Final words

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Final words: Icelandic Arts Festival

The summer is the season of social gatherings. Fun, festivities and festivals. Beside the fun (and the fest) — festivals are one of the most important tools of any given art market. Folks have a chance to get an overview; explore and enjoy contemporary art.

Most of my favorites festivals are held away from the noisy city. Close to nature — where creative people meets — miracles can happen. Scandinavians are also known to enjoy an especially close relationship to nature. Drinking a flat beer from a bottle, sleeping on a sopping ground — singing along with old popular songs. A necessary part of an overall bulletproof program.

The life does´t get any better.

Northern lights, Jökulsárlón

These two alternative art festivals highlights the beauty of Icelandic nature and national spirit.

Æringur (Rif, Snæfellsnes)

Æringur is an international, artists run festival that is held in a different location every year and focuses on the smaller communities dotting the Icelandic coastline. The festival allows artists to experience the atmosphere outside the capital region and invites them into a space that is not necessarily intended for art exhibitions. It is conceived as a site specific project, that deals with the society and the environment it is held in. Therefore the artists, taking part in the project, stay for a number of days on site before the opening, to develop and work on their projects.

More Northern lights, Snæfellsnes

LungA (Seyðisfjörður)

LungA Art festival is a yearly event held on the east coast of Iceland, in Seydisfjördur. Seyðisfjordur is a small town, decorated with old, well maintained houses and surrounded by an extraordinary views over the mountains and fjords. The festival creates a space were electric vibes from various art forms melt together when artist from all over the world unites at one place through their creativity

Even more Northern lights, Iceland

Photographs taken from google image

.The life is now. Live a little!

PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT

Final words: Jenny Holzer (U.S.A.)

“Stupid is as stupid does” — Forrest Gump

We all know Forrest Gump. Despite Forrest was not the brightest man, he would probably be a brilliant politician. Simple and sincere. Because all in all — stupid is as stupid does.

And more people seems to use the word stupid in their slogans. One of the most political artist of our time  — Jenny Holzer — is among them.

One of Jenny Holzer´s Truisms

It´s said that Holzer dreamed of being a painter as a child. And her dream came true. Born in Ohio in 1950, her art and her reputation began as a kind of rumour, with lists flyposted anonymously on the streets of New York in the late 1970s. In her reference to everyday experiences and emotions, Holzer’s witty and provocative slogans offer a critical reflection on modern society.

“Stupid people shouldn’t breed”  

 ”Expiring for Love Is Beautiful but Stupid”

 “The Future is Stupid”

“Purple” by Jenny Holzer (2008) Whitney Museum of American Art

“PROTECT, PROTECT” by Jenny Holzer (2009) Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

“Monument” by Jenny Holzer (2008) Whitney Museum of American Art

As an artist — which is very concerned about the world affairs — Holzer has turned to declassified statements, letters and reports from the US military. Over the last decade, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have preoccupied her.

Holzer’s Truisms has proliferated on stickers, posters, T-shirts, even on metal plaques. They’ve been carved on stones, projected on to buildings around the world. Lately Holzer has started painting again. And her Truisms continues to appear. Most recently on Twitter.

“Protect me from what I want” by Jenny Holzer (1983-85)

Sometimes I agree with Mrs. Holzer messages. Expiring for love is beautiful but can be extremely stupid. And my shorter version of “Heavenly father …” might be:

Dear God, please protect me from what I want, Amen!

Photos taken from Google image

About the artist:

Jenny Holzer (b.1950) is an American installation and conceptual artist. She studied at Duke University, and University of Chicago before completing her BFA at Ohio University in 1972. In 1975  she started in MFA programme at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Holzer moved to New York in 1977 and her first public works, Truisms (1977–79), appeared in the form of anonymous broadsheets pasted on buildings, walls and fences in and around Manhattan.

Her texts took the forms of posters, monumental and electronic signs, billboards, television and her signature medium, the LED (light emitting diode) sign. Other works have appeared on T-shirts, tractor hats, stickers, metal plaques, park benches and sarcophagi. The LED signs have been placed in high-impact public spaces such as Times Square, New York, as well as in art galleries and museums.

THE KING OF TRASH

Final words: Vik Muniz (Brazil)

Vik Muniz describes himself as a product of a military dictatorship. Born and raised in Brazil, the photographer ended up in Brooklyn in the 1980´s, where he has lived and worked ever since. Muniz searched back to the stamping ground when he made his world-famous portrait series;  “Pictures of Garbage.”

It is really unnecessary to enlarge more on Vik Muniz. Most people know him after the great success of the the multi-award winning documentary; Waste Land.

“Marat (Sebastiao)” by Vik Muniz, 2008.  He created portraits of the “catadores” (the catadores are the individuals who work at the site separating recyclable materials from general waste) 

Photographs taken from The New York Times

As you readers might have notice, this month has been dedicated to recycled art; waste, garbage, junk and trash. So I thought it was appropriated to end the month with Vik Muniz´s words.

After living on an open-air dump outside Rio de Janiero for almost two years the man naturally deserves that honor to be nominated — The King of Trash.

The quote is taken from Waste Land:

“I’m at this point in my career were I’m trying to step away from the realm of fine arts,” he says to the camera, “because I think it’s a very exclusive, very restrictive place to be. What I want to be able to do is to change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”

— Vik Muniz


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