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I was recently interviewed by artist Hannah Adamaszek and this lovely blog – ‘well why don’t you?’ and here is the reblogged article. It was a pleasure to work with them! I hope you’ll enjoy it. Thank you for reading.
Nature and organic forms are the perfect sculptures and Silvia Krupinska does it perfectly. We have met her a few times from collaborative shows at Curious Duke Gallery, and have wanted to interview her ever since. Here she explains how she started and what motivates her to create these beautiful works
Tell us about yourself, how did you start making sculptures?
I’m an organic texture artist based in London but originally from Slovakia. I always knew I wanted to be an artists, but only in my second year (2005) during my BA at Chelsea School of Art and Design, I moved away from only painting and have began to make 3D installations and sculptures. Interestingly, painting has never left me completely. There were times I called myself a ‘painterly sculptor and sculpterly painter’. I enjoy making sculptures the most, when I experiment with a technique and something unexpected happens…
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I’ve been recently interviewed in my studio by artist Samuel Overington for ASC UNIT 3 Projects – artists’ introductions. Purpose of this video is to show my studio and introduce my work a little bit, as one of UNIT 3 Projects artists. More lively interviews of other artists to come. Oh and I put my face in the sand in it…
Link to more images from the interview in this Unit 3 Projects Facebook album.
It’s coming to the end of the year, and I can’t believe it’s going so fast! I’ve decided to do a yearly post of my channel’s most viewed videos. here the list comes, enjoy…
1. Silvia Krupinska talking to artist Carne Griffiths at Debut Contemporary, 25.2.12.
2. Silvia Krupinska in ‘Czechin’ London’ documentary film (SK), 2010
3. Textures of Salt and Oil paintings, Homage to Lichens series, 2012.
4. Salt oil painting experiments in my studio, part I.
5. Silvia Krupinska talking to artist Rosie Emerson at The Other Art Fair 2011.
On my search for my next Artist of the Month, I’ve known that the marine life and exploration of it in the underwater sculptures of spectacular Jason DeCaires Taylor is a theme I want to get back to. What I didn’t know, was that connection with the sea will come so soon in my next artist! As it normally happens, I tend to come across my Artist of the Month on my walks in London. I was passing Royal British Sculptors Society; I’ve never visited their exhibitions before, but always wanted to. My eye caught a flyer outside. Round looking, texturized object seemed irresistible to me. I made a note in my diary, with a name. It was Edinburgh based Anne Bevan and her Ghost.
I entered the exhibition space of RBS in South Kensington. Things Unspoken (Thu, 24/05/2012 – Fri, 13/07/2012, 12 noon – 17.30) is the exhibition of two artists Andrea Roe and Anne Bevan, curated by Jane Warrilow. Both artists have presented their ideas in separate ways. Andrea Roe’s work examines the nature of human and animal biology, behaviour, communication and interaction within specific ecological contexts and Anne Bevan’s work has often been concerned with water, the sea, and the idea of ‘making the invisible visible’. I was amazed by Bevan’s works, which seems to speak to me, that’s why I focus on her today! Originality of her ideas has been refreshing and inspiring. All works in Things Unspoken are presented immaculately and I strongly recommend you see the show running until 13/07/2012. Call the gallery for more T:+44 (0)20 7373 8615 or visit their website. I talked to Anne Bevan on Skype about her work and processes.
She is a cheerful, enthusiastic, and easy to talk to person. Anne Bevan is originally from Orkney where she continues to have strong links. She is based in Edinburgh and is a lecturer in the School of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. Bevan is artistically exploring hidden or invisible aspects of the environment, environmental themes (as inseparable part of everyday life), either under the ground, in the water or on the tidal edge through mediums of sculpture, video installations and photography. She told me she is interested in prototypes and models, metamorphoses of the natural movement, experiments with the textures and surfaces, explorations of new and undiscovered life, or the one which has been forgotten.
I’ll start with her work in Things Unspoken exhibition, Ghost – 3D enlarged acrylic print of planktonic foraminifer, which was made using a CT scan. It’s a single-celled organism, which forms part of the marine zoo-plankton. These can be found deep in the sea, in the sand and sedimentary rocks, as its particles. I learnt that Bevan has been able to 3D scan this particle with some help of the scientists at the University of Edinburgh. She also worked with 3D plaster and clay models of these organisms, accessing research collections of the Natural History Museum in London. From her experience, as she told me, working with the Museums and scientists is incredibly helpful, as the research centres are more than happy to assist. She finds exchange of interdisciplinary ideas and elements in collaborations very rewarding and challenging.
Bevan is in my mind a queen of collaboration. She doesn’t so much focus on working with other artists, but works with above mentioned scientists (Dr Kate Darling), engineers, designers, furniture makers, writers (Janice Galloway), musicians and performer artists, scientific glass blowers and so on. She loves to use different kinds of materials, and collaborating with the wide range of professionals helps her to bring out the full potential of those to perfection. It’s about a dialog between the people, as Bevan sees it.
