The latest piece of artwork to occupy the Temporäre Kunstbox at the Circus Hostel comes from the mysterious Jaime Pablo III, who delivered his “Obstacles 2010″ just before Christmas. Although the inspiration comes entirely from him, the production of the work itself required the help of numerous members of the Circus team as well as some friends and guests, so many thanks must go to Phillip.H, Jim, Judith, Sean, Phillip.G, Paul, Luba, Katrin, Milan and Mariane from Mexico. Below you will find some more pictures, plus a message from the artist.
obstacles two thousand and ten
berlin, diciembre AD 2010
at the heart of the piece is ganesha…one of the best known deities of hinduism and widely revered as the LORD OF OBSTACLES…both creator and averter of such and thus is held to be the possessor of both positive and negative attributes.
we are inspired…
…by this contradiction…running as it does to not only the heart of HUMAN NATURE but perhaps, even, to the HUMAN CONDITION in its ultimate essence.
many depictions of ganesha show his VAHANA…mount…which can be a mouse or an elephant or a tortoise or a ram or a peacock…but here in OBSTACLES he is mountless, floating atop the balloons and thus returning to the spirit of the original depictions of the deity. the balloons upon which ganesha floats reflect his DUAL ROLE as both a creator and averter of obstacles.
…in 99 red balloons nena warned us that a packet of balloons, inflated and released into the sky, could create a MISINTERPRETATION that could threaten the fragile peace of cold war europe (the world?). however innocently they are released they become an OBSTACLE…to peace and understanding…and not only this but perhaps to the eventual fall of the berlin wall – itself the most iconic obstacle of the twentieth century if not human history…for so long seen as a permanent DIVISION that was viewable from space…
but not just an obstacle…the balloon is a crucial element of angioplasty, a medical procedure where small balloons are inserted into blood vessels and inflated to removed any blockages near to the heart. the balloons thus remove the obstacles that keep the blood pumping. we return again to the very essence,
…of the soul
the combination of balloons and ganesha aims to both inspire but also provoke questions as to all of our roles as creators and averters of obstacles in our own existence.
jaime Pablo III