More than ever, artists nowadays are nomads. In times of affordable travel possibilities, permanent communication and connections built between artists from all over the world and from all different cultural backgrounds, finding a common ground and a common space to work together is more important than ever. Adrian Buschmann and Hanna Putz’s work is not just intertwined through the city of Vienna, Hannas birthplace and Adrians workplace as a former student and assistant of Daniel Richter at the Academy of Fine Arts, but through a friendship first and foremost. After many conversations on the state of painting and photography today, and the conditions under which young artists nowadays create their work, the two Buschmann and Putz decided to work on a collaboration together trying to address some of the questions they had. In January 2015 they started working on a series of works together, that was to take place in different Hotels all over the world. Whenever their paths would cross in a city and their budget would allow it, they would stay in one hotel room together for around 2 days, they would experience the country, city and the hotel and after a certain time spent, Buschamnn was to paint a painting ‚for‘ the room relating to the room, the city, the Hotel. When this was done, Putz would place the painting in a certain location of the room and take a photograph of it, merging the painting together with the space, within the photograph (one starts to question the ‚history‘ of photography of paintings within catalogs and publications for exhibitions and asks; does a painting within a photograph need a certain environment to be photographically shown in the ‚correct’ way?Does the painting need the room as a frame within the photograph?) The design of the hotel room is reflected in the paintings of Buschmann, which seems to ask ; is it art as decoration or decoration as art? However the actual art work is not the painting but the photograph of the painting. The first Hotel of their choice was the Pullmann Hotel in Paris where they spent two days and one night and created the first part of their collaboration titled ‚Pullmann 14.01‘, 2015 and ‚Pullmann 15.01‘ , 2015. The result is conceptual symbiosis between painting and photography, that shows parallels to works of Martin Kippenberger, who made hundreds of drawings on hotel stationery, a body of work that comes across as a kind of travel diary or Marc Camille Chaimowicz who made works on ‚Interiors‘. The two artists manage to create an intelligent, but non the less humorous and poetic piece reflecting on the idea of the ‚traveling artists’ but also on the state of painting nowadays, often looked at (and bought) through a screen rather than experienced in a gallery space or a museum. The analogue photograph versus the digital, the two dimensional photograph of an object, the painting within an experience, a time spent within a room. How does this related to classic „hotel-art“ – paintings and photography hung in hotel rooms? How important is it to progress in your work by changing your location? What does a shift in location, in culture, surrounding do to you practice and how important is it to find a common ground with your contemporaries, when in a city you don’t know? After spending 3 days together in a rather small hotel room at Pullmann Paris, the two artists Buschmann&Putz got into such intense arguments, discussions and fights they both left Paris not talking to each other for months, to then finally take the decision never to stay in a hotel room together ever again. Text by A.S. , 2015
Participating artists Adrian Buschmann, Michael Fanta,Hanna Putz,Rosa Rendl,Alex Ruthner,Lilli Thießen,Cathrin Ulikowski, Marcin Zarzeka.