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Moving Pictures

No, this isn’t a post about my favorite Rush album nor a piece on early American cinema, but rather a quick year end announcement. Last Tuesday, I packed up my car to deliver half a dozen pieces for two public exhibitions in which I am involved.

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The first is the premier exhibit at The Gallery, a new fine art venue in Saginaw (the Grand Opening of which was this past Friday night). Hanging alongside other noted Michigan artists, several of my pieces will be on display in rotation now through June 2017. The gallery is housed in the historic Bancroft building at E. Genesee and S. Water Street on the banks of the Saginaw River. This latest cultural attraction boasts 5,000 square feet of gallery space and I am delighted to be a part of it.

farmington-public-art-projectTwo of my pieces were also selected as part of the Farmington Hills Public Art Program. They will be on display at the City Hall of Farmington Hills now through December 2018. Having had a sneak preview of the other 70 works to be included during this two-year exhibit, I highly encourage you to check it out if you are in the area. City Hall is located at 31555, 11 Mile road in Farmington Hills, MI 48336.

I am truly excited for these and all the other opportunities that have come my way this year and cannot wait to share with you all that is in store for 2017. Until then, have a wonderful Winter Solstice, a joyful Yule, a merry Christmas, etc.

~Aric Jorn

I Have Been Involved In A Murder

Yes, it’s true, and I am not alone in bringing this murder about. In fact, there were dozens of us who contributed to it and, since no body will ever be found, I feel safe in admitting my involvement publicly on this blog. What’s more, I am inviting everyone who reads this post to witness the murder for themselves. It is taking place in Indiana – Terre Haute to be more precise – and it all begins tonight.

Now, before you reach for your cell and start dialing 9-1-1 to report this murder, perhaps I should explain…

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Tonight, the Arts Illiana Gallery is unveiling The Crow Show, a juried exhibition running Feb 5 through April 22, featuring crow-themed work from artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. And, as we all know, a group of crows is referred to as a murder.

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I was invited to have my “Odin’s Ravens: Hugin & Munin” relief in the exhibition and am delighted to have them in the collection especially as I am only a couple weeks away from releasing the second piece in this series. They (and all the other work on display at The Crow Show) will be available for sale throughout the 3-month event.

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Now, I know someone is bound to write in and say, “but, Aric, Odin had ravens, not crows,” so allow me to set the record straight. The term “crow” is used for an entire family of birds (Corvidae) that includes the raven species. To put it simply, all ravens are crows but not all crows are ravens, making The Crow Show a perfect place for Hugin and Munin to roost.

So, if over the next three months, you find yourself in a drivable distance from Terre Haute and have a free afternoon, I encourage you to stop by what promises to be a very unique exhibition of dark avian art and witness the murder for yourself.

~Aric Jorn

Jivotica in Autumn

It is nearly impossible for me to believe that fall is officially upon us. Like most of the summer, August and September have been a whirlwind – art shows, filling online orders (I must confess the shear number of which took me by surprise), working at The Henry Ford and preparing to direct my fall theater programs dominated my time and obliged me to put several projects on hold. It was great fun but I am happy to return my focus to sculpting.

That said, there are a few dates that I would like to share with you all…

I have confirmed two more Sundays at the Ann Arbor Artisan Market – September  28 (11am – 7pm) and October 19 (11am – 4pm).

I’ve also been informed that the interview PBS conducted with me in July for Detroit Performs will be broken up into two episodes. I had pitched them on the idea of dedicating an entire 4-segment episode to the Liberty Crafts Works at The Henry Ford and they decided to do just that. So, the portion of my interview that took place at the pottery shop will now be included in the Liberty Crafts Work episode of Detroit Performs that is scheduled to air on October 14 at 7:30pm. The bulk of my interview (shot in my studio) will be a separate segment airing sometime in November.

Many announcements coming soon. Thank you as always for your interest in my work.
~Aric Jorn

Brighton behind me and Ann Arbor ahead

Thanks to all those who stopped by my booth at the Brighton Fine Arts and Acoustic Music Festival this past weekend. Uncertain whether my work would be a good fit for this show, I was very pleased at the response it received. I was fortunate in other areas as well…

Despite a forecast that included daily showers and a possible thunder storm, not a single drop fell on my tent the entire weekend. Following a celebratory dinner at Stout’s Irish Pub Sunday evening, we packed up, drove back to the studio, unpacked everything and closed the door. Not even a minute later, as though the heavens had been waiting for us to finish, there was a torrential downpour.

