There are artists whose creative work combines the art of production with the art of own, individual expression. These artists are usually inspired by technical development of previous epochs to show the unchanging motives of artistic creations from today's contemporary perspective - curiosity, sensitivity and patience in quest of just the right form of composition. My newest collection 'Dagegraphy' opens up these artistic experiences for the viewer.
The name of this collection refers to a historical invention called a daguerreotype. The day when the daguerreotypes saw the light of day, actually had to be a day and not late evening, as in 1839 the electric lighting hadn’t been invented yet. All guests who came to the Academy of Sciences and Academy of Fine Arts in Paris to witness public reveal of the new invention were not asked to ‘not take photos and switch off phones’, as the telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell was born only… 8 years later. Thus, these unique images, first ‘photographs’, were admired calmly. Their name comes from the name of the creator, Louis Jacques Daguerre. What can we say about this artist from the past? Surely he was a patient and calm man since the exposure process of a plate took about eight hours back then. He also had to be a creator open to an artistic experiment since as a professional opera scenographer he decided to do something different than before. Finally, as one can guess that since his invention did not give the possibility to replicate images, he was convinced of his art distinctiveness. In some unknown, metaphysical world, 170 years later, I culturally inherited these three artistic qualities:
patience, curiosity and distinctiveness by using the technique of creating dagguereotypes in a different, new way as a sign of the next stage of my creative work.
We are approaching the third decade of the 21st century. We will celebrate the centennial of inventions such as a photocopier and TV picture. Looking at my works today, you can expect a wave of artistic inspirations. We can all agree that we live in an ‘image culture’. We know that the age of photography goes further and deeper, it expresses more than we can consciously take in and reflect on our own. We admire new technologies but this admiration leads us to explore the technologies of past epochs, we notice how the concept of an image changes in our eyes, and how painting forms interpenetrate with photographic techniques
just like experiences from the past with modern aesthetics.
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