Be on a lookout as NEW book is coming soon! Only few lucky ones will be able to purchase signed copy.
The Arts Weekend Kinsale is coming to an end. I had a photogravure demo and one of my paintings were in the Philip Gray’s gallery for the exhibition. All in all, I think it went pretty good and some happy ladies went home with a piece of finished photogravure print. I joined the event in the last minute but for the next time I’ll be better prepared (I hope).
I am participating in the Magnum Photography Awards with my photogravure Meeting Point, which is part of my new portfolio sale of six original photogravure photographs: https://www.silaart.com/product/special-edition-portfolio-sixies-photogravure/
If I win the prize on Magnum competition, that portfolio will be worth triple and even more. That is the rule of the market, silly isn’t it?! And if you have “the nose” you can buy it now and earn a lot later.
“Meeting Point, between past and present, photographic history and photographic present. I use traditional photographic techniques and implement them in a digital world. Meeting point is a photopolymer photogravure photograph. It is Ireland with it’s ageless play between the ocean and the land, meeting point. It is slow, handmade process that leaves deep relief on paper from the heavy printing press, the same way as sea slowly but powerfully makes ridges in the land.”
This morning I want to tell you a few words about owning and desiring original work of art. I have a feeling that people these days don’t know the feeling of supporting something good, something that you believe in to, the pleasure of knowing that you didn’t throw away your money on something that you will discard as trash in a week, maybe month. I am talking about the class, style, the stuff that I was taught in Zagreb in an era where we still had an expression “Vienna school” meaning “de bon ton”, in good taste. The expression would cover among other, the taste for art. Reproductions, kitsch, something that you can buy in a supermarket, meaningless artwork would be considered displeasing and very “no, no”. Looking at artwork only on the Internet, browsing, clicking, and never actually touching, hanging on your wall, admiring from “afar” instead from “up close and personal”. It’s like falling in love with a virtual person, never to touch, never to engage. Constant browsing is not paying attention to anyone in particular. It’s meaningless and empty, very dissatisfying.
Recently, I bought an artwork from the photographer Matthew Marrash. It was one of his photographs that I spotted on the Internet that caught my attention. He works with contact printing from 8×10 negatives. It is a handmade work of art. I wanted to have that piece in my hand so I can actually touch the paper, see the light on the photograph up close and personal and most of all I wanted to support a fellow photographer who believes as I do, that an original, hand made, photograph, taken with film is one of a kind.
I have returned from Zagreb a long time ago. It was a short trip, just to open my exhibition and do what else needed to be done. My exhibition about Alternative photography was officially closed yesterday. The goal that I set to myself for that exhibition was: “to remind art lovers and public that photography is much more than just pressing the shutter on digital camera, which then does all the decisions for you”. It is an art form that has 400 plus different technics to choose from, only in printing, not to mention choices of taking the photo. Decisions that only the author can make.
I am a bit tired from all the things that is going on in Europe today and it is hard for me to continue to press on with art, but…
I still think that is very important (for the society) not to loose all that options in photography (the art-form that I love very dearly), and that all the “weird photographers” as myself – that are loving and working with old historical processes – are a necessity in the modern era even more than before. The collectors who buy our work are equally important as authors. They finance the idea that they believe in. So dear collectors, you are an inseparable part of keeping the alternative photography going.
Hi guys! It’s that time of the year – EXHIBITION!
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Address: Preradoviceva 44/1
Opening Day: 5.11. at 7 pm
Working on a new paper, Bockingford HP, which is made with woollen particles, makes me rethink the process I was comfortable with.
Paper is a vital piece and the “dance” between pigment and paper is what it makes the final image. Wool gives softness in certain areas, somewhat haze look.
…working with gum bichromate process is like entering into another dimension… like what you actually saw when you take your picture, transforms into some other visual dimension, dimension that is different, that has no past and no future, that has no time …
I have a new addition to my camera collection. A lovely, 35mm, all analog, old school, East German camera – EXA 1a. I think that the great mechanical objects are not things of the past. They are well built, sturdy, fully functional objects even today.