Archive for the 'Exhibition' Category

Pictoplasma Portraits – Mexico

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PICTOPLASMA –
CHARACTER PORTRAITS
MEXICO

2014/2015, Exhibition
Pictoplasma and the Museum for Contemporary Art MARCO in Monterrey stage the first Mexican group exhibition on contemporary character design and art, bringing together new works by more than 120+ international artists, designers, illustrators, and filmmakers.

The Character Portraits exhibition examines the genealogical dimensions of figurative aesthetics in the postdigital age. As part of Pictoplasma’s ongoing investigation into the limits of face creation and animism, the time-honoured genre of classical portraiture functions as an unifying format to reflect back on character genealogies and to preserve their essence for the future. Presenting paintings, busts, sculptures and animated video portraits by today’s most influential creators of character-driven visuals, the exhibition also extends the list to accommodate the current obsession with self-portraits taken on a cellphone, gathered by Pictoplasma in an open call for #CharacterSelfies.

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Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery

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2014, Exhibition
On the occasion of Pictoplasma’s 10th anniversary, a vast group exhibition in an abandoned ware-house in the center of Berlin staged character portraits by the artists who, over the years, have shaped the festival most distinctively. The time-honoured genre of classical portraiture seemed an obvious choice to reflect back on character genealogies and to preserve their essence for the future.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery examined the genealogical dimensions of figurative aesthetics in the postdigital age and presented paintings, busts, sculptures, animated video portraits by today’s most influential creators of character-driven visuals – also extending the list to accommodate the current obsession with self-portraits taken on a cellphone, gathered by Pictoplasma in an open call for #CharacterSelfies.

Pictoplasma Academy – Group Show

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PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY
ALL-STARS
GROUP SHOW

2014, Exhibition
As a 2014 premiere, the Pictoplasma Academy Group Show at Urban Spree presented the raw talent of the first international participants in our newly established annual master class.
Since 2013 Pictoplasma brings the experience, knowledge and expertise of its conferences and festivals to a new level of inspiration and intensity. The annual Pictoplasma Academy allows a group of selected students to refine their personal projects and ideas in a 8-day master class under the close guidance of tutors and teachers such as Rilla Alexander, Nathan Jurevicius, Gary Baseman, Mehdi Hercberg, Matt Jones, Philip Hunt, Benjamin van Oost, and Mark Gmehling…

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Animal Watching

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ANIMAL WATCHING
2013, Exhibition
German/Spanish artist Max Gärtner, the explorer among illustrators, continues his investigation of wildlife fauna in highly elaborate, graphical abstract animal drawings. In his exhibition “Animal Watching” he not only investigated the relationship between humans and animals, but also between different animal species.
Max Gärtner positioned hunting and prey animals in a direct opposition and enhanced their encounter by a third dimension — as some of the visitors themselves will found themselves caught up playing an active role in this game of wildlife voyeurism.

“Animal Watching” was proudly presented by Pictoplasma in collaboration with Bold Room, Berlin.

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¡White Noise! Madrid

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¡WHITE NOISE !
MADRID

2013, Exhibition
In 2013 Pictoplasma presented its first group-show of contemporary character design and art in Spain, focussing on the current artistic strategy of hijacking, re-designing and creating mascots, while they increasingly free themselves from the contexts they used to stand for. The exhibition at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, featured originals, limited prints and installations by more than 20 international artists, illustrators, and designers. Several site-specific installations further investigate the topic, such as the “White Noise Serials”, an extensive shopping shelf display, a selection of street-art photography curated by the Wooster Collective and a shrine filled to the rim with designer toys from the extensive collection of Selim Varol.

“Pictoplasma – White Noise” presented current artistic strategies that make use of mechanisms similar to those of commercial mascots, logos and trademarks to engage in a critique of the markets they have originated from, or to create a detached fetishized cult, with abstract mascots at its centre. The exhibition features work by mr clement, Mark Gmehling, Tim Biskup, Juan Pablo Manzelli, Osian Efnisien, Jeremyville, Geneviève Gauckler, Craig Redman, Bakea, Amandine Urruty, Buff Monster, El Grand Chamaco, Ian Stevenson, Aaron Leighton, Raymond Lemstra, Sauerkids, Slumber Bean, Kurt Seperately, Juan Molinet.

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Pictoplasma Kitchen Showroom

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PICTOPLASMA SHOWROOM
2012, Exhibition
WHAT’S COOKING IN PICTOPLASMA’S KITCHEN?

October 2012 Pictoplasma opened up its Kitchen in the heart of Berlin, to serve as a new showroom for outstanding contemporary character design and art and provide a platform for visual artists to exhibit outside our annual festival rhythm.

Artists exhibited include:
Akinori Oishi, Amandine Urruty, Andrea Kang, Andrea Wan, Fons Schiedon, Gemma Correll, Geneviève Gauckler, Hyein Lee, Joshua Ben Longo, Julia Pott, Low Bros, Motomichi Nakamura, MyMo, Nathan Jurevicius, Nick Sheehy, Nina Braun, Raymond Lemstra, Rilla Alexander, Roman Klonek, Slumberbean, Ville Savimaa and many others…

Pictoplasma Residency

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PICTOPLASMA RESIDENCY
2009-2013, Exhibition
Open to the most daring, stylistically sure-footed character exhibition proposals, unlimited to any media or style, the annual Pictoplasma Residency in cooperation with DISK/CTM offers young and upcoming artists the opportunity to present their character driven work to a wide, international and interested audience.

