These artists want the viewer to become aware of the subtle beauty and complexity of the familiar urban environment, which is often overlooked or taken for granted. With their different media, camera and paintbrushes, Chris and Martin interpret the same street corner in San Francisco. The photograph and the painting form a pair, an interesting fraternal twin.
A different perspective
By focusing on architectural elements, straight lines, repetitive patterns and light, Chris and Martin emphasize the geometric aspects of the urban environment in which people are always in motion. The love for the play of light in the city (the first rays of the sun and the golden evening light) connects the artists. Their work allows the viewer to view the city from a different perspective and focus on the aesthetic aspects of the urban landscape.
Challenges for the viewer and for the artist
The viewer is challenged to reflect on her/his own position in the city and how they relate to the environment around them. The artists are also challenged to reflect on their use of camera and brush in the representation of the city. What limitations and freedoms do those techniques have? “The image of a Crossroads, symbolizes the choices we have to make in life and the different paths we can follow.” By inspiring the viewer to think more deeply about urban space and their position within it, Chris and Martin hope they can inspire people to make their own choices and find their own way in urban life.
Maja A. Chris is a visual artist, art curator and art historian with a deep multidisciplinary knowledge of the creative process and art techniques and materials. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide.
Jay A. Martin is a photographer who mainly focuses on street and environmental photography. He documents with a lot of pathos. He is trained as a chemist and cell physiologist and is a scientific writer. Chris and Martin live in Amsterdam and San Francisco respectively.
Opening on Sunday April 2 from 3 to 5 pm by artist Maja A. Chris.
The opening is performed by Maja A. Chris. She talks about the choices in her project together with photographer Jay A. Martin “Crossroads. Which substrate for print and paint? Which images? How to combine the freedoms and limitations of the camera and the paintbrush.
MLB KIJK Sunday on Sunday, April 16 from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm with Maja A. Chris.
Looking at the paintings and photos of Chris and Martin has never been so much fun and so interesting! On this afternoon, led by Edith de Jager, we take the time to look at a work by each of the artists. You are invited to say what you see. It is a deepening experience to hear this from each other. Each individual contribution is of equal value in this conversation! It is such an informal meeting with Chris and the work of Maja and Jay, while enjoying a snack and a drink.
Register before Friday 14 April via email@example.com. Participation € 3, – (pin or cash on arrival).
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