Ana Finel Honigman

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While most people believe that there is an artist within each of us, few of us succeed in unlocking our true creative potential. Critic and artist Sameer Reddy is a notable exception.  As an Indian-American Berlin-based critic and artist, Sameer Reddy personifies a uniquely tangled set of connections between East and West.  He has started to look within himself to combine his analytic and aesthetic talents as he expresses the notions of identity, divinity and creativity that are animating his... [more]
Zhivago Duncan has been a ubiquitous and beloved presence in Berlin’s art community since he moved there in 2007. The half-Danish and half-Syrian artist was instrumental in developing the impromptu art bashes in renegade exhibition space, such as Stattbad and Tape Modern, which give Berlin’s cool creditability. However, Duncan’s current series of manipulated toy car sculptures and paintings and silk-screens of doctored images from the heydays of Halston and Studio 54, have been embraced by all... [more]
Madeline Stillwell’s performances provoke empathetic anxiety in her audience. Yet she remains graceful and serene while moving through the obstacle courses of hazardous rubble that she assembles in Berlin galleries and exhibition spaces. Curator and Wilde Galerie’s director Emilie Trice writes, “Madeline Stillwell becomes an extension of her surroundings, embracing the wreckage she inhabits with tender acceptance, submitting her body to its promise of pain without a sound, weaving through... [more]
- This is part #2 of a two-part interview between ArtSlant's writer, Ana Finel Honigman, and Jowhara AlSaud.  Ana and Jowhara discuss the scope, limitations and possibilities of her imagery, Saudi culture and Saudi contemporary art. Jowhara AlSaud, Jowhara AlSaud headshot; Courtesy of the artist Ana Finel Honigman: How do you select your subjects? Jowhara AlSaud: My subjects are all friends and family. All of my "drawings" are made from snapshots of people I know, some found, most I've... [more]
(Part 1 of a 2-Part Interview) - Jowhara AlSaud alters her dreamy snapshots of friends and family in unavoidable deference  to the general censorship rules of her native Saudi Arabia.  Yet in spite of the absence of identifiable features or details, the images appear intimate and inviting, even charming and carefree, while still demonstrating the complex cultural constraints that govern the depiction of people in Saudi art. A graduate of Wellesley College with a BA in Film Theory and an MFA... [more]
- During a raw 72-hour performance project, Carrion, at Haunch of Venison's Berlin branch (on view 15-17 January 2010), British artist Eloise Fornieles guards over an animal carcass from the inside of a skeleton castle. She will reject food and lash away at the animal's flesh while reading letters of apology from the audience. The audience's voyeuristic engagement with the spectacle will be skewed by the intrusive pseudo-professionalism of cameramen dressed in military uniforms. Fornieles'... [more]
Art-Hub: Karrier   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 11/22/09
  Copenhagen’s art-hub called Karrier is a subversive top-tier art installation, because it actually functions as an every day restaurant-bar. The food is not serving the art; it's the other way around. In this sense, Karrier is at once the most "digestible" and the most subversive mixture of food and art. The food and drinks at Karriere are classic, comforting, seasonal and healthy, but the main draw is the interactive and conceptual pieces of exclusive, site-specific art on display in... [more]
Suspicious Minds   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Viktoria Binschtok at KLEMM'S October 17th, 2009 - November 21st, 2009
Posted 11/20/09
        Viktoria Binschtok's photographs are as blurry and mysterious as the situations that her subjects have been hired to navigate. In "Suspicious Minds," we never see the photographs' central subjects. Rather than displaying the entire news photograph  that she appropriates and blows up to massive proportions, the Russian-born photographer zooms in the people around the periphery hired to protect whomever's appearance is the reason why the image was taken. Binschtok's source... [more]
Get the Message   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 11/15/09
