Organic Abstraction: An Interview with Hyacinthe OuattaraRonewa Art Projects, BerlinHyacinthe Ouattara’s textile sculptures currently on show at Ronewa Art Projects are intricate and colorful organic forms containing traces of memory and identity. We chatted to Ouattara about fabric as a reflection of humanity and his artistic quest to explore the emotion and spirit it can hold.
Reclaiming Artistry: An Interview with Marinda VandenheedeRonewa Art Projects, BerlinOn the occasion of the duo show 'Reclaimed' at Ronewa Art Projects in Berlin, we interviewed exhibiting artist Marinda Vandenheede. For her third showcase with Ronewa, Vandenheede continues her practice of repurposing used and worn objects, creating sculptural works that instigate curiosity and find beauty in decay.
Rituals of Remembrance: An Interview with Yvanovitch MbayaRonewa Art Projects, Berlin
Yvanovitch Mbaya works in the manner of a sociologist, inspired by his travels as a young man through West Africa. His drawings present a humanity full of hope, told through the lens of the traditions of his native Bantu culture. On the occasion of the exhibition Kimvuka (Together) at Ronewa Art Projects in Berlin, we talked to Mbaya about how these cultural elements are translated into the figures, materials, and symbology in his work.
A Breath of Fresh Oxygen: An Interview with Marinda VandenheedeBerlin, Germany
Marinda Vandenheede’s new series Oxygen continues her use of curious found objects combined with her own geometric formal language. For this series, she repurposes cardboard punched card patterns used in industrial loom weaving, overlaying them with hand-painted geometric designs guided by a minimalist logic of repetition and symmetry.
Vandenheede's Oxygen series will be featured in the Ronewa online viewing room from June 1 to July 1, 2022. We chatted to Vandenheede about balancing abstract compositions with found objects, and the histories and complexities inherent within the materials themselves.
Painting is a Dance: An Interview with Clara BertaBerlin, Germany
Ahead of her solo online exhibition, Ronewa chatted to Hungarian-American artist Clara Berta about her new series of works ‘Blue Confgurations.’ Berta shares insight into her creative process that brings together intuition, movement, and inspirations from nature that give her gestural forms an organic quality.
The online exhibition ‘Blue Configurations (Paper) Series’ is live in the Ronewa viewing room from February 14 to March 14, 2022. Read the exhibition press release here.
Ronewa had the pleasure of meeting up with American artist Douglas Diaz as he traveled through Berlin to chat about his introspective art-making process and the profound ideas about memory and identity that thread his new series Memorias (Memories) together. We delved into concepts of identity construction and collective histories, the artist’s disciplined practice of meditation, and how place impacts his work.
The online exhibition Memorias (Memories) is live in the Ronewa online viewing room from November 17 to December 31, 2021. Read the press release here.
Connecting the Lines: An Interview with Antonietta GrassiBerlin, Germany
Canadian artist Antonietta Grassi employs a language of geometric abstraction to paint enigmatic forms that spark associations. Through her intuitive painting process of layering flat shapes and lines, she creates distorted three-dimensional objects influenced by memories and her environment.
Ronewa Art Projects talked to Grassi about the objects, spaces and histories that influence her forms and concepts. The online exhibiton 'Off Line,' featuring Grassi's recent works on paper, linen and canvas is live in the Ronewa viewing room from August 4 to September 4, 2021.
Read the exhibiton press release here.
Chinese-Finnish artist Canal Cheong Jagerroos creates richly layered mixed-media canvases and immersive installations that combine traditional Chinese art techniques and materials with a distinctive visual language of symbols, textures, color, and abstraction. Her multidimensional, enigmatic compositions communicate both the artist’s inner world and an open invitation to find meaning.
We talked to Cheong Jagerroos about her creative process of deconstruction, how the places she lives influences her practice, and the inspirations behind her new series of works on show in the upcoming online exhibition, opening in the Ronewa viewing room on June 16, 2021.
Cracking the Surface: An Interview with Tashi BrauenBerlin, Germany
We chatted to Swiss-Tibetan artist Tashi Brauen ahead of his exhibition at SAC Gallery, Bangkok, and online exhibition in the Ronewa online viewing room, opening on April 8, 2021.
Brauen discusses the origins and different processes of the two series of works on show, which both employ unique mark-marking methods that balance intention and coincidence.
Marinda Vandenheede repurposes found objects marked by use and time to create quietly enchanting sculptural objects and paper works that spark curiosity and wonder. Her exhibition ‘Re:Generations’ opens in the Ronewa online viewing room on March 3, 2021.
Vandenheede juxtaposes unique signs of a past life and the natural degradation of materials with geometric forms and surprising compositions. Her playful works nod to the inherent dualities found within humanity and nature, and invite viewers to see the beauty in decay.
We talked to Vandenheede about her relationship to her chosen materials and objects, the conceptual balance she strikes in her compositions, and the moment of stillness she offers her viewers.
Explosive Abstraction: An Interview with Michèle ColburnBerlin, Germany
The upcoming online exhibition ‘In Plain Sight’ with American-Swiss artist Michèle Colburn presents recent works from her stirring abstract series of gunpowder paintings. Read the press release here.
Colburn employs symbolically loaded materials connected to violence and war. Through her process, she disarms the explosive substance and creates beautiful and poignant works that invite reflection on violent histories and current realities. The works soon on exhibit in the Ronewa viewing room were all created in 2020, many under Covid lockdown conditions in Washington, DC.
We caught up with Ms. Colburn and discussed her use of symbolic materials, her gunpowder painting process, and the personal and political contexts of her work. Our conversation took place just a day before the shocking events on January 6th in Washington, DC, and her works feel more relevant now than ever.