Moon Pool (2 m diametre) is another Anne Bevan’s work I’m fascinated by! This public artwork was commission in Tyrebagger Forest, Abendeershire, Scotland, 2002. The ‘pool’ is surrounded by lines of poetry from the writer Janice Galloway, which from a distance, merge to form a water mark or tide line.
Process: Anne Bevan tried to make cast of water and the waves. This rather challenging thought has developed, as the best way to do this was by casting the sand directly, which is an imprint, mark of the water in many ways! I just love the originality of approaching this process! Bevan told me, that when they were trying to cast the sand, firstly by using plaster (in four pieces), the conditions had to be perfect. The low tide, the wind, it all took some time to settle and shape and finally was just right for the process to begin. I couldn’t resist asking for a photograph, when she told me that at the end of the casting, the weather has taken a bad turn, and big storm and lightening with thunder arrived! Imagine how exciting it must have been! After a few stages of casting process were finished, finally the bronze sculpture was made and positioned in the forest. I’d love to see this work in its own natural setting. Meanwhile, have a look at the photos…
Undercover (2000) was her solo exhibition at The Fruit Market Gallery in Edinburgh. The project that at first jumped out from the other works for me with its intensity of the objects’ blue colour. However, more I asked about it, more I realized I love it not only visually, but conceptually as well. I asked Anne Bevan, what are those blue wooden looking objects on top of wooden stands? To my surprize, they were jesmonite casts of old wooden water pipes! The whole Undercover project is about themes of water and where it comes from, water something we all probably take for granted is full of secrets. The new plastic water pipes these days come in blue, hence the choice of the colour for the art-works. Did you know all water pipes used to be made out of wood in pre-Victorian times?
Listen to my monthly slot featured as a part of Rosemary Laryea‘s Art and Culture Show on Colourful Radio on Thursday, 28th June 2012 at 12.10pm, where I will introduce the amazing work of Anne Bevan and find out even more.
If you miss it, don’t worry, now you can listen to it again here:
Thanks for reading and listening. If you’re interested, don’t hesitate to visit the included links to explore further. Have a good day!
I would like to share some exciting news with you again, my dear readers. I’m a part of a collective of creative souls, called Fabelist. This platform acts as a support mechanism for sharing ideas, projects and much more. You can watch this video, where Francesca Goodwin from Fabelist talks about what Fabelist represents.
This May, Fabelist is taking part in The Other Art Fair, 10-13th May 2012, P3 Ambika on Marylebone Road, London, NW1. This new dynamic art fair started last year. It offers to unrepresented artists to shine, show and sell directly, without any gallery fees, to collectors, galleries and public. It all started already with a pre-fair party at Boxpark in Shoreditch on 3rd May. If you missed it, you can see this short video, where I talked to artist Pernilla Iggstrom during the event and more.
Some ‘Fabelisters‘ will be showing their remarkable art in their stands, and there are many interesting projects happening during the fair too, all part of Fabelist Market Place. It offers so much, starting with Edible Art Movement (which I introduced previously here), to ‘Meet the artists’ sessions and master-classes by the artists, there is so much happening! Make sure to check-out the Fabelist Market Place link for the full programme.
As you might have guessed from the post title, I’ll be sharing my ‘Grape extraction’ technique during the fair at the Fabelist Market Place on Sunday, 13th May at midday. Come to observe or try for yourself, how I made my ‘From the Bottom of the Sea’ sculptures. This Master-class session is for one hour only, so plan you day accordingly, if you’re interested. Find me by this ‘Organic Table’, which I approached like an installation itself. I’m really looking forward to it! If you’re not sure what ‘Grape extraction’ is, you can watch a short video from the time when I discovered the technique. (Find the video under the ‘Organic Table’.)
Another tip for you, while visiting The Other Art Fair! Stop by the FAD OFFICE as well! My friends, extraordinary artists – Coffee+Sponge duo will be presenting on Friday, 11th May at 16.55 as part of Fabelist presentation by Francesca Goodwin (her presentation starts at 4.30pm) and then Coffee&Sponge will be running off to perform at Art Macabre/Cass Art’s life drawing salon for 18.00, which is going to be I’m sure a unique one!
I hope to see you there! Email me if you’d like to come to any of these events, and I can send you your free ticket! Cheers.
I’m very excited I can introduce my next ‘Artist of the Month’, award winning Korean artist living in London, Shan Hur. I see Hur as an sculptor with a unique artistic vision. He uses concrete, wood, fine porcelain, musical instruments, basketball, and other objects, that become part of his structures – pillars, cracks in the walls, broken pillars… His outstanding sculptural installations are mostly temporary works, not in their existence, but in their position. They are moved in the space, and adapted as inseparable part of it, and when the show is over, they are moved out and kept carefully crated for next installation. (Yes, I’m talking a whole pillar being moved, a whole wall uninstalled!) They are partly inspired by neutral spaces we walk by daily, such as building sites, architectural features and places undergoing some form of a transition and partly by Hur’s background and childhood, his sense of belonging and position.
