Christine Schröder – Puerto Rico/USA – Visual arts
Artist statement and bio
I am a Puerto Rico based conceptual installation artist working primarily with textiles and fibers. I will be continuing my education this August at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Masters of Design, Fashion, Body & Garment program under the direction of Nick Cave. In addition to this beautiful residency in Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria, I recently participated in a residency at Palazzo Machiavelli in Florence, Italy where I filled four rooms with my concept of the matrix, which I believe to be an extension of Niccolo Machiavelli’s intention of waking up the masses from their slavery. Although most of my work to date has been using the method of crochet, I intend to expand my self-taught art discipline to include other materials as well as methods as I continue in this journey.
Many of my pieces, which are in urban areas, I remove after months of exposure to the elements of the weather. After I remove my pieces, I then wash and re-use the yarn for other installations. As a conceptual artist, it is with intention that I use concepts, which pose a question to the observer; or even beg the viewer to understand another perspective with regard to the thought process in the installation.
Simon Pfeiffer – Austria– Visual arts
Artist statement and Bio
Simon Pfeiffer stucks, stucking in the magic of the surrounding. He is standing, looking around. To the field, feeling the sensation, standing around. Studied in Linz and in Sofia. Living there and here. He is starting, starting on the end. Be on the endless land. He likes to go hiking in the world, which surrounds him. Wanders around like a dog, finding up his art in the process. Each medium has its own language and reveals something different. He takes this language and changes it. This process creates new dimensions. What is created helps him express what he can’t put into words. It persists without him, stimulates the viewer mentally and emotionally, depending on the perception of each individual.
I was born in Linz (AT) in 1997, and I am studied Sculpture and transmedial space at Kunstuniversität Linz with Ali Janka und Tobias Urban (Art group Gelitin) and at National Academy of Art Sofia in the sculpture column with Prof. Valentin Gospodinov. Before I did my civilian service at the ambulance, where I work voluntarily. I learned my sculpting trade at the School HTBLA Hallstatt, Upper Austria.
Looking back, I realised that my work deals with Subconscious or/and Absurdity, with works that are not visible, that hide, that play with negative spaces and the Visitors. You are going somewhere, suddenly there is somewhat that you didn’t expect. I make this Paradoxy tangible manly with handcraft techniques. I work in the medium of stone, plaster, iron. But also, with sound and video, text or Papier magé etc.