Round 3 – Idrawalot Collective is proud to announce our next Artist in Resident: Itamar Inbar
I am 29 years old, from Israel. grow up in a small village 20 minutes outside of Tel Aviv. I did my first creative steps when I was about 19 years old, while serving as a soldier for the army. Being frustrated of my life as a soldier; I started painting the street and army base walls, I was told to protect.
At 21 I moved to Tel Aviv and started working as a graphic designer in different newspapers. graphic design didn’t cut it for me, I wanted to bend the rules, to go out of the grid and template of the newspaper. So in order to work on my own ideas I decided to study ‘Multi-Disciplinary Art’ at ‘Shenkar’ College.
In my work I use a wide spectrum of materials and media: drawings, videos, motors, projection mapping and every day ready made objects. The idea is to find new techniques of expression with every new project. Focusing on site specific installations with emphasis on using space in ways that will challenge the viewer in how he looks, moves and experiences the artwork.
Since I graduated from art school one year ago, I established an art collective with ten other artists from different fields, it’s called ‘Anti Eraser’. We work together, have weekly meetings and do group exhibitions every 3-4 month in Tel Aviv.
Last time I have been to Berlin was at November, then I did an artist residency at Agora Collective.
Moderately Comprehensible was the out come of it:
The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel is currently exhibiting a video installation of mine called Memorandum:
At ‘Gvirol’ – Art and Cutler Center Tel Aviv – Gallery I am showing a deferent video installation that is part of the ‘The Art Law’ exhibition of the art collective ‘Anti Eraser’
Website: Itamar Inbar
Friday, June 27th through June 29th
Idrawalot – Boddinstrasse 60, 12053 Berlin, Germany
Idrawalot Collective is proud to present the works for Nikki Greene and Rodger Brown.
Her work is shot with analog film – with a vivid eye on the underbelly of daily life within urban lives. Powerful imagery we can all identify with and feel oddly familiar. Featuring work from her travels throughout the US and her current Residency in Berlin.
A natural balance of movement and blurred reality. Utilizing organic figurative forms, Rodger has mastered the timing of light and movement to create beautiful photos. Meanwhile capturing a softness within. Rodger has been working in Berlin for the last year, with his home turf in New York.
Nikki Greene is our second Artist In Residency and we are super stoked and into the photos that she is working on here for the month. A little preview and can not wait to see what else she finds and snaps.
“Life here in Nuekölln has been wonderful so far. Berlin is amazing. Noisy, cheap and full of characters. I feel very at home. Lots of material to work with here. Lots of photographs to be taken.
I think everyone can tell I’m American because I tend to smile a lot. I’m trying my best to look kind of grumpy. Unlike my normal work day home in SF, it is WAY more difficult to look grumpy in Berlin.
I spend about half my time outside, wandering, shooting film. People stare a lot here. Uncomfortable, yet really beneficial to what I’m trying to capture. Maybe it’s because I accidentally dyed my hair an awful pink/orange. Which really makes it hard to be subtle when you have a camera pointed towards somebody’s face. No one has been too bummed on my photographing them yet, but I guess if it happens I probably won’t understand them anyway. If someone catches me taking their photo, I like to just smile and wave. Then they don’t know what to do and I just walk away.
The other half of my time is spent in the studio, escaping the heat and getting said film ready to be printed/posted online. It is so nice to have this sunny, airy space to work in. Really makes me feel less guilty about being inside.
I’ve just caught up with going through about 250 photos and I’ll be dropping off some more film this afternoon. I’ve been very productive here.”
Thursday, May 29th
7:00pm – 11:30pm
Idrawalot – Boddinstrasse 60, 12053 Berlin, Germany
Idrawalot Studio is proud to present the Suburban–Rituals
Exhibition with Andrea Heimer
In conjunction with our Residency Program we are proud to feature the work of Andrea Heimer.
Andrea Joyce Heimer documents the neighborhood mythos of her childhood home in 1980′s Great Falls, Montana. Adopted as an infant and plagued by lifelong clinical depression, Heimer struggled early-on with feeling disconnected from her family and community. Her sense of isolation only increased with adolescence, and Heimer began to battle her loneliness by means of observation. With her bicycle and ponytail as camouflage, she blended seamlessly into the suburban landscape and became an all-seeing, all-listening, all-recording witness to the people and events that defined the history of this small piece of suburbia. Heimer was fascinated by the dramas she became privy to–the mundane mixed with supernatural, the violence and the kink–nearly Shakespearean in their breadth. Now residing far from her Montana roots, Heimer pays homage to the sagas whose presence made her complicated youth more bearable — and also offers a tip of her hat to the strange histories unfolding in suburban neighborhoods everywhere, in hopes each area finds its own witnesses to record the stories that may otherwise be lost forever.
