Global Art project: Frag project

frags:
the fragments, the raw materials that might become elements of mixed-media collages or paintings…torn found papers, billboard-tears, fabric, found shopping lists, photos and negatives, discarded canvas and throw-away’s that are given new life by another artist who incorporates these raw materials into something new; a way to collaborate via the mail and internet as well as in-person…
mixed-media work derived from the exchange between members of Global Art Project; relinquishing responsibility or ownership going beyond the original intention of an image or idea broken down into fragments ( frags) resulting in a deconstruction, a re-ordering of the visual universe into new ways of seeing…

One of the most significant examples of this practice is the giant Dada quilt GAP created assembled by Akiko Suzuki in Osaka and San Francisco in 2016 for the SF International Arts Festival’s “dada here and now” exhibition curated by Carl Heyward, Matthew McKinley and Hanna Regev titled The Mystery of Love, Anger and Delusion ( soap-bubbles), a 3.5 ‘ x 32 ‘ work derived from over 2,000 frags from the international membership.

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Global Art project: proud member of GAP

How it started

Originally Carl Heyward (San Francisco, California USA) and Lorna Crane (New South Wales, Australia) began a friendship and correspondence via Heyward’s KNEE(jerk) Fragmentation (mail art ) PROJECT in 2011 which consists of a one-for-one exchange of post card sized art works made exclusively for the project that has attracted over 500 artist- participants and produced over 3,000 individual art works.

The idea of fragmentation is central to his aesthetic mission in that the pieces of a culture, the debris, the archaeological products of waste and discard give evidence of culturally assigned value and worth; of conscious and sublimated preoccupations of contemporary culture and that their combination through collage, assemblage and other art methods allows a reading of place and time that includes and transcends these elements.

In expanding their inclusion of other artists in the aforementioned and similar projects, Heyward and Crane added painter Joan Stennick of San Francisco; Akiko Suzuki an award winning contemporary quilt maker from Osaka, Japan; the self-taught Vered Gersztenkorn (Tel Aiv, Israel) a painter-collagist; and Chaewon Laura Oh of Seoul, Korea a multi-media artist and accomplished portraitist, completing the GLOBAL ART PROJECT in November 2013.

How it works now

GAP ( global art project ) is a group of international artists working in various media, promoting collaboration, experimentation and mutual development of art practice .

Our work reflects individual, personal and global concerns by virtue of intention. We are creating and exhibiting work that allows the freedom of expression by the very opportunity to communicate beyond language and culture with diverse artists form all over the world while remaining open to the opportunities of the moment.

We are linked by activity in mixed-media art practice, which may be reduced to working with the materials at hand and has antecedents in collage, assemblage, found-object and related practice.

The diverse group of painters, mixed-media artists, textile, photo and collage practitioners share a common interest in what they term FRAGMENTATION: the taking of disparate elements (FRAGS) not ordinarily associated with art practice and combining them with creative passion, inventive ingenuity and above all, a belief in the democratization of the art process from inception to execution to presentation to acquisition.

GAP collaborative activity is a vehicle for stimulation and enhanced creative discovery having experienced the rewards of group interaction and the illuminating effect in enhancing personal practice.

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Studying art, a life long learning

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Art Studies:

Académie des Beaux-Arts de Namur: Atelier pluridisciplinaire, filière de qualification. Sophie Lestrate
SLAC Stedelijke Academie De Lei, Leuven: Middelbare Graad, Katrin Bosmans

Oil painting technique: classes and work at the studio of Jef Bertels

Drawing classes Jef bertels and Nina Stoupina
Mixed Media Techniques: class of Nina Stoupina
Wisper, Leuven, classes of Liesbet Verschueren:
Kunstwerk(t): E-atelier jaarreeks (2006-2007) and E-werkplaats (2008-2009)
Batik, Aquarel; Nyoman Suradnya, Ubud, Bali (2005, 2009)

The studio journey; Nancy Hillis, USA (2017-2018)

Global Art Project; Carl Heyward, USA (2018- )

and lots of other workshops… ongoing interests

How I became an artist

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All kind of creative activities has been always been an important aspect of my life. Music, word and visual art were an essential part of our family life and personal education.

Playing violin, following courses in ballet, writing, weaving, making contemporary lace… during a certain period I have been actively performing it.

In my childhood, visual art, especially painting, seemed to be the exclusive activity of my grandfather, Joseph Brems. Most of his paintings were stills and landscapes, following the tradition of his ancestors. Due to the fact my grandfather passed away at the beginning of world war II, for me as a kid it was something magical to watch the house full of paintings and art supplies on the attic.

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Although music was my first love, after being seriously ill, painting became the most important creative activity.

As a developmental psychologist, family therapist and teacher, all kind of human expressions were fascinating. I finished my master studies and postgraduate programs at the University of Leuven, Belgium. The more I worked in that domain, the more I found it interesting and challenging. But always there was the little voice of art in there and I used my creativity in therapy, teaching. Long before art therapy was recognised as a separate discipline, I was one of those psychologists who studied the analysis of children’s drawings, Outsider Art and I tried out the integration of Art in psychological therapy and guidance.

Later on I found joy and satisfaction in art school. As well in the years at the SLAC in Leuven, as in the Académie des Beaux Arts de Namur. Curious and eager to learn, I studied in the studio of Jef Bertels (Belgium), Nina Stupina (Belgium), Nyoman Suradnya (Indonesia) and followed workshops wherever I had the possibility, also online: MOOC (Italy), Nancy Hillis (USA), … Searching for my own artistic language, every method and technique is interesting to me.

I feel grateful of all the artists who made time for me to talk about art, show me their techniques and who encouraged me on my ongoing journey to become an artist.