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HyperNormalisation

Proposal created by Juls Gabs

This project discuss the relation between Capitalism and Nature.

 

Socio-economic reflexion of human control over nature, resulting in a progressive impact of global warming and climate change that cyclically attacks the most vulnerable parts of society.

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Proposed Project: Hypernormalisation  created by Juls Gabs

The human race jumped out of the terrestrial ecosystem when became sedentary. A non-migrant culture is dangerous for the ecosystem as it accumulates waste. It also exhaust the natural resources mass producing meat, exhausting the cultivated land, accusing deforestation and activating mining. Once our territory is totally used we will exploit others. This territories need Owners, and they will built capitalism. Ultimately producing laws to manage the control of land and industries and its government.

We built a society based on relationships and culture and we call it Identity. But our people and land have a length, so we built Borders.

This sedentary society is not only stoping the spread of seeds and pollination produced by nomads. It also blocks

the spread of passengers, ideas, experiences and exchange of knowledge.

 

By blocking Migration we have become

an ANTI-NATURAL race.

This borders are the edges of the painting, at first it starts rectangular, like our representations of Nature, always captured in rectangular canvas and windows, but soon, it turns into an invitation to cross them. You are welcome to walk on the painting and the virtual parallel space it produces in the gallery. The installation is meant to become a breach in the white cube, an artificial dimension that appears crossing the walls. The illusion of representation vanishes, and the physicality of plants grows in organic sculptures and refreshing smells.

In the 21st century we are have almost exhaust all natural resources and contaminated our atmosphere with CO2 emissions. Working with the resources around us was our type of living, but the Industrial Revolution 300 years ago, speeded mass production and has put us at an edge. The drastic climate changes are affecting economies, so financial agents are suddenly considering natural resources as economical assets. Ecological capital are the principal stock of ecosystems that provide a flow of goods for public benefits and trades in markets.

 

For example, a tree is a natural filter that absorbs CO2 from the Atmosphere. The price of the tree is not the wood produced, but the cost of the CO2 released in the climate by not having that tree. Is the implication that cutting the tree will have to the ecosystem and groups of people around.

This proves how it finally has our attention, but human will do what human do best: look for benefits. Every asset will become a number, in a series of formulas and predictions. In the painting, there are small repetitions: bushes are the same, animals hidden in the grass, herbs, flowers and stones, all come from the same pattern.

This new sector of economy is called Natural Capital Accounting, and it is a tool to measure the changes, based on the SEEA* statistics, in the stock of natural capital. It aims to combine a People, Planet and Profit. Natural capital has financial value as it drives many businesses and International matters.

*System of Environmental Economic Accounting

 

This economical study undoubtably will help us improve in our fight against climate change, but there is also the possibility that could lead us to  the privatisation of the natural resources. Like in the access to water in Chile, referred in the installation with the Glass Sculptures containing unaccessible water. This is producing social disparity: big companies can pay for the access to water for their agriculture, but smaller farmers are left aside in poverty and dehydration. This giant bubbles will grow from small to 50cm height and will be positioned on top of the pond and around the gallery space.

 

 

This piece reflects in the urge of saving the planet from us, the importance of finding solutions for CO2 emissions and accumulation of waste. But at the same time is alerting on possible threads if nature becomes another coin. Nature grows above and below our cities. Nature is not rigid and structural, is not square, as we like to portrait it and hang on our walls. It expands organically and leaks through every breach we have in form of weeds, taking over the floor space in the gallery and provoking an invitation to coexist together and to walk on the painting feet naked. The painting grows with gravity as one of Faig Ahmed works. Its sculptures of glass and textiles grow bigger trying to become Megaliths, the more far the are from the artificial rectangle, towards physicality and reality.

 

As in the image the piece concludes with soft textiles created by hand tufting. This pieces are a call to our senses and inside them are herbs and species, fresh mint, thyme and dill that provoke smells of greenery.

Production Steps

Growing under your feet

After the exhibition I understood that it we want to represent nature we have to overcome the rectangular frame, referring that it is intimately present and needed in the space we live. 

 

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Hand Punch Needle

As with the glass bubbles, the small  and flatter parts of the tufting materials will be closer to the wall and they must grow in surface and volume the closer the are from the viewer point. These rugs will be tufted directly on the painting, forming a sole piece with it.

The edges of the canvas will also be reinforce with thread embroidered  around the canvas.

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Glass Organic shapes

Representing how real is this concept in our existence. These blowed glass sculptures will increase gradually in size, starting from small bubbles near the wall and become invasive and spread the closer they get to the viewer reality.

Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz tufting materials

Painting Extensions

To create this scenario  I must extend the painting on the floor. Inspired by the Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed and the gravity in his works. The canvas falls on the floor and transform into a field, and must behave as one.  

The current rectangular digital painting has a length of 1.5 meters wide to 4.85 meters long. the extension that I am planning has around 8x8 meters surface.

Juls Gabs vertical landscape

Vertical Landscape

When you think of a landscape in painting, straightaway comes the horizontal composition to your head. I want my paintings to surprise. As Philip Guston was trying to paint, without the influence from previous images. Trying a vertical landscape forced me to find drawing solutions out of old masters previous paintings.

360˚ Image

To achieve the transition between front and top I took example from 360˚ formats. I have used this immersive format before, for digital images but never tried for a physical space.

 

This piece was a technical challenge for me. Ultimately I transferred the Digital tool into a physical element (the canvas) and through calculations I created a transition for the height of the painting.

Juls Gabs vertical landscape

Windows Dekstop

The idea was initiated by the Windows Desktop 95, as inspiration from that memory from our Childhood that is part now of Digital history.

 

Invert the process of artificial. Starting from a digital landscape  to a physical object.

Bliss Windows Juls Gabs

Previous version of this piece

Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory

Project #1 created by Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz

The first part of this project started last year as a collaboration between Producer and Concept Creator Kamila Szymkiewicz and Painter and Digital Artist Juls Gabs. 
The original idea was to create a painting from the Desktop Landscape of Windows 95 and explore Nature and Capitalism.
Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory  #1
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This piece was exhibited at

 Ex_xTension Exhibition

3 Angel Square, EC1V 1NY London

Preview: Thursday  15 September (5-9pm)
Exhibition: 16 - 25 September 2022

Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz
Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz

Encrypted in my childhood memory V.O curations

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Tufting Rug
Tufting Rug

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Ex_xTension Exhibition
Ex_xTension Exhibition

V O curations

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Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz
Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz

Encrypted in my childhood memory V.O curations

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Encrypted in my Childhood's Memory #1
by Juls Gabs & Kamila Szymkiewicz

Digital painting on cotton canvas 5x1.5m created by Juls, 2x Hand tufting rugs created 50x60cm by Kamila, 3x Floral scarves 85x85cm on natural silk created by Juls

Funding to Grow

For growing the project I am seeking funding to paint and create the extensions of the canvas, customise new tufting pieces, sew directly on the canvas as a 1 piece only and produce the glass bubbles containing water.

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