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Filed under: ART, DESIGN, INTERVIEWS, WHERE (we) LIVE, WOOD | Tags: 19th, 20th, 21ST, 22, 22nd, BAM, brooklyn, december, funiture, interview, live, magazine, new, prview, the, valencia, victoria, we, where, with, woodworking, york
On Dec 19-22nd So Percussion will combine the wonderfully unique voices of Ain Gordon, Greg Mcmurray, Martin Schmidt, and Emily Johnson with an alternating artistic “performer” each night to creatively explore the idea of a home onstage in Where (we) Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Artists will include, Paula Greif (ceramics), Marsha Trattner (blacksmith), Ricardo Vecchio (painter), Victoria Valencia (woodworker.) These performances are part of BAM’s 30th Next Wave Festival.
PREVIEW INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA VALENCIA
By Nell Whittaker
THE 22: I wondered if you could expand a little on how you treat disused spaces and how you approach the challenge of trying to fill them with something suitable.
VICTORIA VALENCIA: A disused space to me; a space you want more from. Sometimes you want a space to hold a feeling, a purpose. Sometimes that purpose is function. Function of a piece can come in many forms. To be pleasing to the eye, hold a feeling or memory, to sit on, rest and think, have a meal, a drink, or get to work. I make things that fill those spaces. My work holds stories, those of its life before this form, marks from who used them before. The stories of why these trees have fallen.
22: Your designs are like a meeting between the natural and the man-made. If the raw materials you use dictate the shape of your final product (‘ the imperfect intentions of [the] varied sourced material’), what purpose does the man-made serve?
VV: I respect its original form, not trying to make it too different. The raw materials are beautiful in themselves. A slab of tree can tell you why it fell or how fast it grew, marks of age. The raw material is nature’s art. The me-made is my art. Its my compliment to the nature.
22: What affect does Brooklyn have on what you create?
VV: I love this place. I use the wood from old watertowers. I use trees that grew in Brooklyn and fell in Brooklyn. I ride my bike through its streets and find inspiration.My friends and fellow artist in Brooklyn inspire me.
22: What is unique about your creative process – what do you think will make it interesting to an audience who has no familiarity already with your work?
VV: I work backwards sometimes…sometimes, I have the material before the design. I have a stack of wood that I’ve collected and been given. I get inspired and it moves forward. If I design (think too much) nothing happens.
22: On the other hand, do you think the audience or the atmosphere will affect what you are creating on the night itself?
VV: Yes. I have ideas of what I can do on that Saturday night, but no plan. I may just be handplaning the whole time. Working a rough piece towards a finished state.
22: Do you have a clear idea of what it is you will make at the show?
VV: Something with wood since it would be a bit complicated to weld on stage. My clear idea is I want to be comfortable, I want to have fun, I want to play.
22: Do you think that being self-taught has enabled you to work without restrictions?
VV: Its enabled me to be in my process. I learn something and I work at it until I feel I’ve improved. Then I move on to the next skill. I’m learning slow but well. I learn what intrigues me, while bypassing the “shoulds.” I learn from the materials, my peers and my experience.
22: What impact do you think a conventional education in furniture making would have had on your work?
VV: I wouldn’t have had the experiences I’ve had. I wouldn’t have lived in many places and found my passion through my love for challenges. I would have judged myself because I am not a traditional classroom student. I probably would know more design history. I would be been more in debt and felt like I need to make my work rather than want to.
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Series of A1 posters interpreting Joseph Beuys’ saying “Build impossible gardens”.
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Some beautiful insect pieces from Angela Casserly. Sign up to win a piece, just in time for Halloween: COMMENT BELOW, email the22magazine (at) gmail (dot) com or comment on our facebook page. For email please mention “Angela Casserly giveaway” in your email or put in subject line.
If you think the jewelry is cool, stayed tuned for the War and Peace Clock.
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This is part of a series of events called “RUINS Aren’t HERE”, in particular, the title of this event is: “Falling MIR” (dedicated to the old Russian space station), it fell down in the Fiji Islands’s sea in 2001, after 15 years of flying near to stars.
In 2006, after working with various local firms, Massimiliano and Emanuele Ercolani Bros. decide to open a laboratory devoted to creativity. Architecture, design, graphic design and architectural research, these are the main areas, but in our laboratory we create music, events, magazines, etc.. In all these areas we trying to trace the route with a precise goal: quality. The study is currently in Civitavecchia (Rome), Via Aurelia Sud, near to the port “Riva di Traiano.”
