News Archive 2015

 

 


24-28 June 2015


Wildpainting art course
Bize-Minervois, Southern France


Wildpainting is painting nature in a surprising, different, colourful way. To most people this artistic process is rather new. Everybody can participate even if you have no experience in painting. As inspiration we take Paul Cézanne’s motto of how he felt when he painted. He said: “The landscape is expressing itself through me; I am its conciousness.” The principle is simple. Depending on weather conditions we determine a fitting place at which we can paint with the group, somewhere in the natural environment. Among the cypress trees, the wine-yard, the medieval Cathar church. We take good food along: coffee, tea, a cake, sandwiches and fruits. And then we paint several hours in nature, using the easels, boards and paper we brought along.


 

As facilitator of the session, Jan van Boeckel will suggest a new assignment each day. Often the invitation will be to paint in a radical different way than we are accustomed to do, thus breaking away from our usual habits. The emphasis is on the process itself, to undergo the magic of colors, while we open all our senses to the landscape.

Again, Paul Cézanne:
“Painting must give us the flavour of nature’s eternity. Everything, you understand. So I join together nature’s straying hands … From all sides, here there and everywhere, I select colours, tones and shades; I set them down, I bring them together …They make lines, they become objects – rocks, trees – without my thinking about them … But if there is the slightest distraction, the slightest hitch, above all if I interpret too much one day, if I’m carried away today by a theory which contradicts yesterday’s, if I think while I’m painting, if I meddle, then woosh!, everything goes to pieces.”


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 4-10 July, 2015

Met kunst naar het hart van de natuur ('With art to the heart of nature')
Chassepierre, Belgium

The Belgian organisation Aardewerk, inspired by radicval ecology will again be organizing a summer week. Anthropologist, artist and art teacher Jan van Boeckel will explore with the participants what happens when we connect with nature through art. The program is a mix of practical "hands-on" activities, lectures and workshops. The summer week will take place in "La Bavière" in Chassepierre.

 

http://aardewerk.be/wordpress/

 

 


4-29 August, 2015

Wildpainting art course
Mueritz Nationalpark, Germany

 

The principle is simple. Depending on weather conditions we determine a fitting place at which we can paint with the group, somewhere in Müritz-Nationalpark. Among the beech and pine trees, the many light-reflecting lakes. We take good food along: coffee, tea, a cake, sandwiches and fruits. And then we paint several hours in nature, using the easels, boards and paper we brought along. As facilitator of the session, Jan van Boeckel will suggest a new assignment each day. Often the invitation will be to paint in a radical different way than we are accustomed to do, thus breaking away from our usual habits. The emphasis is on the process itself, to undergo the magic of colors, while we open all our senses to the landscape.

https://mueritzwildpainting.wordpress.com/

 


6 February 2015 to 3 May 2015

Exhibition: Earth Matters - When Natural & Creative Forces Meet
Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden

Curators
Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano.

About the exhibition
For too long we have ruthlessly consumed our Earth’s assets and drained it of its resources. Forests become furniture, oceans are polluted and minerals are over-mined. For future generations it is crucial to consider a new reflection: a transformation from over-consumption towards sustainable development that is in harmony with nature, with increased respect for our environment and for each other.
Exhibiting contemporary design and its processes for the first time, Artipelag has invited curators Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano to create a thought-provoking show that directly connects with this subject matter and museum's meteorological site in Stockholm's idyllic archipelago. As Edelkoort explains, "This young century has brought about a moment of reflection and radical change, making up for a century of ecological abuse, consumption, greed and violence. For the first time, a post-fossil society is emerging, using natural ingredients, offering alternatives and giving us hope for the future."


 

Areas such as design, art, photography, food and fashion are increasingly driven by a new creative energy that is inspired by natural materials and sustainability. From land to sea, from forest to mountain, a wealth of ideas sprout from the Earth, analyzing and cataloguing its components: transformed into new materials, recycled remnants, oxidized alloys and vegetal colors.
The exhibition EARTH MATTERS alerts us to consider how we over-consume Earth’s resources, but also celebrates the beauty of our planet.

http://www.artipelag.se/en/exhibition/earth-matters-when-natural-creative-forces-meet

 


March 27–29, 2015

Balance-Unbalance: Water, Climate, Place: Reimagining Environments
Phoenix, Arizona State University, USA

Balance-Unbalance brings multiple disciplines together to explore intersections between nature, art, science, new technologies and society to advance ecological awareness and sustainability practices and to inspire wide-ranging community engagement in the face of unprecedented environmental challenges.

The call for papers, posters, installations/performances and transdisciplinary activities and panels is already open.

The Program committee will include among other artists and academics: Ricardo Dal Farra, Sabine Feisst, Mary Neubauer, Garth Paine, and Leah Barclay.

Hosted by Arizona State University, Phoenix

Information:
www.balance-unbalance2015.org/

 

Download poster (PDF)

See the lecture on YouTube


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