Über das Verbinden

Art Ashram, Franziska Furter, Pascal Tassini, Swantje Karich amongst others
Goldstein Galerie, Frankfurt am Main

Über das Verbinden
(About connecting)

Connections among artists often lead to the expansion of their respective spheres of activity, to a form of connectedness, and to shared ideas or ideals. It is about a natural mutual benefit, the balancing of individual abilities.

In this sense, indispensable networks are created, which at least lead to an increase in attention and sometimes to artistic collaborations.

A connection leads to the bundling of quite a few resources, to mutual inspiration and ideally is able to do more than the individual. Nevertheless, cooperation in its heightened form, the collective, can also be questionable: What is the role of the individual? What does authorship mean in such a structure? How are decisions made? How artistically and socially compatible is all this for the individual?

Groups of artists are currently on everyone’s lips, not least due to Ruangrupa’s leadership of documenta 15, for example. Often, the focus is on social effects or dynamics that only become possible when individual artists are connected.

If one transfers these simple thoughts to houses like Atelier Goldstein, which explicitly does not see itself as a collective, the constantly growing connections here also provide complex dynamics. Autodidacts meet artists from the academic context, they learn from each other and take decisive steps towards long-term professionalization together. This goes far beyond the idea of artistic assistance.



Residence and presentation
Art Ashram And then it rains

Residence: June 21 – 27
Soft opening: June 26, from 5 p.m.
Presentation: June 30 – July 10, Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 p.m.

Art Ashram is a permeable collective. A permeable collective with a fixed core and changing participants emerged from the regular joint work stays. What they all have in common is the interest in making knowledge, skills and ideas available to each other as economic means of production within the group, thus creating an independent work that transcends the boundaries of the individual.

Art Ashram makes its community visible in different forms of culture. They develop new business models, devote themselves to the commercial production of perfume, invent analog mining games, colonize exhibition spaces. These are games that, with their particular rules, invite the audience to complicity and aim at a collective experience. Irony, manipulation, seduction, and wit play a crucial role.

With recourse to old cultural techniques, they question the common fabric of time, work, and product. By sensitizing the participants to the state of self-forgetfulness, aesthetics, utility and value take on a personal meaning.

Everyone travels to Frankfurt with their own baggage, material weakness and material strength, to settle in a corner of the gallery. From here it begins to meander. A construct of separating forces, of stones taken from the street and plankton that one can listen to. That which proliferates there, connects, favors or blocks each other, will penetrate others as well as itself in order to grow further. What arises there is Gaia, is car tire, is pony, is stirrer, is play, is seriousness – it has necessarily something to do with each other, it resists, it kisses, it is connected, whether it wants or not.

This, as so often in the works of Art Ashram, also affects those who come to watch. Yes, and then it starts to rain, as it does every day, punctually at 6:00 pm.

(Art Ashram)



Scheune und die Welt
(Barn and the world)

June 29, 2021, 8 p.m.

Ruangrupa is leading the next documenta 2022. The artist collective from Indonesia formulates its approach for d 15:

We want to create a globally oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary art and culture platform that will remain effective beyond the 100 days of documenta 15. Our curatorial approach aims at a different kind of collaborative model of resource use – economically, but also in terms of ideas, knowledge, programs and innovations.

A few weeks ago, the list of nominees for the prestigious Turner Prize was published – for the first time, it exclusively features groups and collectives.

Are we dealing with a fad or is a substantial change taking place in the world of exhibitions and their representations? Is the emphasis on networks, collaboration and even friendships in this sphere a phase of social romantic kitsch or a long overdue reformation of the star system?

The Berlin group Art Ashram is a guest in Frankfurt for seven days as part of the Goldstein Galerie’s residency program. It describes itself as an open platform for supra-individual artistic work.

Swantje Karich is deputy head of the arts section of the daily newspaper Die Welt and will be speaking with Art Ashram and Jakob Hoffmann about collective artistic work on June 29.



Event and workshop

Event: July 14, 7 pm
Open workshop: July 15-24, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6 p.m.

In the extensive work of Franziska Furter (Basel), condensations and explosions repeatedly play an important role. In her “storms” series, the artist works with nylon threads that are knotted into abstract shapes and structures.

On July 14, 7 p.m. at Goldstein Gallery, she will meet with scout and designer Kilian Frank and surgeon Carli Hoffmann. The evening will offer an exploration of the artistic practice of knotting and some very practical applications in medicine and leisure. Another artistic position will be films about Belgian artist Pascal Tassini (Créahm), in whose work knots proliferate into abstract sculptures.

The subsequent workshop, which will last several days, will combine the pleasant into something useful. A large, cohesive textile structure for future use as a spatial divider, a curtain, a backdrop and foreground in the Goldstein Gallery. Something that remains as evidence of a bond.

From 15.07. to 24.07. visitors can participate in the production. There will be a uniform thread material, the technique and manner of processing is left to everyone. Thus, sections with different handwriting should combine to form an individual structure, united in one and the same material.