Sanja Hurem September 2015
Sanja Hurem (www.sanjahurem.com)
NICHOLAS JONES : ‘’IONIAN ODYSSEY’’
All who wander are not lost
For over 15 years, Melbourne artist Nicholas Jones has been making his unique work out old and unwanted books. His current body of work follows the history of navigation and mapping in the Ionian Sea, focusing on the island of Kefalonia.
Inspired by studies of the journeys of Odysseus and the collection of the Corgialenos Library in Argostoli, Jones Odyssey brings him from Australia to Greece in search of the Old, the New and the Forgotten.
*Nicholas Jones *
John Buckley Gallery – Nicholas Jones
State Library Exhibition – Nicholas Jones
Meanjin – Nicholas-jones
Where They Create – Nicholas-Jones
Facebook Page – Nicholas Jones Book-Sculptor
Documentary on Nicholas Jones 2011 <http://vimeo.com/27334681>
Thoughts by the Art Critic George Kakis Konstantinatos,
introducing the work and exhibition of Nicholas Jones entitled<< IONIAN ODYSSEY>>
Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture ,Greek Island Kefalonia
August 31 2015
Just as the Antikythera Mechanism, where we see something rather very small, that hides a vast knowledge, specificity, precision, wisdom, thus – under similar terms- we should see the work of Nicholas Jones.
Like something very small, that hides his hard work, talent, knowledge
and the study of the object, which is the artistic sculpture – ‘surgical’ ‘- interference
mainly in old books.
What one can see with a glance touch in the work of Jones is that his books carry
dust of the time were written, along with the meander of the life struggle of that time,
things that both the artist brings to day light , to accept on their leaves the fresh air
in a renewed journey where their new life is starting now!
The paper cutting sculpture of Jones is respectfully taking into account what is written within these books,
The theme of the book, together with the material on or by which this occurs:
The old paper, the ink, the era fonts, etc. all been brought in today.
Given that the books printed under the photosynthesis process ,
none of them will stay permanently throughout the upcoming centuries …
(The destruction will happen under very slow process, already determined by all of us as fact regarding the
first fax printings or the payment receipts).
Only pages that are printed in the classical way in printing pressure machines- as
Example the Heidelberg type- will survive.
… the use by the artist of this specific type of classic books and their emergence in a new context, setup a play with the knowledge and the time , that posses a considerable importance.
In the present exhibited work entitled “”IONIAN ODYSSEY’’ we have a Maritime travel and Mapping.
The Navigation <>, needs the Mapping the <
With the assistance of the mapped knowledge, this visual navigation, searches and claims
through this Odyssey an opening in the horizons from the Old and Forgotten to the New,
still possessing the inherent seed decay.
But even so according the subtitle of the exhibition: Those who wandered were not lost!
In the Ionian Odyssey of Jones, Kefalonia Island is referred to as the Central Point.
The Creator has a clear inner sense leading him – perhaps without knowing it – and holding the papers of
Corgialenios Library, implements with his work achievements the fact that during the Greek Empire(so called by the famous Englishman Byzantinologist Sir Steven Ransiman), Kefalonia was the Center in the Ionian Sea, under the administrative title <>.
The artist is conversing- maybe- with his own “”red dressed” people, commanders of the Islands between 1810 to 1864. These people had among them the negative “Maitlands”, rejected by the local collective conscience and the positive “Napier”, saved by the consciousness of the island’s world.
Nicholas Jones works on what only through true art can be operated: He returns to the World clear the body of the Ionian Islands, expurgated by removing with his work any fainthearted geopolitical considerations.
His instrument to achieve this apologetic clearance, patience and art is his scalpel-cutter, cutting paper of his last as prayer, passing hundreds of times over the leaves of his books, chiseling and cutting them, one by one!
The book, a book, any book, tells us “something”. This same “something” is what Jones points out, interfering with his paper cutting, highlighting –after his long study-geographical, historical, cultural elements.
Let’s take as example of his work the little booklet that molds the Lion of St. Mark,
On it is printed the play “Othello” by William Shakespeare.
Yes but Othello is an official of Venice, entity having as emblem of St. Mark’s Lion.
So Jones succeeds to connect in a “talk” Shakespeare, Venice and Othello on the same scene that is the Ionian Islands, underlining the fact of the Venetian occupation on the Ionian Islands, thus putting the project in the body of this report entitled ‘’Ionian Odyssey’’.
