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Hatch Kingdom | Stickerkitty
International Sticker Exhibition
Fresh Paint – Peint Frais
Hatch Kingdom, the only sticker museum in the world, has collaborated with Catherine Tedford, a.k.a. Stickerkitty, to present an exhibition of street art stickers and photographs from Berlin and New York City, with additional pieces from cities across Europe and North America. As part of a larger exhibition entitled Edition III, which includes work by contemporary muralists, graffiti artists, photographers, and others, the international sticker exhibition will be on display at Fresh Paint Gallery, Montréal, Québec, from December 2, 2011, through January 29, 2011.
Founded by Oliver Baudach in 2008, Hatch Kingdom began as a small gallery space in Berlin’s alternative Friedrichsain district to serve as a platform for stickers, sticker artists, skateboard fans, and collectors. An expanded Hatch HQ is now located in central Mitte, with two gallery spaces devoted to Oli’s ever-growing sticker collection, now numbering well over 25,000 stickers, and one gallery for rotating exhibitions by young urban street artists.
Catherine directs St. Lawrence University’s art gallery in Canton, NY, and has been actively collecting stickers since 2003, having now collected over 6,000 original stickers by hand, primarily from Berlin and NYC, with stickers also from Hamburg, Munich, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cambridge (MA), Ottawa, Toronto, Amsterdam, Budapest, and other cities in western and central Europe. Part of the collection is being digitized and can be found at SLU’s gallery Web site. Catherine has presented papers at academic conferences for the College Art Association, the Visual Resources Association, and the International Arts in Society; in 2012, she will present a paper entitled “WTF. It’s Only a Sticker” at the annual CAA conference in Los Angeles. Check her Stickerkitty blog for more information.
The exhibition at Fresh Paint also includes six original drawings and collages from “Oversized and Underpriced,” a project initiated by Oliver Baudach in which artworks on oversized sticker printouts are sold at low prices with proceeds to benefit Skateistan, a skateboarding school in Kabul, Afghanistan, for young boys and girls.
In addition to art, music, and tagging stickers, political stickers in the exhibition from Germany and the U.S. focus on anti-authority, anti-capitalism, post-9/11 surveillance measures, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the 2008 US Presidential election, the environment, oil consumption, and the economy. Examples of these were included in a recent gallery exhibition at St. Lawrence in 2010, which was based in part on a summer research grant from the Center for International and Intercultural Studies in which three students and an alumnus traveled to Berlin and Munich to study street art.
Cathy is showing part of her sticker collection, including additional stickers from the Hatch Kingdom, in Montréal at an amazing gallery (Fresh Paint/Peint Frais) that focuses on street art, graffiti, and other urban endeavors. More details to come, but I thought I should post some photographs of the installation.
Amy Hauber’s sculpture class has been creating oversized bird forms from the templates that Inga and Andy provided as part of the ELEMENTALS Birds project. Yesterday, the students presented their work on the SLU quad and around campus. The snow only showed up later in the afternoon, thankfully!
More photos and information can be found on the SLU ELEMENTALS Birds page on Facebook. Thanks to Peter Quigley for taking such great photographs.
More information about and photographs of the ELEMENTALS Birds project can be found on the ELEMENTALS at SLU FB page.
Gong meditation and relaxation for creativity with Gurumantra Kaur
Tuesday, November 8, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery
Gurumantra Kaur is a certified Kundalini Research Institute yoga instructor, registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, member of International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association, 3H0, and international associate of Yoga Therapists. She specializes in gong meditation and relaxation, addiction therapy, mental health awareness, fertility susceptibility, fitness for senior citizens, and meditational classes from beginners to advanced.
This vegan yogi expands conscious thought about body awareness, mental health, and healing with sound currents. She uses kundalini yoga as a way to exercise the mind, body, and spirit—a technique which enables one to reach a higher state of awareness, emotional stability, and strength by using several techniques, including pranayama, kriyas, meditation, bhandas, mudras, mantras, and visualization.
For more information visit www.yogistrong.com.
Meditation and gong relaxation with Gurumantra Kaur is presented in conjunction with the ELEMENTALS Birds exhibition on display through December 10, 2011, with Inga and Andy Hamilton, artists from Northern Ireland, in residence through Thursday, November 10. ELEMENTALS Birds is an experiment to see if artists, printmakers, and craftspeople can physically embody feelings of peace, harmony, and goodwill in their artwork and tangibly affect the space around them.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a cushion or mat if you have one. Please share this information with students and friends!
“ELEMENTALS Birds” is a very special experiment to see if artists, printmakers, and craftspeople can physically embody feelings of peace, harmony, and goodwill in their artwork and tangibly affect the environment in which it is shown. By definition, elementals traditionally are thoughts that once created become attached to their creator and are fed by further thoughts and actions. They’re often referred to as an air of positivity or negativity; confidence or lack thereof; peace or disharmony.
Inga and Andy Hamilton will be on campus for three weeks to create site-specific installations at the gallery that unfold over time and flow with good intention to all those who encounter their work. The artists also invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to create their own elemental birds to be placed around campus and town.
Come see what happens when artists (and you!) are given permission to explore new avenues in unexpected and magical ways. You can chat with the all of the participating artists on Facebook and see pix of their work by searching for Elementals Birds.
Installation artist Inga Hamilton works in the Venn diagram intersection where craft, art, science, mathematics, and activism meet. Her textiles are currently showing in Dubh, dialogues in black, at the American Irish Historical Society in New York City, a showcase of leading artists and craftspeople from Ireland and the United States.
You’re just as likely to find the work of printmaker, digital illustrator, and urban artist Andy Hamilton (a.k.a. MyTarPit) hanging in the likes of Nintendo’s head office, slid amongst the volumes in a bookstore, or pinned to the back of a stop sign. His obsession with mark-making and character design spurs him on to develop groundbreaking print techniques with an old-school twist.
Known equally for their guerrilla art activities and gallery installations, Inga and Andy have presented their work throughout the United States and Europe in exhibitions, public art projects, live paints, workshops, and residencies.
Please join us! Inga and Andy have created templates so that everyone can contribute to the project.
Jane Becker (center) led a gallery discussion on September 11, in conjunction with the exhibition Re-framing Terrorism, which she organized for the Gallery. Her talk was very well attended (especially for a day busy with so many commemorations). It was interesting to learn about the background for the works of art and how contemporary artists have responded to the events of September 11.
Artist Wafaa Bilal will visit campus to meet with classes and to give a lecture on Thursday, October 6.
Photographer Brian McCarty will show his work at the gallery during the fall 2012 semester. In the recent past, McCarty’s photography has focused on urban toys in surprising and realistic situations (which we love!) — see http://www.mccartyphotoworks.com/portfolio.html. But he has been working the past few months on a documentary project that combines photography with principles of play and art therapy. With the assistance of the Spafford Children’s Center in East Jerusalem as well as the Idbaa Cultural Center inside the Deheisheh Refugee Camp, he has been examining firsthand accounts of war from the perspective of children living in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank.