Claudia Bläsi (DE) The Urban Diaries
11.03.2017 – 19.03.2017
Gallery 2,04 Pushkinskaya Art Centre St.Petersburg/Russia
In the framework of the St. Petersburg Art Residency program What does it feel like to place yourself into a completely new, unfamiliar urban space?
How can you map your closest surrounding without understanding the language?
Does it create an impassable distance or, quite the opposite — an intimate sensual connection?
Claudia Bläsi, a visual artist from Munich, Germany, dedicated her residency at SPAR to researching these questions. She attempted to see the urban environment from a perspective of a child, liberating herself from previous knowledge, cultural stereotypes and the meaning load.
The whirl of inscriptions, images and visual signs that the artist carefully collected as she moved through the city, allowed new meanings and unexpected connection to emerge. Papers from our everyday surrounding — magazines, advertisements, tickets, menu cards, book pages — are transferred on the surface of expressive abstract paintings using a special manual printing technique.
Their shift from the real world into the realm of art is marked by encoding of the original meanings and random construction of new association chains.
The "Urban Diaries" of Claudia Bläsi show work-in- progress and life-in- progress. Each page is a vivid, bright canvas, that tells a pure dadaist narrative and turns into a real puzzle for the viewer, who becomes a detective, an archeologist, and a coauthor.
The works are inspired and strongly influenced by urban aesthetics, street art and the dynamics of a modern megapolis. Yet, as any diary, the project reveals a very intimate connection to its author.
Through small details and unobvious metaphors it documents the artist's routes and shares the personal story of Claudia Bläsi meeting St. Petersburg and the Pushkinskaya-10 art centre. (Anastasia Patsey, curater, Art-centre "Pushkinskaya-10")