Andrea Joyce Heimer (b. 1981) is a self taught painter who now lives in Washington state, where she trains jumping horses in the summer. She has not been back to her childhood home of Great Falls, Montana (the city’s claim to fame: the site of the first UFO recorded on film in 1950), though thinks of it often. She began painting the “Suburbia” body of work in March 2012. Her paintings live in private collections in the US and abroad, including the collection of musician Paul Simon. Heimer was recently one of three finalists for the Seattle’s prestigious Neddy Award in the painting category.
Habitat: Northeast Asia – Manchuria
Height: 3 meters
Length: 5-6 meters (with tail)
Weight: 95 kg
Lifespan: 12-15 yrs.
Diet: Nuts, berries, fruits, leaves, roots, small rodents, small insects & small reptiles
Giant Jerboas are the distant cousin of the common place Jerboa. Due to their hind-legs they are commonly thought to be a variety of Kangaroo – however this is in fact not true. They are bipedal and have been clocked up to speeds of 20 kilometres per hour.
The Giant Jerboa is very similar to it’s small cousin in a lot of regards – it has been a mystery to modern day scientist why this variety were able to grow so large in the same region of Manchuria, China. They live in rock formations and small caves – some dens are set for life – and often times they have been known to drive out predators from these locations. Unlike their smaller cousin the Giant Jerboa are known to live and hunt in packs – working together to find and secure food.
Within their colony – they are known to be polygynous with their breeding habits. The time period starting in the beginning of Spring and can happen several times a year for the female to produce a new litter. The litter is between 1-3 young.
Sadly the Giant Jerboa is an Endangered Species – these two here are the last two known to the planet, named “Betta” & “Alex.” Both are females – there is no hope at reproducing or having this species live past these two. In an effort for their conservation they have been removed from their natural lands and environment. The majority of their natural home has been altered and or destroyed by human intervention – with no efforts of a natural conservation.
Raising the question as to the ethics of how as Humans we co-live with other species and fellow animals. Which is the worst crime; the destruction of natural environments or the removal of animals to a foreign environment. How can we prevent this from happening to other species of animals?
Title: Luong Mural
Medium: Acrylic and Spraypaint
Size: 150′ X 40′
Location: Rochester, New York – Fedder Building
“WALL\THERAPY is a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.”
It is strange to me the ever colliding worlds of people’s lives that have affected my life the most. The distance twiced removed – only to come back full swing. Impact on both sides for betterment. Amy Faulkner doing some of the best non-profit humanity work in Seattle – a good person – an incredibly hard worker and the best assistant for painting.
The short description of Wall Therapy on their website falls so short of everything they have accomplished and are to the community of Rochester, Supporters and all the Artist, plus so many more. It would need to be a manifesto in written-form to take care of the kindness they have shown through creation, vision and public art.
When you receive an invitation email – it is easily missed as to the experience that will be had. I could have never imagined the reality of what Dr. Ian J. Wilson and Erich Lehman have created in the past years. Their dedication to creating not only a forum for murals and public art – but a strong community of supportive volunteers and an experience that will be remembered for a life time.
On my first day the overwhelming “Welcoming” as all the artist that were in town, the volunteers, organizers, and property owners gathered for breakfast – this was common place every single day – with people donating time and food to make sure everyone had a good start. In an environment like this – it makes it easy to stay creative and want to paint the best piece you have ever done. It feeds the imagination and willpower to do so.
For 11 days straight and several times well into the night time- we worked nearly non-stop missing a lot of the social events including a sweet dance party. Using 27 gallons of mostly recycled paint – and a ton of cans. All worth it to take care for this 4 story tall industrial building. The connection of humanity – bring a sense of solace in deep thought from a man living in Brussels to Rochester.
