GABRIELE HERZOG - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Have a look at Gabriela's INSTALL VIEW & AVAILABLE WORKS from her residence.

One of my favorite things is talking to painters about what we do. I dont mean the big fancy words, i mean down to earth, clear, simple 'shop talk'. here's another round :

CONVERSATION

Yifat Gat - Gabriele Herzog / photos by Julia Gat

YG : When did you first knew you wanted to be a painter ?

GH : Maybe when i was 14. i spent two weeks at a brilliant art summer camp which was run by art tutors from the Basel school of art. i totally loved it. i then entered art school when i was 16.

YG : When were your recent painter ‘happy moments’ ?

GH : Now here - at this amazing artist residency - working in an inspiring space and meeting you, your family and your friends. installing my work and taking part in the exhibition at SMAHK in Assen, Holland last autumn. taking part in your ‘black and white’ project at Look&Listen. being involved in several exhibitions in the last couple of years. meeting in person, many new artists all over through Facebook. i always feel happy when i paint (I do of course have ‘big-doubt-days’) and recently figuring out more what my painter language is, is a nice ‘happy painter moment’.

YG : What impact did your family life had on your work (parents, partners, kids) ?

GH : I guess like for everyone who has kids, it did have a big impact on restructuring how i arranged a good work/family balance. but all that has brought me to where i am today.

YG : Looking back, when were your biggest challenges to get where you are today, and how did you overcome them?

GH : I think my biggest challenge has always been to find the time to paint. due to finance space and time. there were long stretches of time when i didn’t paint. as i got older i understood more how to ‘just do it’. i feel fortunate that i have been/still am now, able to do it at all.

YG : What are your current projects in or outside the studio ?

GH : Just painting in my studio in London and also in Berlin. trying to push my work. i get bored very easily with my work and so i always try to find new and uncomfortable ground. i am currently working on another artist’s book of mine to be self-published soon. and thinking about organizing/curating an exhibition in Berlin.

YG : Would you like to share about your practice? color-support-forms ?

GH : For now i mostly stretch my own smallish canvases with untreated cotton canvas. sometimes i use primed bought canvas as well, mainly when i want to work on a larger format. i paint with acrylic gesso gouache oil-stick and spray-paint. and during this residency i have been working only on paper (thank you :)) pushing me to work larger and faster.

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YG : Can you elaborate on how social media influence your work ?

GH : Social media has transformed my life as an artist. i love the artist community on Facebook and Instagram. i feel very inspired and in awe by so many artists there. all the exhibitions and artist’s projects i have been involved in over the last two years are linked to fb in one way or another. social media is an incredible tool and platform.

YG : Anything else ?

GH : This residency has been so good for me and my work. to be in an unknown space opens up so many new possibilities i would never think of otherwise! i walk around the pretty village, sit in the beautiful and mysterious studio, look at the sky, the caves behind the house...... wow!!!

thank you Yifat for asking me about my work and thoughts.

* Gabriele stayed at St-Chamas for two weeks in Feb 2016. ( Merci Agathe ! ) The fruits of her residency where exhibited at the library gallery at Cornillon-Confoux. 

"The B&W project" SLUICE art fair , London

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The B&W Project - Instillation view at SLUICE



The B&W project poster in the middle of our special B&W co-edition made for the sluice fair , with Atelier Tchikebe, Marseille.



Lydia Rump going over the Sluice catalog designed by Daniel Devlin



we showed around 30 artists from the 100 in the THE B&W PUBLICATION

Rieko koga looking at the THE B&W PUBLICATION at the opening night

The SLUICE talks program was organized by Ben Street . The art world as an open system talk. participating : Erin Lawlor, Enrico Gomez and Yifat Gat.

Marble dust on windows by y.gat

"The quintessential installation of the fair curated by Charlie Levine - Sluice director, incorporated works by Yifat Gat (who also runs the Black & White Project) and Katherine Di Turi . Using marble dust, Gat created delicate emblems in the mullioned windows of the space that ranged around three sides of a large room. Di Turi installed small, black-and-white photographs of antique mirrors on the walls between some of the windows. In each instance, what was seen within the framed pieces of glass was doubled, and still images were paired with moving. Gat’s Marble dust overlaid views of central London, bringing what was outside of the room inside. The glass protecting Di Turi’s photographs also reflected figures as they moved about, placing the space of the room within the confines of her frames. experienced that last-noted installation with only a handful of other viewers present, and we all commented on the magic of its rough simplicity. That is, of course, what distinguishes Sluice from Frieze. At the former, roughness and simplicity are contrivances that provide a whiff of “authenticity,” when Frieze truly legitimizes what money can buy or is willing to endorse. Sluice offers the possibility of art actively transforming your time with it — no money required." Janet Tyson of Hyperallergic