Looking forward, and for those who didn’t make it to Brighton, I will be setting up shop at the Ann Arbor Artisan Market for the balance of August. Confirmed dates are August 10, 17, 24 and 31 (weather permitting). Additional dates will be added in September and October as I can fit them in.

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One of the best things about the A2 Artisan Market is that the roster changes from week to week, so there are always new artists to discover.

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The Artisan Market is located at 315 Detroit Street in the heart of Ann Arbor’s historic Kerrytown shopping district at the intersection of Detroit Street and 5th Avenue. An outdoor show, it runs Sundays from 11am to 4pm April through December.

I hope to see many of you there!
~Aric

Aric on Display: Brighton

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This is an invitation to see my work and have a chat at the 31st annual Brighton Fine Art & Accoustic Music Festival, AUGUST 1-3, 2014

While shopping for art online can be a convenient, inspiring and at times overwhelming way to discover artists who would have otherwise remained unknown to you, the experience cannot compare to seeing the work in person accompanied by the opportunity to speak directly with the artists who make it.

Going to an art fair gives you the chance to ask questions, discover what motivated the artists to create their art and generally become more informed about each piece before you buy it. For the artists, it is an opportunity to better understand their patrons and gain insight into what attracts people to one piece over another.

Despite these advantages, many artists prefer to show exclusively in galleries, shops and online venues where face-to-face encounters are rarely required. Personally, I am always looking for opportunities to share my art in more interactive ways and love discussing my work with people who are drawn to it.

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So, for those of you in Michigan during the first weekend in August, I will be showing my work at the 2014 Brighton Fine Art & Acoustic Music Festival. This is a wonderful mid-sized event tucked alongside the beautiful Mill Pond in downtown Brighton. It’s a scenic walk filled with a wide variety of fine art, acoustic music, good food and quaint shops.

While I greatly appreciate all those who have bought my pieces online, I am looking forward to meeting many of you in person. Can’t make this event? Not to worry, I have several more announcements coming up, so stay tuned.

~Aric Jorn

Creativity in the Face of Oppression

My art does not tend to be political. I am more interested in exploring the human imagination and its quest for meaning as revealed through myth, culture and story. However, today was June 4 and, upon its 25th anniversary, I found myself reflecting upon China’s 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre – and not for the reason you might think. tank man I was attending art school at the time, my sophomore year about to give way to summer break, so those young protestors putting themselves in harm’s way were the same age I was – full of ideas and a natural human desire to express them. They were attempting to secure for themselves those fundamental freedoms that I in the United States took for granted.

So it was, as I attended a college actively teaching me how to think outside the box and encouraging me to express my ideas openly and creatively, that I suddenly became fully aware of the billions of people who live in political systems where freedom of speech and of expression is far from guaranteed and often nonexistent – places where it is literally dangerous to claim these simple freedoms as basic human rights. My understanding of such places to that point had been purely intellectual – seeing the instantly famous images like the one of the loan student facing down an entire column of tanks made it real for me. Here were young people putting their lives on the line for something I woke up with every morning – the freedom to express themselves without fear.

Only a handful of places can compare with the level of government censorship endured by the people of China. Surely North Korea has taken it to even greater extremes and I cannot help but pity those who are forced to live in such abject darkness. But however distasteful I find the suffering of those living in that type of closed-circuit system – shut off as they are from the world around them – what gave me reason to reflect was an article in the Los Angeles Times. It tells the story of how, despite the government’s best efforts to seal them, people continue to find creative new ways to shine slivers of light through the cracks. tank man uncropped Every year, it seems, there is a dangerous game of cat and mouse being played between small groups of citizens trying to keep the memory of Tiananmen Square alive and the government who is trying to eradicate all record of it. This has forced protestors to be innovative and to find ever more creative ways of sharing their story.

Just as 9-11 has become short hand for one of the greatest tragedies in American history, many Chinese came to refer to the events at Tiananmen Square as simply 6-4. When censors realized this, they established a ban on this number combination for weeks before and after the infamous date. People reacted by calling it May 35th or 63+1 to get past the censors and I imagine this worked a few times before officials caught on. As stated in the article, “as the date gets closer, even words as innocuous as tomorrow and today are often banned from the Chinese Internet.”