There is absolutely no way possible this mural would be realized if it were not for all the unconditional help from everyone involved. HUGE THANK YOU TOO: Naj Zayed, Nate Hawke, Alyssa Weir, Mariah, MR.PRVRT, Thievin Stephen, St. Monci, Lea Rizzo, Kat Jackson, Erika, Aaron Kroh, Amy Faulkner, Dr. Ian J. Wilson, Erich Lehman, Chris O’brien, and the whole crew, volunteers, community, Fire Station 9, Artist and supporters of Wall Therapy.
Title: Totem Mural
Medium: Acrylic and Spraypaint
Size: 15meters X 32.37meters
Artist: Addison Karl & James Bullough – JBAK
Location: Landsberger Allee 228 – Berlin Lichtenberg
For the long haul – one of those things you hear about from a good friend and exceptional fellow artist. At first glance it seems a bit overwhelming then you put your head down and buckle down for the application process. What to show, how to explain – will the work stand-up by itself? 10-15 applications like this per month – it is always the beginning with very little turn over to actual work or creation of beautiful things to come.
Maybe this one is different… After a few months we received a nice letter of acceptance. Surprised, happy – and “oh shit” are all simultaneous. Now the grind of what – so many factors to include, the building, audience, people that live there, colors, my collaboration with James Bullough, Howoge the ones organizing the whole project under LOA, my own interests, passion, scale and much more. The unknowing – is this the best artwork I can create for this project – will it be accepted – can I do better? Every question leads nearly to no answer but 45 more questions.
Winter months working online and in a studio going back and forth as to the possibilities and composition. After a long day of taking hundreds of mock-up photos somehow the very last photo taken has the concept we need. Planning out colors, theory and the collaboration aspect of the painting. Making a full canvas piece in the proportions of the wall to get the right details.
Time has come to present – in a room sits people loaded on every side except directly behind James and I. Overwhelmed – there is 3 times more people in the room then expected to be there. Pushing forward we begin to discuss and present our artwork and concept. It does not go well, we left discouraged and feeling all the holes to our artwork for this project. A week or so goes by – and again to our surprise we get another nice email asking for some revisions to our artwork.
Back to the studio, trying to fill those holes in – and fix what we can with the work. Coming to a point – where the collaboration is happy – we both created something in over 3 years of doing projects we are both happy with between James and I. This artwork compliments both sides – it is strong and subtle with room for the imagination and interpretation of the viewer. It has a strong positive message for it’s new home on Landsberger Allee 228b in Lichtenberg. With fingers cross we send in the second proposal.
Waiting….. waiting….. waiting… doubt…. waiting…..
Email comes in – read it once, twice and for the third time it sinks in. The Totem Mural is accepted! In an instance we have been selected for the next Howoge LOA mural. I was sitting on my couch in my studio when I read it – luck for me – nearly speechless I show the computer and email to one of my best friends Adrian – he is screaming with excitement.
During all this process – it takes care of such a huge part of the painting – everything is nice planned out, prepped and nearly ready to go. The only thing that is left are the logistics before painting, materials and how to get up a 32 meter. We get the help of a good friend Dennis G. to help us organize and paint – then plan for the next 4 weeks of work.
Long days and nights, two nights to outline – the first going from sundown to sun up. Keeping the artwork in proportion as we do it in three sections and from different locations. No sleep back up to do it again the next day. The first week is long and unsure with the lift breaking 3 times, some rain and time counting down till we change machinery. 12-14 hours – 6 days a week is the norm to make this happen on schedule. Late nights coming home and barely being able to stand. Rising up early every morning, feeling the warmth of the wall radientating from the sun throughout the day. 4 weeks of nothing else – and the Totem Mural is finished. From meters away the seeping feeling of being proud and accomplished washes over. The kind words of passer-bys, neighbors and the local business owners. Making every long moment worth every second of it.
Could not have been done without the support and help from so many. James Bullough’s collaboration, Dennis G., Petra G., AnneMarie, Carolin, Lucia, Moo, Nils, Jay, Graffiti Research Lap, Rika, Stephane L., Kristina and Ava, Adrian, Howoge, LOA, Bo, JUST Photography, Fredi, Andi, Editude Pictures and many many more.
Always lovely to have a bit different of a project. Recent mural painted on the corner of Klosterstr. and Stralaurstr. Utilizing a mixture of the Screen Printing theory of trapping for my Drawings and the way I paint Murals using Color Theory. From tip to tail shy of 100 linear meters.
Curated by Urban Nation and Yasha Young. Huge Thank You to her team of Alex and Betta for the endless of support which makes this sort of work a breeze to work on.