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Current Exhibit - Karin Bruckner – A RED THREAD
02/13/18 - 03/17/18
Midoma Gallery is proud to introduce fine artist Karin Bruckner with her solo exhibition ‘A Red Thread’ (printmaking & mixed media).
Meet Karin Bruckner at the Opening Reception on Thursday, February 15th 6-8pm. Special pricing on artworks – Artist introduction by curator Marianna Ranieri-Schwarzer – refreshments served ($5 at door)
A Red Thread
Red is running like a thread through my life.
It began with my childhood room adorned with Swiss flags; most notably one cobbled together from a cotton handkerchief nailed to a wooden stick. I still have it, fiftysomething years later. It is stored away with all my memories, in which Switzerland remains my childhood paradise – clear, clean, beautiful and good.
Red took center stage in my wedding ceremony in New York so many years later as the color of my wedding dress. It seemed to suit my personality so much better than white.
For most of my life my answer to the question “What is your favorite color?” would unabashedly have been “Red”.
Red has always held a prominent place in my artwork and has recently made appearances in more three dimensional ways. There is, quite literally, the red thread – but also the red event, the red mark, the red thing that weaves through everything, that emphasizes and connects.
And so here I arrive at a show that settled on ‘A Red Thread’.
I learned in school about Emperors whose reign ran through the history of Europe like a ‘red thread’.
The phrase often stands as a metaphor for a path, a track, a guideline.
It can be a basic idea, a motive, a “Leitmotif”, to borrow a German musical term.
Looking for the origin of the expression I pointedly was brought back to the German Classic Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose narratives and phraseology provide everyday quotes on par with the Bible, Greek Myths and William Shakespeare.
He explained the concept of the red thread in the narrative of his book “Elective Affinities”, his third novel and a study of the conflict between the conventions of marriage and the possibilities of spontaneous passion, another topic conspicuously close to home.
”We hear of a special facility in the English Navy. All the ropes of the royal fleet, from the strongest to the weakest, are spun in such a way that a thread runs through the whole, which one can not wriggle out without dissolving everything, and which even the smallest pieces are recognizable as belonging to the crown.”
He uses the nautical image as a recurring motif in one of the main characters’ diary, Ottilie. “Likewise, Ottilie’s Diary draws a thread of affinity and affection that connects everything and defines the whole.”
“Wahlverwandschaften” (also translated as ‘Kindred by Choice’) curiously runs as a theme through my life and my art, both defined rather by exception than standard.
My art revolves around the things I find, taking them and combining them, out of the box, going beyond the accepted canon, not necessarily bound by conventions of art making.
My life revolves around the people I find, welcoming and including them in my elective family, since the normative ways of growing up in a biological family have escaped me early on.
The ‘German Connection” remains another of my seemingly inescapable threads and meets me again here at Midoma Salon and Gallery, where one of the partners is German.
Thank you, Michael and Marianna for the opportunity to show my work.
I’d say, we all have that red thread wending through our stories. If this show can inspire you to find and reconnect with yours, my objective is achieved.
– Karin Bruckner