stephen wilks, performance "travelling with my donkey"
art affairs is pleased to invite you to a very special exhibition of three artists from different countries.
katrin korfmann, born in berlin has chosen amsterdam as her residency to live and work. yet her roots in the capital of germany are unmistakable in the installation she designed for this show: the long discussed monument for the holocaust in berlin, subject and 'stage' at the same time.
in all of katrin korfmann's work, she shows an interest in the movement of people in daily life. she either creates a setting where she observes people, or in this project finds a perfect setting to study human behavior. she mostly chooses a non-committal way of presenting the images she makes, e.g. a video documentary, rows of video stills in a lightbox, or - as in this case - an installation with over a thousand images installed directly on the wall.
mary younakof is living in los angeles. she's interested in the meaning of culture, both high and low. in amsterdam she shows a choice of her virgin mary series under the title 'holy bling'. as she describes it herself: "in this series, i am interested in moving the kitsch to high art. i have taken mass-produced religious statuettes that were ýmade in chinaţ for the consumption of the u.s. market and created a body of work that returns the kitsch back to the conversation of high art. i have maintained the integrity of the original sculpture, but have added my own esthetic considerations to make it a contemporary artworkˇart to be compelling to a different audience, the art world.
producing this body of work has been a multi-step process. i start with photographic documentation and then convert the photograph into a digital file manipulating only the color and scale. enlargement of the photograph allows the original painted surface to become magnified, revealing the hand of the chinese laborers who painted the massed produced statuettes. multiple prints are made of each image and then by cutting and reapplying the same photograph to itself, a relief emerges."
stephen wilks was born in great britain. like katrin korfmann, he has studied at the rijksakademie in amsterdam, but now lives in berlin, where he has encountered an increasing interest for his work recently. stephen is showing his project 'travelling with my donkey', an ongoing project that involves the public. he performs himself with the donkey or other animal masks made out of cloth, makes installations, photographs and drawings. the renowned english humour is part of his work.
about the donkey project he describes: "seven life sized cloth donkeys are travelling from house to house in various countries, after a stay with their hosts the donkeys move on to another home to someone the previous host can trust. in each of the donkey's bellies are disposable photo cameras, which can be used to record the donkeys visit. sketches, notes, stories and cd's can be included and are most welcome! everything to be added for the journey should be put inside the belly. from time to time the donkeys will reassemble at public venues, exhibitions and events, so it's important to stay in touch, and contact me at one of the following addresses, whenever a donkey changes hands or gets stuck."
we thank kai hilgemann for introducing us to stephen wilks' work.
for more information about the different works in the show, please consult our website: www.artaffairs.net