Painting can appear everywhere. On a canvas, a vase, a product description, a towel. It is the way of seeing and picking things out, that makes it to a painting.  

About my work  

In my artistic work I am looking for possibilities to visualize those moments of awareness to define something as painting and tease it out. Subconsciousness and sometimes surreal views helps things to bubble up beneath the surface. Landscapes appear as brush strokes, fabric patterns as abstract paintings, many points merge into a figurative picture. The questions about content and medium, about the space of illusion and the surface are renegotiated. They are not questioned as theoretical questions, but rather with much joy of playing and laying out wrongly tracks.
I use pillowcases as picture carriers, mould stains become paintings.

You are in an imaginary room that only looks three-dimensional, but marks in some places that it tilts back into the surface, things do not exist in space.

This vexatious game between flatness and space, between detail and general view and between small things that appear on the canvas very big, shows that I understand painting as a possibility to rebuild modelled reality, and to recreate, to change it into the language of painting. 

Narrations, irritations and antagonisms are articulated. 

Paintings happen to me. Figurative elements can appear, but don't necessarily need to. Any kind of colours can be used. All of them have a personal story and a starting point. Everything can float into the work that I met visually. It can be inspired by mass media images, photographs, texts, philosophical and or psychological impacts that I am meeting in everyday life. I am transforming those things into a visual language and while I am painting them they themselves want things from me, to been changed and want me to pull them in the direction they want to be. All of them together form a community or society that I call the Welttheater. If someone of them is put out of the context of the other ones, it will be seen totally different and will confront the viewer with his personal system of categorisation.


CV


Meike Kuhnert
* 1985 in Munich. Lives and works in Berlin.

2014

Foundation of the project space stay hungry in collaboration with Michel Aniol, http://stayhungry-projectspace.de/

Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt

an independent program for postgraduate visual artists, Berlin

2011-2012

master student of Prof. Antje Majewski

Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, Berlin

 

2010

study fine arts at Chelsea College of Arts, London

 

2005-2011

study fine arts at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee

painting department, diploma

 

 

Awards and Grands

 

2021

research grant for 'stay hungry' by Berliner Senat, Berlin

2020

Arbeitsstipendium, Berliner Senat, Berlin

2019

BBK studio program

2018

Auszeichnung künstlerischer Projekträume und Initiativen 

for 'stay hungry'

Berliner Senat, Berlin

2017

Nominated for project grant KunstKommunikation

Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, Hörstel

2014

Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin

2012

Financial support of ICHICHICH exhibition by Mart Stam Gesellschaft

2011

Mart Stam Preis

 

 

Exhibitions (selection)

2022 

upcoming June, Fabrikraum Wien

 

2021

And if my thought dreams- could be seen, Stroux, Berlin(S) ; 

Pleasure Garden Revamped, stay hungry as part of Berlin Britzenale, Berlin; 

gemütlichkeit,  project by Dario Orphée La Mendola and Mario Margani

Berlin-Sizilien (online);

Suturo Berlin 2021, Suturo, Berlin (online);

Oblivion, The Holy Art, London (online);

 

2020

It's Now, Galerie Alte Schule Adlershof, Berlin;

Weißensee Kabinett, Brot Fabrik, Berlin;

2019

Neck of the Woods, Spoilers, Berlin;

Isolae, Dintorni, Palermo;

PrettyBlueBatch, Treptower Ateliers e.V., Berlin;

Second Life, Sangnual Lap, Bangkok;

Anonyme Zeichner*innen archive, Kunsthaus Kannen, Münster;

Stadt, Schoeler, Municipal Gallery Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin;

 

2018

Nebbia, Garage arts platform, Enna, Sicily.

2017

Ausblick!, Project grant KunstKommunikation 17,

Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, Hörstel;
       Age of Ideas, Freiraumfestival, Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Leipzig (S);
       Ideenwerkstatt, presentation of project Genius Loci, Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst, Hörstel;
       Business as usual, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin;
       Swimming Tools, stay hungry, Berlin (S);

 

2016

Orientations in Time and Space, stay hungry, Berlin (S);
       Solar Dreams, Möbelhaus von A-Z, Berlin (S);
       Secret Garderns, site of the former St. Thomas Cemetery, Berlin;
       The Visionaire, Feuerwache (Alt), Berlin

 

2015

#TABS, LageEgal, Berlin;
       Artists Sweethearts, Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Dortmund;
       Pure Fruits, stay hungry, Berlin;

 

2014

HELIUM – Goldrausch 2014, Projektraum Flutgraben e. V., Berlin;
       Paradies Neukölln, stay hungry, Berlin (S);
       POLYEDITION#1/– Spirits –, stay hungry, Berlin.

 

2012

ICHICHICH, Leinestraße 21, Berlin;
       Ausgerechnet Freitag der Dreizehnte, curated by Frank Wagner, Oranienplatz 17, Berlin;
       PRESUME, Mart Stam Grand, projectspace of Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Berlin.

 

2011

Tschüss mein Schatz, Atelierhaus Monbijoupark, Berlin

 

2010

Vitrinen, Foyer of KHB, Berlin
 

2009

Plötzlich, Uferhallen, Berlin
   Holt die Ferne Heran!, Atelierhaus Monbijoupark, Berlin 
   Let's Go East, Galerie E105, Bonn

Contact/Impressum

 

Meike Kuhnert

Studio

Porschestraße 11, 12107, Berlin-Mariendorf.