That’s quite a challenge: I am supposed to write about a day I can’t tell you much about. Why? Because we’re only fine tuning the idea of a big project, and as could be very interesting (in all senses possible), I don’t want to spill the beans too early. What I could tell you anyway, is that Stephanie and Ralf (the tutors at the b.a.i.) have been extremely helpful in actively participating to the brainstorm that lead to idea. I always find it surprising when two people are genuinely willing to help you developing an idea, enhancing your creativity, without expecting anything in return. The b.a.i., in its intrinsic concept and with its tutors is probably not for everyone, but it really does the job for me, as what I need on daily basis is someone to push my idea further (or ideally someone who can teach me how to do it)
So the summary of the first part of the day I can’t talk about is just a big ‘thank you’ to Ralf and Stephanie for their help and support!
What I can do, though, is talk about the after lunch: visit at DELMES & ZANDER.
I wasn’t super familiar with the concept of ‘Outsider Art’ before visiting Demles & Zanders. If you’re in the same case: “the term outsider art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for art brut , a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet focused particularly on art by those on the outside of the established art scene, using as examples psychiatric hospital patients and children.” That’s the original definition.
For Delmes & Zander, Outsider Art is more about the sincerity of the work, the urge to produce, just for the sake of producing and not to exhibit, not for fame, not even to show the work to anyone else. Their artists didn’t receive any artistic instruction any kind, always work on the same medium, and are usually dead. Mathias, the gallerist, has been kind enough to open the storage space for us and let us observe some extremely precious pieces by some of their artists, like this photograph by Tichy – real privilege.
At the moment at Delmes & Zandres you can enjoy the Jesuis Crystiano first ever exhibition. You will not learn a lot about the artist himself from Mathias, for two reasons: 1) they don’t know much about their artists, as their talents is usually discovered after their death and their life is therefore poorly documented and 2) because the point of Outsider Art is to sell the work itself, and not the background of the artist. I truly believe that this should be the way in art: if Picasso ever produced and absolute piece of shit, it would be sold for millions only because of the ‘brand’ Picasso, and not for the quality of the piece. That’s the ambiguity in the art market, and the Outsider Art is trying to get away from it.
Tomorrow I’m gonna get all touristy: trainers, comfy pair of jeans, baseball cap and rucksack, and go on a trek about the Urban Art in Berlin. A very good way to learn more about the most interesting pieces of urban art but also a fantastic way to scout the city and find the perfect space for the piece I can’t talk about…
Watch this space!