2019-02-04 turning down options because every way is wrong | entry by sven
living and going forward is about making decisions and also others to make the consequence happen. all the time, while you can only go wrong. the new year delivered some new ideas, I am not into new year´s resolutions, but it plopped up in my head when the month counter switched to one again. whenever you make a decision you will find yourself in the future looking back wondering if you should have taken the other road. everyone always feels to have made wrong decisions. well, honestly, the concept of right or wrong gests more and more soft the longer you deal with it: every decision is only right in at certain time for a certain aspect. things change all the time. the illusion to anticipate the ultimate benefit for you in the coming 50 years is an illusion. and it looks more hilarious if you´ll say it this way. to nail it: just do it…

making a decision appears always tricky but at least the choice is yours. the other scenario driving me nuts is the world of options: a network of people planning and pretending, all kinds of people all around, bookers, curators, gallerists, colleagues, friends and girls. you find yourself a zero gravity scenario: you are waiting for (sometimes even working on) things to happen. you know the chance for success or taken up is microscopically small (almost zero) which keeps you going, keeps you waiting and makes you passive and submissive. sometimes it is even worese: people confirm something but do not act anyway. talk is cheap and it has never been cheaper than today.
when you are older there are two phenomena showing up: all your patience and goodwill are not taken up, you cannot trigger interest. sencondly, getting older means being more patient, but you realize that there is no time left, in the future you will even be more dull for all of these people you are waiting for. it is a simple paradox.

the only answer can be found by lateral thinking: you turn down the options yourself. dismiss something you were never offered anyway. escape from control based upon the illusion of an option. I do not know if people get aware of the things they have lost when I turn down my interest (I just image their surprise) but I feel better knowing that I don’t have to wait for something that will never happen. these ideas sound so simple, but it is a long way to put them into words and even more to use them as principles in your life.


michaela was part of the wohngemeinschaft staff for over half a year, now the shop delivering cool people with cool stuff has closed because of the need to focus on another store project in ibbenbühren. michaela worked there but must have spend half of her salary on products from there, so did I, also judith (the shop head) had many presents and goodies for us, we even grabbed some furniture after closing for symbolic prices. as a farewell gift michaela did a funny simpsons adaptation, a (probably) unfinished embroidery of the words ‘quit while you´re ahead’. the advice fits perfect into this post, get off the ship before it sinks and leave before someone askes you to go. it is all a question of timing, because everything has its time.


instafame: my former student and buddy dean blues has posted this picture of himself on instagram trying to copy parts of my style. I hope he has already gains some more likes. however, that was funny. it is even less funny that we have planned to record some music together back in 2017 and we did not manage to do it. actually it was my fault because of being trapped in professional and personal issues, the whole thing came to nothing. so when this post is about complaining about the pretended will to make something happening I am one of these blatherskites as well. the world is more complex than we want it. nevertheless, we are still planning something, without date or pressure, but it is supposed to happen one day…


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galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2018-11-22 — 2019-02-06
opening 2018-11-22, 7pm

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laudatio by martin turner

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2019-01-08 …only art will save us: the groninger museum | entry by sven
as I have reported in the last post about the disappointing visit of leeuwarden, we were okay with leaving it again and visited the groninger museum on our way home. I was the only one of our tiny group who has not been here before, nevertheless we were curious about the studio glass art of dale chihuly and if it might work as contemporary art show. to put the the spoilers first: yes, it does.

chihuly´s art is combining craftwork with some connectional approaches and surprised with outstanding quality and quantity. as the entry of 20 euro for an adult is close to the limit of acceptable pricing, the show made you forget about money quickly.






chihuly´s work gets you straight away. it is perfectly crafted, strong and fragile, poetic and connectional, and only made of glass. the show seems like a collection of beautiful surrealistic landscapes and specimen reminding a little of kelbassas panoptikum´s work. plus: every visitor get a guided tour device delivering music for each room. it appeared strange to listen to nineties’ grunge making want to dance in front of glass sculptures, the american symphonic pieces appeared a lot more suitable. sound is a great additional channel to an art show but it also leads your attention away from the impressive pieces.



