01.10.2014

Strich im Universum | Tanana nit u Univerzumu








































My show in the Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade is still on until the 9th of october!

15.09.2014

ILLUSTRAMUS! Narrative Strategien. Illustration exhibition in Feldkirch, Austria. The show is still on!


LISA ALTHAUS | KURT DORNIG | BIANCA TSCHAIKNER | ALICE WELLINGER
Eröffnung | Donnerstag 11. September 2014 | 19.00 Uhr. Es spricht | Peter Niedermair.

ORF Lange Nacht der Museen | Sa 4. Oktober 2014 | 18 bis 1 Uhr | Die Ausstellenden geben Einblicke in ihre Arbeitsprozesse.

Das visuelle Übermitteln von Botschaften in narrativer Form war bis zum 20. Jh. ein konstituierender Bestandteil der europäischen Kunst. Erst die Avantgardebewegungen des 20. Jh. trennten mit der Idee des abstrakten / konkreten Bildes die visuellen Mittel von der bildnerischen Erzählung ab. Heute ist die narrative Bildproduktion sowohl in der Illustration wie im Bereich der Kunst sehr vielseitig und technisch avanciert.




Myself 













           















Alice Wellinger 







 




















Kurt Dornig 






























Lisa Althaus



05.09.2014

To the stars and back

The end has come too fast, time in Gorna Lipnitsa is over – all the artists have left the old school, and now we are all scattered across the globe – it has been an exciting experience with wonderful people creating amazing art together!
Here are some pictures of a few of the talented artists with whom I shared days full of work and heat (35°!) and nights full of stars and rakia (the typical Bulgarian liquor – important part of every dinner!) at the Old School Artist Residency.


Agata Czeremuszin-Chrut, a painter who is gifted with the lucky combination of great talent and discipline, and with whom I had the pleasure to share my studio, created these beautiful paintings at an incredible pace.




Paloma Ayala, a Mexican artist currently living in Switzerland, painted a mural depicting a local myth about a dragon who fell in love with a girl from the village.


 





























Here we have Robert Foster doing his very mysterious ritual-performance as some sort of priest of some fantastic belief whose mantra is "salami" – british humour at its finest! He also took some cool photos of all of us posing as mystic figures with checkered blankets and pointed hats.


 

"Stairs to the sky" is an installation by Yana Drumeva, a felt artist who got her hands sore by creating dozens of felt lamps interweaved with local herbs, which she used, together with our wishes to the Universe written on cardboard, to create a chain of lights hanging from an old pine tree in the courtyard of the Old School – the stairs leading to the stars.

 

Posie Currin and Avalon Kalin from Portland, Oregon, recorded everyone they could get a hold of – from local school boys to our cook – asking them to think about immortality for one minute, and they invented the "Star Parade", a walk through the village, with all the artists carrying their colorful posters of abstracted constellations. They also painted a pine cone on everyone's nail – and so we learned that the good old pine cone is also a symbol of immortality.
What I liked about their work was that everything they did was a really stylish, inventive and yet  easy to understand for everybody.



And here is my project "Theory of nothing", an installation of an imaginary astronomical laboratory. I painted patterns of constellations and black holes on old paper I found in the school, and used a lot of other found objects to create magical devices such as ritual cards, celestial maps and a celestial lamp. 
For more pictures and a more detailed description of my work have a look here




























Many thanks to the organizers of this residency, Darina and Dimitar, who put a lot of effort into turning this residence into an adventurous and magical experience, helping us to explore new worlds and generously providing us with space, time and freedom to create our artwork. I couldn't have been happier with my stay at this residency.

Here is the link to the Old School Residency – highly recommended for next summer:
http://oldschoolresidence.com



20.08.2014

A Bulgarian Midsummer Night's Dream


Though every day seems eternal, time at the Old School Artist Residency in Gorna Lipnitsa is passing too fast. There is so much to do: We spend all day creating artwork, talking and enjoying the delicious bulgarian food, and at the end of the days we explore the hills surrounding this little village, walking through endless sunflower fields and searching the horizons for mounds. The earth here is full of archeological treasures yet to be discovered. It's the past, waiting for the future. 









