Invitation to the Opening

17 04 2007




17 04 2007

The Artist’s Studio  is going to present its first exhibition on May 10th 2007 at 19.30 h – 22.00 h in Barcelona, Calle Roca y Batlle, 5.  The creation of an artwork being the main preoccupation of an artist, the question of what happens afterwards remains vast. Galleries are the one  and  almost the only way to get in touch with the art market and the public, but access to the galleries is difficult, visitors are scarce, sales as well. Most artists have to give up their art or compromise with a job, which takes away most of their time, if not their energy. Knowing about all these and many more obstacles, Annette Mann (artist), Silke Seidel (art historian and art consultant based in Frankfurt/Germany) and a loose group of art involved people have decided to join their forces to add a drop on the hot stone: giving artists the chance to show their work in the artist’s studio in a more personal atmosphere and mixing the genres, combining art and design, with the perspective of different styles and worlds contributing to each other.  Additionally and to encourage the visitor to start his own collection, all artists are asked to create an affordable variety respecting their personal way of expression. 

about Maria Johansson

17 04 2007


The Swedish artist Maria Johansson will present pieces of the not only sentimental journey into Barbieland. But these are not the plastic ready-mades of Mattel’s commercial universe – rather their ghostly replicas. Each individual Barbie’s body has been meticulously recast in porcelain from moulds of the limbs, head and torso of the artist’s own childhood Barbie. This ‘original’ is not the synthetic perfection in the packaging, but a relic of childhood inscribed with the scars of the past. The long, blond locks have been irrevocably shorn in the childish belief that they would grow back, the lips disfigured and melted by a close brush with a candle, the hips punctured by pins after a childhood operation. Johansson repeatedly recasts this material remnant of her own past in porcelain and subjects each figure to the vagaries of the fired kiln, where the perfect duplication of mass production is replaced by the interaction of an initially malleable, fluid mass and the mould. Each uniquely flawed fragile figure is then grasped and often shattered by the artist in a complex investigation of concepts of authenticity and duplication  – original and fake – the mass-produced model and its unique replicas.reigen-copie-4.jpg

about Martin Brown

17 04 2007


The first show will present work of British designer Martin Brown, who began his career working as a textile designer in collaboration with such fashion houses as Issey Miyake, Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior.After the participation in a publicity campaign for Shiseido and the design of the Dragon Café in Tokyo he moved to Mexico, where he created mural mosaic and tile decorations for numerous fashion stores, restaurants and private residences.His work forms part of various collections such as Collection Azcarraga, the Gelman Collection, the Foundation Miguel Aleman in Mexico and the Collection von Bismarck in Marbella.  His creations are a unique hybrid of classical, baroque, neo-mexican, retro and avant-garde styles, executed with the finest craftsmanship, using Talavera ceramic, Byzantine and cut glass mosaic.

Martin Brown will show mainly elegant mosaic tables, wall pieces and surprise mosaic jewellery.


about me

17 04 2007


Painting, for me, is exploring life. For many years human nature is my main inspiration. Actually it is life itself and the great possibility we have of creating our lives. Unfortunately the tight circumstances we live in make it often difficult to be and stay aware and to act creatively. Engaging in a creative process is one way to understand how life works in reality, with all the beauty and pain being part of the process.  As a means of expression I am using photography to capture pieces of reality that attract my attention and which are serving as the base of my work.

These ephemeral and accidental moments get enlarged in time through the action of painting and occasionally combined with other slow techniques that demand  additional attention.  It could be seen as an act of celebration.


Taisen Deshimaru

17 04 2007


Oil on Canvas, embroidery, 130 x 195 cm 2007

some embroidery

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detail of painting