Beginning February 23, twenty-eight members of the University of Iowa Studio Art faculty will have current works on view at the Figge. Curated by UIMA Director Sean O’Harrow, the show will include graphic design, 3-D design, sculpture, painting, printmaking, intermedia, ceramics, photography, jewelry and metalwork, drawing and multimedia.
Last night I hosted an event titled Evening at the Colony. Various artists, a musician/architect and a journalist from the US and Europe were asked to send their instructions for an object or task to me via email that the guests in Iowa City were creating or performing throughout the evening on their behalf.
An online documentation of the evening can be accessed at www.eveningathecolony.weebly.com
Hans Breder, who after studying with Willem Grimm at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg came to New York in 1964 and in '68 started the Intermedia and Video Art Program at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Iowa, is going to be subject of two exhibitions in Germany.
The first, titled "35 Jahre mit Hans Breder", will be at Hachmeister Galerie in Münster from January 26 through March 9 and present paintings, photographs, objects and videos from various years.
The Museum Ostwall at the Dortmunder U will present the retrospective exhibition "Hans Breder - Kollisionsfelder" (fields of collision) from February 1 through April 1 and concentrate on film, video, installation and photographic works from the past four decades.
So far so good.
It takes adjustment to something that I must momentarily describe as a non-schedule. At least when I compare my current days with my days in Michigan over the past ten years. For example, I am usually a "studio runner", many times in a week for short sessions - maybe 2-3 hours, whenever I could eek out time - before (and after) courses I taught, after bringing and before picking up the son from school, after running errands, on weekends before preparing a meal and so on. It was mainly a triangular system - Rochester - Pontiac - Detroit; Family - Studio - Teaching. I'm sure, dear reader, you can relate to this.
It is bi-polar now (no kidding). Teaching load is rather light and so
I spend many mornings in the colony house where I also draw, read, and do things of uncertain purpose; afternoons, I drive to the old hospital area (mental hospital, I hear) in Coralville, where I paint. Time is suddenly available but my inner clock hasn't yet adjusted to the fact that I can spend an entire day in the studio if I wish to.
Still looking around. I went back to the river area on my bike - trails along the river, picnic and parking areas, baseball and soccer areas. The water levels are very low due to a very dry summer. But one still finds signs that it hasn't always been that low. Later, a walk around the Hickory Hill park. It is about 2 miles from where I live, an area where one can get lost among the old trees, strange noises that I don't hear in Michigan and ever changing landscape.
It's a strange feeling to be in a unfamiliar place trying to find something that is familiar. More so, the distance to home, that is in this case the Eastern Westphalia city that I grew up in, seems so much more farther away. Thinking about my mother who passed today twelve years ago.
Hartmut Austen is a painter and educator living in the Boston area.