Today, we have been to Nikopolis ad Ipsum, a roman city and excavation site near Gorna Lipnitsa.
I brought back some wise advice from the column I'm standing on in this picture, inscribed in old greek: (…) Short will be the path of the light we yearn for. Therefore drink and live a careless live. You have the day light. Listen: Once our soul departs, you will be deprived of all these things. Fare well, stranger. 





















Here we have a unicorn without horn, somewhere in the hills of Gorna Lipnitsa.

I don't sleep much here. Sleeping almost seems like a waste of time, and I feel that I don't want to miss anything in these few days we have left here. The atmosphere in the old school is hard to describe. It's simply magical, with all this special people from England, Mexico, Poland, the US and Bulgaria working together and exchanging ideas and having fun together. It's a good life here. After work, we spend the night drinking bulgarian beer, dancing around the fire and watching the stars. The star spangled sky of the bulgarian countryside has an addictive effect on me. I have never seen a more impressive night sky than here. It is here that for the first time I saw the milky way, and it is definitely the most beautiful thing I've ever seen; but that's a poor description; it's beyond beautiful. I try to soak up the sky until I almost fall asleep, because I don't know when and where will I see such a night sky for the next time. 

Here is a picture I took of the constellation Cygnus, the Swan, although this lousy picture of course does not even get close to how the sky actually looks here.


There are only some days left for our final exhibition on the 26th of August, and we are all working hard to complete our projects. Photography, felt art, installations, photography, mural painting – everything is advancing, and I'm very looking forward to our exhibition.
I have continued to paint on the beautifully yellowed paper of an old class register I have found in one of the classrooms, and I'm also painting on a few objects I found, experimenting with patterns of constellations, black holes, astronomical and thracian symbols. 
Here's what I've been working on the last couple of days:


Bottled Universe. 


























Some of the Zodiac signs of all the participants of the residency. 


18.08.2014

An old school full of art and stars



Some days ago I arrived in Gorna Lipnitsa, a small, sleepy village in Central Bulgaria, a place far off the beaten track. It is beautiful, full of small houses built from stone and lush gardens hiding behind stone walls. The streets are lined by mirabelle and apple trees. Stork nests on the chimneys, geese wandering around and wooden carts pulled by horses crossing the street evoke the feeling of living in an old fashioned children's book, an atmosphere interrupted only by the many obituary notices pinned on every house door and wall. At night there is nothing but the sound of the soft wind rustling through the trees. It is so quiet that you can hear the apples falling from the trees.

In Gorna Lipnitsa, there is an old abandoned school which once a year, during summer, is turned into an artist residency. Artists from all over the world come to the village and work together with Bulgarian artists in a very special atmosphere. This year I am one of them.





The theme for our work are the star rituals of the Thracians, an ancient culture that populated Bulgaria in the second century BC, before the arrival of the Greek. Their god was Zalmoxis, who is believed to have been the student of Pythagoras. They worshipped Orpheus and believed in eternal life.They also believed that they were children of the Universe and positioned their mounds according to the constellations.

They left the hills around Gorna Lipnitsa full of mounds, the earth full of archeological treasures and the air full of myths.

Besides the Thracians, there is a second source of inspiration: the old school building itself, which has been out of use for around a decade. It is a big single storey building with green painted walls, standing in a park with giant linden trees, and it seems as if the school has been frozen in time since communist era.



There are pictures of Marx and Lenin still hanging in the corridors, and the furniture is so vintage it could seem contemporary in another context.



There is still lots of old school equipment – instruments, books and maps are lying around everywhere, material we can use to create our art – I have already found lots of curious stuff I will use to create my work.

Here is a sneak peek:




03.08.2014

Entre Estrellas y Encinas – Linocuts from Castilla y León






 Ikarus









Poeta sin Poemas


Viento



Encuentro entre Encinas