It is not easy to find artists who work in stone, know the technique of stone sculpture and are also part of the global art crowd. When I find them, I still have to convince them to teach a group of students directly in the quarry for four weeks in summer. Therefore I’m extremely happy that Karin Reichmuth will listen to the stone with maximum 12 students starting on 29 July this summer. I think she fulfils the criteria perfectly. Learning the technique and discussing current and burning artistic questions will be in a good balance I’m convinced.
I have always been interested in conceptual and political art and I think Karin is going into this direction. Although artists, who work with stone, seem to face very specific challenges: The really heavy material stone and the very close connection to nature in the quarry, which characterises the work. It’s beautiful and stimulating but also demanding. Especially when it’s hot, rainy or windy. But when it comes to the quality of art, to the question why do we produce art? What does it mean? For whom do we make it? Then the artwork transcends far beyond its physical and technical production.
And imagine one wrong stroke can damage the whole piece, after many days working on the same stone. But I promise you, it won’t happen to you in the perfect atmosphere in the quarry next summer.
photo: Karin Reichmuth, Work in progress, plastik bag, 2016
5 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."