Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ancorato nel acqua

All'inizio c'era il volo: un mulino sospeso nell'aria della pagina bianca.
Gabriele comincia qui a disegnare dall'alto verso il basso...

Le costruzioni di Gabriele Bonato
(i suoi mulini a vento, le sue cattedrali – aeromobili e navi) sono mezzi per volare. Per lo spirito che ha bisogno d'innalzarsi, per gli esseri umani portatori di spirito e d'anima, amanti del volo...
le pale del mulino fanno pensare alle eliche di un aereo; e la ruota del mulino può trasformarsi in un potente propulsore. Un meccanismo di salvaguardia.

I suoi personaggi sono sopravvissuti. Figure di Atlante/Atlas (sia uomini che uccelli) qui portano il mondo, le rovine dei suoi edifici, non sulle loro spalle, ma sulla loro testa.

Una figura di Cristo incoronato non di spine, ma di teneri rami di alberi e di una di queste potenti rovine. Una forma di resurrezione qui addolcisce la passione dolorosa del mondo (che rimane visibile nella tristezza del volto umano).

Una figura di Cristo ancorata nell'acqua (si può vedere la corda); anche lui una rovina, una roccia qui ha bisogno di essere stabilizzata.

la testa di un gigante qui esce dall'acqua in una visione postdiluviana piena di delicatezza

Fotografie© Gabriele Bonato

Friday, August 4, 2017

Brâncuşi's Birds

When looking at Brâncuşi's sculpted birds you discover a big family: they all have something in common, yet each one is a little different. Sometimes you find the same shape assigned to different materials, so that the bird can change its plumage from mate marble to a shining bronze. Children, just try to imagine 16 different flying birds!

Brâncuşi liked to work in series, playing with a theme throughout several years. In doing this he was searching for the best combination between the shape of the bird, the material of the sculpture and the idea of flight, which was so dear to him because it embraced all the birds of the world.

Some of the birds he envisaged rise up gradually, like The Rooster (Cocoşul, 1924, cherry wood and 1935, bronze) with its song dedicated to the sun and to the breaking of the day. Others seem to be gliding skyward; some shine like a flame, others are well-grounded like a column.

Have a look at Măiastra (1911), the golden bird: with its puffed up chest, its raised head, arched neck and distinct beak, it is a heavy, rather sturdy bird. It invokes the idea of flight through its volume (we can imagine the air inside its rounded chest) and its singing. Măiastra is a singing bird, an artist. With its puffed up chest, pushed forward, ready to sing, this bird is more about the miracle of the charming sound. It's this embodied flight that interests Brâncuşi now. With its round, proud and shining belly Măiastra is a bird full of, pregnant with singing... It is majestic and static like every being which hides inside itself (hosting it for a while) flight itself.

The bird in grey marble (1923/1947) has its beak open towards the sky. It is so very sky-oriented while singing, that its head and the rest of its body form together one single, elongated shape: seen from one side it looks perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the ground; but also round and full from the other.

As the title itself suggests, Bird in Space (Pasărea în văzduh,1924) is a bird in full action, above the ground. And this thanks to its shape (slim and vertical) and its texture: it is so smooth that it can easily cut through the air and slide; and the polished bronze also makes it luminous, like the sun itself.

Bird in space is simultaneously slenderly curved and sharply determined.

It is slender and its arching still reminds us of its kindred ones: not so much of Măiastra's inflated chest, but of the grey-marbled bird, ready to set its song free. Seen from certain angles its shape resembles that of a bow, an archer which can launch itself towards the sky. And its beak has the sharpness of a spear, but without the menace.

While flying, the bird appears thinned, refined. In such a way that its whole being concentrates into a feather. This is Bird in Space: one single thin, luminous feather. This is how Brâncuşi saw the essence of flight. He stripped the bird of its heavy coat of muscles and plumage and presented it to the world like an arch and like an arrow: simple, perfectly aerodynamic, born to fly. Of all the complicated anatomy of its body the sculptor kept only the feather. He disarmed the entire arsenal of flying and reconstructed it, concentrated into one single flaming feather, rising up.

One single quill, magical... With it Brâncuşi wrote, like birds do, the story of flying.

Berlin, 26 October 2016.
Text published in Ghidul pozneţ de cultură Nr. 8 (The Naughty Cultural Guide No.8) on the theme of Flight.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Spring in Berlin!

Spring is coming, put on your most comfortable shoes and let's roam the streets of Berlin. Enjoy an unforgettable, inspiring time: urban art, galleries & Cafes, artists' collectives and the alternative scenes. The good-old styles and the mind-blowing ephemerals.
Together we discover the wall-writers, the dreamers, the street artists and the heart-followers.
With a sip of coffee or a vapour of absinthe, a step of tango or an instant-photo to take home!


Book now: 2-and-a-half-hour walking tour

TOUR ONE: Berlin Bohème (in Mitte) 

TOUR TWO: Kreuzberg: the funky Bohème


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Sunbathing II

From the series "instant photography on and off the ground"

Berlin-Bucharest, 15 December 2015


Berlin-Bucharest, 15 December 2015
From the series "instant photography on and off the ground"

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Berlin Lacht! and so do we!

And Berlin Lacht smiles... so beautifully!
Thank you all!

Last August I started taking pictures at Berlin Lacht 2013 - the International Street Theatre Festival in Alexanderplatz.

Where half a million people demonstrated for freedom and democracy in November 1989 there are now artists and musicians, crowds of clapping spectators, tents and stages, a world of magic, playfulness, creativity and freedom.

The photos are bacsktage moments reflecting the inner beauty of the artists and the radiance of their creativity. An attempt to prolong their presence, to catch a strong character, to ravel in their mystery, to celebrate their joy and craziness!
Moments of coming together during parties and portraits taken shortly after they finished a performance.
This year´s instant pictures fit even better the world of spectacle and magic: direct, spontaneous, full of surprise, ephemeral, unique!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Night watch at Clärchens Ballhaus (summer 2013)

In the spotlight

Rose-guardians over sleeping chairs

Not a self-portrait! Part II

Thank you Lucian Spatariu for the beautiful image!

This is a Polaroid! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Up the walls again!

Vernissage: Friday, the 4th of October 2013, starting 7 PM
Exhibition: 5 October - 25 october 2013
Caffe degli Artisti, Fidicinstr. 44

Artists: Ioana Muntenescu (RO) & Daniel Lamas (DE/PE)
Curator: Claudia Lamas Cornejo
Management: Julia Goth