‘In an effort to emphasize the inevitable interaction of these two concepts, German photographer Andreas Mühe chose to link the ‘Pathos‘ and ‘Distance‘ in the title of this book with the conjunction ‘as‘ – “Pathos as Distance“. Not in the sense of a comparison, as in ‘as tasty as an apple’, but rather as a transformation of one concept into the other and their mutual dependency. Pathos becomes distance, and this distance becomes a precondition that allows for pathos.’
Andreas Mühe – Pathos as Distance
The photographs by Andreas Mühe are accompanied by excerpts from the novel 1913 ‘The Year before the Storm’ by Florian Illies.
“1913 reminded me a little bit of our here and now. This unburdened and rather easy-going lifestyle right before World War One breaks out – [the start of the war] completely surprising, but very predictable at the same time. It is similar to our way of closing our eyes and us trying to ignore what’s obviously happening around us. It’s all good but it’s not. Like nobody feels the catastrophe coming. I sometimes get the feeling that we do not realize the disconcerting situation these days, neither politically nor socially. Refugees, political struggles, religious issues, parallel societies. Us looking away, us ignoring the signs. It’s all part of our daily lives.”
The artistic duo Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer – “We don’t want to document the time we live in per se, or to analyze the very moment or event we’re photographing, rather we’re more interested in blurring times and space.”
The amazing Ebru Art is a Turkish art with a long tradition. Its origins still are unknown but there is no doubt that it flourished during the Ottoman Empire. For centuries, it was used as decorative art for bookbinding and calligraphy. The name “ebru” in Turkish means marbling and derives from the Persian “ebri” which translates as ‘looking like cloudy’. And really it looks cloudy during the application and the final result resembles painting on marble.
The ebru technique presents sprinkling color pigments with brushes made of rose wood and horse hair on a tray of dense oily water, figuring different patterns, and then transforming the colourful image to a paper. Watching the video it looks so easy and playful but for the creation of more sophisticated works, a steady hand, experience and deeper knowledge are necessary.
When I saw for the first time the works of the Georgian artist David Martiashvili, I wondered from what children’s story they were. It turned our that they are paintings and not book illustrations. Though they depict a reality which sends us back to the pleasant times of the near past, they are also powerful storytellers that unfold the imagination for amazing tales to be written.
Sonja Hinrichsen is another artist who is interested in engaging the audience. As she explains in the statement in her website, she feels “the responsibility to address subject matters our society tends to neglect or deny, including adverse impacts to the natural environment, social inequality and injustice, and human exploitation. I am not interested in creating lasting artworks, as I believe that our world is over-saturated with man-made products. I like to unfold my work into large immersive experiences, however I prefer that it live on in its documentation only, and – hopefully – in the memories of my audiences.”
The series “Snow Drawings” started in 2009 during her 3-month residence in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It was at first just a few snowshoes walks but gradually evolved into art projects. The last one, in 2014, with the title “We are water”, was composed with the assistance of a team of 50-60 volunteers from the local residents. She only gave basic instructions to the participants in view of the idea which was going to be drawn and then the creation was all up to them. Each of the performers presented a drop of water and how he/she imagined the movement of this drop – slow, fast, swirling, lingering, straight, curving. On the following day, Sonja Hinrichsen, photographed them from an airplane.
Vanessa Bowman – the beauty of the still life in just a few colours
Vanessa Bowman is a British “contemporary artist in oils” as is written in her web site. However, she is more than this formal description.
With limited palette of colours and variety of patterns in each of her paintings, she creates a quiet and beautiful reflection of our daily life. Her works are like pieces from a mosaic that follows the ordinary path of nature, and of course our own lives: winter, spring, summer, autumn, primroses, pansies, lemons, tangerines and so on. Life goes on and cherish each day of it is that subtle feeling one could sense enjoying Mrs Bowman’s art.
Marfa Timchenko – the master of the Ukrainian folk art tradition
Marfa Timchenko is one of the icon Ukrainian artists lived in the 20th century. She is highly praised for her unique style of vivid and colourful scenes depicting folk traditions. She was born 1922 and died 2009 and during her life she experimented with different kind of medium like china, books, wood and so on, but always remained true to her way of expression and technique. Her most famous works though are primarily her paintings.