Kaschmir wäscht man mit der Hand – Klasse Macketanz

21.04. – 13.05.2012

Kaschmir wäscht man mit der Hand – Klasse Macketanz

Opening: Sat 21.4. 7 pm

Opening hours Fri – Sun 16 – 20 h

and by appointment

Both hands at chest level, open shoulder width. No blinkers, but a focus. The heart space open, movement forward. Intellect and intuition meet to find their way into matter. There is the origin of a warming painting.

Klasse Macketanz, http://www.klassemacketanz.de

HfBK Dresden, http://www.hfbk-dresden.de


Marie Athenstaedt, Katharina Baumgärtner, Ella Becker, Josephin Bunde, Ludwig Flohe, Wiebke Herrmann, Daniel Jantsch, Steffi Köhler, Melanie Kramer, Marie-Christin Rothenbücher, Anton Schön, Christian Thamm, Charlott Weise and Maria Katharina Wendt.

16 students and a plea for hand washing

Macketanz class opens exhibition at geh8

Cashmere is washed by hand. Visitors to the exhibition with the eponymous title can see why at Dresden’s geh8 art space starting April 21, 2012.

The exhibiting students are members of the Macketanz class – a specialist class for painting that has complemented the spectrum at the Dresden University of Fine Arts since May 2010. Johannes Schmidt, curator of the Städtische Galerie Dresden, will talk about cashmere, about various care instructions and about making art in hand-washing mode. He knows about “the toil and time involved in hand-washing in the fully automated age” and thus describes exactly what the 16 students and their professor Christian Macketanz are about: serious creation and struggle. Johannes Schmidt reports on his studio tour: “All directions seem to be potentially open to stylistic orientations. The existing diversity of artistic approaches is apparently preserved and encouraged …”

There is the one who gives the phenomena that in everyday life rush past most a purely on the workings of the colors and shapes correspondence. Coffee stains, strange architectural fragments or the play of shadows in the forest are found in large paintings and sometimes walk-in installations. There are those who invent fantasy worlds with determined lightness and almost psychedelic colorfulness, and those who tirelessly record the unintentional comedy of repetitive everyday phenomena. Color is resolutely given precedence over motif, and vice versa. There is experimentation, repetition, comparison, discarding, finding. The “academy education” is used here, Schmidt states, “joyfully and sometimes excessively.”

What they all have in common is a strangely timid poetics. This is almost always un-cool, in a few individual cases cool or pop-tinged, but nonetheless with a strong tendency to condense a mood. It is this strangely shy poetics and also this openness that the students of the Macketanz class want to transfer into the exhibition, its documentation and mediation. Conclusion: Cashmere is washed by hand. Absolutely.

Mr. Flux, himself a Macketanz student, will accompany the evening with a sound painting. He finds his ingredients with the recording device in the so-called reality. The exhibition is sponsored by the Leinemann Foundation for Education and Art and private Dresden sponsors. The Macketanz class hereby expresses its sincere thanks. A catalog will be published to accompany the exhibition.