Berlin from an artist in residence.
Adrian Piper mask [detail]. 2014

May 2014

Jorge Pineda, (b.1961, Barahona, Dominican Republic), is a visual artist and stage director. His work has been exhibited internationally including solo shows at Hunter College in New York, in September 2012 and the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain, in February 2013. He exhibited at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, and the XXIII Bienal de Artes Visuales de Santo Domingo, where he won first prize for installation.

His work is part of several public and private collections including: the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno); Colección Patricia Phells de Cisneros; and DA2 (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Salamanca). Pineda exhibited at the 55th Biennale di Venezia with the collective QUINTAPATA, as well as at the Espai d ́Art Contemporani de Castelló, Castellón, Spain, a group show curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio. He lives and works in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Jorge Pineda inaugurated the Davidoff Art Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Germany from April 1st – June 22nd, 2014

Berlin from an artist in residence.

I am already working on some drawings. Some small works. I am enjoying it very much, it is a reflection of the things that the city is offering me.

I do not know for the moment how the things I have in mind will drive me. I am just taking into my heart what the city is giving me. In the street behind my studio, there is a tree in blossoms. For some weird reason it have white flowers in the first branches and pinks flowers in the last ones. That is in the middle of Kreuzberg; an area where many different culture share their life.
Now I am just looking and taking notes of the nature that surrounds me, without missing out the strange things that I see and capture.

A lot of things are for me very new. For example: Most of the trees in the city grew very straight. People do not cross the street when it is red , even if there is not a single car on the street; the street are very wide…
I do not know if in the end that, or other small or a big things will reappear in my work. I am not sure who which influence Berlin will have in my work. I am looking now for a dialogue with the city. In the end maybe without noticing it my work will be like a tree in the Kottbusser Tor Strasse.

Berlin from an artist in residence.
Jorge Pineda, working in his studio, Berlin, 2014
Berlin from an artist in residence.
View of works. Open studio of Jorge Pineda, Berlin, 2014
Berlin from an artist in residence.
Masks on display at open studio. Berlin, 2014. 13 x 13 cm
Berlin from an artist in residence.
Made in residency, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, various dimensions.