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Kunstraum Richard Sorge

Exhibition Detail
Strich und Faden: Heimat, Folklore and Travesty - Part II
Landsberger Allee 54
10249 Berlin

April 29th, 2009 - June 20th, 2009
April 29th, 2009 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
City of Comfort, Garth JohnsonGarth Johnson, City of Comfort,
2008, onglaze/porcelain, 10'
© Garth Johnson 2009 All Rights Reserved
P, Ai KijimaAi Kijima, P,
2008, Fused, machine quilted. Materials, 25”x 34”
© Ai Kijima 2008 All Rights Reserved
Clasic Bunny, Charles KrafftCharles Krafft, Clasic Bunny,
2008, Ceramics
© Chatles Krafft 2008 All Rights Reserved
Kill Me or Make Me Beautiful, Tulip EnterprisesTulip Enterprises, Kill Me or Make Me Beautiful,
2005, inglaze/porcelain, rope, 55 x 42 cm
© Tulip Enterprises 2005 all Rights Reserved
Way of Roses, Severija Incirauskaite-KriaunevicieneSeverija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene,
Way of Roses,
2008, Cross-stitch embroidery on car parts, vary
© Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene 2008 All Rights Reserved
Sator Square, hunter stablerhunter stabler, Sator Square,
2009, papercutting (layered), 33 x 33 x 8 cm
© Hunter Stabler
Detail of Sator Square, hunter stablerhunter stabler, Detail of Sator Square,
2009, papercutting
© Hunter Stabler
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sculpture, traditional, figurative, landscape, pop, conceptual, mixed-media, artcraft, craft


Strich und Faden:

Heimat, Folklore and Travesty - Part II

Kunstraum Richard Sorge

Invitation card, image: Hunter Stabler

The international Berlin art show"Strich und Faden" at Kunstraum Richard Sorge offers subversive travesties of folk-art; and works that thematize regionalism, tradition, folklore and gender in innovative ways.

The folksy German expression "nach Strich und Faden" means to do something thoroughly, with great artistry and precision, or according to the rules of an art or craft. In contemporary language it has gained connotations of trickery, deceit and travesty. Travesty (in the sense of deceit and role playing) is a device present in many works in this show, either as an artistic attitude, or as a subject matter. The participating artists often use it to subvert the traditions of Art & Crafts. While often humorous, works like these nonetheless make serious and inspired statements about gender roles, heritage, and sexuality.

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This new edition of Strich und Faden presents outstanding representatives of the thriving US-american "confrontational Arts & Crafts" scene - some of which are shown in Germany (or Europe) for the first time - and presents them alongside their (Eastern) European colleagues. Strich und Faden II goes beyond ironic crafting however, also incorporating conceptual and neo-traditional works on tradition, (fake) folklore and regionalism.


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