From the beginning, the art genre literature was intended for the social art project ARTSURPRISE. Literature is a central component of contemporary art. Literature also cross-overs many areas of contemporary art, often paving the way between visual and performing arts.
In June 2023, the first two booklets were published in the format 8 by 5 centimeters in the art genre COMIC. Booklets in the art genres LITERATURE and OBJECTS (artist books) are also expected in the near future.
„At the art museum“ is a humorous examination of the communication between man and woman. The scene is a contemporary art museum. The displayed works speak for themselves, the two visitors about it, maybe also with each other.
The language is greatly reduced, as is the setting. In contrast to this are the exhibited works (all of them pictorial references to real contemporary art in the context of CASAdelDRAGON, an artist residence in eastern Spain), colorful, lush, central, eye-catching. That is why the sparse dialogue develops. The depth lies in the notion about what is not said.
S.Cape also plays with the layers of reality. The reader of the booklet looks into an exhibition space through the eyes of an imaginary viewer and observes the protagonists as they deal with an object of contemporary art. The readers own perception converts to the perception of the perception of others.
The visual languages overlap. There is the comic as an art form, there is the image of a contemporary work of art. S.CAPE curates, and the connection develops into a puzzle.
„When we were offered the first volume by the media-shy artist in 2022, I had no other choice. That was exactly the right topic for Artsurprise. A condition for publication was publication under a pseudonym. I agreed and asked about this. S.CAPE was the answer.
The author is a friend of the house, a welcome guest in the exhibitions and very interested in visiting the artists present in the CASAdelDRAGON at their workplaces. He’s a real (!) philanthropist, occasionally buying works by the artists on display, and doesn’t really have an ego to pay too much attention to. He is modest and steps back behind his message, which is: celebrate contemporary art, then you celebrate culture. The question of permission to use scans and copies of the original artworks digitally was answered in the affirmative, but hardly any attention was paid to it. But then the colleagues realized this art multiplication. Now I am asked again and again by colleagues: Am I there too? Did he also use something from me?
S.CAPE is a contemporary, one who enjoys spending time with the artists around this Artist Residence CASAdelDRAGON. I can’t imagine anything better than bringing this important form of creative expression – books – to life in the social art project ARTSURPRISE with his amazing works (Juan Petry, Founder of ARTSURPRISE).“
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