Welcome to my blog! Here I share my thoughts about photography in general and my pictures in particular, and sometimes also about the world as it is… or could be.
“Design, just as art, has multiple definitions, there is no single definition.
Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics.
Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”
Paul Rand, 1996
What is art? What is design? These questions have been discussed widely. Nonetheless, most pictures will be hung on some wall, in someone’s home. And as I would like you to get a better idea of what a Skies by Gabriele Golissa™ photograph print could look in your home, I have added a selection of images showing some Skies in a Room on my website. The images result from an ongoing effort to cooperate with interior designers, architects, construction companies, photographers, and so on. Another interesting journey. So take a look right here!
“All real life is encounter.”
(My translation of the originally German sentence “Alles wirkliche Leben ist Begegnung.” from Martin Buber, Ich und Du, 1923, p. 12.)
I just returned from New York where “Emerging Visions” at Agora Gallery is still running through February 10, 2017. It was great seeing my pictures on the gallery wall. And the opening reception has been wonderful. Natalie Adam, the exhibition coordinator, and everybody at Agora Gallery has done a great job! A lot of people visited, took a look at all the exciting artworks, and embraced the opportunity to talk to the artists present. I had a lot of interesting and pleasant conversations and I have to admit, it is rather flattering being complimented on one’s work. It was also delightful to talk to fellow artists.
However, there was this one gentleman, meeting whom I will never forget. He came up to me and at first I found it difficult to understand him as his speech was not very clear anymore. His hair was all white and he had certainly seen a lot of life. He told me that he was so glad to have finally found an artist who would appreciate the skies the way he does. Whenever he would go to an exhibition, he would take photographs of his own to show to an artists, but has so far never been able to do that. So he fumbled in his coat pocket and as he was also holding a glass with some complimentary beverage, I offered to hold that for him. He then took out a rather worn envelope containing his photos. Showing me these photographs, he took me to places he had visited and through some of his life as well, always pointing out the beautiful skies in the background. When he was done, he put the photographs back into the envelope and that back into his coat pocket, took his glass again, and went on his way.
New York, the opening reception, walking through Chelsea, on the Highline, and along the Hudson, visiting the Whitney, meeting old friends and making new ones; yes, New York has been quite an experience. Looking back however, meeting a lot of wonderful people will be my favorite memory.
Emerging Visions at Agora Gallery is just around the corner. So let’s take a look at the gallery’s press release:
“NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of German-born Montana-based artist Gabriele Golissa in Emerging Visions. The exhibition will open on January 21, 2017 and run through February 10, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, January 26 from 6-8 PM. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend. (…)”.
Hope to see you there!
“Be at War with your Vices,
at Peace with your Neighbours,
and let every New-Year find you a better Man.”
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1755
With or without fireworks, I wish you all a Very Happy 2017. May it bring health, happiness and peace to everyone.
“He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
‘Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!’”
Clement Clarke Moore, Twas the Night before Christmas, 1822
In Germany it is “Adventszeit”, in the U.S. “Holiday Season”, but wherever I am, it is certainly my favorite time in winter. While it is getting colder outside and snow finally decides to stay, we make it nice and cozy inside. Out with the Christmas decorations; let it be glittery, colorful, and kitschy. And I love Christmas cookies! And no matter how old I am getting, Mom’s are still the best. Christmas markets with more kitsch, too much food, and of course mulled wine. And music, don’t I love old-fashioned Christmas music. Oh yes, it is this time of the year again!
So wherever you are, I hope you enjoy the season as well and brave the hustle and bustle that comes along with it. All that is left for me to do for now is to join St Nick and Mr. Moore and wish you all a Very Merry Christmas!