Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vienna winter impressions

Some impressions from this December, around Vienna with family.  

Trainstation Naschmarkt

My father spent a few days in Vienna at the beginning of December. Arriving by train, leaving by train. Being at train stations, I am always tempted to board a train and be off to some far-away place.

Classes at the university finished almost one week before Christmas, and my sister and father came visiting by car. We spent some nice days enjoying the snow and Christmas mood in the city.

Strolling on Naschmarkt in search for tonka beans, enjoying the magic of the inner city after delicious Kaiserschmarren with friends or freezing to death on the impressive central cemetery.

Sister and Father

Now I’m in Germany, sitting in the living room with the fire crackling nicely next to me and the garden full of snow (though it has rather been in melt-freeze-mode today). Enjoy the holidays!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

preview of the porn project

Lately, I have begun to paint with watercolours again. Again means, in this context, since school many years ago. Mostly in the late evenings when I’m too tired to concentrate on more important things, I sit at my desk and occupy myself with these things while the scent of watercolours brings me a happy and peaceful state of mind.

Thus, I have carried on something that began with a few sketches and by now has already taken quite concrete form in my head. Now, I have finished the first 4 pieces of this series and though I don’t have a scanner, I have put together a little preview.

This series, the porn project, deals with scenes of pornographic media. Rather than morally criticising or trying to imbue these with more abstract meanings, the porn project simply provides different renditions of the given subject. Considering how big a role pornography plays in modern life, both hidden and visible, I don’t find it necessary to discuss taboos or moral points of view. Quite simply, I playfully explore this topic, which plays a significant role in my day to day life.

The images shot04, shot05, shot07 and shot08 mark the first stage of this project. Later stages will differ by varying degrees and incorporate other ideas. Enjoy.