Since signs and banners are prohibited in the square, one group tried to get thousands of people to come to the site and join together to perform “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Miserables. I have yet to hear whether this flash mob style protest succeeded and, if it did, I am waiting with fingers crossed to see if someone managed to capture it on their smartphone and smuggle it onto the internet. Playing cards at Tiananmen Square Innovation and creativity has kept the events of 1989 alive. Again the article tells how someone armed only with a deck of playing cards took a photo at the square directly behind a guard, arranging a hand to display cards that read 8,9,6,4 (in reference to the date) and A,K,4,7 (referring to the rifles that cut down so many innocent students 25 years ago). They blocked their face with the fanned out display to avoid the punishment that would surely befall them were they to be caught by authorities.

To me, these attempts and the hundreds like them, demonstrate that the human spirit will always find a way to express itself despite any and all attempts to oppress it and that the capacity of the human imagination to find a crack no matter how thick the wall, is truly boundless.

~Aric Jorn

You can read the Los Angeles Times article in its entirety here.

The Dark Side of Art

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year and Halloween, one of my favorite holidays. I attend parties and exhibitions throughout October and at month’s end, I host a party for friends and fellow artists. It is a time for stretching the imagination and trying new techniques without concern for results; a time for throwing off whatever chains I have accumulated over the year and diving into projects for the shear, raw joy of it. I make costumes and props ranging from ghostly monkeys to carved sarcophagus lids. The only requirement I make of myself is that I try something new – a new medium, a new technique – that takes me out of my comfort zone.

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This year, the first event on my docket was Theatre Bizarre at the Masonic Temple in Detroit. It is one of the best parties of its kind. It is true as some say, that the event is extremely crowded and guests are not always certain where to go since performances are happening at a dozen locations simultaneously and there is little to guide attendees to the shows in which they may be most interested.

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Once you are in and have accepted the general chaos however, it is a magical place and if you give up trying to control your course and choose instead to simply wander from experience to experience, you will find yourself in interesting places. Burlesque dancers, fire acts, bands, sideshow performers and rooms better experienced than described (like the ghost train and fistotorium) – all exist to tantalize the senses and celebrate the darker side of our imaginations. And then there are the costumes … as an artist, the endless parade of costumes is alone worth the cost of admission and I often found my fellow guests as entertaining as the acts on the stages. I made myself a “dark circus master” personae for this year’s event and had an absolute blast.

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The second event I attended was Damned VI: An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness (also in Detroit). It was a small affair and it barely took me an hour to work my way around its main hall and absorb all the art on display. I was  disappointed at its limited scope but there was some very interesting artwork to be seen along with a couple performers that made the night worthwhile. The one stand out for me was Satori Circus, a thoroughly engaging clown/mime whose silent performances captivated the crowd.

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Halloween is among other things about letting your imagination out to play without constraint. To those who have outgrown Halloween or lost their fear of things that go bump in the night, I remind you of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote, “Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.”

All in all a satisfying Halloween season and a much needed unraveling of self-imposed constraints and the ghostly specters of imagined limits.

~Aric Jorn

Jivotica: Reenvisioned

Hello and welcome to Jivotica.

Whether you are a long-time customer, partner or fan or have just now stumbled upon this site, I thank you for visiting. You have caught me in mid-leap. The previous site relied on a third party to make updates which was cumbersome and resulted in slow communication and general atrophy. Taking direct control will allow me to engage visitors personally and make changes as often as I want. So, here is the plan for Jivotica moving forward…

Jivotica.com will now take the form of a blog – equal parts inspiration, instruction and conversation. I will share my latest creations and how I make them, openly discuss the challenges I encounter as an artist in today’s world and the solutions I find, I will turn you on to other artists, techniques and tools I discover along the way and maintain an ongoing dialogue with all those interested.

Although the gallery will eventually showcase all my creations (both those currently for sale and those from the past), purchasing items will be done through Etsy via direct links from each available item. This too is a good fit for me and I hope it will serve my clients and partners better than my previous setup. Until the gallery section of this site is completed, you may access items for sale directly here: etsy.com/shop/Jivotica

I will also be expanding my social media presence so that you have more choices for receiving information about Jivotica.

So, thank you in advance for your patience as I make this transition. As always, I welcome your feedback and hope you will come back often.

~Aric Jorn

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