Urban art in Košice
In summer 2011 K.A.I.R. (Košice Artist in Residence) hosted artists Anne Peschken and Marek Pisarsky from the Urban Art formation. Their three months residency was an opportunity to study and interact with the local art scene as well as the city itself.
Space life in Košice
The name of the exposition of their three months stay in Košice, Satellite Lives, sounds mysterious, but has a very simple explanation. As they have stated in the publication of their work on Košice: “To begin a residency feels like being catapulted into a new orbit. It’s a bit like beginning a journey into unknown territory, an exploration of a new cosmos, a hyperspace.” In addition, several of the city districts are named after the Russian Lunar Space Mission – Luniks I-IX. These districts are mostly made by blocks of flats built in the 60s and 70s when Košice rapidly grew as a steel centre of Czechoslovakia.
(R)evolution of the city
The stodgy grey tower-blocks were enliven by various art pieces. Most of the steel sculptures are present still today. Nowadays the blocks are being reconstructed from the outside and painted with vivid colors. “Košice is a very interesting place to live and work in. You can really see how the city grew. You see the old parts with houses in the valley, further on, there are the socialist tower-blocks and right next to them is the nature, woods that have been there before the tower blocks,” said Marek Pisarsky.
“The residency was a very interesting experience. It gives you freedom to observe, to know new places and meet new people. We got to know the local art scene and have met many artists, who we are willing to collaborate with us in the near future,” pointed out Anne Peschken.
The work of the Urban Art duo can be seen in the East-Slovakian Gallery in Košice until May 6th 2012.