PRIX PICASSIETE - LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES DE MOSAIQUE - CHARTRES

The International Encounters of Mosaic of Chartres in France, ended on 6th November with the prize giving ceremony and my work, "The Ripples must be endless" received a great prize in the professional category... my first ever prize!!

But in all honesty, the biggest prize was to receive the amazing responses and greetings from so many people around the world. The warmth and generosity shared by all these messages will remain with me for a long time... That was in a way my most precious prize!!!

Chartres this year proved once again to be a major event in the world of mosaic in Europe, some remarkable works on display, a whole city glowing and pulsing a the pace of interlocking matter and the thousands of visitors who came from all around the EU to witness the incredible variety of what contemporary mosaic is about!

Chartres in action. Myself pictured with Isabelle de Sa Moreira and Gerard Brand.

Chartres in action. Myself pictured with Isabelle de Sa Moreira and Gerard Brand.

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Nathalie Vin and Gerard Brand

Nathalie Vin and Gerard Brand

MOSAIC ODYSSEYS

Mosaic Odysseys was a rare encounter between two nations, Greece and The United Kingdom, to collaborate and celebrate the ancient and the contemporary art form. The work of 11 artists was exhibited in London, Athens and Mykonos over the summer months. What I came away with from the exhibition was the different journeys, we the artists, have taken from the traditional (which started in Mesopotamia and most famously in Greece 3000 years ago), to then include our own artistry, influenced by our unique narratives and placement in the world.

I was pleased to exhibit four of my works, "Multiverse", "Or Du Temps" series, "Elsie's Blood On The Snow" and "Lost Cosmos". This exhibition was an intense melting pot of mosaic visions where one could travel through space, into the deep end of the earth, bear witness to the refugee crisis or be welcome into Olympia, home to the Gods... a fascinating odyssey for all!

THE MUSIWA EXHIBITION AT THE MEDICI MUSEUM

It was a great honour and privilege to be invited to present my gold creation, The Ripples must be Endless… by the prestigious Italian MUSIWA foundation. The piece was exhibited at the Medici Museum at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi, one of the most important monuments in Florence and a prototype of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. This was a harmonious and eclectic exhibition that included great masters from around the world. The quality of the mosaic work on display was truly magnificent and the gallery often fell silent with marvelling people, gobsmacked not only by the technical prowess but also by the conceptual vision on show.

Made of gold leaf from Venice, the piece reflects, exalts and radiates light. It is the culmination of a meticulous process spanning over a twelve-month period.

"It has been my quest for the past 12 months to create a piece which would reflect, exalt and radiate light like no other. Gold reflects timelessness, the exulted colour associated with the elemental forces. For me, the encrypted partition transmits a melody, a message coming from the core of the universe"

The work will complete its journey at the Villa Paris, the magnificent palace located at Roseto degli Abruzzi from the end of July and up until the end of September 2016.

My holographic world...

My fascination for holograms started way back in childhood… I suspect to have been mesmerized by Princess Leia when she appeared as a hologram projected from the little droid R2D2 in the first Star Wars movie.

Since then, I feel that my path has always been entwined with the idea of the Future, science and technology… just sharing a key moment which has become more than an exploration, a way of thinking!

What is it that attracts me so much about holograms and what are they exactly?

Holography is a succession of graphic bands which once put together and lit under a certain angle, gives an impression of relief. Holography is a media which captures space and time information together; the image exists everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

This particular hologram represents Andy Warhol reading a magazine; as you walk past, he moves, looking up from the page to give you a 3D stare…

To continue on my line of ideas about holograms and the sciences of the visible, the Camera obscura was an optical device that led to photography, the photographic camera and later on to technologies such as the cinema and holography.

The device consisted of a box or a room with a hole in one side. The light was coming from an external scene which was going through the hole and striking a surface inside, where it was reproduced, inverted (upside-down), but with color and perspective preserved.
The image can be projected onto paper, and can then be traced to produce a highly accurate representation.

Mozi, a Chinese philosopher was the first one to ever write about the Camera Obscura (470 to 390 BC), the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 to 322 BC) was also familiar with the principle and, one of my old time hero, Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) published the first clear description of the Camera Obscura in his Codex Atlanticus.

Giambattista della Porta, a 16th century Napolitan scientist improved the Camera Obscura by replacing the hole with an old man's lenticular (biconvex) lens. This device became a precursor to the Pepper's ghost effects and later on to photography, cinema and holography!

Although the Victorian era is often associated with scientific and technological progress, many Victorians were prone to the paranormal and the supernatural.

In 1862, inventor Henry Dircks developed a technique which was used to make a ghost appear and disappear.

A few years later, John Pepper improved the technique and created the famous "pepper's ghost" effects which captivated massively audiences at the time. On command, ghostly objects would appear and fade in or out... objects would magically transform into different objects.

We were at the dawn of Holography!

Today, I am presenting an astonishing Pepper Ghost example of this technology! I don't know if you remember the amazing hologram of a ghostly Kate Moss, which first appeared in Alexander McQueen’s 2006 ‘Widows of Culloden’ show in Paris.

The Kate Moss hologram was a dramatic and emotional finale to the Paris show, with the ethereal figure of Moss shown floating inside a giant pyramid, set to the poignant soundtrack from Schindler’s List.

This particular work was created using the Victorian Pepper’s Ghost trick.

When Dali meets Holography … it gives this!

In the early 1970s, Dali again looked beyond painting for inspiration. He was one of the first artists to explore holography. Dali was completely captivated by this idea to create an image in three dimensions where he could be in front of and behind his subject.

One of Dali’s most successful experiments was his Alice Cooper hologram.