Shan Hur is a little bit of a hero to me. I think it takes a lot of confidence, to install a pillar in the space, where at first sight it looks like it belongs there, standing almost unnoticed. However after further examination of it, it simply transforms the way how we look at art, space and both combined. I admire Hur’s work, because it somehow directly speaks to me in the language that is confident and well established. His works are skilful and impeccably planned, with no space for error.
His work is mysterious and playful. Fragments of fairy-tales, archeology and history are strongly resonating when studying his pieces, but first you must find them. It doesn’t take long before you notice, something is not quite right. Alarmingly a pillar you are standing next to turns in to art. Is it perhaps broken? You may ask, but soon realizing, that a beautiful porcelain vase is set in the pillar! How is that possible?! More signs of action is on the floor, in a form of some rubble. Are these remaining pieces left there on purpose, while the creator had been trying to excavate this treasure vase out of the pillar? Is he coming back? It makes you question a lot of things, especially the process of how these works are made. (Don’t be tempted to take a crumble of the concrete on the floor back home, it is part of the work!) I was referencing an artwork called ‘Broken Pillar’ 2012, Gazelli Art House exhibition ‘Bodhi’ that closes April 19, 2012 in Dover Street, London, where I discovered Hur’s art.
I found out many interesting things about his artistic vision, background to his creative soul and he also answered some questions about production of his pieces, while talking to me at No Format space, during exhibition The Function of the Oblique – Part 1, in South East London. If you are curious, you can listen to find out much more about his inspirations in my live introduction of Hur and his work on Thursday, 19th April at 12.10pm on Colourful Radio. My monthly slot features as a part of Rosemary Laryea‘s “Art and Culture Show”. If you miss it, don’t worry, you can listen to it again here (added below). I’m certainly looking forward to it! Thanks for reading and listening, and I’ll be back next month with another ‘Silvia Krupinska’s Artists of the Month’!
To find out more about the artist, visit his website for details of awards, exhibitions and his artist statement. Full page of images of his works are available to look at as well. http://www.shanhur.com/
This interview took place in Notting Hill’s gallery Debut Contemporary, during a Saturday Debut event – EDEN Preview — Painting in Tea, 25th Feb. To visit Carne Griffiths’ website go to http://carnegriffiths.com/
I was interviewed by The European Azerbaijan Society in London, and this way I’d like to say “Thanks so much TEAS for posting up my interview on your website and being so kind with the editing as well! It’s been an absolute pleasure.” This is a short extract from their website.
“In late 2011, Silvia visited Azerbaijan for the first time, where she participated in the Second Gabala International Art Exhibition entitled Art! Life! Earth!, jointly organised by the Cultural Fund of Azerbaijan and the Seoul-Baku (SEBA) Azerbaijani-Korean Cultural Exchange Association. Following her return, she spoke to TEAS about her experiences, works and thoughts on the Fly to Baku contemporary art exhibition, which opened at the Phillips de Pury Gallery, London, on 17 January.” To read the full article click here.<div style=”font-size:0.9em;”>
<a href=”http://vodpod.com/watch/16075252-interview-with-silvia-krupinska-sculptor-“>Interview with Silvia Krupinska, sculptor.</a>
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I talked to the artists during the opening night of The Other Art Fair. The atmosphere was fantastic and the quality of the works was exceptional. See what you think!
I would like to write today about one of the best, if not the best private view I’ve experienced. Why and what happened? I’ve decided to approach talking with people during the event in a different way, and combine that with gaining my skills as an interviewer. What for? I’ve been given my own show on Colourful Radio! Becoming their artist in residence will give me a chance to report and portray monthly, an artist of my choice. My slot is going to be 20 minutes and will be running during “Art, culture and life with Rosemary Laryea“. The first show is already on, on October 2oth, at 12.0o. I’ll be portraying the winner of New Sensation Artist, Saatchi Gallery’s and Channel 4’s competition. There are 4 finalists, and the winner will be revealed tomorrow, October 8th. I need every chance to practice, I can get! That’s why October’s Private View at Debut Contemporary, was so useful. Nigel from Flixels gave me a microphone, and he’d been recording the variation of dialogues, interviews of the night. Dropping just a few examples, I talked to at least a dozen of artists, photographers, even a couple of politicians and an icon of British photography, Mr Angelo Valentino. Yes, I got to talk with him, and we had a very interesting discussion about current art scene and future of film, music and photography in ever changing digitalized world. Now I just have to get the files from Nigel from Flixels and try to listen, whether it all worked. I’ll bring another blog article fully dedicated to it, once I have a better idea of what I have, and what sort of quality it came out. I’m already so looking forward to it! Until next time, have a good day and all the best to you all. Silvia
During my* Colourful Radio interview with Karla Williams I promised to write out all the mentioned links (which are all below). While I download and publish the interview, I’d like to share the exciting news of another interview in SK Magazine that was published on 30th May in both English and Slovak languages. Click here to read it in English. Click here to read in Slovak.
Here is the list of my websites and contacts:
* if you can’t wait, you can listen to my interview.Click on the link, go on Listen Again, then find 03/06/2011, 11.00 and I start talking at 13min 30 sec approx.