BERLIN DESIGN DUO: Jennifer Gilpin & Kyle Callanan   "Leather is grown not made. It is skin. We feel naturally connected to it," declares Canadian-born and Berlin-based Jennifer Gilpin of the design duo Don't Shoot the Messengers. With her partner, fashion and costume designer Kyle Callanan, Gilpin focuses on supple geometrically-cut leather dresses and skirts. The team began their collaboration after Gilpin's travels in Morocco inspired her interest in the sensual qualities of leather.... [more]
Berlin, Nov. 2009 - Myth, allegory and fairy-tales are rarely just fantasies. They are often coded or veiled ways of understanding the world, as Hayv Kahraman’s metaphorical representations of women’s struggles in the Middle East demonstrate. Kahraman’s delicate yet elegant graphic drawings present troubling and painful subject matter with compelling grace and beauty. She gathers her inspiration from traditional Japanese prints, art nouveau, Persian miniature painting and fashion imagery. While... [more]
      Weekend Highlights from Berlin; 26 & 27 September 2009: Berlin and Hieronymus Bosch's 1503 triptych, "The Garden of Earthly Delights" is the divine inspiration for "Earthly Delights, Tape Modern No.11," a show of 13 Berlin-based artists curated by Anna Erickson and on view for three nights at Berlin's nightclub-cum-exhibition space, Tape Modern. Here are highlights from that delightful evening. (Images: Angela Liosi, "9 Scenes of Ordinary Murder," 2009, at Tape Modern's... [more]
Starting off light...   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ceal Floyer at KW Institute for Contemporary Art August 23rd, 2009 - October 18th, 2009
Posted 9/13/09
      Ceal Floyer's works are charming. The British artist uses wit and a sweet sensibility to lure viewers towards larger questions about the reception, presentation and purpose of conceptual art. Floyer's appropriations and mixed media installations (using stationary paper, rubber bands, puzzles, a receipt for only all-white foods and lights) offer the pleasures of a good puzzle. Connecting the bits of information that she provides and teasing out her meaning is a rewarding intellectual... [more]
Yam Yam is yum yum   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 9/13/09
YAM YAM Alte Schönhauser str. 6 10119 Berlin-Mitte 030-24-63-24-85   Yam Yam fuels Berlin's fashion community with fresh and easy Korean comfort food in a canteen-style setting that once was a hub for Berlin fashion itself. During its five-year lifetime, Berlin's lived up to its name. But after a season rocked by the recession, Sumi Ha felt that fashion was too fragile and decided to return to her first love: food.  Returning to her roots, she scouted for possible locations to house a... [more]
    For those of us who think visually, an unusual place often summons up a vividly recalled film set.  But rarely does someone go further and bring those memories to life.  During the past three years, Holgar Kraus has taken that initiative.  He is screening specially-selected films in Hamburg's unique and compelling spaces for his company "Flexibles Flimmern - Filme in Bewegung" (Flexible Flickering - Moving Pictures).  By going to esoteric locations and deciding which films would feel... [more]
: Despite the chaotic appearance of his sculptures, installations and paintings,  Kenno Apatrida strives to make sense of our fragmented society and creates works of profundity from our cultural debris. Individual sculptures contain dolls, puppets, phonographs, antique ceramic tiles, tear-outs from political magazines and propaganda from the Third Reich, old stamps, vintage family photographs, warped canvases clotted with paint, clusters of framed paintings, devotional icons and burning... [more]
Picking up the PIeces   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Morgan Belenguer, Luis Berríos-Negrón at Program e.V. July 9th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Posted 8/1/09
    Harvard Design alumni Carson Chan and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga conceived their Program ( non-profit project space in Berlin as a critical forum for examining the significance ofarchitecture. For each exhibition, artists engage the special character of the spacious white-walled ground level of the former Russian-owned Hotel Newa to explore the space's identity as a gallery and, by extrapolation, the gallery's relationship to Berlin. For "Immediate... [more]
