Mindy Solomon Gallery artist Anne Drew Potter will be participating in the Draftmen’s Congress with US Art Berlin (an independent artist-run initiative affiliated with the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy) in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany, today- Friday, September 28th. The Draftsmen’s Congress is a continuous meeting of people who speak with images instead of words, initiated by Polish artist Pawel Althamer as part of the 2012 Berlin Biennale. Everyone is invited to join the discussion through paint, charcoal, collage, and other traditional materials and techniques, and react to issues such as current politics, symbols of power, religion, and economics.
Several of Anne Drew Potter’s new works will be exhibited beginning in October at the Keramion Museum for Contemporary and Historical Ceramics in Frechen, Germany. The exhibition showcases the work of select young ceramic artists, and is intended to provide an overview of current developments in ceramic art in Germany.
These works were created in the experimental phase of Anne Drew Potter’s current project ‘Mythology of a History Lesson,’ supported by a German Chancellor’s fellowship and currently being pursued at the Zentrum Für Keramik in Berlin. In ‘Mythology of a History Lesson,’ Anne Drew has developed a series of works in response to themes brought up by the lived experience of Communism in former East Germany and its continuing legacy. The works included in the exhibition are: ‘Sängerinnen (Singers),’ ‘Sängerin (Singer),’ ‘Die Beobachterin (The Onlooker),’ ‘Nackdenklich – Befriedigt (Thoughtful – Satiated),’ ‘Geheimnisse: Das Tuschlerlein und die Mithörerin (Secrets: The Little Whisperer and The Listener),’ and ‘Hast du was ich will? Will ich was du hast? (Do you have what I want? Do I want what you have?).’
Zentrum Für Keramik is located in the neighborhood of Pankow, East Berlin on a spacious lot surrounded by a beautiful old garden. In addition to the studios of directors Thomas Hirschler and Kaja Witt, there is studio space for up to three additional artists. The center hosts artists from around the globe, typically for one to six month working periods.
The Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation supports academic exchange between Germany and other countries. The German Chancellor’s Fellowship is a particular grant for prospective leaders from China, the Russian Federation, and the United States. Candidates from all professions and disciplines, but especially individuals in the humanities, law, social sciences and economics, are eligible to apply to the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation directly. The Humboldt Foundation grants up to ten German Chancellor’s Fellowships annually for prospective leaders from each of the three countries named.