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The Nijinsky Project – Faun by Jane Bustin

In Art Night, Art NIght London, Dancer, Film, Gryn, Isaac Gryn, Jane Bustin, John Snijders, London, Marriot, Nijinsky, Poppy Bowers, Uncategorized, Video on 16/10/2018 at 2:33 pm
The Nijinsky project – installation assemblage pieces:
1933 bio Nijinsky by Romona Nijinsky, cloth, acrylic, porcelain, wood, steel
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Romola’s love

work by Jane Bustin

Relentless Hatred

work by Jane Bustin

Dark Moods

work by Jane Bustin

Hothouse plants

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Misfortunes

The Nijinsky project – Faun

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Premiered for Artnight London 2018 at London County Hall, Southbank London

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Jane Bustin
Isaac Gryn 
John Snijders
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Installation and performance – Vimeo 
Highlights – Vimeo
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Duration:
13 minutes.
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Introduction by Poppy Bowers
In 1912, Ballet Russes premiered L’Après-midi d’un Faune at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Eschewing lyrical movement in favour of geometric shapes, its avant-garde choreography and sexually explicit content divided audiences, prompting both outrage and awe. The performance, now regarded as the first modernist ballet, was choreographed and performed by Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950), senior dancer of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, and also his lover.
An iconic dancer, Nijinsky was experimental in his combination of great technical skill with deep, sensual expression. Over recent years, the artist Jane Bustin has made work in response to Nijinsky’s extraordinary formal experimentation. Like Nijinsky, Bustin is concerned with locating emotion within the restrained forms of geometric abstraction. Her pared-down paintings juxtapose panels of oil paint alongside tactile media such as porcelain, silk, copper or latex, to give sensory understanding to historical subject matter.
Faun is a new collaborative work that pays homage to Nijinsky’s tumultuous life. The work comprises of three parts; six table-mounted assemblages made by Bustin, a musical score by composer John Snijders and a balletic performance by the young dancer Isaac Gryn. The table works create a conceptual and spatial framework for the performative components, taking as its starting point a published book of Nijinsky’s life.
Following his ascendency as one who heralded the era of modern ballet, Nijinsky met misfortune. Having secretly married a young dancer, Romola, a furious Diaghilev subsequently expelled him from the Ballet Russes. Failing to recover from the artistic and financial loss of Diaghilev’s patronage, Nijinsky was forced to abandon dance. Suffering from psychosis he spent his remaining years residing in and out of asylums, until his death in Surrey, England. The account of his success and decline is recited in Nijinsky’s biography written by Romola and published in 1933, a single copy of which forms the centrepiece of each table assemblage.
Each book is accompanied by monochrome panels of various media including cloth, porcelain, paint and wood, the fragility of which point to emotionally-sensitive moments in Nijinsky’s life. From tallest to shortest, the tables take the following titles from a chance finding of a 1933 newspaper review that chart Nijinsky’s psychological trauma; Hothouse Plants, Relentless Hatred, Dark Moods, Misfortunes, “I am an Artist” and Romola’s Love. Typical of Bustin’s work, the proportions of the tables relate to the scale of the human body. Here, the table heights correspond to particular ballet movements measured from the young male dancer’s body, who is the artist’s son.
John Snijder’s musical score, titled Afternoon, was created specifically for this project. It reworks the piano piece of the original orchestral work for L’Après-midi d’un Faune composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), employing chance operations to unravel its structural order. Developed in dialogue between Bustin and Gryn, with support from Matthew Paluch and Dance Research Studio, a 13-minute dance, made in response to the music, is performed within the parameters of the tables. Combining symmetrical formations with lessening control, Gryn’s movements mirror the untangled composure of the accompanying piano, revealing an intimacy of inner tenderness and anxiety, rather than athletic display.
Contrasting sculptural materials with a temporal performative presence, Faun grapples with the troubled pursuit for artistic perfection and speaks of the psychological vulnerability that is bound up in such ambition.
Poppy Bowers, Exhibitions Curator at the Whitworth, The University of Manchester
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John Snijders ‘Afternoon’ 2018
The composition “Afternoon” was created especially for the Nijinsky Project – Faun. I took, as base material, the piano reduction made by Leonard Borwick in 1914 of the orchestral work “Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faune”, composed by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) in 1894. For “Afternoon” I have divided the piece into twelve sections, and chose one or two representative bars from each section. These bars were paired so that the piece now contains six structural parts, which do not always follow the original’s chronology. The order of the bars, repeated over and over again, was determined using chance operations. Arriving at a final basic structure, more chance operations were used to determine, bar by bar, if, and if yes, how many notes would be altered, going either up or down in pitch, but not altering the rhythm of the bars. This results in the material remaining recognisable, but slowly deteriorating and getting out of focus until the start of the next section, where the process will start all over again. The six parts relate to the six tables with Jane’s artworks, and the musical process mirrors Nijinsky’s slow descent into developing a more and more distorted mind.
John Snijders, Artistic Director of the Ives Ensemble, Associate Professor in Music Performance at Durham University.
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Jane Bustin, artist, lives and works in London and is represented by:
Copperfield London.
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Fox Jensen Sydney & Fox Jensen McCrory Auckland
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Rebel Souls – A Trailer