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Filed under: ART, DESIGN, EVENTS | Tags: 22, art, artist, artists, arts, brooklyn, bushwick, combat, is, lab, magazine, new, ny, nyc, paper, print, project, surreal, the, tramua, war, york
War is Trauma prints are now available for purchase and to print out for street postings. Beyond being beautiful pieces of art, each work is a call to end unneeded violence and to curb the destruction of life as well as the recognize the emotional and physical mark it leaves on those who survive.
Prints from WIT are also currently on view at Bushwick Print Lab.
BUY THE PORTFOLIO.
READ POEMS BY NANCY FLYNN (INSPIRED BY COMBAT PAPERS.)
About WIT: War Is Trauma is a portfolio of handmade prints produced by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative in collaboration with the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). This portfolio transpired out of a street poster project, from November 2010, which a number of Justseeds artists provided graphics for “Operation Recovery” – the IVAW campaign meant to stop the redeployment of traumatized soldiers. Posters were pasted in public, replacing many corporate advertisements, to focus public attention towards the issues not being discussed – GI Resistance, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault of women in the military, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The action led to another collaboration between Justseeds and IVAW – an “Operation Recovery” booklet published by Printed Matter in NYC and currently– the War is Trauma print portfolio. For this project over 30 artists from Justseeds, IVAW, and their allies have each created a print that addresses “Operation Recovery,” its larger goals of supporting GI resistance, a GI’s right to heal, challenging the culture of militarism in the US, and ending the wars overseas and the economic war at home. A total of 130 portfolios have been created, that equals 130 exhibitions as a starting point. Exhibitions that bring different people together – veterans, civilians, refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan, and others to dialogue on issues that matter.
The prints are housed within a handmade paper cover from the Combat Paper Project – paper whose source material derives from military uniforms that veterans have cut into small piece, mixed with water, and pulped into paper as part of the healing process. Drew Cameron of the CPP writes, “The batch that I made for the portfolio is mostly created from Army Combat Uniforms that we were worn with the Stryker battalions out of Fort Lewis, WA. These are the same guys who rolled out of Iraq early back in July 2010. I also added Egyptian cotton to strengthen it. I like to imagine that the mill workers who made the cloth I used were the same one’s rising up last spring.”
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Filed under: ART, DESIGN, FREE FRIDAY! | Tags: 22, art, artist, artists, arts, brooklyn, dark, dave, gallery, gothic, magazine, mahan, new, ny, nyc, prints, surreal, the, york
FREE FRIDAY! is a new section where (you guessed it), something free is given to one lucky winner! This week it’s artist Dave Mahan’s eerie, expressionistic prints. To enter your name for the running you can do one of the following things:
1) Email the22magazine (at) gmail (dot) com and say “Enter me for free friday!”
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Any or all of these things will ensure that you have a chance to be the owner of one of these delightful demons. Please note, many of the pieces featured below are original works of art, as well as prints.
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Filed under: ART, COMICS, DESIGN, INTERVIEWS | Tags: 22, art, artist, artists, Awesome, boy, brooklyn, chicago, COMICS, drawing, Epic, inkdick, knight, magazine, Naujokaitis, new, ny, nyc, of, panas, quest, t, the, the Brave, Totally, york
Pranas T. Naujokaitis (pronounced Nigh-O-Kite-Us) has been my friend for something like a decade. We both went to the same high school, are both obsessive comics nerds, I even helped name his cat “Ripley,” after the heroine of “Aliens.” It was apparent to anyone with eyeballs in front of their face that the guy was destined to become a cartoonist of epic proportions, but when Pranas announced that his first major published work was going to be a children’s book titled “The Totally Awesome Epic Quest of the Brave Boy Knight,” it took more than a few people by surprise, myself included.
“Here’s the problem: I have a very kid-friendly style but I don’t do kid-friendly stuff.” he tells me,”In “Inkdick“ I draw myself in the shower with my cartoon penis a lot and deal with adult situations. Just don’t tell your kids to go to that site.”
“Anyone who’s seen how you draw noses pretty much knows how you draw a cartoon penis,” I reply.
After a long pause, Pranas sighs, “Yeah.”
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