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Transitions Exhibition

Information about my exhibition at l’Atelier Galerie & Café (Heinersdorferstr. 34, 13086 Weissensee) (Deutsch unten):

The pieces on exhibit are transitional works that were painted in between two of my series: Pieces of my Heart, and my current series-in-progress, Opening Up. Because these are transitional paintings, they explored feelings of uncertainty and exhaustion, and not wanting to continue, while also knowing that, of course, one must continue.

Johanna von Kuczkowski, singer and double bassist from Berlin, shares Stephanie Barnes’ story of following the inner call to be an artist as a second career. She has composed several songs especially for this exhibition. The songs are based on her conversations with the painter, Stephanie Barnes, and her own interpretation of the paintings on display. She will play them during the vernissage and finissage. Additionally, they will be recorded and will be played in the l’Atelier Galerie & Café during the month-long exhibition.

Vernissage: Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 5pm until 8pm at l’Atelier Galerie & Café (Heinersdorferstr. 34, 13086 Weissensee)

Finissage: Saturday, December 8th, 2018 from 5pm until 8pm at l’Atelier Galerie & Café (Heinersdorferstr. 34, 13086 Weissensee)

Deutsch:

Die Werke in dieser Ausstellung sind Übergangswerke, die zwischen zwei Serien von Stephanie Barnes entstanden: zwischen Pieces of my Heart und ihrer aktuellen, noch im Prozess befindlichen Serie Opening Up. In ihrem Übergangscharakter erforschen diese Bilder die Gefühle von Unsicherheit und Erschöpfung, dem Gefühl, aufgeben zu wollen und zu wissen, dass man -natürlich- weitermachen muss.

Johanna von Kuczkowski, Sängerin und Kontrabassistin ausBerlin, teilt Stephanie Barnes Weg, dem inneren Ruf zu folgen und eineZweit-Karriere als Künstlerin zu verwirklichen. Sie hat speziell für diese Ausstellung einige Stückekomponiert, die auf Gesprächen mit der Malerin Stephanie Barnes sowie auf ihrereigenen Interpretation der Ausstellungsstücke basieren. Sie wird diese Stückewährend der Vernissage und der Finissage live aufführen. Zusätzlich werdendiese Stücke aufgenommen und während der einmonatigen Ausstellungsphase iml’Atelier Galerie & Café zu hören sein.

Vernissage: Samstag, November 10. 2018 von 17:00 bis 20:00 im l’Atelier Galerie & Café (Heinersdorferstr. 34, 13086 Weissensee)

Finissage: Samstag, Dezember 8. 2018 von 17:00 bis 20:00 im l’Atelier Galerie & Café (Heinersdorferstr. 34, 13086 Weissensee)

The Confusion of Falling Slowly #2 (2017), 100cm x 120cm, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Information from Feelings #5

For the exhibition that just finished on August 31, 2018 at Private Office, I had prepared some narratives for each of the 3 main themes that were on exhibition. I thought I would share them here, for those of you who weren’t able to come to the exhibition.

Also, there are some pictures over on my Instagram account, also in case you couldn’t make it.

Opening Up
The Masks we Hide Behind
The Same but Different

Feelings, #5

This is my 5th exhibit in Berlin since September 2017.
 
Is there new stuff, that you haven’t seen before?
 
Yes, I have been painting, and continuing to evolve my practice and the expression of my inner-self through painting.
 
I continue to explore thoughts and emotions, in particular several pieces (5) from my in-progress series, “Opening Up” will be on display. These paintings explore the idea of sharing ourselves with the outside world, and what happens when we decide being that vulnerable isn’t worth the risk and we pull back into our shell.

All the works on display are works I have completed in Berlin.

The exhibit takes place from July 6th until August 31st at:
Private Office 
Marburger Straße 2,10789 Berlin

The vernissage is July 6th from 18:00 to 21:00 and the finissage is August 30 from 18:00 to 21:00

 I look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to attend the vernissage or finisage please let me know and I can arrange a private viewing.

Update on Brotfabrik Exhibition (March 17, 2018)

Now that my exhibition at Brotfabrik has finished its second week and entered into its third, I thought I would share some of what’s happened and what’s coming up.

One of the gallerists at Brotfabrik has written several blog posts about the opening and my paintings, you can find them here:

1. On the opening: http://volwi-ein.blogspot.de/2018/03/stephanie-barnes-ronny-johne-going-with.html
2. The large piece that hangs in the first room: http://volwi-ein.blogspot.de/2018/03/gedanken-zum-bild-stephanie-barnes.html
3. Joy #4: http://volwi-ein.blogspot.de/2018/03/gedanken-zum-bild-joy-4-stephanie-barnes.html

I am doing a workshop on March 31 at the gallery from 13:00 until 18:00. The theme will be Resilience, and I will lead you through an interactive workshop exploring different artistic mediums and methods and how you can become the artist of your own life. Bringing artistic activities into your life can help you to be more resilient, curious, and help you to reduce stress. Come and explore and find out how. You can come for an hour or two, or hang-out for the whole afternoon, it’s up to you. If you’re on Facebook you can see details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2034316343494347/ and if you’re not on Facebook there is information on the Brotfabrik page http://brotfabrik-berlin.de/event/stephanie-barnes-ronny-johne-going-with-the-flow/2018-03-17/, but basically just show-up ready to paint/draw and explore.