Making one digression here to say that Othello, the famous “Black” of the famous Shakespearean tragedy, it would of course never been black. The places reserved to those black people by the Republic of Venice was rather the role of the ship rowers. What is true is that the coat of arms of the historical person , who Venice entrusted the management of Cyprus of acquisition, was represented by three berries, with underneath the word “Mauro”, in Greek means “Black”. The detail, together with the black deed of the murder of his wife Dysdaimona from undue jealousy, gave the Othello the feature of Black!
Beneath the black (or dark red or green or dark anyway -compared with white pages-) cover of his books, Nicholas Jones highlights the whiteness of the pages.
If we want to integrate his artistic work we would say that certainly belongs to the genre of sculpture.
The micro – graphic sculpture.
My opinion is that ,we still can connect this kind of sculpture with one of the art styles :
The “Op Art” (Optical Art).
Τhe fact however is that, Jones finds with his work,His Globally recognizable figurative mannerism.
(Which I’m sure started playing as a kid …!)
And the playfulness between Micro-graphic Sculpture and “Op Art”, in the postmodern era in which we are already, brings to mind a sense from the History of Art:
As Humanity nowadays is attending all her past passing in front of her eyes in a speedy way, we can consider as war signal the return of all styles….!
George Kakis Konstantinatos
Actor- Director –Visual Artist
In this Interdisciplinary Design Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Mark Titmarsh, the discipline of design is cast as an agent for change, a way of creating and critically exploring possible futures for various contemporary urban environments. Centering on the island of Kefalonia, Greece, the lab will consider the future of the island with regard to the use and re-use of everyday plastic materials. This will involve investigating the island, its towns and locales, to recognise how it functions in terms of urban planning, public space, sustainability, architecture, tourism, sea sports and related design disciplines.
This studio project will begin as an exploration of plastic, the story of its creation and how it is has come to be ubiquitous in the design of daily practices. We will be looking at the use of plastic on the island for business and recreational purposes and noting in particular any dependence on the use of disposable plastics, from plastic bags through to coffee cups.
You are being asked to consider the cultural history of the island, its institutions and businesses, its domestic and recreational resources and any issues that might be generally applicable to other island states like Australia or Indonesia.
Your final goal on Kefalonia is to design a presentation for display in the gallery of the Ionian Centre. These works can take the form of creative installations that reflect consciousness of plastic usage, behavior steering towards ideal sustainability, and up-cycling for aesthetic practicalities, potentially creating a model for other islands and island states to emulate.
Working in a teams you will devise a component of the final exhibition that will take place on Friday 3 July 2015 at the Ionian Center for Arts and Culture. This work will be designed so as to integrate with the other interdisciplinary teams from American and Greek institutions to form a unique public event that indicates alternatives for existing plastic forms on Kefalonia.
All communication in Sydney will be initiated through UTS Online
Dr. Mark Titmarsh (born 1955, Ingham, Australia) is a visual artist working in painting, video and writing. His paintings and filmwork are currently held in public collections across Australia, and in private collections in Europe and the United States.
His current work executed under the rubric of ‘expanded painting’ is painting about painting or painting that dissimulates into objects, videos and texts. Recent work has included paintings on industrial materials, environments of fluorescent string and video works for mobile phones. In 2006 he was a cofounder of the artist run space, Loose Projects and is currently co-editing a book on the gallery.
In the 1990s he co-founded the Sydney based artists group Art Hotline that exhibited ephemeral works in non-gallery everyday sites. He also edited a book documenting their activities between 1992 and 1995. Much of this work could be described as post-painting objects in that they take the form of 3 dimensional constructions that refer specifically to the conceptual aspects of painting. His screen based work included video and experimental websites that were exhibited in Multimedia Arts Asia Pacific in 2000.
Mark is active in issues surrounding the arts, having been a co-founding member of WAAR (Working Artists Against Ralph) and PEAASS (Promoting Electoral Awareness of the Artist’s Status in Society), two groups that were formed to defend artists’ rights and raise awareness of their contribution to the national cultural environment. He was a co-founding member of Group 3 three, an artists’ collaboration exploring the boundaries of painterly practice through installation and photographic documentation.
In the 1980s he established an international reputation as an experimental filmmaker exhibiting in Europe, North America and South America winning awards at Ann Arbor and Montreal International Festivals. In Australia he was a significant contributor to the development of the postmodern debate in the visual arts in his role as co-editor of the visual arts magazine, On the Beach and as a new image painter.
