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The Can Factory
"We Can Art"


The Artists
Studio Owner, better known as Atelier Knut Kargel shamelessly states, "I don't know what the art world will think, but as for me, the art world is missing the art. The ArtWorld has been transformed to a type of Wall Street side show - a plastic world with no art. The last real genius in the ArtWorld was Picasso and that was long, long ago. It is time for a new performance." Thus the invention of The Can Factory. A non-factory in that "we do not create mass production, and we do all of our OWN work-but a factory none the less in that we work like crazy".

At The Can Factory everybody is welcome, from the intellectual to the worldly wise. There are artistic expressions with multi-leveled contexts as well as art impressions of simplistic nature that speak to the deepest chambers of the heart. Within the FACTORY one CAN find art nourishment for the educated and highly esteemed art connoisseur as well as for the teething, toddler, novice or not so educated artiste. The Can Factory provides its artistic cuisine by showing the best of art history through the use of contemporary expressions.

The mission: We Can Art is the Kargel montra. "Many current artists are only in it for the hype of art as a money making market. They can not art, they can money. Often I hear visitors to exhibitions saying that their experience was boring. Our mission is to make art to appeal to the heart, the soul and the spirit of the recipient. We want art to be an inner event, and not an outer event."

The name The Can Factory was created from three entities: 1) a first in global political history, 2) an innovative artist superstar and 3) the dictionary. The name was inspired by the campaign slogan of the world's first Black American President - "Yes We Can" from President Barack Obama. Secondly the name is rooted in Andy Warhol's "Factory" concept who produced art in collaboration with other artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, film makers, etc... Third is the double meaning based on the dictionary definition of can as "to be able to" and can as "a container".

Another unique trademark of "The Factory" is that it is the brain child of two artists. Knut Kargel and Christina Santana. "Neither of us could do this work on our own...The Can Factory concept is the product of four hands and two brains that produce one artist". Their creative format is novel in that their medium is entirely centered around plastic. "We transform plastic into clothes, masks, mystical embodiments as well as recognizable creatures. We, ourselves are the actors in the stories that our artwork tells. Depending on the lighting and our human expressions, the same face sometimes embodies God himself, and at other times depending on the lighting the same human expression takes on the characteristic of all that is evil. Two sides of the same coin, beauty and the beast, romance and drama, the newness of life shrouded in the oldness of death.

Thus far, within its first year, The Can Factory has hosted several small exhibits and fostered an Art-Walk Performance on the historic dam wall of Lake Möhnesee. One of the unique facets of The Can Factory is its Exhibition + Performance concept. "We dream of large museums, with large prints of our work, sculptures hanging from the roof, figures draped with our 'clothes', adorned with our masks, performing-reciting poetry and prose-living images, living art. Our creations are rooted in the genius of the old masters-Carravaggio's signature lighting, Francis Bacon's haunting distortions, the surrealism of Max Ernst and Dali, the mystical creatures of Hyronimus Bosh, the satirical royalty of Goya and the color mastery of Rembrandt. Kargel goes on to assure, "Not as copies but as new sights with new techniques, working in plastic and digital photography, video and computer technologies - a multi medium for a new art - for a new performance - a new one of a kind experience with Art Becoming Manufactured Into All That Art Can Be.
Because ... We Can Art!
(Yolantha Harrison-Pace)

The Poet
Yolantha Harrison-Pace is a Performing Arts Specialist, Poet, Playwright, Director, Choreographer and Award Winning Author.

She has garnished the honor of Poet of the Year, Humanitarian Author of the Year and is referenced as one of America's Top Literary African American Divas along with Maya Angelou and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Pace is an avid Political Arts Advocate and focuses her talents on education and building self sufficiency in under served women and children populations in America and beyond.

She is a Children's Ambassador to Haiti since the year 2000 and has been a diligent voice on abuse against women for over 35 years.

Other published work by Yolantha Harrison-Pace are "Wing-Plucked Butterfly: one woman's war on hate crimes against women and children" and "Shout, Mammy, Shout: a voice of victory".

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