~JOHN HODANY & FRIENDS/PLAYING in BERLIN/NOV 14
ARTWORK BY BRIAN BELOTT, UNTITLED, 2005, COLLAGE, ACRYLIC ON PAPER
PRECURSE – George Barber, Brian Belott, Jeff Caramagna, Brendan Cass, Leo Kogan, Christopher Schade, Mani Hammer, John Hodany, Sophie Hofmann, Jeroen Jacobs, Michael Kirkham, Julia Munstermann, issa.sant, Zoe Pettijohn, Raaf van der Sman, Dominik Steiner, Bernd Trasberger & Lars Monrad Vaage
OPENING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008, 19:00 HRS
LAVAFELD, SCHOENLEINSTRASSE 6, U8 SCHOENLEINSTRASSE, KREUZBERG.
UP-DATE: WED NOV 19 2008
ok. they have their website – up and running !! – for now it only has poster/invites for the shows – but, if you ask me – that is plenty good enough to check it out !! totally entertaining – as is. and good art, too.
the site will eventually have photos from the openings and a presentation of the works.
see: Nationalmuseum !!
JOHN HODANY – ALSO WROTE TO TELL US:
. . he is in Berlin and has a big solo show coming up in Berlin in MARCH 2009.
& he will be sending in some pix of the PRECURSE opening & installation, as well as – an explanation !!
of what ‘Nationalmuseum ‘ is all about !!
when we asked for more info – this is what he wrote:
1. JOHN HODANY will be doing a solo show with LENA BRUENING GALERIE in BERLIN – in MARCH 2009.
2. JOHN HODANY . . . “as you may know, has been living and working in NYC and Berlin over the last few years.
A group of friends of mine in Berlin including me, MICHAEL KIRKHAM, LARS MONRAD VAAGE, and RAAF VAN DER SMAN – have opened a ‘moving’ artist-run gallerie space called – ‘Nationalmuseum’. WE are now running 6 consecutive shows opening every Friday / Nov 7 – Dec 12, 2008.
THIS is th first group of shows – of more to come. We are currently looking for a ground street level floor space. So for the time being – we will probably be a ‘moving’ gallerie dong a series of shows at different locations always under our name. The current shows are being presented in a space we found still under construction – we fixed it and are using it for the weekend shows.. That space will become a bar, music venue, project – it is called ‘Lavafeld’.
“The first show was a major success. ‘Nationalmuseum’ NOV 7th. We had great work from 40 international artists. We must have had over 300 people running into the morning.
“The second show was ‘Precurse’ – Nov 15th. Curated by me with work from 18 artists – mainly from NY and intrnational artists living in Berlin. It was also a success with again hundreds of people running into the morning.
I am very proud of this show as I feel I put together a strange mix of owrk.
I was visiting NY for 2 weeks in Oct. and met with some artist/friends including: BRIAN BELOTT, BRENDAN CASS, JEFF CARAMAGNA, ZOE PETTIJOHN, and CHRIS SCHADE.
The premise for this show was to get ‘precursor’ work which often led to larger works, sculpture, other projects – often that gem work that meant a lot to the artist. I dug through a lot of drawings. paintings. collages and was pleased to show work made – sometimes 8 years back to the present. I got some amazing and dear Belott collages and some wicked marker drawings from Brendan Cass – which led to some of his huge canvases.”
JOHN sent in these photos from the ‘Nationalmuseum’ / ‘PRECURSE’ opening – all photos by JOHN HODANY.
note: that is a JOHN HODANY painting – on the left wall – with the orange & gray geometric ‘zig zag’ – above the girl’s head – in the white coat & winter hat.
note: wow – it is BERLIN isn’t it !!! so diff from NYC – isn’t it !!
that’s artist MICHAEL KIRKHAM – at center, long coat – looking toward camera.
installation shot – ‘Nationalmuseum’/’Precurse’, from left: with orange ‘zig zag’ JOHN HODANY; dead animal drawing by MICHAEL KIRKHAM; collage by BRIAN BELOTT. sculpture on the floor by LARS MONRAD VAAGE.
installation shot – ‘Nationalmusuem’/’Precurse’
a series of small studies by BRENDAN CASS, and, at right a collage by BRIAN BELOTT.
work by: JEFF CARAMAGNA; JULIA MUNSTERMANN (2 pieces); & MANI HAMMER, the large painting at right…
installation shot – ‘Nationalmuseum’/’Precurse’
PILLAR by DOMINIK STEINER; SKETCHBOOK PAGES by DOMINIK STEINER; large painting at right
by GEORGE BARBER.
artwork by BERND TRASBERGER
BERND TRASBERGER, LEO KOGAN, and JEFF CARAMANGA