9 July, 2020
How has the COVID-19 affected the way you currently work? Have you lost work and wages or been affected by event cancellations that you relied on for income?
In the first six months, I have financed my studio practice with art licensing and art sales from December 2019. In addition, I had some income by teaching several art classes in January, February, and March. Right now, the art business is very slow. I have lost some teaching wages and network opportunities. Also, exhibitions in commercial galleries have been cancelled. There are many galleries and nonprofit art centers that try to help artists by organising online events. I took part in several (online) exhibitions, like Booth 07 at the Alfa Gallery (Miami, Florida, USA); Engravist Printmaking Bienal (Istanbul, Turkey); Festival Art Spring at the Janusz Korczak Library (Berlin, Germany); and 20 x 20 Art on Paper at the Christine Xuereb Art Gallery (Sliema, Malta). I feel touched by the ongoing support and online engagement for my galleries and audience.
How have you changed your art practice and art business during the last few months to adapt to these challenges?
I have transferred some equipment from my studio to my flat to be able to continue creating artwork for potential future projects. Painting at home is a tricky business because of some of the toxic materials. It has also affected the size of the artwork. Sometimes, unfortunately, that could mean painting small and thinking small. At the beginning of August, I will move to my new studio, and I will start to prepare for my solo exhibition at the CICA Art Museum. That means that I will expand my practice to large paintings again and that I will try to finish some of my larger pieces, which I had not been able to take home in March.
How, if at all, have you been affected financially?
A group show, “20 x 20”, at the Christine Xuereb Gallery in Malta was postponed until the end of the year. Christine organised an online exhibition and generated a lot of PR, but the online presentation did not result in any sales for me. Furthermore, one of my one-week workshops was canceled, as was an art auction in Hamburg. The Swab Art Fair Barcelona, in which I am participating, will be an online event only. For me, this means that there will be no opportunity to talk with potential new clients, collectors, and art lovers
Have you seen any new opportunities arise due to COVID-19 or the current events of our world (for example, public art, commissions, prints, etc.)?
Raúl Alvaro from Pantocrator Gallery invited me to present some of my recent paintings at the Swab Art Fair in October. The Art Fair will be held online because of the coronavirus pandemic. In December, I will have a solo exhibition at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA Art Museum) in South Korea. My painting “Virtual Light” from 2017 will be part of the Rotary Charity Auction in Munich. I am happy when my art helps people – and, of course, when I receive 50% of the money to support my art business and studio. You can learn more about upcoming projects and new works on instagram @studio_anne_woelk
And there will very soon be an extensive interview in Al-Tiba9 Magazine.
Have you used your art to help your community during this time at all? If so, please tell us about your projects.
During the lockdown, I made a free online painting tutorial video for my students. Before the summer break, I went outside with my class to an urban area to comply with the rules of social distancing. All of the children enjoyed the time we spent together. They appreciated reconnecting and exchanging personal experiences from the lockdown. As a result of the crisis, their motives for painting were full of desire, such as to visit the sea and a general longing to be allowed to travel.
6-7 June 2020
Online Studio visits with artists based in Berlin Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg & Weißensee
Studio Visit Anne Wölk:
Amalienpark 4 13187 Berlin,
2020 Interview Jugendkunstschule Pankow
(February 2020, available in German language only)
Diese Woche stellen wir euch Anne Wölk vor. Anne leitet bei uns den Malerei-Mappenkurs, sowie “Malen & Zeichnen” am Montag. Ob Sie schon einmal mit der Kunst aufhören wollte und warum Sie gerne mit Kindern arbeitet erfahrt Ihr hier:
1.) Welche Künstler*innen magst du am meisten?
Anne: Ich mag die Arbeiten von Vija Celmins, Julie Mehretu und David Hockney.
2.) Was darf während du arbeitest nie fehlen?
Anne: Es ist schön mit einer tollen Bildidee den Ateliertag zu beginnen. Farbe und Pinsel brauche ich selbstverständlich auch, um meine Fantasien in gemalte Bilder zu übertragen. Während der Arbeitszeit höre ich abwechselnd Radio und Science Fiction Hörbücher. Das hilft ein bisschen gegen das Gefühl von Einsamkeit im eigenen Studio, befördert mich aber auch in andere Galaxien und Welten. Außerdem darf auch eine guter Pausensnack nie fehlen. Das brauche ich um meine Konzentration beim Malen zu halten.
3.) Was ist das Schönste am gemeinsamen Arbeiten mit Kindern?
Anne: Schön ist es, wenn meine Kursteilnehmer zum Beispiel mit dem „Pouring“, dem Acrylfarbe gießen experimentieren und über die vielen Facetten der Mischtöne und Strukturen staunen. Dann ist die Begeisterung der Kinder so ansteckend, dass ich mich an der Freude über das gelungene Experiment auf wunderbare Weise mitfreuen kann.
Zusätzlich mag ich auch die lustigen Gespräche, die wir während der gemeinsamen Arbeitszeit haben. Mich interessieren immer die Erfahrungen der Kinder, die sie „draußen“ in der Welt machen oder über welche Verhaltensweisen der Erwachsenen sie sich besonders verwundert haben. Das öffnet stets den Blick in eine andere Realität. Die kleinen Episoden ihrer kuriosen Geschichten werden häufig zum Teil ihrer gemalten Bildwelten und somit in den künstlerischen Prozess transformiert. Damit ist die Arbeit mit Kindern nie langweilig.