I will also do an artist talk at the finissage on April 15 at 16:00. I am hoping to prepare some of it in German, so come out and see how I do. 🙂

Finally, if you’re wondering if it’s worth coming out to see the exhibition, I can tell you that there are some things installed that were not at the “Ich muss gehen” event in January or other exhibitions I have done in Berlin. Additionally, the first piece in a new series that I have just started is hanging at the gallery, it’s called, “Opening Up #1”. The series deals with how we open ourselves up to people, only to get frightened and retreat again. It has elements of the “Masks we hide behind” series and other themes I’ve dealt with, but adds some new components; I’m excited for you to see it, so I hope you’ll stop by the gallery and check it out. The gallery is open daily from 16:00 until 20:00.

That’s all for now, I hope to see you at the workshop or the Finissage.

Brotfabrik Vernissage, March 2, 2018

Info about my vernissage at Brotfabrik on March 2, 2018, 19:00 until 23:00.  You can also find info on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/events/1707791832607324/

Info on the Brotfabrik page about my exhibition: http://brotfabrik-berlin.de/event/stephanie-barnes-ronny-johne-going-with-the-flow/2018-03-02/

Upcoming exhibitions 2018

Exhibit schedule for 2018

Start date End date Location Exhibit theme
Vernissage:
July 6th, 2018
18:00 – 21:00
Finissage:
August 30, 2018
18:00 – 21:00
 Private Office
http://private-office-berlin.de/ Marburger Straße 2, 10789 Berlin
Feelings, #5

 

November 10, 2018 December 8, 2018 L’ATELIER Galerie-Café, Berlin
https://www.facebook.com/latelier.berlin/
 This is now

 

Upcoming exhibitions 2017-2018

 

Start date End date Location Exhibit theme
September 15, 2017 Finissage: September 23, 2017 Atelier Café, Weißensee

https://fr.tripadvisor.ch/Restaurant_Review-g187323-d12474603-Reviews-L_Atelier_Galerie_Cafe-Berlin.html

Joy, Chaos

 

October 27, 2017 December 7, 2017 Tuesday Coworking https://www.tuesdaycoworking.com/ Masks we hide behind
January 21, 2018  January 21, 2018 HvH Coaching-Etage
Akazienstraße 28
Im Akazienhof links 2 OG
10823 Berlin
Paintings and Poetry
March 2, 2018 April 15, 2018 Brotfabrik, Weißensee

http://brotfabrik-berlin.de/

Pieces of my Heart, The same but different, Rejection
July 2018 September 2018 Private Office

http://private-office-berlin.de/

tbd

 

The Joy of Going with the Flow at l’Atelier Galerie & Cafe

This is the first of several exhibits Stephanie will do over the course of the next year. Each exhibit will explore different themes from her work over the last six years. This one starts with her earlier paintings and explores the themes of Joy and Going with the Flow.

Details of this exhibit in September are as follows:
Location: KunstGalerie Cafe, Heinersdorferstraße 34, 13086 Berlin
Vernissage: September 16, 2017, 5pm – 8pm
Finissage: September 23, 2017 at 5pm – 8pm

Facebook event links:
Vernissage
Finissage

Like it or not

This is a blog post about some recent experiences I have had receiving feedback from other artists about my work. In one case the feedback was negative and criticized me and my paintings, the other was overwhelmingly positive.

In both cases the feedback was unsolicited by me, although in the first case I had asked the artist a question about his experience in the art world, I did not, however, ask him to critique my work.

I did not know the first artist.

The second artist is someone I have known for about 6 years. I trust her and respect her as an artist and a person.

In the first case, the artist’s comments seemed inconsistent and I wondered if he even looked at my work before providing his unsolicited feedback.

In the second case, the artist congratulated me on the evolution of my art and complemented the professionalism of my work (her word, not mine).

Not everyone likes my work, and that’s fine, there’s lots of art that I don’t like too; I am not offended by people who don’t like my work. I am often curious about why and will often engage in a conversation about my art and what it is that they don’t like about it. Often it is too energetic or colourful or they want to “see” something in it, or they just don’t like abstract art—it’s not my paintings in particular, it’s a whole style of painting. And that’s okay, they’re allowed to like or not like things, that’s what makes this world a wonderful place: the diversity of thought and likes and dislikes.

I do think it’s important to keep an open mind when looking at other people’s artwork. If they are sharing it either publicly or privately, it is clearly something that is important to them, something they are passionate about, it is a story that they feel compelled to share in whatever way they are able to. I think you should show and interest in that, out of respect for the other person and their journey, and because you might learn something that informs your own thoughts and experiences (and creative practice, if you have one).

My paintings tell a story of personal growth and development, and have become more confident and complex as I have continued with my practice. To me they illustrate the complexity of life. Where they started out simply as an expression of joyful chaos, they now combine that joy and chaos with heartbreak and loss. Such is the nature of life.

Either that speaks to you or it doesn’t. In the case of the first artist, I would suggest that it didn’t, in the case of the second artist I would suggest that it did. Neither is right or wrong, that’s just the way it is, given their own individual life experiences.

Am I going to stop painting because someone doesn’t like my painting? No. I paint because I find it to be the best way to express things that I can’t put into words. I paint because I have to. I have stories to tell, that can only be told through my paintings.

I paint, therefore I am.