Monday, December 13, 2010

Die Gedanken Sind Frei 3 & 4
(Exhibition - ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions)

Claudia Helmer (Germany)

This blogspot contains posts of artworks that have featured in my curated international exhibition - ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions. For your convenience I have listed these posts below.
ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions (Marie-Therese Wisniowski - Curator's Talk)
Sequestration of CO2 (Engaging New Visions) M-T. Wisniowski
Sacred Planet I (Engaging New Visions) J. Dunnewold
Under Pressure (Engaging New Visions) L.A. Beehler
lo Rising II & Giza (Engaging New Visions) R. Benson
Etruscan Relic (Engaging New Vision) J. Raffer Beck
Catch The Light 1 & 2 (Engaging New Visions) J. Schulze
Emerge (Engaging New Visions) J. Truckenbrod
Breathe Deeply (Engaging New Visions) C. Benn
Black Birds I & II (Engaging New Visions) C. Holmes
Autumn Visions I & II (Engaging New Visions) J. Petruskeviciene
Razing/Raising Walls, Warsaw (Engaging New Visions) N. Starszakowna
Quite Alone Oasis… (Engaging New Visions) J. Urbiene
Nothing Is The Same I & II (Engaging New Visions) E. van Baarle
Discharge Thundercloud (Engaging New Visions) K. Kagajo
Shroud Of Ancient Echoes I & II (Engaging New Visions) S. Fell-McLean
Cane Toad Narrative (Engaging New Visions) H. Lancaster
Visionary and Eclipse (Engaging New Vision) J. Ryder
Untitled ArtWorks (Engaging New Vision) Tjariya (Nungalka) Stanley and Tjunkaya Tapaya
Treescape (Engaging New Vision) A. Trevillian

We shall return weekly to the European contribution to ArtCloth: Engaging New Visions.

The catalog of the exhibition is far more detailed in terms of opening addresses and artist’s biographies, curriculum vitae and statements etc. and moreover, is a holistic record of the exhibition itself.

Synopsis of Artwork: Die Gedanken Sind Frei 3 & 4
I listen all day long when I’m working as a psychoanalyst. I have to stay focused on words. Sometimes looking behind them to fathom what patients are really saying. Sometimes searching for the feelings that underpin the words.

In human development, words come fairly late as a way of expressing our feelings – we learn other methods first; laughing, smiling, crying, howling, dancing, hitting, hugging, shouting gibberish. Words are symbols and if you can find the right words to express yourself, some ‘inner work’ has already taken place in the quest for understanding. But, because they are symbols, we need to acknowledge that words can often have different meanings for different people.

Because words play such a large role in my professional life, it’s important for me to have other ways of expressing myself. This is why I find the activity of working with cloth - and producing art from it - so important. That’s not to say that I avoid words. I will always be fascinated by what goes on inside the head of a human being.  Poetry and song lyrics are inspiring and fascinating as they provide a glimpse into the mind of another person. I often use words in my art… but I also want to explore visual devices to communicate my ideas – and each idea is a ‘new vision’.

Die Gedanken sind Frei is an example of how words trigger ideas. It is the title of an old German song about freedom, in the sense that you can be imprisoned and have everything taken away from you, but you will always have the freedom of your thoughts. One can by locked up in a real prison, but we are all capable of building our own ‘inner prisons’. I chose keys as visual symbols for prison because they are the mechanism for capture and release. The red pathway represents the journey for understanding and freedom.  Whilst red can be a negative colour (blood, anger, aggression), it is also a colour of passion and excitement. Roses are also symbolic in that they have great softness and beauty, but they also have thorns that can wound and hurt.

(a) Die Gedanken sind Frei (Claudia Helmer) left and right artwork (centre artwork by Ken Kagajo - see future post).
Fairfield City Museum and Art Gallery, NSW, Australia.
Photograph courtesy Cedric Boudjema, Director, Fairfield City Museum and Art Gallery.

(b) Die Gedanken sind Frei (Claudia Helmer) left artworks (see earlier and future posts for artworks on right).
Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia.
Photograph courtesy Alan Sisley, Director, Orange Regional Art Gallery.

(c) Die Gedanken sind Frei (Claudia Helmer) second from right artworks (see earlier and future posts for other artworks ).
Redcliffe City Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia.
Photograph courtesy Karen Tyler, Director. Photography by Al Sim.

(d) Die Gedanken Sind Frei 3 - full view.

(e) Die Gedanken Sind Frei 3 - detailed view.

(f) Die Gedanken Sind Frei 4 - full view.

(g) Die Gedanken Sind Frei 4 - detailed view.

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