Attaboys by Gregor Gaida lives and works in Bremen, Germany. If you happen to be in Germany you can see Gaida’s work at PARROTTA Contemporary Art in Stuttgart through August 4th. All imagery courtesy the artist and PARROTTA Gallery.
The found footage is often no more than an impulse that is no longer discernible in the further development of the shape. Analogous to photography, my objects are three-dimensional snapshots. The characters are frozen in movement and often cropped along imaginary image borders. I transport the fragmented character of photos into the third dimension. Simultaneously, when dealing with color and options of shaping, painterly characteristics appear. Thus, the life-sized special interventions are formally attributed to sculpture but are equally part of painterly and photographic categories.
Short video portrait about the candy shop Pärlans in Stockholm. They produce candy based on a recipe from the 30s and 40s, concentrating rather on quality than quantity.
One of the things we enjoyed the most in Stockholm was to be able to find some traditional craftmanship and small shops existing besides the mainstream chains. It is amazing to see how the people and the city manage to add a modern twist to old fashioned traditions and translate them into modern life.
One of the best examples is a small shop we found at Nytorgsgatan 38, that is producing candy all by hand and all with deep love and understanding for the elaborated procedure. One of the employees Leyli had many different jobs before, but today she is a candymaker, she says with a canny smile on her face. In the shop, called Pärlans, she and her friends make candy based on a recipe from the 30s and 40s, concentrating rather on quality than quantity. When talking to her customers she had that contagious laugther that you recognize immediately and she seemed so satisfied and happy with what she is doing that it makes you want to come back, if not fot the delicious candy than at least to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.