As part of the official Character Walk, a renown project space in the center of Berlin serves as the perfect stage for the winning proposal. The awarded artist receives free accommodation, a financial grant to help realize the submitted proposal, and support to set up the exhibition in the “General Public” – as well as free entry to all of the Pictoplasma Festival and Conference events.

Previous Pictoplasma artists in residency:

2013: Francisco Miranda – TOOCO (AR), From a Near Future
2012: Melissa Godoy Nieto (MX), Creaturas del 2012
2011: Doppeldenk(DE), Selected Works
2009: Michal Dabrowski(PL), Heroes Of Might And Maybe
2009: Gediminas Šiaulys(LT), Pagan Lullaby

MORE ON THE RESIDENCY > HERE

Post Digital Monsters

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POST DIGITAL MONSTERS
2011, EXHIBITION

In 2011 we were invited by prestigious La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris to curate a vast exhibition on the topic of contemporary character culture. “Post Digital Monster” presented a selection of international artists who have transformed their characters from digital to analogue, re-discovering such slow media as bronze, wool, clay, wood, rubber and different methods of drawing and painting. This ‘post-digital’ strategy can be seen as a quest for a state of permanence beyond the fleeting, flickering moment when the digital ‘monsters’ appear on our computer screens.

The approach also links figurative art to an ancient genealogy distinct from our all-surface digital culture: the ritualistic practices, mystic totems and animist masks that combine anthropomorphic principles with graphical abstraction.

“Post Digital Monster” featured original art-work and installations by Shoboshobo, FriendsWithYou, Ben & Julia, Jordan Metcalf, Steve Alexander, Joshua Ben Longo, Nick Sheehy, Motomichi Nakamura, Nina Braun, AJ Fosik, Overture, Sarah Illenberger, Raymond Lemstra, Roman Klonek, Allison Schulnik, Nick Cave, Megan Whitmarsh and many more

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Character Walk

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CHARACTER WALK
2004-2014, Exhibition
The Character Walk is an open tour through numerous galleries, project spaces and other locations made temporarily available to host exhibitions, installations and performances of outstanding international character art. In a careful selection, Pictoplasma invites innovative artists and designers working with a reduced visual vocabulary of anthropomorphic shapes to present their work as part of the event. We fulfil all steps in the conception and planning of the exhibitions in close collaboration with the artists and spaces.

The Character Walk is promoted extensively in a focused media campaign and through the production of a special map locating all exhibitions and explaining the concept of the individual shows.

The Character Walk has meanwhile spread from Berlin to New York and Parts, always accompanying the Pictoplasma Festival. All exhibitions are open to the general public, entrance free of charge.

Pen To Paper

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PEN TO PAPER
2010, EXHIBITION
In 2010, accompanying the release of the book “Pen To Paper”, Pictoplasma presented a series of exhibitions in Germany, France and the UK, featuring original work by the key players of what was being labelled “DIY art” “fractured figuration” or “new psychedelic folk”. The revival of analogue skills had injected immeasurable visual wealth into the world of illustration, fine art and especially character design. Artists started to reject the computer and channel their creativity through spontaneous freehand drawing to create untamed, edgy and exceptional beings.
All that seemed left of our beloved cartoon faces, familiar consumer mascots and pop icon characters is a distorted, far away echo.

After its initial premiere at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux in France, the Pen to Paper collection exhibited at Concrete Hermit (London), artSPACE (Berlin) and Galerie LJ (Paris), featuring the original works by Shoboshobo (FR), Allyson Mellberg Taylor (US), Seth Scriver (CA), Andrew James Jones (UK), John Casey (US), Luke Ramsey (CA), Eric Shaw (US), Thomas Bernard (FR), Lane Hagood (US), Joey Haley (CA), Swoon (USA), Kerozen (FR), Ian Stevenson (UK), Arnaud Loumeau (FR), Fia Cielen (BE), Frédéric Fleury (FR), Matt Lock (US), Ola Vasiljeva (NL), and Yu Matsuoka (JP/FR).

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Prepare for Pictopia

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PREPARE FOR
PICTOPIA

2009, EXHIBITION

In 2009 the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) invited Pictoplasma to curate the world’s first large-scale exhibition on contemporary character design and art. “Prepare for Pictopia” playfully explored the phenomenon and offered new and surprising insight into a growing scene of graphic designers and artists that work with a shared set of icons, opening up new contexts and correlations. The exhibition examined the contemporary vague of reduced figuration as a strategy for producing a vitalism outside established narratives. These so-called characters are reduced to the anthropomorphic function of eye contact which seems to look out from flat pictorial space at the viewer.
Besides a large number of site specific work created especially for the occasion by Akinori Oishi, Doma Collective, Doudouboy, Doma, Juan Pablo Cambariere, Rinzen, Borris Hoppek, Waynehorse, FriendsWithYou and Shoboshobo, the group show presented original artwork by: Mark Ryden, AJ Fosik, Ben Frost, Daniel & Geo Fuchs, Dylan Martorell, Edwina Ashton, Faiyaz Jafri, Fons Schiedon, Gary Baseman, Golan Levin, Hideaki Kawashima, Ian Stevenson, James Marshall, Jeremy Dower, Motomichi Nakamura, Nagi Noda, Olaf Breuning, Sam Gibbons, Tim Biskup and many more…

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