Behind the scene

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Masterpieces-of-a-pilgrim-Juan-Petry-2021

Behind the scenes The last 24 months have been very productive for the ARTSURPRISE project. On the one hand, other artists have shown an interest in the project and have in some cases already provided work samples; on the other hand, established artists have published new series. In addition, works that had already been submitted were registered and inventoried and finally published and distributed to the first locations.
For the initiator Juan Petry it was time again to continue his collage project Masterpieces of a Pilgrim. This series is based on paper collages that accompany the life of a concept artist: tears from newspapers, correspondence, documentaries, business records.

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Mediterranean-Goddesses-Assumpta-Arasa-Altimira-2021

Assumptra Arasa Altimira is a Catalan artist. She currently lives secluded in a monastery and dedicates herself to the study of ancient scriptures nd the history of the monastery and the Monserrat region. Nevertheless, she completed a second edition of her Mediterranean Goddesses series for Artsurprise.

Woman standing in a line-Elena-Ploetz-2021
Woman standing in a line-Elena-Ploetz-2021

The Russian artist Elena Plötz (Petrovna Lasovskaya) has published another series in the drawing section: Women waiting in a row in front of the ladies‘ room.
The exceptionally talented draftsman has a keen eye for the hilarious in everyday life. She confidently captures this humor in her drawings in just a few sure lines.

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AMAL-the-kids-from-Ciocanesti-Juan-Petry-2021

Juan Petry travels regularly to Romania and takes part in social art and cultural projects. In Ciocanesti near Buckarest he offered a literature workshop for girls only as part of a summer school. The chronically underfunded private initiative APEAL, an association for the promotion of young people in the Dromboviza region, had a sponsor who dropped out shortly before the workshop began. Petry financed the course and stay for the young people and collected small drawings by the young authors. These were made in preparation for the poetry, rhyme and theme lessons. After 3 years, the 120 works are now published in ARTSURPRISE. The proceeds finance the extracurricular training and set an example: where there is a will, there is a way.

Creatives from Lithuania, Slovakia, Russia, Germany, Romania and other countries have contributed and published well over 2000 new works. In the ARTSURPRISE project, these people are all connected in a large social sculpture, together with those who will be happy about one of these works of art.

Let’s travel – new series from Arta Garanca

normadic sketches - lets travel - 2021
normadic sketches – lets travel – 2021

When Arta arrived in CASAdelDRAGON in Spain, she was attracted by the idea to spend a few weeks in the creative hotspot of the region, the art camp, the color garden and the artist residence itself.

Trying to find a good place in these days might be a challenge for quite a lot of people moving in 2020 and ff. through Europe and the rest of the world. Obviously Arta found her setting.

Over the last 36 years the house of the dragon was visited by many creatives from all over the world. Behind each visit was a story, sometimes they decided to move on, sometimes they spend some time in the village, the house, the garden. Sometimes they came for art, sometimes for studies, sometimes for retreats, sometimes for curiosity.

In case of Arta it looked like following the flow. She belongs to a new generation of multi-cultural-proofed highly mobile life-entrepreneurs passing in their lifes through many challenges. On their way a clear direction may be unvisible, but especially from north estern countries coming, they are following a inner compass to navigate to peace, happiness and success. And this success is nowadays more driven by quality of life then by quantity of money.

Nomadic sketches – short video about the process of art creation

Some visitors of the CASAdelDRAGON consider the influence of this house in terms of culture and art in the village and the region and they calculate the impact for the society. As always there is a story behind, and hidden in the history of this village, as well as the whole country, there is many more to say about the beauty and power of the locals and this village in the mountains of El Maestrazgo.

Part of the CASAdelDRAGON is the art gallery in the basement. SINCE 2007 more than 30 exhibitions took place. Inbetween it is a studio, to work out new projects or a room for performance and music or literature events.

ARTSURPRISE.EU is one spin-off of this think tank and artist residence and Arta liked the idea to work out her first series for this project as well.

peaces and details of the nomadic sketches

The open art space of CASAdelDRAGON has no strict agenda for the future.. There is always space for improvisation, sponaniouse ideas. So we implemented a show of the last 14 years and mounted some sketches of Arta like a spring moving into the heaven. The exhibition „Las ultimas horas“ was even visited in the hardest times in 2020/2021. And it attrakted even many kids joining the projekt „the exhibition in the museum in the exhibition“ which was part of this show.