In Art Fair, Art Rio, ArtRio, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Max Reinhardt, MIRA, Rebel Souls, Sound, Uncategorized, Video, Video Art on 26/09/2018 at 2:51 am

 

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Rebel Souls

curated by David Gryn & Max Reinhardt

MIRA at Art Rio, 26-30 September 2018

TRAILER https://vimeo.com/291832957

Rebel Souls is the artists video and sound program for MIRA at Art Rio, curated by David Gryn, Daata Editions with sonic accompaniment from Max Reinhardt, musician, DJ and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction.

Rebel Souls used as its artwork selection inspiration – artworks, sounds and ideas that emanated from the rebellious and radical zones of the 1970’s – from the discordant sounds and vision of the Female Punk Artists and the rhythms, anthems and spirit of Tropicalia. Like previous projects in Moscow, Miami and London, the Gryn and Reinhardt collaboration takes the form of an artist’s moving image curated compilation, using the music and sound within the artworks as a catalyst for developing a soundscape filled with music and sonic interventions that reflects on the selected artist video program.

http://artrio.art.br/mira

Artists: Adriano Motto, Alison O’Daniel, Anna Costa e Silva, Annie Bielski, Ayrson Heráclito, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, BasicaTV, Dora Longo Bahia, Felipe Cama, Fernando Velazquez, Gabriela Mureb, Gina Birch, Guy Oliver, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Igor Vidor, Kim Gordon, Kota Ezawa, Jeremy Couillard, Laleh Khorramian, Lenora de Barros, Maria Laet, Matt Stokes, Puck Verkade, Rä di Martino, Rosie Carr, Rosie McGinn, Thiago Martins de Melo, Thora Dolven Balke, Tin Ojeda, Tromarama, X Ray Spex

Galleries include: 303 Gallery, A Gentil Carioca / Galeria Marilia Razuk, Anita Schwartz Galeria / Millan, Cavalo, Central Galeria, Copperfield London, Daata Editions, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, Edouard Malingue, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Galeria Movimento, Kate MacGarry, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, September Gallery, Shulamit Nazarian, Galeria Superfície, UV, Vermelho, Workplace Gallery, yours mine & ours, Zipper.

Trailer/&sound by Jacob Gryn​
Image: Jeremy Couillard
http://daata-editions.com

Tin Ojeda – New Age Let Down – a Daata Editions New Release

In 303, Art Rio, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, Max Reinhardt, New Age Let Down, Rebel Souls, Surf, Surfing, Tin Ojeda, Uncategorized on 17/09/2018 at 5:16 pm

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Tin Ojeda

New Age Let Down

Daata Editions

http://daata-editions.com

Coming Soon … released online on 26 Sept via Daata Editions and screening at Art Rio 26-30 Sept.

New York-based artist/experimental filmmaker Tin Ojeda’s new series for Daata Editions ‘New Age Let Down’ is a montage of images in both colour and monochrome displayed against an eclectic soundtrack of improvisational jazz, rock and dissonant noise. Inspired by his ongoing fascination with a vintage 1970s film-making, Ojeda captures the scenery in a grainy texture characteristic to his films which lends them an almost nostalgic feel, while reflecting his interest in the world’s social and political situations. The jazz / punk in the background enhances the almost physical effect the films have on the viewer.

Tin Ojeda was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982. He studied at the University Of Bellas Artes in Argentina before moving to the United States in 2000. Ojeda’s films such as ‘Daughter’ ‘Kook Paradise’ and ‘Expencive Porno Movie’ resonated with the surfer community, and in 2017 ‘Free Jazz Vein’ brought Ojeda to the mainstream attention when it was screened at Art Basel Miami. The film also earned him the Argentinian a SURFER Award nomination for Movie of the Year. Ojeda is also the founder of a clothing brand D/M Art – Drug Money Art.

Release of these works will take place in conjunction with Daata Editions at Art Rio and in Rebel Souls, curated by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions.

https://daata-editions.com/art/video/17-new-age-let-down