So yesterday was our second day here in Berlin and we already have met so many talented and interesting people. The day started with an small adventure in itself while we walked across the city from Alexanderplatz down into the heart of Kreuzberg to meet up with the talented Irish painter Alana Richards. We sat and talked about Berlins art scene and hype for a few hours in her awesome studio surrounded by her amazing oil paintings in progress.
After wrapping and saying goodbye to Alana it was time to grab a quick and delicious Dönner Kebab before we jumped on the tram back to Oranienburgerstraße and the famous Tacheles Kunsthaus to meet Bellarusian painter Alexander Rodin. Alexander is a bit of a legend in the area has been working from his large studio on the top floor of Tacheles since 2002. The vast scale and detail in his paintings just leaves you a bit baffled when you walk around his space with classic checkered floors and vaulted ceilings. We sat and talked with Alexander about the great inspiration and energy of Berlin and his battle to keep Tacheles alive as its under attack by a banking firm and the city to be demolished. After our chat we hung out for a bit while he painted and watched the steady stream of tourist coming in to browse his paintings.
Then it was time to get going again as we had a final interview booked with Jürgen Schwämmle on the other side of the city in Hermannplatz. So we jumped on the tram again for a quick trip back towards Kreuzberg again. We arrived at Jürgen's great studio space and shared a beer and some idle chat while we explored his awesome internet based/inspired collages. He went on to tell us about his travels and how Berlin stacked up against other large cities of the world with emphasis how the ugliness in architecture of cities like Berlin and Los Angeles were a key point of inspiration for him. We had a good discussion to round it off about Berlins political climate and how it was affecting the artists and the city.
At this point it was 10 pm and we had been running back and forth all over the city for a good 11 hours. Being physically exhausted we grab a few taxi's and shuttled ourselves back to the apartment to celebrate a great day with fabulous company. Today we re-energize and take vacation, tomorrow is a new day with new adventures planned. stay tuned, for now cheers!