Newsletter October 2019

In March this year we went to Gdansk where Made in Britain - 82 Painters of the 21st Century at the Muzeum Naradowe opened, a presentation of works of the Priseman Seabrook Collection (one of them mine). I felt very grateful for this opportunity and greatly enjoyed meeting other artists involved, the curators and collectors, and spending some time together. 

The other highlight was Ennui Refigured, where I showed new paintings and drawings with Freya Purdue at APT Gallery in London Deptford. The project turned out to be great team work, a really inspiring and well received show and, we were told, also our artists talk. The catalogue with an introduction by Ella Clocksin is accessible here online.

My next show of paintings and drawings will October at Yellow Edge Gallery, a new gallery opened by artist Steve Buggle in Gosport. I believe Steve’s gallery project, nurtured by his enthusiasm and knowledge, will become an important venue here in the South. Link to the gallery here.

My upcoming show is called Liminal. The paintings and drawings are mapping thresholds, which deal with dynamics of contemporary identity that concern the perception of reality, the filters of associations, affects and memories, personal and impersonal. Continuously in motion, perceptions shape and shift the borders of identity and spread directly into the networks of society. While seemingly building stable images, they reflect the self between imagination and observation, between various screens and forces outside and inside. 

Liminal will run from October 22nd - November 2nd 1-5pm, Sunday and Monday closed.

Private view: October 22nd 7-9pm.

It would be great to see you!


Address: Yellow Edge Gallery - 107 Stoke Road - Gosport PO12 1LR 

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In November, I'll be hosting a show of new paintings by my friend and colleague Ella Clocksin: The Sound of Trees. I'm very much looking forward to this event. I have always had a special connection to her work and feel that her new body of work, which relates to our visual, internal and existential connection with nature, makes an important contribution to what a lot of us think currently about.

The opening of The Sound of Trees with artist's talk at Rookley Manor Studio will be Friday 15th Nov 2019 6.30pm.
Ella will talk about her work in discussion with myself. There will be something small to eat and drinks afterwards so as to spend some time together.

Please RSVP me by responding to this mail for the evening of Friday 15th November and to join us for food afterwards; alternatively, there will be a Facebook event later on where you can select ‘Going’.
Or meet the artist during the project show on Saturday 16th November, 12 noon to 5pm.

The address is Rookley Manor Studio, Niton Road, PO38 3NR (from Rookley Green about 150 yards on the left of Niton Road, green iron railings).

Ella, an artist, writer and tutor, living and working in Oxford, says about her new work: ‘Forests in myth and story are both frightening and exciting. It is all too easy to get lost in the woods. They are places of testing and transformation. Of being lost. And found.
The project site is the ancient tracts of Wytham Woods, dating from the last Ice Age. Wytham is a University of Oxford research centre for woodland eco-systems.
The project touches on the ways we exist alongside, but also as part of, our landscape. We are part of the ecology we inhabit.
And the paintings are notations of that experience - neurological and sensory, poetic and metaphoric - of being deep in the woods. The painting practice responds directly to a living ecology, as the external landscape intersects with the internal landscape.’

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My first show of 2020 will be in May, paintings and drawings - focusing on alchemical dynamics and responding to Renaissance illuminations - at the Westminster Reference Library in London (close to Trafalgar Square and National Gallery). The show will be called Folium. Details to follow.

In terms of teaching, this year I have been running experiential painting classes as part of the Portfolio Preparation Course, organised by Nick Martin at Quay Arts here on the island and at Hawkwood College as part of Unfolding Our Light, in cooperation with Michael Eastwood and Kelly Peacy. I do enjoy the team spirit and it has been a pleasure to see people leaping into and learning from spontaneous and individual approaches to painting.

It would be a pleasure to see you at the Yellow Edge Gallery or at my studio in Rookley this year.

Please have a look at new work on my website, thank you!

With all best wishes,

Marius

Curator Neil Goldberg features my work on foundwork.art

I am very happy that Neil Goldberg, guest curator from Yale featured my work on @foundwork.art besides two other painters, Ann Toebbe (Chicago) and Lauren West (Brooklyn).

It says:

Marius von Brasch (b. 1958, Cologne, Germany;@mariusvonbrasch) is one of the latest artists featured in our Guest Curators program on Foundwork. von Brasch was chosen by Neil Golderg (@shecky2000), an acclaimed American video, photo, mixed media, and performance artist represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, and a Critic at Yale School of Art.
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About von Brasch’s practice, Goldberg comments that "I love the dynamic between restraint and exuberance in Marius von Brasch’s work. In his spare drawings, the marks tend to engage each other from a respectful distance; in his paintings, the visual elements—rendered in hyper-saturated pinks, oranges, and greens—are inclined to commingle ardently." As Goldberg observes—and as you can see by swiping left here—there’s a notable duality in von Brasch’s work between compositions that are dense or sparse, permeated with color or situated largely on fields of white. We love how this formal dialogue helps us to better recognize not only those differences but also the stylistic harmonies across von Brasch’s practice.