Working with artist holographer Selwyn Lissack, Dali created a rotating three-dimensional image of the rock star. Here Cooper either sings into or bites off the head of a “shish kebab” Venus de Milo statue. Cooper wears a real diamond tiara, and there is a plaster brain stuffed with a chocolate éclair and real ants suspended behind his head.

Patrick Boyd is my ultimate favourite hologram artist and I wanted to share his incredible talent!

"Lucy in a tin hat" is considered as the Mona Lisa of the Holographic art, a holographic art masterpiece created by Patrick Boyd in 1989.

Holography is so much more than just a 3-D image. It displays time, motion, fantastic colours; it can be interactive and is capable of capturing the qualities of light itself.

Renowned for his holographic portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, light artist Chris Levine’s art seeks to push the use of light to its furthest boundaries. Here, the hologram titled “Royal blue” is a remarkable portrait hologram of The Queen.  Her eyes follow your movements around the room like no other.

In a different register than the holographic technology, but nevertheless really appealing to my eyes, Chris Levine was commissioned by The Historic Royal Palaces to create a series of light installations in a themed exhibit around the Princesses that had lived at the palace.

Recently, Spanish activists “Holograms for freedom”, staged the world’s first-ever virtual political demonstration against a controversial law banning protests outside government buildings.

The stunt saw thousands of holograms marching in front of the Spanish parliament in madrid in protest against the so-called “gag law”.

What an astonishing and meaningful way to use this holographic technology!

I am fairly sure that the Spanish government got the message!

 

Just to meditate...

“If tangible reality was only an holographic illusion, we would not be able to say anymore that the brain creates the conscience. It would be the conscience that makes appear the brain, as well as the body…”


And good morning to you!

I like to think of Holographic thinking as an all-encompassing perspective of the world…

Thinking holographically everything that was, is and will be, (people, places, times, ideas, cultures, life forms, matter, energy) are all interconnected.

Any change in one thing is reflected, to various degrees, in everything else. Thinking holographically, the “Problem” contains the “Changes” which become the tip of a “Greater Solution” waiting to emerge.

In other words, one could say that "Problems Contain the Seeds of Their Own Solutions"!!

I am in!

White Garden - Ghost Matter

Introducing my latest work White Garden and my exploration into the achromatic colour and all the possibilities it offers.

White garden is the fruit of my contemplation and fascination with light and movement and their dominance over matter.

Guided by these notions as well as the unique interactive experience had by the viewer, I aim to facilitate these key components in my work.

I wanted to create a work which, once exhibited would present an infinite and variable dance of light and shadows. These shadows or ghosts matter as I like to think of them become the principal actor in the whole viewing experience.

They manifest and vanish depending on the angle of the light and acquire their dynamism and energy from a critical interaction with the viewer;

White garden is made of multifaceted components on a white canvas and reflected light and shadows.

THE GLOW PROJECT

London was glowing last weekend extending from Thursday into four evenings of pure light and delight! Some of London's most famous locations were transformed into light installations for the "Lumiere festival" which ended on Sunday 17th of January.

One event in particular caught my attention. Ocubo projected The Circus of Light, a magical animated world, onto the side of the Granary Building using the faces of some of the people who live and work in the area.

This nocturnal vision took me back 13 years, to when I set Brighton alight with my own light projections which told the story of some of Brighton's residents and the world famous Royal Pavilion.

The Glow Project as I entitled it was an after-dark multimedia art event where treasured images were contributed by local people and artists and projected on to Adelaide Crescent, a mid 19th century residential development in Hove. The Glow Project tapped into the emotional lives of people who lived behind the walls on which the projections were shinning, illuminating their stories outside in the city.

The Glow project aimed to alter people's lives and perspectives through bringing them together and enabling them to celebrate individual creativity and experiences in a shared setting. 

The following day, I projected a visual narrative onto the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Projected images, collected from the unseen walls, objects, photos that the building had never revealed to the public before flickered in front of a wide eyed audience. 

Blissful memories


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MERRY CHRISTMAS & A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!

It seems appropriate to unveil 'The Ripples must be Endless...' at this time of the year. 
It has been my quest for the past 12 months to create a piece which would reflect,
exalt and radiate light like no other.

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To get a slightly more 3-dimensional glimpse of the way that this piece bathes in the light,
you can watch this short video.


My name is Gold, my atomic number is 79, and my Symbol is Au. This comes from the Latin word ‘Aurum’, which means ‘shining or glowing dawn’. I am a key element in the transmittal of electrical signals throughout the body and I am within every one of you.
I amount to 0.2 milligrams of your total body weight.
If form was given to me I would be a solid cube of 0.22 millimeters.


I have been around forever. The Ripples must be Endless…

Made of gold leaf tiles from Orsoni in Venice.
Dimensions: 116 cm x 76 cm x 7.5 cm

Video production - Lou Smith
Photography: Guido Neethling

Music - LSRE - Eight Lines (Live Performance) Vincent Corver and Kevin Griffiths


This series of 10 works is entitled 'Or du temps' 
Like 'The Ripples must be Endless...', they have been created using gold leaf Venetian tiles.

THE RIPPLES MUST BE ENDLESS

This has been a very busy and exciting month. I have finally launched my new website www.nathalievin.com which includes my updated portfolio and upcoming exhibitions. In the coming months you will also be able to purchase signed, limited edition prints from my gallery.

I have just completed my latest piece that has been 12 months in the making. I will finally be ready to share it with you very soon. 

I can give you a few clues: it includes 28,583 painstakingly placed tesseraes, made with the eternal metal that exalts but also encapsulates man's superfluous nature.

I have included a close up in the image below to give you a sense of its fluttering qualities... The ripples must be endless is the title of my latest piece.

In other news, Lost Cosmos is being exhibited at Mosaique en Nord - Hazebrouk in France (International juried exhibition until 4th January 2016)


SEE MORE OF Lost Cosmos...