About The Bricks 2012/14

By artist • acrylic colours, Collage, mirror, on canvas, Photography • 18 Aug 2013
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Bricks as a symbol of the society are very often used in my works from the beginning. What is interesting in this symbol is the ambiguity in the possibilities of interpretations that bricks can give us as a wall or as a construction. As a wall it could be seen also as an obstacle, something like barrier or sign of limit or separation in life. In this case we may see it as negative, but alternatively they can be seen as a construction and therefore more positive and creative. However, we people are all these bricks and together we create a wall or a construction. So, the question here could be: do we care enough about how strong and good bricks are we?

This series was born in October 2012 in Berlin and it has been completed in summer 2014.

Artworks from this series were to date exhibited at these exhibitions:
– Solo show For the Film at Kunstfabrik in Berlin, August 2013.
– Contemporary Art Fair at Carousel du Louvre in Paris, France, in October 2013
– Contemporary Art Fair ArtePadova in Padua, Italy in November 2013
– Group show Berlino in Arte at Aquabit Gallery in Berlin, March 2014
– Group show Sense of Life at Sabrina Falzone Gallery in Milan, Italy 2014
– Solo exhibition at Slovenian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, September 2014
– Group exhibition at Spectrum Miami with EUART Panorama Europa Gallery, Miami, USA, December 2014
– Solo exhibition at Caffè degli Artisti, Berlin, Germany, September 2015

For more information about this series do not hesitate to contact at: artist@veronikaban.com

always.looking.for..
Always Looking For…
Collage painting made with photos printed on paper, glue, acrylic colors, crayons, charcoal, structure paste and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm.
Berlin, October 2012.
This artwork symbolically presents people and their life-styles in our society. We are always looking for something and this is actually the engine that keep us going on in our lives. Always looking for… But for what? I think this question is related to our life-style where we consume even if we don´t really need anything. We don’t understand our need to consume and to possess. It is all the same with different needs: to possess material things or intellectual powers, economical or spiritual… We are always looking for more, for something else…

symbols.about.usSymbols About Us
Collage painting made with photos printed on paper, cardboard, glue, charcoal, crayons, acrylic colors, cd and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm
Berlin, Februar 2013.

point.of.viewPoint of view
Collage painting made with copies of the book Afternoon Interviews with Marcel Duchamp by Calvin Tomkins on paper, glue, acrylic colors, crayons, charcoal and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm.
Berlin, April 2013.
This piece symbolically presents one of those moments in our lives when the only solution for continuing is to change the point of view and start looking at life differently. It makes me remember the proverb which says: “If you can not change your mind, you are not using it”.

carring.inside.usCarrying all these bricks Inside Us…
Collage painting made with photos of different historical walls and biggest world`s mountains printed on paper, glue, shirt, mirror, acrylic colors, crayons, charcoal and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm.
Berlin, May 2013.
Just like an individual person in this society, every brick is just a part of big construction and can not escape out from it. This is where we are and where we belong to. In good or bad, we are part of it. And as an individuals we also carry all this big society inside us, reflecting it in our lives. The only thing we can do here is to accept it, understand it and try always to make it as good as we can. Sometimes our society makes us cry or angry, but what we can do is to turn a tear into a sun power of learning life which can bring us then better understanding of life and spiritual evolution. And as Albert Einstein said: “When you understand, then it´s your duty to act!”

posted.on.the.wallPosted on the wall
Collage painting made with photos from Facebook´s posts printed on paper, glue, acrylic colors, charcoal, crayons and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm.
Berlin, May 2013.
This is actually an ironic artwork with a wall made by photos and posts from Facebook. Social networks are playing a big role in our society and with this piece I just wanted to capture this. Of course I choose the posts and photos which I like and appreciate, with the need of sharing them on this wall as well.

experience.bricks
To experience these bricks!..
Collage painting made with photos printed on paper, glue, acrylic colors, oil pastels, charcoal and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm
Berlin, July 2013.
This artwork is speaking about experience as the only true richness we have in our lives. We can have money and we can read lots of books, but if we do not have enough experience in our lives, we can not really understand it. Sometimes we have to feel pain and be brave or maybe change the lifestyle we have for create a new one to open the doors to new experience. It is this challenge in life that brings us bigger point of view and the power of truth with it. And if we do it with our heart, it can be really magic!

money.
Money has to circle!
Collage painting made with napkins and toilet paper with printed money on it, glue, acrylic colors, charcoal, crayons and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm
Berlin, August 2013.
This collage painting is symbolically representing the idea about how using money in our society. I believe we should use money for exchanging and creating in our lives. Human being is the only species in the world, which needs money for existing. It is strange, but understandable. But what is a paradox is that human being is using money also for destroying this world and ourselves. Somehow this artwork should remind us to use money for better construction and freedom in our society, and not for keeping it somewhere hidden or destroying others with it´s power. But maybe all this idea is just a dream in the clouds; maybe we already lost our control and real dignity, because money is now just a tool for having power in this life? Are we controlling our money or are we controlled by our money? Every person is a brick, which can decide how to use his/her money, either for creation or destruction.

dont.sell.your.soul
Just don´t SeLL Your SouL!
Collage painting made with photos printed on paper, glue, acrylic colors, charcoal, crayons and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm
Berlin, September 2013.
If I would be a graffiti artist, I would probably spray this sentence on the walls around the world, but as I do not do graffiti art, I wrote this on this canvas from this series. This piece tries to remind people to keep some spiritual and moral values in their lives, some ethics and honesty. With all the marketing, publicity and competition in our busy society it is sometimes very difficult to keep ourselves clean and aware, as well as relaxed and happy.

occupy.yourself.firstAnd.. Occupy Yourself First!
Collage painting made by photos of Facebook´s posts printed on paper, glue, acrylic colors, crayons, charcoal, spray color and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm.
Berlin, October 2013.
This artwork is saying to us, that we should reflect about ourselves and our lives. We are constantly looking and judging others,… but are we also so critical about ourselves? I think people in general very easily critic others forgetting to look first at themselves. And what is often forgotten: analyzing ourselves can be very useful, healthy and funny after all!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABe an Artist!
Collage painting made with photos printed on paper, glue, acrylic colors, crayons, trousers and varnish on canvas.
100x100x3cm
Berlin, April 2014.
Joseph Beuys said: “Every human being is an artist”. Then Martin Kippenberger turned it round and said: “Every artist is a human being”. And now I am just encouraging with adding: “Be an artist!”

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