"Galaxy Gravity" exhibition on September 11 by Antonio Wehrli
Soon is the opening to my new exhibition at Antonio Wehrli Art Space. “Galaxy Gravity” will start on September 11 and I am busy creating my newest artworks. Most are ready of course. They just need a final touch.
The "Galaxy Gravity" artworks are my abstract interpretation of made visible, actually invisible energies that flow through the galaxies. The galaxies themselves are surreal orbits of stars created with interference colors on a black background, bulges between black holes or imaginary reflections from celestial bodies. Depending on the angle, the galaxies shine in many colors or appear to be of plain darkness. The idea for the works came about intuitively, but shows a direct relevance to our time in which new probes from different countries land on Mars and billionaires are calling the era of space tourism.
The biggest work is a diptych of 260cm x 195cm and shows interference funnel pillars, which could be intergalactic connections between different time-space-frequency locations. In the foreground of all the artworks is the all-unifying, stoic, gravitational color flow that unites through peace and communication.
I am also enhancing the gallery space to give the artworks a more impressive surrounding. Updates to follow.
Often while working on those artworks, especially the big ones, I think about my studio and the artworks that are still in China. I had a fabulous studio there. Now, I am creating all those new artworks in a fairly small area within the art gallery space. The last third of the main room acts as my current studio and for some artworks, I use the whole gallery when closed.
In my big, beautiful studio in Chengdu, I had ample space to create and store the artworks between the various creation steps. From time to time, I had great dinner parties.
Let me tell you about one of them:
In June 2019, 24 guests came to my studio for a dinner organized in collaboration with the Sheraton Chengdu Lido Hotel and the Rotary Club of Chengdu. We had a catered buffet and live music.
With my supervision, the hotel staff decorated the table with brushes, colors and my artworks.
The hotel manager, Mr. Gianpiero Ruocco had the fabulous idea that I could paint the dessert buffet. I did it live in front of all the guests and created an edible artwork - of course co-created with Gravity.
On a heavy glass plate, I painted an abstract background of colorful syrup lines. I added mountains of various sauces of chocolate, mango, strawberry, etc. on one side of the table and mixed them with a palette knife to my Tai Chi waves. Then, with some help, I lifted the very heavy glass plate up and let the colors flow over the previously designed abstract composition.
Then I decorated it all with various sweets like little tiramisus, macarons, etc. and le voila, the edible "Gravity" dessert buffet was created – and eaten within minutes.
Later that night I felt like doing an art auction and auctioned off a few of my artworks that found new loving homes. It was truly a great and unique evening with fantastic music, delicious food and wonderful company.
I miss parties like that and I want to organize this type of events for you in a big studio space in the canton Glarus, Switzerland. Therefore, I am going "all in" – with a strong, hopefully clever and definitely exciting marketing campaign: I will purchase and transform a very classy, special dream car into a driving Galaxy Gravity artwork - with my homepage name on it. A 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback will be my lucky canvas.
I will park it in key locations in Swiss cities like Zurich, where people will see the car and take pictures of it. Browse my homepage and get to know and love my art.
Unfortunately, this "canvas" is not cheap… the one I saw and tested, that fits perfectly, with a very cool air intake in the engine cowling has a price tag of CHF 66’200. Then there is the cost of the paint job which I will realize by designing a foil wrapping since I cannot put the car into the vertical. I plan to have my colors flow from front to mid car, overflowing a mysterious, fantastic galaxy.
I will be needing your help to realize my dream of creating this Galaxy Gravity Car. It is a risky but well calculated idea and to offset some of the risks, I will do a crowdfunding.
Since my new opening will be on September 11, I cannot give myself competition with a crowdfunding starting before the opening. Therefore, I plan to begin with it on September 12 and perks of the crowdfunding will be artworks of my other series. If you like the Galaxy Gravity, you can support me by purchasing those artworks through the exhibition offline or online. If you prefer another series, you can purchase it through the crowdfunding. I am still working on details. It will all be ready on September 12.
I am hoping for your help. It will be the perfect win-win situation: you get the art you love and support your favorite artist - or one of your favorite artists.
You are a very important part of my artistic journey and I appreciate that you have been reading my newsletter, supporting and following me for a long time. Hopefully we can meet again soon and celebrate life together. Let's hope the world will quickly become healthy and happy.
Please share this information with all the friends that might be interested in purchasing my art or helping a promising artist prosper. A driving artwork is a fancy, strong way forward and certainly out of the box - that’s why I believe it’s gonna work big time.
It would be great if you have a chance to come to the opening on September 11 at Antonio Wehrli Art Space in Schwanden, Glarus. It will be a memorable event for sure. I wish you all the best!
Turn you life colorful!