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Letters / Fish’n Ships

No genre in the visual arts is as strongly characterised as the landscape by the water. There on the shore during a lazy day under a slightly cloudy sky, gazing into the distance and letting the soul dangle, evokes all too quickly the numerous holiday images of reproduced nature clichés, which can only be surpassed by natural forces and their representation in the visual arts. That is one side of the gaze.

The other side additionally focuses on two of the most essential species that use water. Fish as inhabitants of an infinite water world below the water level and ships, steered by human hands, above this world.

It is therefore not surprising that people in harbour cities and holiday resorts appreciate this diverse view of the water. Artists of different styles have therefore increasingly taken up these views and created a diverse world of images that make a kaleidoscope-like view visible. Including me.

The 80 panes of the music pavilion in Wyk on the North Frisian island of Föhr, Germany, served as a communicative canvas and frame for various graphic, painterly and typographic motifs.

And many people from further afield on the European mainland and closer to home used them to deliver their interpretations of Fish’n Ships for the time-limited presentation.

Particularly fine examples came from Jersey, Shetland Islands and the farthest destination, Curacao. We were delighted by the spontaneous participation of Jonathan Meese. Meese (born in Tokyo in January1970 ) is a German painter, sculptor, performance artist and installation artist.

Slowly coming to an end after the holiday season, the creative idea, playful and cheerfully transgressive, hopefully lives on in many minds around the world, like my Fishing for Compliments project, which incessantly generates reports of where my fish are hanging out everywhere!

Andreas Petzold
25938 Nieblum/Germany



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