the only contemporary piece of the collection on display was jake and dinos chapman´s ‘unholy trinity’, leading me into a strange déjà vu. when I visited the kunstmuseum bochum last week for ‘bild macht religion’ the crucifixion group was also part of the show. their mash-up of christian imagery and mcdonalds franchise figures may be see as pure pubertal provocation (which it is) but is actually more than just beating up favourite enemies. the chapmans presented the crucifixion also among sculpture mixing up pseudo-african (religious) art with mcdonalds figures questioning the impact of commercial issues on culture. so if you spend enough money and effort on placing content or products in peoples lives, they will probably absorb it and add it to their culture, even mixing it with religious feelings. think about the hype on apple products and their prophetic leadership and obeying consumers, like a church without transcendence. could you imaging to enter a catholic church and replace the crucifix with the apple logo? this idea might be close to the one of the chapman brothers.
and there is even more: obviously I have travelled 245 kilometres from the kunstmuseum bochum to the groniger museum to see another edition of the same work. isn´t this exactly what franchise is all about? also it feels like a negative jackpot, the chance to see the same work at the same time in different museums is quite low but it actually happens and proves a bad suspicion: the canon of work worth being displayed, collected and shown again is quite limited leading to a cultural world in which all museums show the same. I know, this is quite overdramatized, but I hope you´ll get the point. the ideas stringed to these double crucifixions are worth to be kept in mind, because they tell something about art and even more about the whole world you live in.


and this is us once again in the groninger museum in the collection. you can still see our disappointment on leeuwarden in our sad eyes, the groninger museum was worth it.



the collection and the outstanding architecture as well offered many placed to make funny mirror selfies, well, here they are. complex shows absorb the whole condition, so this is what it ends up with.


she might probably say: 'follow me on instagram!'
we do not know, more info in the previous post.


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galerie gublia, essen
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wed 3 pm to 6 pm
thu & fri 10 pm to 12 pm
sat 12 pm to 3 pm
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thomas r. hoeß, gabriella héjja &karla köhler with sven piayda
HOCHHAUS - HÜTTE - HINTERHOF
DER REITZ DES UNGELIEBTEN

galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2018-11-22 — 2019-02-06
opening 2018-11-22, 7pm

the artists are expected to be present, except sven piayda
laudatio by martin turner

have a look at the invitation flyer over here

opening hours
mo—fr 9am to 8 pm
consulting and sale
wed 4 to 6pm
and by appointment
fon 0177 7299 665

galerie treppenhaus
henkestraße 91
91052 erlangen

http://www.galerie-treppenhaus.de/






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2019-01-04 hopeless boredom in the european capital of culture | entry by sven
the idea was hilariously simple: why not use the days off ‘between the years’ and spend the new year´s eve with friends in the european capital of culture to make sure there is good time before and after the party. well, we might have been naïve to believe there would be something special around these days but we would have been happy with something instead of absolutely nothing. all museums were closed on new year´s eve and day (even unusual for germany and luxembourg) and nothing was going on downtown. we were lucky to find a restaurant having open until 10pm but that’s it. no café, pub or club open, the dutch here celebrate nye at home (most of them do not even assemble on the street at night while other try to blow up the whole crossing…), parties start at 1am, but this is the time where you would normally end up the whole thing.

the days were coined by a lack of options, nothing to do or to discover and officials like tourist info having no idea or serving wrong information. the whole city appeared boring and without any chance for discoveries. well, we ended up in cafés, restaurants and pubs – eating, drinking and discussing. we had a good time as group, no doubt, but this place as not necessary at all. even here silver linings are showing up giving a perfect truth: only art can save us.


the fries museum was open on only one day of our stay, so we visited it straight way. the dutch know how to curate museums, next to a big classic collection they served a rembrandt show next to contemporary positions on escher´s twisted realities. let´s have a look at the shows at fries before coming back to illustrate the disappointment of leeuwarden.



