ilka Leukefeld will be taking part in two Open Studio events at her German studio this month: the Open Doors Heritage Day on Sunday, 10 September, and the Open Studios weekend organised by the Artists’ Union Saxony-Anhalt (BBK) on 16 and 17 September, 11am-6pm.
Leukefeld’s studio is located next door to the John Cage Organ Art Project at the Burchardikloster (Kloster 1, 38820 Halberstadt), where she is currently working on a project made possible by a scholarship awarded by the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt and the Klosterbergische Stiftung.
All visitors are welcome and the artist will on hand to talk about her work and discuss commissions for sculptures, installations and paintings.
Leukefeld’s work has been selected for a special exhibition of contemporary art at the Leipziger Messe Designers’ Open next month (20-22 Oct). Her stand will be number 50, on the ground floor. All visitors welcome!
The John Cage Organ Project has acquired Leukefeld’s painting Herr Hoffmann liebt das blaue Mädchen (die Liebesgeschichte eines Hausmeisters und der Heizanlage) / Mr Hoffmann loves the blue girl (the love story of a caretaker and his heating-system).
ilka Leukefeld has been awarded a six-month scholarship by the Kunststiftung Saxony-Anhalt and the Kloster Beregsche Stiftung to develop ideas around the subject of ’Temple of Friendship’ and ‘Culture of Friendship’. Her research will centre around the Gleimhaus Museum of the German Enlightenment in Halberstadt and the 300th anniversary of Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim’s birth in 1719. The artist wishes to thank Dr Ute Pott, Director of the Gleimhaus Museum, for her support.
For more information about the Gleimhaus Museum, visit gleimhaus.de
Leukefeld’s latest work, TheThree-Legged Golden Toad, is a humorous reflection on the tough life of an artist and a stern review of contemporary political and environmental events. It will be shown for the first time at the German Embassy’s Frieze Fringe Event in London, Twenty-five Years of German Unity Mirrored in the Arts, alongside paintings by Peter Herrmann, sculpture by Hans Scheib and a film by Jürgen Böttcher.
ilka Leukefeld was an Artist-Investigator for the Press Room project at the 56th Venice Biennale 11-13 August, 2015. Press Room developed a parallel dialogue alongside the Creative Time Summit by establishing a ‘pirate press’ to investigate news creation through expanded acts of visual reportage. It was structured around three public breakfast ‘press briefings’ held at the Wales in Venice venue.
“My response to three breakfast briefings took the form of three drawings (l-r, above): DAY 1 – #CesarePietroiusti – Lo senti il vento? DAY 2 – #MiriamGhani – Can a biennale enact politics? DAY3 – #CharlesGaines – Political art is art that attempts to link the personal and subjective with the social.
“I recycled sheets of paper from the May Press Room in Venice sessions to make the drawings, using a felt-tip pen instead of the usual ink.”
Participating artists in Venice included Pippa Koszerek, Jane Lawson, Amy Stevenson, Maurice Carlin and Robert Frankle; plus many other artists contributed via Facebook and Twitter.
ilka Leukefeld’s solo exhibition – the site-related room installation ‘Vom globalen IRr SiNn’ (of global madness) – will open at Galerie Süd in der Feuerwache, 39112 Magdeburg, Halberstädter Straße 140 on Thursday, 9 April (until 15 May). The opening event (7.30pm) will feature Dr Karsten Steinmetz talking about Leukefeld’s work and there will be a live performance by Herbert Beesten and music by Hemm Rohm DJ Set.