• NEW IN THE COLLECTION • Wolfgang Stiller • SPOTLIGHT• Corporate Collections-Klaus Prior at EOS
Corona Consequences I & II
In March 2020 Hamburg based photographer Anka Blank begins her photo series “Corona Consequences” in the wake of the emerging pandemic, in which she processes her impressions of the lockdown and the changed living conditions in images and text.
“Corona Consequences”, Part I & II, comprises 13 chef d’oeuvres by Anka Blank that were created by analog photography and digital techniques. Each motif is produced in a small collector’s edition of maximum 10 signed and numbered copies + 2 artist’s proofs, being individually available in different sizes and on different materials.
German artist Wolfgang Stiller’s sculptural installations are innovative, very direct and intelligent. Stiller who has had more than 30 solo exhibitions internationally including Greece, Italy, USA, Japan and Czech Republic, presents one of his finest art installations called Matchstick Men. The installation consists of several larger than life half burnt matchsticks which represent people suffering the insecurities. Through his installation, Stiller aims at highlighting the most common issues of – the impermanence of life- in the modern day society. The installation illustrates the harsh impact of the syndrome on human life and how this state of vital exhaustion can create a permanent damage to the physical and mental well being.
Matchstickmen “Impermanence of Life”
I had some head molds sitting in my studio left over from a mannequin production I did for a movie in China. Back then, I was living in Beijing. I also had some pieces of thick bamboo wood lying around from another installation that I had done. I was playing around with those two elements and after a while the heads ended up on the bamboo sticks. The meaning and content of a work grows while I’m in the process of doing the physical work. I really like the literal aspect of “matchstick head” in German, (which is) called, “Streichholzkopf.” It refers to an actual head (and) is stronger in the German language. One could read those burned matches as worn-out or burned-out human beings. The installation can appear like a battlefield or just like some playground where someone played around with matches and dropped them. All the heads I’ve used so far are from Chinese people. This sometimes leads to the assumption that this is a criticism of the Chinese government. One can read it that way, but I think this metaphor could be used for any western system as well. The matchboxes could be simply seen as formal elements within the installation, as coffins or simply as matchboxes. I actually like to keep it open since I don’t like art that leaves no space for one’s own imagination. D ZineTrip Magazine
Art creates dialogues, just as it creates new visions. Besides internal and external representation, these are reasons for companies to create art collections and art spaces, but it is also the passion of the founders that counts.
EOS Corporate Collection with Klaus Prior
Prior at EOS
“The Power of the Elemental”, an exhibition by our artist Klaus Prior at the 3D printer manufacturer EOS in Krailling is the start of our series on corporate collections. Watch the interview with the founder Dr. Hans J. Langer and Klaus Prior here.