Back from holidays February 16, 2009Posted by ieva in Uncategorized.
Tags: David Altmejd, French holidays, Grenoble, Magasin art center, Marc Pessin
Last week has been full of fresh air and new impressions. I turned 1 year older. I got in a car and traveled some 900 km to South. And I ended up in Grenoble (fr).
Some fascinating buildings from 1968, when Grenoble was the city of winter Olympic games.
I had a chance to visit the atelier of French artist Marc Pessin. He is a very kind and intelligent white haired man. For over 60 years he has been working in many artistic domains, all related to graphic art. He is a book editor as well. He had exposed in numerous big museums, collaborating with world famous artists, fashion designers etc. His atelier is a real curiosity cabinet!
I can only admire him and wish to be in the position at his age where i can look back on a active and creative life as he has had it. His work still sells very well. But what I love the most is what he said about jewellery he used to create in 6oies (for Pacco Rabane etc.)- “I stopped doing jewellery because it was selling very good. Otherwise I would have had to continue doing this all my life”. I find it a wonderful attitude we should all learn from… not to get stuck in our own success, our style… I once read an interview with Maarten Baas and he said that he doesn’t mind if people would consider him to be the smoke-furniture-guy for the next 50 years. It’s a pity, I would mind!
He also has the biggest collection in France of mail art- decorated letters he exchanged with his friends-artists.
Besides 10 000 other things, he makes very beautiful relief prints with empty cans (the can is removed afterwards, it leaves a 3d trace).
I also finally visited the contemporary art center Magasin that I have had heard a lot about. At the moment there is a show of Canadian artist Davis Altmejd. The main material of his work (for this project) is mirror. The space is totally covered with mirrors. Altmejd has created several sculptures- giants.
A functional (?) solution for peeling an apple in the local bar of a small mountain village.
Snow typography. 1600 &+ m high.