Under the artist name Eiair, the Thai-born ceramicist creates impressive miniature sculptures. The artist is especially obsessed with small creatures. With the natural creatures he depicts, he has found that they are really important for our ecosystem and our planet. His ultimate goal is to make people appreciate these precious little lives. Because, according to Eiair, if we pay enough attention to the little things around us, it enables us to live together peacefully. During his stay in Neumünster, he wants to discover the local environment with its species still unknown to him in the form of native animals and plants and use them as inspiration for new works. In doing so, he would also like to observe the relationship between the local people and the natural environment. Eiair studied industrial design at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
The Ankara-based artist Erdal Ateş is mainly at home in painting and graphic art. 10 years ago, he began to devote himself to ceramics by producing paper-thick elastic ceramic layers in a special process. A special six-metre kiln-machine system was built for this technique. The new ceramic product thus obtained enables the artist to work on flat surfaces such as walls or canvases, but also to enter the space in an installation-like manner. The material holds within itself the potential of an independent sculptural narrative. During the KOULToURNACHT on 13 May, Erdal Ates will present the special procedure for producing the coloured ceramic layers in an open dialogue. There will also be an opportunity for the audience to touch and play with the material. Erdal Ates first studied sociology and completed his postgraduate training at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting at the University of Hacettepe.
Emotions are the main theme of Hyunjin Kim‘s work. She draws them from within herself and uses them as the source of her creative process. The artist moves between sculpture, drawing and vessel. She understands emotion as a living being, and in her work she concentrates on the character of a feeling that simply communicates itself and develops in many ways: a movement, an enlargement, something disappears and something reappears. Elements multiply, pile up into formations and join together in new formations. Kim uses surfaces inspired by organic and inorganic nature, contrasting colours and sculptural structures. Her expressions take place in the creative spaces of possibility that emerge between point and line when they are moved. Under the title “Memorial-Emotion” she wants to pick up on everyday feelings that we are not aware of and we have never focused on. Hyunjin Kim studied fine arts and ceramics at Dankook University in Seoul and at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts in Kiel. She lives and works in Kiel.
With his installations Jaewon Kim reacts to the latest technological developments in an increasingly digital culture. In his examination of production processes the focus is not on perfect reproduction but on the accidental, breaks and traces that always remain recognisable in the material objects. In his sculptures Kim combines characteristics of the digital age with traditional, cultural, historical and literary aspects. With the digital translation and reinterpretation of objects that reveal a personal signature due to their history and method of production, he produces emotional and poetic works. In Neumünster the artist wants to translate and transform the traditional manufacturing process of baking into 3D ceramic printing. In doing so, he illustrates how ancient and cultural craft traditions merge with the latest technologies over time, how we perceive them aesthetically and how different interpretations and perspectives shape our perceptions against the backdrop of an increasingly digitalised culture. Jaewon Kim studied photography at the Seoul Institute of the Arts in South Korea. In Hamburg he studied sculpture at the HFBK with Thomas Demand.
Eliza Au is interested in the conversation between contemporary design and historical craft and how these two can inform and enrich each other. Pattern and decoration have evolved and changed in the wake of globalisation. In her artistic work, she creates architecturally inspired room-sized sculptures made up of interlocking pieces. The focus is on the experience of solitude in sacred spaces inspired by churches, mosques or temples. Ornament plays a major role in these spaces. Au’s use of Western ornamentation, especially arabesque, creates grid forms that reference Eastern building styles. The use of 3D-printed models and the casting of a plaster air mould form the basis of her working method. Eliza Au studied ceramic art at Alfred University in New York.
For Elina Titane art is not an idea or a concept, but an expression. The expression of inspiration in the material. She is not trying to articulate herself, but to discover the world of images. The specific place and time of the creative work come to the fore and become relevant to the final expression of the visual images. Structuralism and the plasticity of form expression are combined. Titane moves between small and large sculpture with her abstract and nature-based art. Nature has an indirect meaning in her work – the works do not refer to the specific, but to the universal. Elina Titane studied free ceramics at the Latvian Academy of Arts in Riga.