Now here’s an art boy you want to get to know. Super fun and artistic too! In a two-hour loop performance called Palm Down at HANZ.studio in Berlin, Andy Kassier dedicates himself to painting, creating 50 limited and signed editions live throughout a five-day campaign, all of which can be purchased. But it’s not just any arty performance, because Kassier has tons of personality and he’s just the antidote we need right now.
Throughout the show, Kassier is creating a feeling of wanderlust and egoism, combatting that kinda depressing atmosphere we’ve become used to in times of a global pandemic. And as he paints, guests are invited to move around the gallery and take on the role of a silent voyeur. The performance looks at Kassier’s everyday working life, including video conferences, food deliveries and even toilet paper storage. And he pokes fun at out very strange reality, wearing an elegant jacket that he pairs with cosy slippers.
So what about the title?! Kassier sees the term “palm down” as a symbol for rest and relaxation in paradise: beaches, palm trees, stress-free moments and full serenity. However, “palm down” also plays a second narrative, namely the disintegration of this very paradise. His performance is accompanied by zoom calls with experts from the art and culture scene, who will give a talk on current topics, providing a full experience of himself, his work and the meaning behind it.
The exhibition at HANZ.studio runs until October 4