Mark was a co-founding member of the Super 8 Film Group, a Sydney-based organization for the promotion, distribution, and exhibition of Australian experimental filmmaking. He was the founding member of Metaphysical TV — a group of 5 experimental filmmakers whose work relied on reconstructing fragments appropriated from television imagery.
Among other qualifications, Mark has just completed a PhD in Painting at University of Technology Sydney, he holds a Masters degree in Visual Arts and has studied at St. Martin’s College of Art, London; the University of London; the Pietro Vannucci School of Fine Arts, Italy and the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy.
An exhibition built as a conceptual installation.
Horatio and Celeste are two fictive characters,
representing the works of Julia Heurling (Horatio) and Maria X Demas (Celeste).
The names derive from the concepts and meanings of “horizon” and “celestial”
Designer Julia Heurling returns to the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture (ICAC)on a residency furthering her research on the project A HORIZON IS NOT FLAT. After a short term stay in Tokyo her direction took a slight turn, so, with fresh perspective and while reconsidering theoretical aspects of her work, she invites local artist Maria Demas to a creative dialogue in a defined space through applied art. The exhibiting hall at ICAC takes on the active part of a work of art leaving its passive quality behind, since the artists in a joint attempt engage with the space as a dimension, and as a circumstance by way of placing their work within it. The show’s duration is one day and a section of the installation will be open studio where visitors can see the work process.
Saturday, June 13th 2015, from 20:00.
TITLE_ ‘Celeste-Horatio: dialogue in a space.’
H Σχεδιάστρια Julia Heurling επιστρέφει στο Ιόνιο Κέντρο Τεχνών και Πολιτισμού (ICAC) σε μια προώθηση της έρευνας της σχετικά με το έργο << Ο ορίζοντας δεν είναι επίπεδος>>. Μετά από μια σύντομη παραμονή στο Τόκιο η κατεύθυνση της πήρε μια μικρή στροφή, έτσι ώστε, με νέα προοπτική και επανεξέταση στις θεωρητικές πτυχές του έργου της, καλεί την εντόπια Καλλιτέχνιδα Μαρία Δήμα σε ένα δημιουργικό διάλογο και σε ένα ‘’καθορισμένο’’ χώρο με συμμετοχή της εφαρμοσμένης τέχνης. Ο εκθεσιακός χώρος του Ιονίου Κέντρου αναλαμβάνει ενεργή συμμετοχή ως καθεαυτό μέρος ενός έργου τέχνης, αφήνοντας πίσω την παθητική ποιότητά του, δεδομένου ότι οι καλλιτέχνες σε μια κοινή προσπάθεια ασχολούνται με το χώρο ως μια διάσταση και ως δεδομένο παράγοντα που θα αποτελέσει το πλαίσιο της τοποθέτησης των εργασιών . Η διάρκεια της έκθεσης θα είναι μία ημέρα και ένα μέρος της εγκατάστασης θα λειτουργήσει σαν ανοικτό στούντιο, όπου οι επισκέπτες θα μπορούν να παρακολουθήσουν τη διαδικασία της εργασίας.
Το Σάββατο 13 Ιουνίου 2015, από τις 20:00.
TITLE_ «Celeste-Οράτιος: Διάλογος στο Χώρο.»
works as a designer and artist specialized in pattern and Textiles. She works within and in between the fields of interior design, product design, art and artistic research. She is educated at the Swedish School of Textiles, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Among her commissions are patterns for wallpaper, iPhone cases, calendars, textiles, and artistic decorations.
Her work “A horizon is not flat” was exhibited last year at The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, as a part of the “Mapping Kefalonia” program.
Η Julia Heurling είναι σχεδιάστρια και καλλιτέχνης με ειδίκευση στα μοτίβα και ειδικά στα υφάσματα. Το έργο της κυμαίνεται μεταξύ των πλαισίων του βιομηχανικού σχεδίου, σχεδιασμού προιόντων , τέχνης και εννοιολογικής έρευνας. Σπούδασε στη Σχολή Υφαντουργίας της Σουηδίας, στη Στοκχόλμη. Ανάμεσα στις πολυάριθμες αναθέσεις της συμπεριλαμβάνονται σχέδια για ταπετσαρία, θήκες για κινητά iPhone, ημερολόγια τοίχου, υφάσματα, διακοσμητικές συνθέσεις και αντικείμενα.
Η έκθεσή της ” Ο ορίζοντας δεν είναι επίπεδος” στο Ιόνιο Κέντρο Τεχνών και Πολιτισμού, το καλοκαίρι του 2014, είχε αποτελέσει μέρος του προγράμματος “Mapping Kefalonia” του Ιονίου Κέντρου.