Toy Story   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Heinz Schmoller at Komet Berlin Galerie June 26th, 2009 - August 1st, 2009
Posted 7/26/09
Heinz Schmöller turns to toys to address political realities that often overwhelm adults.  Schmöller's "Exploitation" show at Komet Berlin is built around a kiddie-pool with a cheery yellow toy lawn mower spraying thin streams of water in the air, Light-Bright boards displaying images of political persecution and inequality, and a giant colorful sculpture of every child's fantasy gone sour. The little pony-tailed red-haired girl in Schmöller's central sculpture buckles under the weight... [more]
Superstore Almstadtstrasse 43 10119 Berlin Traces of the eighties' aesthetic are all over Berlin. There is something always there to remind you. However only Mitte's SuperStore offers the eighties in its most highly concentrated and pure form. The era-specific vintage store's selection is a carefully edited array of designer and genre flea-market finds for men and women. All pieces are in stellar condition. And the basement-level shop's decor is authentic but not... [more]
Alive   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kaj Aune, Wolfgang Ganter at Maud Piquion June 26th, 2009 - August 24th, 2009
Posted 6/29/09
Maud Piquion's new gallery on Brunnenstrasse is a one-room storefront with a sweet, inviting yellow and white awning and an installation by Wolfgang Ganter involving a mummified cat and dog in the window. The show of paintings, collage, sculpture and "Paganini non ripete" a video by the Norwegian artist Kaj Aune, playing an insane male musical genius is part of "Resurrection," the latest three-person show in a series of exhibitions Piquion has organized with artists originally... [more]
Ali Baba-like treasure trove at PSM   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Tomma Abts, Richard Aldrich, John M Armleder, Monika Baer, Agnieszka Brzezanska, Verne Dawson, Jules de Balincourt, Philippe Decrauzat, Katharina Grosse, Wade Guyton, Daniel Hesidence, Richard Hoeck, Nathan Hylden, Tony Just, Jacob Kassay, Jutta Koether, Michael Krebber, David Malek, John Miller, Bernd Ribbeck, Thomas Scheibitz, Anja Schwörer, Amy Sillman, Josh Smith, Charline von Heyl, Kelley Walker, Jens Wolf at PSM gallery June 3rd, 2009 - July 18th, 2009
Posted 6/25/09
With "Cave Paintings" at the PSM gallery, Bob Nickas has arranged a taster for "Painting Abstraction," his survey book on the subject that will be published with Phaidon in September. Nickas cherry-picked a vastly varied selection of artists for the show after months of studio visits in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Berlin. What the contributors all share is the ability to raise constructive questions about the nature of painting and to push and play with technique while also... [more]
Benjamin Wolbergs' "Urban Illustration Berlin: Street Art Cityguide" ( Critic and curator Emilie Trice writes that, " Berlin is the graffiti mecca of the urban art world." And a recent New York Times article confirms Trice's assertion with the observation that " The city’s skyline might be defined by a Sputnik-era TV tower, bombed-out churches and the ghost of a certain wall that once split the German capital.... [more]
The wisdom of the ancients   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Benoit Maire at Croy Nielsen May 1st, 2009 - June 13th, 2009
Posted 6/8/09
In "Le mépris," Jean-Luc Godard used one man's struggle to retell "The Odyssey" in a new medium as a metaphor for creative alienation. Benoît Maire draws similar parallels between the myth of Medusa and the artist's relationship to what he or she perceives and depicts. Marie's installation "Drawing Attention" consists of two weathered old chairs and a pile of antique books analyzing Greek mythology's most famous Gorgon from various methodological and fictional perspectives. Marie's own... [more]
Who/ What/ Where/ How?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Linda McCue at elly brose-eiermann - berlin May 2nd, 2009 - June 20th, 2009
Posted 6/6/09