4.) Wolltest du schon einmal mit der Kunst aufhören?
Anne: Es gibt immer wieder „Ups and Downs“ in der künstlerischen Karriere. Aber was mir bisher am meisten geholfen hat ist: Weiter Malen und nicht aufgeben!
5.) Was inspiriert dich in deiner Umwelt am meisten?
Anne: Am meisten inspiriert mich der Blick ins Firmament und die Unendlichkeit des Sternenhimmels. Ich empfinde ein tiefes Gefühl der Erhabenheit, wenn ich die Schönheit der Leuchtkraft der Milchstraße in mir aufnehme. Ich liebe auch klassische Musik, insbesondere die späten Klaviersonaten von Beethoven und Schubert.
Schaut doch gerne mal bei der lieben Anne vorbei:
·ARTiculAction, International art publication, May issue
Video Art Embassy Slovenia:
October 2014 Art Embassy
Artist-in-Residence grant in Goriska Brda,
winery Skurek, Slovenia
awarded by the German Embassy, Ljubljana
Xenia Fink, Anne Wölk, Carl-Heinz Draxl, Masa Gala, Klemen Brun,
Artist in residence program at MMM Art – Skurek, German Art Embassy, Goriska/Brda, Slovenia; organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Slovenia with Xenia, Fink, Anne Wölk, Carl-Heinz Draxl, Masa Gala, Klemen Brun, Etko Tutta, http://www.scurek.com/
Link to homepage Scurek Wine Production Slovenia
·Featured Artist Interview: Get to Know Anne Wölk
HI.LITE.HEAD, USA, (January 2012)
Mini Interview Anne Wölk
|Written by Trippe|
|Wednesday, 28 September 2011 09:00|
Location? Age? Education? Website?
Berlin, 28, MFA Fine Arts, www.annewoelk.de
How would you describe your work to someone?
I am a contemporary figurative painter, who creates mixed-media paintings with a penchant for bright colors, geometric shapes, and street-art forms. My work explores the relationship between cultural plurality and a recycling of pop-culture, by layering different motifs from Science Fiction film stills and quotations from an art historical background, like Symbolism and color-field paintings. Overall I am constantly studying the possibilities of oil paint as a medium and trying to push my boundaries.
I appreciate the work of Kai Althoff, Corinne Wasmuht, Daniel Richter, David Hockney, Franz West, Gerhard Richter, Pierre Soulages, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko.
I always get two with cheese.
In the summer of 2009 I undertook a journey by car for several weeks along the French and Spanish-Atlantic coast with stops in Paris, Bordeaux, Vieux-Boucau, Biarritz, San Sebastian and Bilbao. I enjoyed myself immensely.
Sometimes I like the sound and the noise of the studio building with its different characters, but usually I love to listen to: audio books, The Cure, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Costello, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Faith No More, Jeff Buckley, Amy Winehouse, John Lennon, and Lassie Singers, (among others). Honestly I have no real daily routine, I paint when I am hot for my work. Late in the evening is the best time to concentrate. During the nighttime I get ready for new things and I have my best ideas.
I love to sell my paintings; however, I do a variety of jobs to earn money.
The most important tool is my mobile phone. I make shots of everything I like and collect ideas and details for my painting process.
Much of my effort goes into planning and creating an illusion of depth or space without using perspective techniques. For this reason I focus on experimentally learning how to construct and arrange shapes and forms on a two-dimensional surface. My first step toward starting a new painting is in the construction of the wooden frame; during the working process sometimes I imagine it as bones or a vertebral column.
The observer has the possibility to reflect on their inner bodily construction, comparing oneself to the basic structure of an artwork. The art of painting is always about the intimate triangle between the artwork, the artist and the viewer.
My current research deals with the topic of the forest, city borders, and the cityâ€™s outskirts. In many steps, tensions grow between the illusion of reality and the representation of, for e.g., the bodily skin of a painted tree. Maybe it is for that reason that I am so interested in Birch trees. I am fascinated by the bark that sometimes appears like a silken skin; it is especially the process of peeling and the contrast between the black and white stains that inspires my work. In Russia, birches symbolize the idea of virginal beauty, eternal youth and purity. It is no surprise, then, that in my paintings: art, emotions, and ethics are closely bound. Very few human actions take place without an emotional driver and so it is with the making of art.
I use mostly oil, acrylic and aerosol.
I am really excited about my next group show. It is an exhibition displaying drawings from international artists that share a passion for the drawing medium.
I would buy as many artworks as possible from artists I like at early stages in their careers.
Is to take a small road trip to RÃ¼gen, a German island two hours away from Berlin and look for the best beach to spend a good part of the day.
Berlin is fantastically urban with tags and street paintings made by artists from all over the world. I love to live on Torstrasse in Berlin-Mitte because it is diverse and dynamic.
Rollerbladers on the bicycle path piss me off!!
A Drawback, Curated by Perennial Art at Atelierhof Kreuzberg with artists: Sara Bomans, Iris van Dongen, Marcel Van Eeden, Michael Kirkham, Nathan K. Menglesis, Fiona Michie, Sebastiaan Schlicher, Witte Wartena, Robin Whitmore. The show runs from 28 September through 2 October 2011, opening on Friday the 30th of September 2011 from 7 to 10 pm. Gallery hours are Wed-Sun, 2 to 7 PM and by appointment.
Kunst in Kreuzberg E.V.