July 17 – 21 and July 24 – 28, 2017

Preliminary Course – Paper Pen Scissors

Eric Gjerde & Mona Jas

this course is open to everybody – no application needed – just come and join!
Venue: Dining hall Bauhaus Denkmal Bundeschule Bernau

image: © Victoria Tomaschko

Eric Gjerde (Minnesota, USA, 1978) is a paper artist who explores shape and structure using complex folding techniques he developed through years of experimentation. He began his journey into the world of paper 13 years ago, returning to a childhood love of paper in an effort to restore his creative spirits. This led to a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami, resulting in the publication of his popular book “Origami Tessellations: Awe-Inspiring Geometric Designs”. His main focus lies in tessellations — repeating patterns and forms that extend infinitely — and most recently in the development of new biological “living” paper mediums. Gjerde works from his studio in Minneapolis, together with his wife and artistic partner Ioana Stoian.

In transdisciplinary, long-term projects, artist Mona Jas examines artistic dialogues in various social fields and constellations. The focus is on contemporary art, visual culture, social inclusion, and artistic research combined with the question of shaping and changing society. Perception through drawing, language, and movement form the basis of her work, which is presented in the form of installations, publications, and workshops. Mona, received her Masters in Art from UdK Berlin and was the recipient of a postgraduate fellowship from the Berlin Senate; later she was awarded travel grants to Istanbul as well as a DAAD grant for Montréal / New York, and the Berlin Senate’s work grant. She received the first grant for art mediation awarded by nGbK. Her works have been presented in Utopics, the 11th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition in Biel / Bienne, Gleisdreieck art in public space in Berlin, Museion, Bolzano, in cooperation with ES contemporary art gallery, Süddeutsche Kunstverein, the exhibition Europa U Bahn 55 Bundestag, and Brandenburger Kunstverein. She is an honorary professor at Kunsthochschule Weissensee Berlin, was a member of the education faculty at documenta 14, and, as an artist, is the director of art mediation for the 10th Berlin Biennial.

For more information: Eric GjerdeMona Jas