October 21 | 2023

Events — 2 Min Read

Eindhoven, Netherlands

A Journey Through DDW’s ‘BioArt Laboratories‘ and Mexican CLAVO Artists

October 21 | 2023

Events — 2 Min Read

A Journey Through DDW’s BioArt Laboratories and Mexican CLAVO Artists

In the enchanting city of Eindhoven, from October 21 to October 29, we found ourselves immersed in the dynamic world of the Dutch Design Week 2023 (DDW). Our focal point was the ‘BioArt Laboratories, where the intersection of experimentation and design showcased the potential for a more earth-minded and sustainable existence through the judicious use of natural resources.

As part of of DDW ‘BioArt Laboratories‘ presented the ‘Symbiocene Forest, encapsulating the essence of the ‘Down to Earth‘, a thematic emphasis on sustainable living, material reuse, and the innovative redesign of daily essentials, all contributing to a conscious reduction of our carbon footprint. It was within this context that Mexican artists Luis GtzR and Abel Adrian brought their unique visions to the forefront.

Symbiocene Unveiled: A Collaborative Showcase of Clavo Artists GtzR and Adrian at BioArt Laboratories

In a collaborative effort between our artists and the dedicated staff of ‘BioArt Laboratories‘, we proudly present a showcase featuring the remarkable works of our talented Clavo Artists, Luis GtzR, and Abel Adrian. These artists ventured to the Netherlands to unveil a collection of pieces inspired by the Symbiocene concept.

Visitors at BioArt looking at GtzR works

Sprouts of life, Mixed Media, 2023, Luis GtzR

Luis GtzR’s contribution to the exhibition comprises two pieces intricately aligned with the notion of redefining the relationship between humans and nature. His concept, titled “Solastalgia Landscapes & Symbiotic Souls,” serves as a poignant commentary on the challenges stemming from our historical human-centric perspective, prevalent throughout the Holocene era. It underscores how our detachment from the broader continuity of our species and the planet has led to significant issues. GtzR‘s artwork, beyond capturing a moment in time, serves as a powerful educational tool, offering insights into transformation, evolution, and even regression. This profound exploration has culminated in artworks that illuminate the intrinsic human need for symbiosis.

Abel Adrián’s Symbiotic Dialogue with Nature.

Abel Adrian‘s project Eternal Echoes began the endeavor with a pristine canvas, where he meticulously wove intricate details, establishing a profound connection between the artist and his creative intuition. The live coffee painting sessions conducted by Adrian echoed with the spirit of the ‘Symbiocene Forest, encapsulating the essence of the ‘Down to Earth‘ concept. Demonstrating unwavering commitment to sustainable practices, Adrian not only framed his canvases with reclaimed wood but also employed charcoal sourced from a communal fire pit for sketching his works before delicately layering coffee upon them, adding depth and nuance to his creations. In a stroke of ingenuity, Adrian incorporated a mug fashioned from the very earth beneath his feet, infusing a tactile and elemental dimension into his creative process.

Abel Adrian‘s paintings with coffee, ashes and “earth” on canvas, 2023

Even in rainy evenings, Adrian’s artistic process continued to unfold, his paintings serving as interpretations of Mother Nature where ethereal butterflies gracefully fluttered through his works, each aspect influenced by the surrounding atmosphere. The result was a series of captivating pieces that sparked the curiosity of onlookers, resonating with the live and ever-evolving canvas of nature itself. Abel Adrián’s work is a profound exercise that draws inspiration directly from nature. His muse lies in the intricate dialogue established with the earth, the elements, and the inexorable passage of time. Embracing the principles of the “Symbiocene,” which advocates for an active collaboration with nature, Adrián immerses himself in a creative process that mirrors the interdependence with the environment.

The significance of material choice takes center stage in Adrián’s work, where each element is meticulously selected to contribute to the narrative of intertwined art and nature. Every stroke, every texture, and every chosen medium becomes a deliberate expression of this harmonious relationship, forging a visual language that speaks to the interconnectedness between artistic creation and the natural world. Through his work, Adrián not only captures the essence of life but also advocates for a deeper understanding of our symbiotic connection with the environment.

Global Perspectives: Diverse Expressions in the ‘Symbiocene Forest‘

The ‘Symbiocene Forestfeatured a diverse array of presentations from international artists, each offering a unique expression. From problem-solving investigations to experiments and designs enhancing everyday life, unfolded as a rich tapestry of projects resonating with the overarching theme of the ‘Down to Earth’ exhibitions.

The international artists brought forth a kaleidoscope of perspectives, contributing to the multifaceted exploration of the Symbiocene. Their works showcased a commitment to practical solutions and innovative designs, collectively aiming to address contemporary challenges. The ‘Symbiocene Forest, in this context, served as a dynamic platform for the global exchange of ideas and a celebration of creativity grounded in the realities of our everyday lives.

Contemporary Performances

Within our associated artists we find different artistic disciplines such as photography, painting, sculpture made with different raw materials, collage, engraving or digital art, each and every one selected based on aesthetics, essence or their social message, loaded with an emotional force or brutality, but always looking to get a little deeper into the debate and get a little closer to the true meaning of art.

Author: Clavo Space

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