Enjoyment of Life
Various Updates: I thought about going into details of Corona again, but somehow...
if you are interested, keep reading the italic part, otherwise, just jump to the images:
Corona is knocking on our doors again and governments around the world are implementing or planning new lockdowns or partial shutdowns. John Ioannidis, Greek-American physician-scientist, writer and Stanford University professor published "Infection fatality rate of COVID-19". It's a first version that has been peer-reviewed, accepted and edited, but not formatted and finalized with corrections from authors and proofreaders and can be read through the website of the WHO. In short, 0.27% of all COVIC-19 infected people die with or from it. With actual measurements between 0.00% to 1.63%. If we look at the population below 70 years old, it's 0.05%. That's 1 in 2000. Many of them might have had COVID-19, but died in a car accident or had a stroke or cancer, etc. The conclusion by John Ioannidis is: The infection fatality rate of COVID-19 can vary substantially across different locations and this may reflect differences in population age structure and casemix of infected and deceased patients and other factors. The inferred infection fatality rates tended to be much lower than estimates made earlier in the pandemic. I think those numbers speak for themselves and do not justify the implementation of drastic limitations to our daily life. Unfortunately the media seem to prefer promoting fear. As a result, the poorer half of world population is in dire distress but that's not on the agenda. We just hear about vaccines and stimulus packages (that we pay ourselves in the end). If hospitals reach their limit in areas where they do not reach their limits on yearly basis, restrictions of some sort might make sense, but not world wide shutdowns. I did another two, most likely the last two "Law of Corona" artworks:
"Corona - Hope" - 218cm x 176cm - Spray on Law Books on Wood – 2020
“Corona Crisis – Victory” - 201cm x 88cm - Spray on Law Books on Wood - 2020
Interpretation of those works can be both ways: Is Corona hopeful to destroy all our values? Or are we hopeful to get through the crisis and back to a normal life?
I do hope that in a year from now, we will no longer have to do health checks before boarding an airplane, or going to an amusement park.
I hope we will be victorious against the virus and get back to a normal, healthy, happy life.
For now, I will paint beauty again. Artworks that celebrate life and make spectators happier.
I started two new series within my Gravity series:
"Gravity Germania" and "Galaxy Gravity".
To create the "Gravity Germania" artworks, I take antique prints from the late 19th century that were published in the book "Germania" by Johannes Scherr in 1890 and glue them onto 5mm thick MDF panels. Then I paint them with my signature style Gravity flow. The colors reflect the general feel of the print. Like this, I create new artworks that combine figurative elements created with old printing tradition and abstract elements created by a flow of color of a newly developed painting style.
Stadtmauer (Gravity Germania) - 14.5cm x 16.5cm - Acrylic on Antique Print by Friedrich Wanderer on MDF - 2020
Armin entführt Thusnelda (Gravity Germania) - 165x220 - Acrylic on Antique Print by Willhelm Lindenschmit on MDF - 2020
The first few artworks of "Galaxy Gravity" will be shown for the first time at my upcoming exhibition "Lebensfreude - Enjoyment of Life", opening on November 7, 2020 at my newly created Antonio Wehrli Art Space in Schwanden, Glarus, Switzerland.
If you have a chance to attend, I would be very pleased to welcome you.
Currently I display some artworks of my collection in the windows, but the gallery stays closed since renovation work is still ongoing.
Schwanden is a small, old village in the mountain area of Glarus, Switzerland, just one hour from Zurich.
I plan to make several shows a year: group shows of local and foreign artists and solo shows. I also plan to invite foreign artists and their works to the space and create a platform of cultural and artistic exchange between Switzerland and other countries, especially China.
Other really very exciting and fabulous news:
I will not only reveal artworks of two new sub-series but also:
World class hand made Antonio Wehrli jewelry:
New York city jewelry designer Jane A. Gordon and I have been working with artisans in NY and around the globe creating a new jewelry line inspired by my Gravity artworks. After over a year of collaboration, the first pieces are ready!
We designed a Gravity Bracelet and a Gravity Ring that are available in several variations:
sterling silver, 18k gold plated silver and solid 18k gold. Statement pieces of elegance and magnificence.
Since most of you will not be able to travel to Switzerland and attend the opening, I will release the jewelry as well as publish all the artworks on show. On November 8, 2020, one day after the opening, you will be able to see it all here: https://www.a-w.ch/artspace
Luckily life also continues in China where I e-attended the opening of my Solo Show "Poetic Dreamland of China" co-organized by the Chengdu Municipal Foreign Affairs Office and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chengdu for the Chengdu Europe Culture Season.
Consul General of Switzerland in Chengdu Ms. Conny Camenzind and her team as well as Mr Guo Xiaoping, Member of the Standing Committee of CPC Wuhou District and Deputy Chief of Wuhou District Government and his team from the Chengdu Municipal Foreign Affairs Office did a wonderful job to realize this exhibition amidst the current challenges.
Thanks to new media, I could experience the whole opening ceremony from my studio in Switzerland.
Also a big thank you to all the other dignitaries that attended the opening ceremony. Those heartfelt experiences make the "Enjoyment of Life"
I hope you keep enjoying life - turn your life colorful!
All the best,