IMPREINT: Portraits – magyar nyelvű bejegyzés

IMPREINTről már írtam egy bejegyzést korábban. Most új projektjéről szeretnék szólni, melyet Portraits-nak hív.
Előzőleg már írtam, hogy IMPREINT nem (csak) egy személy, hanem egy koncepció, amelyet Ő alkot, határoz meg, de bárki részese lehet. Azt vallja, hogy a művészetnek hatása kell, hogy legyen a társadalomra. Ennek érdekében mindig igyekszik munkáját megosztani az emberekkel oly módon, hogy a határ ne mosódjon össze az általa készített (és értékesített) műalkotások és azok közt, amelyeket az emberek bevonásával készít, és amik inkább kiegészítik a munkásságát.
A Portraits pont erről szól: az emberek bevonása a “Balloons” kiegészítéseként.
Művészetében kezdetek óta kifejezésre juttatja a az Őt foglalkoztató, a társadalmat érintő kérdéseket. Azonban egy valami megváltozott az évek során: bár még mindig foglalkoztatják ugyanazok a kérdések, azokat már úgy kommunikálja, hogy Ő is, és az -aktív vagy passzív- résztvevő egyaránt jobban érzi magát általa. Ez megfigyelhető volt a tavalyi év során elkészült stop motion videóban is, illetve most a Portraitsben is: ugyanaz az élethelyzet egy lufival társítva akarva-akaratlanul vidámabbnak tűnik, anélkül, hogy megtagadná az eredeti környezetet.
A Portraits, mint projekt 2013 december 16-án indult és egy évig tart. Lényege, hogy az emberek küldhetnek magukról egy képet, amin egy lufit tartanak. Azért hívja portrénak, mert a lufit tartva mindenki megváltozik kicsit, és így az már nem egy sima fénykép az illetőről, hanem egy elbeszélő portré. A képeket emailben lehet küldeni, vagy a hivatalos facebook oldalára feltölteni, ahol már jópár kép található, többek közt Japánból, Algériából, Franciaországból. A képeket összeköti egy közös pont a világ minden pontján: egy lufi.
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Portraits by IMPREINT

On the 16 December 2013 IMPREINT launched a new project called Portraits that will run for one year.

IMPREINT is one of those artists who can still show novelty as much in his artworks as in his social involvement. He declares the importance of the social impacts of an artist, so he proposes always something to involve the people in the things that he’s working on in the moment. His project with the children Save me. has earn popularity and is growing around the globe. His new proposition is Portraits, where everyone can participate by sending a photo of themselves holding a balloon. Portraits is strongly connected to his project Balloons, which is based on 1000 hand painted balloon-paintings.

On the opening event of Portraits in Notting Hill, London he gave a talk where I had the chance to learn more.
“It’s a project that I started with the simple intention of making something together. Is my idea of social artwork: is a concept, everybody can do it, and take part of it.
I’ll run this project for one year joined by whoever would like to participate. I’m interested in making it interactive and see where will bring us. The intention is to exhibit the pictures promoting social cause.”
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The aim of the artist IMPREINT was to create a concept and not only a person, he tells in an interview on his site. He is able to manage this concept always pure, seperating his own artworks from the projects that involve the public directly. Portraits, as I said is connected to the Balloons, for which he created a video earlier what he described as “the opportunity to see the same scene with different prospectives”. By participating Portraits everybody can become part of the concept IMPREINT, express himself/herself unified by a balloon. But it will always be clear that all is based on and ment to complete the real artworks: in this case the balloon-paintings, that are made only by him, who is the artist behind all and who himself is also part of the concept: IMPREINT.
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To find out more and join the project visit www.IMPREINT.com or https://www.facebook.com/IMPREINTofficial.

Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien is an artist and filmmaker, whose art I find sophisticated and inspiring. He is having an exhibition in the MOMA, NY called Ten Thousand Waves. It is a film installation from 2010 inspired by the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which more than 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast in northwest England and the ancient China (source: MOMA). The shots were taken in Shanghai, both the modern and old parts of it.

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I was delighted to be informed about an upcoming exhibition of the artist in the recently opened gallery of Victoria Miro in Mayfair. The new seven screen installation called Playtime will receive its world premier at the Gallery on the 24 January and is going to run until the 1 March.

Brighton Fringe Festival

Brighton Fringe Festival is the largest art festival in England, and it takes place every year in May. It is about 4 weeks long every year filled with lots of events and exhibitions. Everybody can submit to participate, the registration is open now until the 31st of January. Brighton Fringe Festival is also a registered charity.

Brighton Fringe FestivalNext year, in 2014 the date of the Festival is: 3 May – 1 June. I think it is really worth to visit the festival and the city of Brighton or even participate if you are an artist. You can also apply to be part of the festival as a volunteer.

Brighton Pier

The Japan Foundation, London

My latest discover in London is The Japan Foundation. It is a place where you can study Japanese supported by a library with language teaching materials, you can learn more about the culture of Japan, and you can explore and get a closer look at the art of Japan.They organize various events and talks related to art.  The next one is Intervening in Nature and Society: History of the ‘Art Project’ in Japan, 1955-2013, a talk by Kenji Kajiya on the 17 of October.

“In this talk, Kenji Kajiya, Associate Professor of Art History at Hiroshima City University, will discuss how art projects took place and have developed in postwar Japan. Tracing back to outdoor exhibitions organised by Gutai Art Association and Kyushu-ha in the mid-1950s, he will demonstrate how non-museum-based exhibitions have developed and taken shaped through each decade, before international art festivals in rural setting and university-based outdoor exhibitions stood out as art projects in the 2000s.

This talk will provide an insightful and historical account of art projects and their development to the present day, considering how these phenomena have been integrated or interacted with natural landscapes and society in Japan.” (source: Japan Foundation)

These events are all free of charge but booking is essential. You can browse for more programmes and reserve on the site.

Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons by Kanō Eitoku