The artistic view on the series – exclusivly for ARTSURPRISE.EU

Again and again this open house challenges its residents. Again and again it questions values and ideas. And again and again it forces people to pause and rearrange themselves. And again and again it surprises its visitors, opens horizons and opportunities.

If you want to seize a new opportunity, you first have to let go of the old one completely . Then you can grab it with both hands.

Everyone in the Casa was delighted to be able to participate in this development. In the end, Arta was a resident of the CASAdelDRAGON for eight months, helped to shape it and left a lot of traces.

It’s the end of this article, it’s definitely not the end of this story.

A better reset for the art market

Fred (DeSouza Gallery) and Juan (conceptual artist) are talking about a better reset for the art market, online portals to promote and sell art and the difference between these platforms.

Artsurprise – a social art work and cooperative project – is working since 9 years on its way to discover new pathways to promote and sell art. Not only that new emerging tools are creating a new reality for all market players, it force everybody to redesign the chain of communication and distrubution, and – interestingly for a contemporary artist – it with also influence the art itself.

Fred and Juan tried a new concept for artsurprise in the last show in Spain. MUARCO – the exhibition in the museum in the exhibition – itself is part of a larger social art initiative, founded by three artists in the beginning of 2020, just before the first lock down. It question the role of a museum as an important factor in art presentation, preservation and research and as a hotspot of culture at all.

Further links: DeSouza Gallery | MUARCO

Basicis about Artusprise and the social sculpture FamiliaFeliz

Some basic facts about ARTSURPRISE and the decentralized living community FamiliaFeliz

In this video we talk about the decentralized living community FamiliaFeliz and its basic ruleset. Linda and her family in San Diego are also creatives and searching for opportunities to spread their artistic message in the world. So we talked also about the social sculpture ARTSURPRISE.EU, which was born on the terrace of the house of the dragon.

Both projects, the living community and the art movement, are not chained in a way but both are a creation of the think tank in CASAdelDRAGON, the artist residence and think tank of FamiliaFeliz in Spain. And both are born out of a simple contemporary question: how to create a project with value for all partizipants, in case of the art project, including customer and all others involved in the process, in case of the living community, including members and – important – also non-members around us.

ARTSURPRISE.EU is a social sculpture and art work itself. Juan Petry mount refurbished second hand tobacco vending machines as a sculpture in real art spaces – like a trojan horse – and invite artists to use it as a vehicle to distribute their own message all over the network of this vending machine locations. Transparency and absense from any competion between the artists its a slowly growing network to explore new contemporary art production by implementing standards form industry and logistics into the art market.

If you are responsible for an art space, if you are art daler or artist you will find more information here: https://www.artsurprise.eu/service/

if you love art and you want to collect pieces of amazing art works form artists all over the world you could browse through our database by inserting a number between 1 and 26.000 in our check form and you will receive information about the content, based on this box identification number here: https://www.artsurprise.eu/home/check/

FamiliaFeliz.eu is a decentralized living community, based on groups. It was founded together with the first group, called ELDRAC (the dragon) in 2016 and implemented a basic ruleset, called charter. After exploring many other european communities, the group of founders invited more than 50 friends to assemble a charter. With this paper we gave ourselves a mental body to express the main values and procedures.

If you want to check out more about our comunity you should read some news in our blog here: https://www.familiafeliz.eu/welcome/news/
and you could download our basic ruleset in your favorite language here:
https://www.familiafeliz.eu/services/documents/

2020-07-29 6pm MEZ we will continue the discussion in a next livestream on youtube and you will get some samples of artworks from new emerging us based artists as well as some samples and background stories from already published artworks inside the project.

Join our channel on 2020-07-29 at 6pm MEZ here.

Thanks to all the artists and friends helping this project running and all the gatekepper inside the art market tor promote and push this movement of contemporary art.

New location in Catalunya

Since 27 of April 2019 artsurprise has a new host for one of our vending machines in Santa Barbara. The machine was inaugurated by town mayor Joan Jordi Boronat Ferre and many representatives of the region.

The inauguration was part of the cultural weeks in Santa Barbara. The new artist Assumpta Arasa Altimira offered us the opportunity to expand our network of vending machines in Catalunya and partizipated with her first series Mediterranean Goddesses inside of the Artsurprise vending machine.

back again

After 4 month the new website of artsurprise is online again. Now based on WordPress and new designed we show more details about the social sculpture project and share background information about exhibitions, series and artists and new locations.

With nearly 300 artists in our group and more than 25.000 delivered boxes we willl expand the project in the next time.

Artsurprise – european social art – we love it!