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Strich und Faden: Heimat, Folklore and Travesty - Part II

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Strich und Faden: Heimat, Folklore and Travesty - Part II

Landsberger Allee 54
10249 Berlin
Berlin
Germany
April 29th, 2009 - June 20th, 2009
Opening: April 29th, 2009 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.kunstraumrichardsorge.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
friedrichshain-kreuzberg
EMAIL:  
krs-art@hush.com
OPEN HOURS:  
Vary, see website.
TAGS:  
craft, artcraft, mixed-media, conceptual, pop, landscape, figurative, traditional, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

 

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.