Attack and Defense
Portrait of the Artist Primus Oambi
Film Sculpture Photo
12th June 2010
Globalization not necessarily must be negative. Also in Asmat names like Michael Ballack are known to everyone.
Only the soccer fields in Asmat are different due to the swampland. Pretty soon every game is a mudbath much to the amusement of the players and the spectators.
Modern Asmat art incorporates many aspects of modern life, even soccer. The artist Primus Oambi took up this theme and sculptured his own soccer team. Like Fumeripits the creator of the Asmat who made wooden sculptures alive by beating the drum, maybe some day we will hear about an extraordinary team from Asmat.
The artistic dialogue with the complex Asmat culture provided a challenge for Ingo Wegerl. A conceptually arranged series of 33 paintings was created. Almost entirely devoted to portraits, format and seize of groupings within the series is varied. Sizes range form 30 cm x 30 cm through to 80 cm x 160 cm and up to 125 cm x 340 cm, the only solitary canvas.
These are faces form a different world, where Ingo Wegel captures the enigma of that culture as well as its history, past and present. Faces, independent of typological characteristics, which witness the life of the individual as well as the entire people.
Each painting requires numerous processes of work. First acrylics are applied, followed by tempera, then repeatedly sanded off, rubbed down and blurred and painted over. This results in a surface structure with pictorial plasticity; individual segments appear and the hidden appears again or is seemingly dissolved. Often the monochrome use of color remains dominant. Isolated gold leaf is used as a contrast - gold leaf which is the context and in the understanding of Christian paining tradition may be understood as cultural anachronism.
To new shores with the Asmat
1st May 2009
For the opening of the new rooms on Spandau lake the Asmat Art Galerie will show selected art work from Asmat artists and photographs from Detlef Illgner. Part of his photographs were taken during his expedition in the fall of 2008. They reflect in a unique manner how strongly the soul of the Asmat links not only to its environment, but also to our western emotions and thoughts.
Detlef Illner lives in Korschenbroich, in the lower Rhine area, he works as freelance photographer and since 2002 has travelled regularly to Asmat.