Monday, September 20, 2010

Conversations Opens Monday October 4 in Berlin Mitte

Conversations: New York à Berlin
                         Berlin à New York

A group exhibition about the creative connections between Berlin and NYC

Curated by Nicollette Ramirez

Opening Party Monday October 4, 6 pm onwards

22 Mulackstrasse, Berlin Mitte

Performance by Michelle Isava

David Button drawing
Bodo Korsig metal sculpture
Uri Dotan video
Maike Paul photography
Juanli Carrion photography

Artist: Juanli Carrion
Title: Sankeishi-seki V - VI - VII
Media: Triptych C-PRINT on Dibond
Size: 3 - 35 x 25 cm
Year: 2010
Series: Kei-Seki A.P
Price: 2.000€ 


The stones that conform Suiseki are objects that the nature transforms in
infinite and different forms. All of them must have some concrete basic
features of matter, form and color, as well as suggest some scene or object
associated with nature. Further more the most important is its spirit, a spirit
that undermines for its suggestion and communication capacity that means
its capacity for touching the mind and soul of the spectator.

Kei-Seki is a term created from the union between the word Kei that means
scene and Seki that means stones. At the same time the word Keiseki also
means proof, evidence or trace. This expression names the project giving
an ironic tinge to everything that represents the Suiseki culture trough a
western altered outlook.

My working practice starts with my interest in certain elements that conform
landscape. When I choose an element I take into consideration not only the
conscience world directly associated with this one, but also the subconscious
once, the social once and the ones belonging to the sensory realm. With this
I try to arise questions not only social or political but the once of the tense
that human mind has to create references and visual patterns related to
the environment, as well as the effects those associations or their breaking
points have in society.

Although my artistic practice is develop in and through different mediums,
its always has a strong photographic background. Therefore this discipline
is in many occasions its final result though some how I also take it as a
starting point, as a way of thinking and a key tool of my creative process.

In this case, some constructions that should be part of a bridge with a high
velocity railway or highway become the elements over which I delve into.

This blocks and columns will never become a bridge because this has been
build 500m south due to a change in the railway, a planning mistake or
maybe due to a problem during its construction. Anyway the actual bridge
and these pieces form now part of the environment that surrounds them.

The project started with a site-specific installation from those found ele-
ments, using specific illumination related to culture of entertainment, like
the ones of night-clubs or traditional Christmas decoration. This put us in
touch with some codes and popular references. Afterwards each piece and
the whole was photographed, generating a series of images. The photographs
are mounted on Dibond and framed in a wooden box without glass. For its
exhibition I recreate inside the space the same atmosphere founded in the
images using light and smoke.

The final result is a body of images presented inside an installation evocat-
ing the complicated relationship between man and its natural environment,
inviting the spectator to expand their perceptions of the nature of the reality
and the reality of nature.

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