dimension to her work. The artist explores fractions of past moments, which often elicits a study of the place and a recording of the passing of time. This allows her to ‘freeze the present’ and to contemplate upon its relationship with the past. This process has its extension in the mind. She is particularly interested in derelict buildings in the context of historical events, such as atomic power stations and disused military objects. Alongside the rather personal nature of such inward contemplations about time and loss, Monika’s works could be also viewed as time documents that record, remind and warn of the dangers of global alienation and destruction.
Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, MA Fine Art, based in London http://www.monikakita.com
TWO TOWERS, installation+projection
Milena Michalski creates work around themes of place and perception, site and sight. She uses translucency, transparency and layering to construct images, as well as fragmentation or obscuring of images, to deconstruct them, and to treat issues of representation and abstraction. Milena works in a variety of media, including installation, film, video and print-making. Through an emphasis on the materiality of the media, her practice interweaves memory and trace, combining subjective and objective elements and experiences of time and place.
Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, MA Fine Art, based in London http://www.milenamichalski.com
Despina Olbrich-Marianou uses media performance, textile-work, land-art, installation and drawing, to explore her inner self, whilst also relating this to the more general, socio-critical reflections concerning her perception of the world. Through her work she aims to get what she sees as a ‘purifying power’ that would set her mind and soul free, beyond conventional understanding of space and time.
Academy of Visual Arts, Munich, Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art, based in Munich http://www.myway.de/despina
Brigitte C. Reichl
COLLECTION OF THE DAYS GONE BY, installation
Brigitte C. Reichl responds to the fact that in nature everything follows a specific, recurring rhythm. The changing seasons, the heartbeat, birth, decay, re-birth. Her work is inspired by nature, the human experience, and its connected recurring cycles.
In her sight-specific installations she transforms a space from pure location to an atmospheric environment. This is achieved by making lighting, smell, temperature and/or sound an integral part of the installation. She aims to bring the viewer into another world. A world, of inner possibilities (and realities), which the viewer may not always be conscious of, yet which exists beneath the surface. Thus the viewer is not faced with something completely foreign, he/she encounters the more or less familiar, however, from a different or unexpected viewpoint.
Chicago Art Institute, USA, MA Fine Arts, based in Munich http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcia Teusink’s practice investigates collapse and the reconfiguration of the built environment through painting, found objects, photography and mixed media. The work takes as a starting point the impact of neglect on our cities and structures, the effects of climate change and extreme weather, and also the normal consequences of time and weathering on objects. Teusink is interested in the political implications of collapse and restructuring, as well as the art historical, psychological, and spiritual ones. Coming from a background painting in particular, the physical structures of paintings are often a primary focus and metaphor for the investigation of these themes.
City University of New York, Queens College, MFA in Visual Art, MA in Museum & Gallery Education, Institute of Education, UCL, London, based in London