The Praterinsel, a semi-island in Munich’s Isar river hosted the annual Stroke Art Fair for the third time this month.
Founded by Marco and Raiko Schwab in 2009, the fair seeks to support and showcase young artists and galleries and present them with an opportunity to enter the art market by keeping the fees to a minimum. To brothers Marco and Raiko it is all about the idea of art without boundaries and notions of elitism. Stroke Art Fair shares their vision of art, design and urban life in the 21st century with participating galleries and art spaces from Germany as well as Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
Since its inception, Stroke has attracted over 100,000 visitors, making the fair one of the top 5 art fairs in Germany for attendance. The fair offer a good mix by giving space to urban as well as contemporary art galleries such as Jealous Gallery from London and 44309 Street Art Gallery from Dortmund, independent art projects, art collectives, publishers, fashion and furniture designers, graphic design and print companies, and individual artists for live painting and experimental art.
Photos by Heike Dempster
Despite a lot of rain, visitors flocked to Praterinsel for art, good company, food and drinks. Works that stood out were Berlin artists Herakut, Munich photographer Andrea Peipe, Telmo & Miel from the Netherlands with their “Glove Stories,” Mad C’s abtract pieces in watercolor, acrylic and spray paint, Anton Hoeger, Jakob Tory Bardon, Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow’s rainy canvases as well as Seungyea Park and Stefan Zsaitsits as part of a project by Størpunkt, a contemporary art gallery in Munich.
Seungyea Park’s portraits are tend to be scary and surreal as the artist uses deformities, additional eyes or limbs or animal heads to explore feat as well as the divide between our inner and outer selves. Stefan Zsaitsits’s pieces exist in a space between illustration and caricature, pointing to the depth of the human psyche and mirroring the human soul.
The ever-popular live-painting section, also adjusted due to the weather, featured, amongst others, Australian artist Rone as well as Soenke Bush, Anna Traut and Mittenimwald.