        Linda McCue's surreal large-scale oil or pencil-and-watercolour-on-paper paintings resemble leaves from a graphic novel, though her narratives remain compellingly mysterious. The forty-five-year-old Canadian artist's uncanny images are especially disquieting because of her technical precision. For example, in "The Flimsy Disguise (III)," a person sits at a large table holding to their face a sheet of plain paper with basic facial features drawn in. Other sheets of paper are... [more]
Jolie-Laide   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 6/5/09
      As New York´s ´Model as Muse´ exhibition at the Met reminds us, the inspirational power of beautiful women is bewitching. However, Berlin-born-and-based designer Fay Smith has found her inspiration for her Fay Alice line instead in the homages artist Joseph Cornell made to the grand beauties of his age. Trained as a tailor in London after attending a technically rigorous but creatively underwhelming fashion school in Berlin, Alice came under the spell of the autodidact... [more]
Watching the grass grow   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Stefan Burger, Tillman Kaiser, Didier Rittener, Tilo Schulz, Nadim Vardag at Galerie Jette Rudolph May 1st, 2009 - June 13th, 2009
Posted 5/24/09
"Conceptious" brings together five artists creating understated conceptual works addressing diverse ways of understanding the passage of time. In keeping with this sombre theme almost all the works are nearly monochromatic with one instance of blue ink on white paper and a few sightings of subtle colour. Yet, they demonstrate a spectrum of attitudes and approaches. Stefan Burger, from Mühlheim, made wallpaper for one wall in the gallery from twin photographs of wood sign-posts... [more]
Giving us what we want   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Andreas Golder at Arndt May 2nd, 2009 - June 26th, 2009
Posted 5/23/09
The large-scale mixed-media expressionistic paintings and sculptures in Andreas Golder's "da steckt ganz viel dahinter" ("There is a lot behind") owe obvious debts to Francis Bacon and Hieronymus Bosch, but the exhibition's spirit comes from The Rolling Stones. The burning question that crystallizes the intense energy in the Russia-born and Berlin-based artist's gothic paintings is Jagger's own challenge: " If I could stick a knife in my heart/ Suicide right on stage/ Would it be enough... [more]
BOB - Box off Berlin Zimmerstr. 11, am Checkpoint Charlie, 10969 Berlin Everyone hip hates tourist traps. Especially people visiting a new location who want something representative of their stay to take home. So, where can an "anti-tourist" visitor to Europe's captial of cool buy collectables reflecting both the coolness of the city and his or her own coolness? For visitors to Berlin, Box off Berlin (or BOB) solves this conundrum. A few steps away from the... [more]
The real loveliness of José de León's surrealism   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
José de León at Lucas Carrieri Art Gallery April 24th, 2009 - June 13th, 2009
Posted 5/10/09
        José de León’s luscious, dreamy paintings enhance the unconventionally angled grey walls of Lucas Carrieri’s charming storefront space. The mature Spanish artist's large canvases contain dense clusters of human and animal forms in jewel-like colours. Birds burst open-mouthed like ripe berries on a bush. Images of lit candles add warmth and delight to scenes of evergreens and creatures. Full of energy and drama, de León’s compositions have a Chagall-like palette and vibrancy. The... [more]
Die Weinerei Veteranenstraße 14, 10119 BerlinMo-Fr 13 Uhr - 20 Uhr, Sa 11 Uhr - 20 Uhr Tel / Fax 030 4406983 My friends and I refer to this spot on Weinbergspark as "the free place" though its official name is Weinerei. Before moving to Berlin, I heard dreamy tales of a bar where you drank as much as you like and paid whatever you thought was right. But no one mentioned that the place also has vats of yummy, home cooked food,  cushy couches and the most friendly atmosphere around. All... [more]
  Jessica Backus and John Kleckner at Peres Projects Evol installing at Wilde Galerie Evol's "Wallflower, multiple choice" (2009) spray-paint on cardboard at Wilde Galerie   Opening show for Moeller Fine Arts Feinkost Galerie's director Aaron Moulton and artist David Levine at Kunst-Werke Wolfgang Breuer at KW Berlin   Musician Maya Kishi-Anderson at KW Annette Kelm at KW Tape Modern Berlin     Artist Hannes Bend with Associate Director of Yvon Lambert, Anna... [more]