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exhibitions
http://thewrong.org/filter/pavilion/The-Quickest-Via  —-> http://kvan.esy.es/

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When I was seventeen, I was given a big cardboard box with unexposed photo rolls. Thirty glossy little boxes, yellow, gold and black,  emanating a peculiar dull sour smell of vinegar. Thirty-five millimeter, black and white acetate film, the sell by date just expired, yet these photographic rolls of film had a purpose, a key element of a master plan.

Black atomic like mushroom clouds soared gently upwards, dispersing tufts of black strings and dark clouds.             I am looking at black ink dispersing in water.

The setup of my micro experiment is simple, you need a glass of cold water and ink. Gently release a drop of cool black ink under the surface of the water with a pipette and watch how the ink unfolds in gentle swirls towards the bottom of the glass.  It is like a plume of smoke floating through the air. 

Later on, in my experimentation, when I had improvised a little photo studio with a desk lamp, I found a method of getting the ink to settle at the bottom of the glass and I would warm up a small area of the glass with a lighter. The ink heated up, and then in what looked like a micro nuclear explosion the black liquid would billow out in a magnificent big swirling mushroom cloud. Through the lens of a reflex camera I observed how the inky clouds slowly climbed up and unfolded in magical forms and shapes. For about two weeks, each day after school, I set up my modest laboratory photo studio and  captured those spectacular mushrooms and dramatic swirling eddies on the photo film. 

An experienced photographer would have told me that the dull smell of vinegar was a sign of acetate film base degradation, and that the film had more than passed its use by date. However, my mind was fixed on the majestic movement of the flow of fluids (liquids and gases). Till this day I am fascinated  by the motion of steam being expelled from vents in large puffs or by the clouds appearing and disappearing over the skyline. Videos, computer simulations, drawing, graphics, photography, 3D models and paintings are ways for me to observe the magnificent world of the flow of fluids.

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Online-residency

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animation-03It is a strange feeling to get the login codes from someone’s instagram account and post messages as an online-artist-in-residence. Normally the artist in residence travels to a destination with a bag,  but I stayed at home. That is how it was with the SchetsupResidency. I posted my sketches twice a day and every now and again, my telephone would beep with a message for the curators Sid and Jim. But stranger than the feeling of being at home with a stranger’s account was that this online-residency actually felt like a residency. I was focusing on my art, posting twice a day, I put myself through extra challenges, and got out of the house to photograph industrial areas, I got direct feedback (likes) and I landed up with a body of work that will give me enough material to make some choices.

On the website gu.pe.hu I put my artworks together, so have a look at the results of my residency. You will find my collection of images in the form of a scrapbook bound together with lines and shapes and presented in a SVG format on a one-paged-website.

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A SketchUp Residency

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On Monday evening I started my SketchUp residency with two images that I uploaded onto the sketchupresidency Instagram.
The SketchUp Residency is a project created and curated by artists Sid and Jim. The participating artist (me) is asked to use 3D modelling software ‘SketchUp’ for the duration of their term of one month.

My research during the residency is going to be geared towards smoke being expelled into the air from vents or chimneys and sketching and buidling up 3D low polygon models. I’ll be posting my material right onto the https://www.instagram.com/sketchupresidency/ so make sure you keep up to date.

And just in case you are wondering…. is this an online residency operated from the comfort of my own living room? Yes and I also go around looking for smoke and vapours being expelled from vents.