Die Tore der Wahrnehmung / The Gates of Perception / 1865 – 2018
by Bernard Bolter (San Francisco . 1974)
June 14th – June 24th, 2018
open daily 13:00 – 17:00 and by appointment
Vernissage | Thursday, June 14th | 19:00 – 22:00
Finissage | Sunday, June 24th | 15:00 – 18:00
Workshops | Learn how to transfer photos to canvas and other medium :
Saturday, June 16th | 14:00 – 17:00
Thursday, June 21 | 18:00 – 21:00
The Gates of Perception is a series of paintings that combine one photographs transferred to canvas and acrylic paint. The series portrays the gates of the Berlin Customs Wall, which existed from 1737 to 1860, with a combination of historical and present day photographs spanning the city of Berlin from the end of the 19th century to the present day. The gates of the Customs Wall were named after the cities one would travel to when leaving Berlin, in a very outward looking way, and to this day still define the city.
Bernard Bolter is a contemporary American artist who works primarily between the mediums of paint and photography. Having grown up skateboarding in the streets to seeing the world by rolling through international streets, Cityscapes have been his inspiration and material throughout. Raised in the City, Bernard began as and continues to be a San Francisco artist. His work and person is inherently international, having attended art school in the Netherlands, co-founded a non-profit traveling arts organization in Brooklyn, and collaborated on projects in China. He currently works out of San Francisco and Berlin, filling in the betweens.
EXHIBITION | OPEN STUDIO | PERFORMANCE
Prem Arts, Berlin (8-12 June, 2018)
Dates: 8-12 June, 2018
Open Studio: 12 PM – 8 PM each day
Performance: 11 June (6:30 – 7:30 PM)
Storyboard Abossey Okai (Prem Arts, Berlin)
Map of the Gold Coast Railway. Showing Feeder Road and the Principal Agriculture and Mineral Areas. March 1922. Colonial Office photographic collection at The National Archives, UK as part of the Africa Through a Lens project.
Unearths the role that memory, community, evolution and continuity play in African storytelling and the construction of identity and consciousness reflected through a timeline of events. In contemporary discourse, a probe to dissect the methods of designing narrations by organising or disorganising spatial relationships. A contribution for rethinking urban mythology, navigating time travel and escapism while engaging the socio-political realities of global warming associated with an electronic waste site and salvaged auto parts market. A storyboard of thought-provoking visual poetry on diverse themes including migration, labour and global economy. A social commentary approach merging abstraction with street photography, collage, sound and poetic documentary.
Kwame Aidoo is a Ghana-based writer, educator and artist whose text, visual, sound, installation and performance pieces are inspired by African oral folklore, cadence and symbolism to interrogate sociopolitical contexts. He is the founder of Inkfluent, Nkabom Literary Arts Festival and Afrovims; a journal on creative processes and projects from Africa and the diaspora. He makes social commentary music with Dearly Deported(GH), Lucked In(FR/US), Blood Drum Spirit(US), Break Ya Bones(FR) and Kwasaba(DK). He graduated from KNUST-Kumasi in biochemistry and biotechnology and has shown work at Chale Wote – Accra, Nasjonalmuseet – Oslo, Prem Arts – Berlin, FLUPP – Rio, among others.
and visual language. In showing a range of imagery across multiple bodies of work the two artists highlight the prevalent themes that exist between their own and each other’s artistic practice. In doing so they provoke dialogue around the sustained thematic patterns present across an extended period of photographing and making.