Open Studios June 2017 will showcase the audio-visual works of Brittany Brush, which plunge into the intimate depths and subtleties of the subconscious, bringing them to light. Exposing human internal mechanisms of perception is also a focal point to M.E. Sparks’ paintings. By subverting figurative painting, Sparks reflects on how much our experience of looking constraints and wrongly constructs our experience of knowing.
On the other hand, the new piece presented by Louise Manifold manages to capture a contemporary societal state of mind, by recovering the peculiar anxious aesthetics of German’s Expressionist cinema. Equally focusing on collective consciousness, Anna Pistacchio’s video piece articulates old damaged photographs taken from family albums in order to re-tell History during the Cold War period from a domestic perspective. At the same time, the documentary film by Alice Biletska critically reflects on how recent terrorist events have undermined the peaceful co-existence people with different cultural backgrounds in Berlin.
Similarly alluding to current political and socio-cultural tensions around the world, the installation artist Noara Quintana presents a work based on the delicate auscultation of the materials in use to symbolically articulate how democracy has increasingly been threatened. Also paying close attention to the inherent qualities of different materials and their metamorphic potential when acted upon them, María Santi questions and tests the essence of painting itself, while the artist Chen Wei presents a peculiar project that merges architectural installations and philosophical speculation.
Whilst Jérome Havre has been delving into the topic of identity construction within a given territorial context, Sean Fader uses social media tools as a method to observe how identities are being negotiated within the immaterial, ubiquitous and ever-changing cybernetic sphere. Curiously and somewhat ironically, Jorge Julves juxtaposes modernity and tradition, by applying online content and digital tools to painting, linking two apparently distant environments.