Neil Goldberg is an American video, photo, mixed media, and performance artist. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (permanent collection), the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, the Hammer Museum, and NGBK Kunsthalle Berlin—and has garnered fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. Goldberg is a Critic at the Yale School of Art and is currently a mentor with Queer | Art | Mentorship. He is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, and a monograph of his photographic series, Other Peoples’ Prescriptions, will be published this spring in collaboration with Esopus Books.

Liminal (2019)

Liminal (2019)

Newsletter January 2019

In March this year, two important moments for me coincide: there is Ennui Refigured opening at APT Gallery on 14 March in London, a joint project with Freya Purdue, showcasing a selection of our new paintings and drawings (here's a link to my newer work).

Then there is, opening on the same day, Made in Britain - 82 Painters of the 21th Century at the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland. I felt honoured end of last year when 2 of my paintings and a series of drawings became part of the Priseman Seabrook CollectionMade in Britain showcases parts of the collection, amongst them one of my works (Preceding/Forgotten Spaces 1 from 2010). 

For more information on these shows please read the following paragraphs:

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'According to Ian Buchanan in a recent text, there is a move in the current mode of appreciation of art toward the small screen of mobiles and other electronic devices, which provide a somehow perfect and self-reflective antidote for boredom.

Von Brasch and Purdue propose their visuals - in the face of the ‘new’, the fleeting mass commodity - as possible anchors for absorption, contemplation and non-expectation in the anonymity of the gallery.

Both artists contextualise their works with aspects of ancient and modern painting, symbolism and alchemical influences, so as to weave historical strands dealing with a similar interest in the dynamics of contemporary Becoming.'

For this show we currently produce a catalogue with an introduction written by artist and writer Ella Clocksin.
We will talk about the works and the leading idea behind on Saturday 23 March 2pm, Ella will moderate this talk.  



 

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Curated by:
Robert Priseman, Anna McNay, Małgorzata Taraszkiewicz-Zwolicka and Małgorzata Ruszkowska-Macur

Made in Britain will run from the 14th March to 2nd June 2019 at the National Museum Gdansk. The opening reception is on the 14th March at 6pm. Talks and exchanges with the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts are also planned for the 15th and 16th March and there will be a finishing event on the 2nd June.

The show itself will take place over three floors at The Green Gate, which is one of the main tourist attractions situated in the heart of this beautiful fairy-tale city. 


 

Upcoming Events on the Isle of Wight

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The second Portfolio Preparation Course, organised by Nick Martin and Quay Arts, is now a condensed 25 week course, rather than 30 weeks like last year (these changes will be updated on Quay Arts website). It has been very well received and will be running this year from March 12th to 26th November at Quay Arts, with an exhibition showcasing the students' works at the end, the dates have changed from the ones stated in the weblink and will be updated.
I'll be teaching two full-day courses, 'Let paintings emerge' and 'Hidden structures in paintings'.


 

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For the weekend 9th/10th November this year I plan an exhibition of new paintings by Ella Clocksin (above a work on paper by her) in my studio in Rookley.
I have known Ella for a long time, we have curated together, had endless talks about art, and I believe that her new works will contribute something special to the audience here on the island.
The exhibition will also include a conversation with Ella about her work on Sat 9th. As she is also an accomplished writer, it makes only sense to have a look at her website and her artist statement.
This event is meant also as an opportunity to meet each other; Michael and I plan to host Sat 9th evening after the talk with something small to eat and some drinks after the show.

Illumination - quick tour of the show from my mobile

Today, Sat Dec 2nd, is the last day of the Illumination show at West Gallery, Quay Arts, showing my newer paintings, drawings (all the more colourful works in the clip) and a projected video (you'll see just a green 'break') , alongside Howard Hardiman's digital drawings (b/w, framed) and videos on monitors.

We got very positive feedback, and honestly, I'm glad that the talks and events, as satisfying such exposure to audiences can be, are behind me; despite putting on my professional head and trying my best to put out what could be of interest for others, I have to overcome a great shyness each time talking about exactly those things that are painted/drawn/filmed so as to not to have to speak. And even the speech layers in my video are certainly not intended to explain a lot.

And yes, it's great to share these things - a strange yet rewarding experience.

Thanks again to Georgia Newman, our curator, who came up with the idea to put our work together and L love the way it has been presented at the Quay.