Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Another Sneak Peek

The first stages of a new painting. Still working in black and white and pencil. (By the way; the pencil is attached to a very handy pencil apparatus; ideal for pencils that are to short to hold properly).

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Messemännchen

I found this corporate character, pictured above, on a flea market in Zürich last weekend. He looked smart in his felt suit and suitcase, but it was the pipe that did it for me. I just have a thing for smoking characters. Back home Google master and Zürich pal José discovered this was the mascot of the Leipzig fair back in the DDR days and was practically named the 'Leipziger Messemännchen' which can be translated into 'the little man of the (Leipzig) fair'.

Creator of this little globe guy was the award winning director and (puppet) designer Gerhard Behrendt, who also made the Sandmännchen for the DDR state broadcasting. Between 1964 up to the end of the DDR in 1990, the Messemännchen has been the Leipzig fair mascot, and an army of more than 400.000 'männchen', ranging in size from 6 inches to more than 5 feet, were produced to promote the event.

There is no doubt about the Messemännchen's background. His suit and suitcase and his over-sized globe head tell us he does business all over the planet while the colours blue and yellow stand for his home town Leipzig. Like the (traveling) salesman he is he now found his way to Amsterdam. I only wish mine didn't loose his blue hat somewhere along the way.

Source & photo below: Wikipedia and the DDR museum.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Back To Work

Amsterdam. Sunny, windy, not very warm, Tim Knol's 'Days' and Eddie Vedder's 'Ukulele Songs' on Itunes, and working on the upcoming exhibition in Los Angeles. Above, a quick sneak peek of one of my new works.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Zürich Sale, The Photo's

Here's a snapshot impression of Zürich's first Garage Sale group show, that took place last weekend. The work, the visitors, the Sale colleagues, the city and the lovely weather contributed to what I experienced as an excellent weekend d'art. Thanks everybody! (And extra special thanks to Michel Casarramona and Donovan Gregory for the invitation and organisation). Above; installing the exhibition. Below; the opening and some Swiss weird- and cuteness.