Kerstin Brätsch / Tempesta Solare (sunshields for Iwaki Odori) / 2012
Kerstin Brätsch
Tempesta Solare (sunshields for Iwaki Odori)
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Baked artista glass, luster pigments
7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in (20 x 30.2 cm)

(b.1979, lives and works in New York)

Kerstin Brätsch defines her practice as a devotion to painterly processes. She explores traditional painting techniques like marbling and also works with glass, often involving master glassmakers.

The sunshields in Winterfest were originally made in 2012 for the IWAKI ODORI, a local dance for an annual street festival in Fukushima, Japan. DAS INSTITUT, Brätsch’s collaborative project with Adele Röder, and UNITED BROTHERS (Ei and Tomoo Arakawa) developed a performance in association with this project. Local vendors and workers participated in this street festival and the sunshields were used as performative objects or extensions of the dancer’s hands in the festivities. Their collaboration started after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. The sunshields can be seen as an adoration—like a painting of the sun or a healing device that can engage with this powerful energy source. They were inaugurated on the top of Japan’s highest mountain, Fuji, and its closest point to the sun. After this original performance in Japan, they were brought back to the United States and used in various performances.

In 2017, Brätsch had a major survey show at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich and participated in the 2017 Whitney Biennial together with Debo Eilers as KAYA. She recently installed an artist commission for the Terrace Café at MoMA called Fossil Psychics for Christa.

Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels