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Gregory Thielker with Noah Coburn
38 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth
Posted by Gregory Thielker at 5:32 PM
Saturday, August 31, 2013
This summer I returned to a place that captured my attention in Afghanistan a year and a half ago. The former government office (and former hotel) in Istalif is unoccupied, unless you count bushels of grass and several charred cooking pots. But the place still has a magnetism. It became the subject of the first watercolor I did of Afghanistan, and then the first oil painting in the renamed series (Un)governed Spaces.
In the image, we are looking out from the upper floors past a huge chunk of concrete wall dangling by the iron rebar still holding it in place. This damage was caused during Afghanistan's civil war, and yet the building has not been rebuilt.
This summer, I was overwhelmed to be in this place not only because of its character and historical resonance, but by memory of having painting it. Building the image over several months, picking apart each facet of brick, or sky, had created a mental map of the place for me. To see it in person was both jarring and familiar.
Here is a view from nearly the same angle from this summer. The gardens are just out of view, but the container is visible as is a different car, from the first painting.
Posted by Gregory Thielker at 4:41 PM
Monday, August 12, 2013
I recently arrived in Paris and met with Republic Gallery director, Benjamin Derouillon, in preparation for my September exhibition, (Un)governed Spaces with Noah Coburn. Thankfully, the canvas/linen and wooden stretchers made it safely (after being checked by US customs!). Paintings got assembled smoothly and are waiting to be hung.
Posted by Gregory Thielker at 11:21 AM
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Here is a preparatory view of "Mud compound, Bagram", the piece I developed for our faculty exhibition, Dialogue Past, Present, Future, at The College of New Jersey. Its acrylic on cotton curtain in 3 panels- developed from one of the images from my first site visit to Afghanistan in 2012. The mud wall surrounds a family compound that is typical in Afghanistan where a tall wall encloses interior family structures so that no outsiders can enter unannounced. This feels intimidating from the outside, but provides security and intimacy for the family members within.
Posted by Gregory Thielker at 2:12 PM
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
This summer, I traveled to Afghanistan again to meet my friend and collaborator Noah Coburn. The trip yielded a number of great research opportunities- images, libraries, and access to some great locations. We are excited about the upcoming exhibition at the Republic Gallery entitled (Un)governed Spaces. We chose the title based on its usage in military and policy reports about post-conflict territories.
Posted by Gregory Thielker at 1:33 AM