Born in Athens 1977. Residence in the USA for 1 year, and 8 years University studies in the UK. Holder of B.A. in Illustration, and M.A. in Philosophy in relation to Art. Professionally active in a number of visual arts like storyboarding, graphic layouts, comics creation, hand-crafted shop signs, mural making, and teaching art workshops since 2002. Has taken part in art exhibitions in Portsmouth, Athens, and Cephalonia where she has been residing for the last 8 years.
Γεννήθηκε Αθήνα το 1977. Διαβίωση 1 έτος στις ΗΠΑ και 8 χρόνια σπουδών στο Η.Β. Πτυχιούχος στην εικονογράφηση και μεταπτυχιακό σε φιλοσοφία γύρω απ’ την τέχνη. Επαγγελματικά δραστήρια σε τομείς εφαρμοσμένων τεχνών κυρίως storyboard, γραφιστική, κόμιξ, επιγραφοποιία, διδασκαλεία εικαστικών από το 2002. Συμμετοχή σε εκθέσεις ζωγραφικής/μονοτυπίας σε Portsmouth, Αθήνα και Κεφαλονιά όπου διαμένει τα τελευταία 8 χρόνια.
THE IONION CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE
PROUDLY ACCEPTS THE PROPOSAL OF
THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA IN ATHENS
TO PERFORM INDONESIAN BATIK WORKSHOP DURING JUNE 2015 .
ORGANIZER : Department of Information, Social and Culture, Embassy of Indonesia in Athens, in cooperation with Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Kefalonia, part of the 2015 International Art’s Program under the title :
VENUE:The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Greek Island Kefalonia.
ELIGIBILITY : Inviting participants from the islands Kefalonia /Ithaca and all over the World .
Acceptable individuals or groups, amateurs or experts, schools, students and artists.
Sessions will be organized in specified classes, based on the experience ,age, art experience requirements of the participants.
INSTRUCTORS : Professionals in the Art of Indonesian Batik- staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Athens.
THEME: Basic Batik Techniques: Theory and Practice.
TIME : JUNE 2015 (June 9th to June11th )
PROGRAM/ DETAILS: The program includes two parts:
1. introduction/ on screen presentation of the Indonesian Art of BATIK
Each day session will be a complete program including theory and practice.
Morning program 09.00 am – 13.00pm, Evening program 17.00 pm – 21.00
[Included coffee breaks ]
ENROLMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS : application for participation
– by phone call at +30 26710 41126
– by email :firstname.lastname@example.org,
– by web application at the web -address: http://goo.gl/forms/q2f8aD9uzk)
APPLICATION FEES: euro 10, to be fully offered to the Orphanage house of the Island Kefalonia. Schools participations are acceptable free of fee.
TUITION FEES : The workshop is kindly offered free of tuition fees to Kefalonia, Ithaca and the International Art’s Community by the Indonesian Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Athens.
MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT : Kindly offered free by the Indonesian Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Athens
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS: no deadline
INFORMATION : www.ionionartscenter.gr
INDONESIAN BATIK WORKSHOP
A. DESCRIPTION OF BATIK
Indonesian batik is a traditional handcrafted textile rich in intangible cultural values, passed down for generations in Java and elsewhere since the early 19th century, and more widely since the mid 1980s. Batik patterns and motifs process deep symbolism related to social status, local community, nature, history and cultural heritage.
In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
3. Small Wok
4. Small stove
5. Cotton material cloth
6. Wood ring
7. Cotton buds
C. BASIC STEPS OF MAKING BATIK
Batik is made by applying dots and lines of hot wax to cloth using a copper pen-like instrument (canting tulis). The wax is later removed by boiling and/or scraping, repeating the process for each color. The entire process is carried out by hand, mostly as cottage industry.
Step 1 Waxing
Apply the wax over the penciled-in outline of the pattern. In general, the original cloth is white or beige.
Step 2 Coloring
Coloring cloth in the area of the cloth where the wax was not applied, using cotton buds or the cloth is dyed in the watering color. In this case, after the cloth is dry we apply a water glass to keep the color. The area of the cloth where the wax was applied, in Step 1 will remain white.
Step 3 Drying
After the cloth dry, the wax removed by boiling.
Department of Information, Social and Culture, Embassy of Indonesia in Athens, in cooperation with Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Kefalonia.