Jakob Kolding’s medium is collage. “Collage and the making of Worlds” is therefore the title of his course. He usually works with already existing images. Jakob copies and pastes and cuts out with scissors. He works in small scale, small collages either analogue or often digital. But since some years Jakob also creates big scale, three-dimensional sculptures. They have a view side and a backside. They are still flat, but a construction helps them to stand in the space. The figures, life-size face the viewer, which is fascinating experience. The exhibition becomes a theatre, the viewer an actor, thus one sees that he integrates his experience as a stage designer into the gallery space.
I got to know Jakob’s work at the Gallery Martin Janda years ago. I always liked his specific way of integrating “the world” into his work. The world can be city planning and urbanism, can be history, literature. His starting point is always the space, the urban space, the psychological space, the theatre stage, the gallery space. Jakob’s exhibition at Gallery Martin Janda in Vienna is on view until 20 April, go to see it, if you are in Vienna.
Join his course, Jakob is so generous in sharing his knowledge, he’s the perfect teacher.
photo: Jakob Kolding with student Michael January Joseph, 2018, photo: Mira Turba
4 April 2019
by Hildegund Amanshauser
"For me, the International Summer Academy is a very special place. The intensive, creative and inspiring atmosphere in all our activities never ceases to fascinate me. Artists come to us – as teachers and students – from all over the world, taking advantage of this summer time-slot to concentrate exclusively on production, reflection and presentation, far removed from their everyday life. Disillusionment and re-enchantment, downfall and upswing – all this is possible; there emerge not only exceptional works of art, but also friendships and networks that often last a lifetime. The long-term project Global/Planetary Academy is at present my main objective. Its aim is to further establish the Summer Academy as a hotspot for global art, tackling relevant questions and strengthening worldwide connections. The project focuses on questions of how art can be learned and taught in the globalised world."