Fragile Forms in Space: An Interview with Elisabeth SonneckBerin, Germany
The upcoming online exhibition ‘Ritardando - In Color’ by Berlin-based artist Elisabeth Sonneck features works that continue her exploration into the physical relations of form and color in space.
Ritardando is a musical term meaning a gradual decrease in speed. This sense of slowing down describes Sonneck’s rhythmic repetition of broad and steady brushstrokes that allow nuances of color variations and interactions to play out on paper and canvas surfaces. These surfaces are gently manipulated into dynamic shapes that form a dialogue between the intrinsic properties of her everyday materials and situational elements of space, light, environment, and audience. Read the press release here.
We talked to Sonneck about her process, her love of paper, and the spatial relationships that make each installation of her works unique.
Constructing Stillness: An Interview with Rico LascanoBerlin, Germany
Rico Lascano's upcoming exhibition in the Ronewa Online Viewing Room opens on September 3rd. We talked to him about his meditative art practice, nature and spirituality, and making art during lockdown.
Lascano's abstract practice draws from the breathtaking nature in the Philippines, the spiritual traditions of his home country, and his own quest for serenity and peace in a busy world. Within his floating compositions and delicately textured expanses, Lascano creates boundless spaces of stillness and timelessness. He invites viewers to occupy the transcendantal space of his inner journey.
A Glimpse Inside the World of Mireille GrosBerlin, Germany
With one week to go before Mireille Gros' online exhibition opens, I had the pleasure of chatting to the Swiss artist about her ongoing botanical drawing project. Gros shared insights on her relationship with nature, her artistic process, and her new series created for the Ronewa Online Viewing Room.
From Paper to the Viewing Room: An Interview with Tashi BrauenBerlin, Germany
Opening to the public on June 19th, 2020, is Ronewa Art Projects’ first online exhibition—the beginning of a new era of online art. Swiss artist Tashi Brauen presents a new series of works born out of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. We talk to Brauen about his new works and the online art world.
An Interview with Tashi BrauenBasel, Switzerland
26 October 2019 - 12 December 2019
Tashi Brauen’s objects and pictures aren’t meant for all eternity. Back in the studio from an exhibition, cardboard might get a second coat of paint. Then the previous shade might announce itself on the surface in soft shadows, or mix itself with the temperature of the new layer of acrylic. Tashi Brauen delights in materials and enjoys a nearly intimate relationship with paper. He tests its narrative potential by treating it with paint or damaging it just slightly. A crease, split or tear draws light, irregular veins into the red or blue ground. Cardboard jumps off the wall three times, forms half drums and, with cracked edges, evokes a notion of columns, lanterns, lampshades. And that’s where it happens: painting flirting with design and delivering a commentary on the environment and architecture. A piece of paper glued to the surface becomes a threshold, its micro-edge casts a dark, narrow shadow onto a monochrome surface. Doesn’t a landscape have its beginnings in such a minimal gradation?
An Interview with Tashi BrauenBerlin, Germany
The works of Swiss artist Tashi Brauen are created amid genres.
Between image and sculpture, surface and volume, as well as between different media of artistic expression, Brauen creates expansive installations, picturesque-looking photographs and relief-like wall objects that playfully trace the phenomenon of the surface.
Through his material manipulation, Tashi Brauen opens up a new and unusual view of traditional materials and focuses on their physical properties.
An Interview with Patricia SandonisBerlin, Germany
The works of Berlin based Spanish artist Patricia Sandonis possess a strong political character.
The partly participatory installations, objects, and drawings translate social phenomena into artistic processes. For example, Sandonis deals with the creation and consolidation of collective memory. For this, she has dealt with the conservation of European monuments, and has developed her own artistic language of remembrance.
An Interview with Elisabeth SonneckBerlin, Germany
The Berlin-based artist Elisabeth Sonneck uses painterly means to create exciting color spaces. However, these do not constitute a self-contained illusionistic image, but are directly related to their environment.
In temporary site-specific installations as well as in autonomous pictorial objects, Elisabeth Sonneck's painting emanates from surface and wall, becomes vivid and conquers real space. With minimalist lightness, her works expand artistic boundaries.
An Interview with Mireille Gros in 2001Marie-Laure Bernadac
An Interview with Mireille Gros by Marie-Laure Bernadac - 2001
Marie-Laure Bernadac: this color book carries the name of the exhibition “émergence“. It contains many different drawings that were compiled and pasted in its pages.
Mireille Gros: I use them to prepare the exhibition, to develop my vocabulary of forms.
MLB: some of the motifs are quite different from the plant and vegetable motifs so characteristic of your work. The compositions, too, are different. There are fewer single subjects, the pages are fuller, some even entirely covered with tiny cells.
MG: A reduction took place. When you look through a microscope or a telescope you often see a similar picture. I don’t differentiate between abstract and figurative drawing. By changing my position and thereby my perspective, I’m freer. Near meets far.
In Conversation with Tashi BrauenZurich, Switzerland
Tashi Brauen is a Swiss-Tibetan photographer, painter, and sculptor based in Zurich, Switzerland. His work combines the fragility of paper, spontaneous folding and manipulating surfaces with bold color and texture to reveal the artist's affection for geometric forms, shifting perspectives on dimension and exploring the interplay of scale, impact and details.
Meeting Tashi for the first time at his exhibition in Bern at the Museum of Fine Arts, our easy conversation led the way to a recent visit at his studio in central Zurich. There, we discussed his upcoming exhibition in Berlin at Ronewa Art Projects, his work and process as well as sharing a personal glimpse of his life as an artist.