Featuring Maaz Ali, Daniel Moser, Nina Weber, Nilüfer Yildirim, Thomas Oram, Efthymia Sampsonidou
Kunstraum IDYLLEREI is a studio for artists with intellectual disabilities in Nuremberg, southern Germany. About 20 artists work there full time, painting, drawing and experimenting – bursting with energy. Kunstraum IDYLLEREI was founded in 2011.
These artists do not know any teaching that would have told them which art would be right or wrong or beautiful. Or they had teachers, but their views just didn't matter to them.
Maybe there is nothing elemental in art except making art.
Maybe there is no right or wrong or beautiful in art.
But maybe you are interested in the necessity of creating.
To show what is there, what’s inside my mind and maybe in yours.
That speaks of me and speaks to you without full stop and comma
and maybe leads to confrontation or total fail,
The only thing important is: It must be done.
Lili was born in 1971 in Malatya, Turkey. At the age of five she came to Germany and experienced a special education for children with handicaps. After some years in a sheltered workshop she joined the Kunstraum studio in 2014 and since then is a source of creative outburst and attentive high spirits.
Lili’s work is based upon powerful colors and a strong outline. The human face stands in the center of her consideration and reflection and probably the expressions shown in her drawings are rather the many variations of a never ending self-portrait. Most of her figures appear female and it’s these big, expressive eyes, which will first attract the spectator. The gay tones in her paintings pretend a happy mood, at first. In fact this rating will step back, inevitably, because Lili’s faces rarely crack a smile. They rather belong to attentive surveyors in full concern about their social environment and the conviction to act ineffectively or not fully emancipated.
Nilüfer Yildirim’s work is now part of several collections in the Nuremberg area. She took part in two international exhibitions at KunstRaum Weissenohe.
Nina, born in 1983 in Nuremberg, spends most of her time at a daycare center for autistic adults. Since 2015 she works as a regular at KUNSTRAUM's studio, three days a week.
In her images human characters often appear in strange, enclosed rooms. Walls define not only a strict area but eternal variety of space. They evoke thoughts about border lines as well as about certain possibilities. This imaginary chambers become habitat for a rather odd population but also a display for fear, lust, invention and desire. Enigmatic messages sometimes occur in speech bubbles or as a part of the picture's composition. Even at a closer look, the meaning remains cryptic for the recipient.
Nina was invited to participate at ‘zona deformabile’ exhibition at kunst galerie fuerth (curated and documented by Natalie de Ligt, Fuerth, 2018). In 2019 her work was shown at Paris Outsider Art Fair.
Born in 1983 in Neuenbürg/Baden, Germany, Daniel Moser suffers from a severe visual impairment. All the stronger is his imagination, which he nourishes from printed and electronic media that he can contemplate in peace - in contrast to the reality that rushes by. These images, which he archives in his memory, complete the small section of reality that he can perceive. And so his work is always an interpretation and montage of several perceptions.
In his work he deals a lot with urban landscapes, their architecture and social space. Sometimes speech bubbles with comments of his protagonists appear and there is always a copyright notice somewhere. He is proud of his pictures, likes to show them, even on his own website.
His pictures were part of the projects "Annäherungen" (Approaches) of the Faculty of Education of FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg, and "Menschenrechte" (Human Rights) of bfw Nuremberg, both documented in Nuremberg, 2014. His works were selected for the Outsider Art Fair in 2019 and exhibited in Paris.
His work has also been on display in Finland, at the Oulu Art Museum in 2020 and the Hämeenlinna Art Museum in 2021.
Nuremberg born Maaz Ali (*1994) feels incredibly familiar with pencil and paper since his early life. He is excited about remarkable architecture, underground or street car stations and railway tracks. Also the vehicles of public transport regularly occur in his drawings: trains, street cars, buses and what not.
He often adds different sorts of drawing paper, assembles ample structures, several meters wide. He produces a sort of patchwork in a steady progress. The matter is being glued, drawn on, endlessly folded and unfolded, stuffed into bags and being transported home and back to the studio, perpetually. This work can be continued for months and provides the material with a patina we know from strongly used legal notes: small cracks and stains, softened folding and crinkles, smudges colors and lines become part of the pictures characteristic. In this way Maaz step by step generates surfaces on which we’re about to recognize a typical process of urban life: growth and expansion on the one hand as well as aging and abrasion on the other.
Since we never know, when a specific work of art is finished, we find ourselves maneuvered in an uncertain position, because he might pick up one of his papers at any moment and change it the way he wants to. There is also no direction, from which to survey his pictures correctly, because things, figures and lettering often appear from different angles or will probably be shown from several perspectives at the same time.
Since he usually works on both sides of his papers, no one can be sure what will be the front or the backside of his drawing or rather which side shall preferably be shown.
In 2015 Maaz started to work at KUNSTRAUM studio of WerkStadt Lebenshilfe Nürnberg. In 2018 he was invited to participate at ‘zona deformabile’ exhibition at kunst galerie fuerth, curated and documented by Natalie de Ligt.
Thomas was born in 1990 in Bath, Somerset (GB) and came to Germany in 2007. Since 2012 he works at the KUNSTRAUM studio. He neither wants to be filmed nor photographed.
In his work he rather concentrates on the human being. The figures in his drawings sometimes appear to be involved in strange situations – bodies slightly distorted, proportions shifted. They seem neither to pose nor to be engaged in anything.
His characters could be described as idle, useless or lost, scarcely serving any purpose. Some sort of procrastination or slackness might be traced in his art as well as in his lifestyle, serving us, the spectators, with a distance from stress and anger, which seems to be completely out of the present time.
Thomas’s pictures were sold to several companies and collectors. He participated at the international exhibition “Vom Schwinden der Erinnerung - Fading Memories”, KunstRaum Weissenohe (documented in Krakow, 2015) and numerous other local exhibitions.
Effi was born in 1977 in Nuremberg. She was with the first artists that worked at the KUNSTRAUM studio. During her first years she used to work in an ongoing ritual-like pattern: drawn circles crossed by vertical lines, colored by brush-strips of thinned acrylic paint on paper. Thus she created thousands of images during the years. Even if her expression has gradually changed recently, the serial and ritual manner still appears in her artwork, now in an advanced variety.
On the first glance, the blend of abstract and figural subjects appears not to be designed. With a closer inspection at her work process and by a look on recurrence and reproduction of her subjects it becomes clear, that her results will not come into existence by mere chance.
Sometimes her urge to create pictures gets so strong, that it doesn’t matter for her on what specific ground she’s painting.
Today Effi’s artwork is part of numerous collections. In 2016 the interior design of bfw-Building in Bamberg was based on her patterns. In 2019 her pictures were shown at the Outsider Art Fair in Paris.
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