a loud and perfectly overwhelming start into the house, these weird video sculptures pumping techno sound while moving and making it impossible to get the whole thing. a visit to the fun fair, too much to remember…



the ‘phantom limb’ group show was perfectly curated, skipping big names for outstanding positions of each discipline. this is what a show should look like: discoveries and newfound questions everywhere. above you see me and us in and at a colour room helping you to loose orientation wile fiving into the colour.


the rembrandt show is also great but limited. it features a few works but is mainly filled with rembrandt´s students and coevals. is way to place light and giving plasticity to jewellery is awesome and his work is worth to be seen on the wall.


the works of his time were filled with details serving as symbols for mostly sexual innuendos. however, my favourite picture was the one of a young woman receiving a letter from her lover with a brooch as gift. when I looked at it the frame on the table appears like a laptop and the brooch as smartphone. I imagined her saying: ‘I have finally managed to install facebook on my laptop as well as on my phone!’ we had a laugh at the museum and I guess many of the works are working as comedies made to trigger people laughing or being impressed. in our age, visitors sometimes pretend being impressed without any joy, like you would imagine them in a church. humour is no innovation of the present, I´m sure that rembrandt and his mates would agree…


a street in leeuwarden that became a daily ritual: going downtown and back, again and again. not ugly, just boring.


jaume plensa´s beautiful work of a girl and a boy dreaming is brilliant and hopelessly lonely placed next to the main station.


new year´s eve at midnight. the have been rockets and firecrackers all day, at night there have been spots where all the stuff got blown up. it actually felt like civil war with only a few people on the streets and extremely loud firecrackers. it was mental. but no mood anyway…


we read about the new year´s day swimming. even more funny, with us searching for it with no one on a café knowing about working only 800 m away. however, the brave ones jumped into the water and making the whole event end after twenty minutes. nothing is celebrated, no need to stay, where do all these people go?


the oldehove tower made a big impression on me. unfortunately it was closed and not open for visitors. as you see on the picture (there is no photoshop editing) the big tower is formed like a banana. it is a unfinished piece and was supposed to be three times as high as it is. when it started tilting during the beginning of construction in the 16th century they tried to compensate the tilt giving it this strange shape. when you walk around it, you might get the impression that it is moving and about to fall down on you. however, this tower appears as perfect symbol to our trip to leeuwarden: no was to get in, a bad idea from the start and the helpless attempt to turn it into something stable. we love the netherlands, zeeland and walcheren, we are usually fascinated by every place we go and every museum we enter, but leeuwarden will stay without recommendation – and without return.


sven piayda
# H O W D E E P I S Y O U R L O V E
galerie tellerrand, gelsenkirchen
2015-11-01 — 2016-01-31
(archive)

sven piayda @ galerie tellerand
#howdeepisyourlove (archive of complete online show)
galerie tellerand


sven piayda
FOUR SEASONS / COWS AND SHELLS 3 / CATALOGUE

galerie gublia, essen
ongoing

opening hours:
wed 3 pm to 6 pm
thu & fri 10 pm to 12 pm
sat 12 pm to 3 pm
and by appointment

galerie irma gublia
kreuzeskirchstraße 3
45127 essen

+49 (0)179 762 19 24

facebook.com/galeriegublia
galeriegublia.de
sven piayda @ galerie gublia


thomas r. hoeß, gabriella héjja &karla köhler with sven piayda
HOCHHAUS - HÜTTE - HINTERHOF
DER REITZ DES UNGELIEBTEN

galerie treppenhaus, erlangen
2018-11-22 — 2019-02-06
opening 2018-11-22, 7pm

the artists are expected to be present, except sven piayda
laudatio by martin turner

have a look at the invitation flyer over here

opening hours
mo—fr 9am to 8 pm
consulting and sale
wed 4 to 6pm
and by appointment
fon 0177 7299 665

galerie treppenhaus
henkestraße 91
91052 erlangen

http://www.galerie-treppenhaus.de/






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