While working on the Luck Project, I have been trying to produce art as authentic as possible. However, it is not always easy. My own art pieces are based on the real luck-bringing sculptures and personal amulets but a pure copying of the items didn’t seem to do justice to this concept, therefore I aim to make moulds of the real luck-objects in order to produce my pieces. This process, I believe, allows for maximum authenticity. Well, the small hitch in all this is the fact, that the “lucky sculptures” are usually in public spaces and are mostly regarded as heritage. As I do not wish to explain to any police officer that the silicon compound I am using is harmless (I did enough research) and hardens within 5 minutes, I need to do my authenticity hunts in ungodly hours.
Due to these circumstances and the very limited time, the forms are not perfect but this fact, I believe, adds on authenticity.
As a result of this process, I am also never short of exciting/stressful experiences and funny stories. Who can say that they have been making molds at 5 AM on the Charles Bridge in Prague, while the police car crosses slowly there and back and a mad photographer is frantically trying to capture a bizarre family portrait of two adults, two little girls dressed in ballet gowns and two husky dogs just in front of the sculpture I needed to use??? Or that they crossed the city of Barcelona at 5 AM, while the La Rambla buzzes with all the drunks and other questionable existences, only to find out, that the desired lucky sculpture is unexpectedly guarded by uncompromising security guard???
Do you hunt for Authenticity in your work? I would love to hear about it…
Today I came across this fabulous picture by Bobbie Dunn-Komarek from the Magic Monkey Media. This protective eye is watching over the firing process in the kiln of the International Ceramics Studios in Hungary. The studios bring over professionals from around the world to improve practice and do research. I find this little sign of superstition quite cute. It is yet another proof, that although we are firmly “down to Earth”, a little superstition still has place in our lives. I’m sure that the artists in the studios are experienced ceramicists but as soon as they hand their clay work over to the kiln, anything can happen, so a little watchful eye surely doesn’t hurt.
To find out more about Bobbie and her photographs, click here and the fabulous website of the ceramic studios is here. The place looks quite magical…
Do you have any rituals or amulets in your artistic practice? I would love to hear about them…
While working on the Luck Project, I get to take a lot of photos. So I have decided to show more of them…
Tell me what you think. If you would like to know more about my work process, click on the The Luck Project tab.
While doing my research into lucky sculptures, I came across Fortuna Volubilis. The capricious Fortune has been painted on the wall of the Palace in Pardubice (Czech Republic) more than 480 years ago to bring the owner – Vojtech von Pernstejn – constant luck. Clever, isn’t it?
Well, the legend brings many visitors to the palace. To attract even more attention, commissioned the current curators few years ago the sculptor Bohumil Elias to create an exact copy of the fresco in bronze. So now can the visiting “luck seakers” even touch her! The bronze figure stands on a glass ball that symbolizes the unsteady nature of luck. And here she is for you:
And the original fresco:
If you happen to visit Czech Republic, make sure that you stop by in Pardubice and stroke her for luck! The town is rather charming. Just don’t visit on Sunday, then everything is closed and the town is rather sleepy.
It has been already 5 months since I started working on the Luck Project and as well as making progress, I am also taking stock. While looking through all the material I gathered so far, I came across these sketches today.
It was rather meditative focusing my whole attention on a relatively small detail of the lucky sculptures. This approach however, proved to be a dead end and the project is moving in a different direction now. I am still glad I made them though….
If you want to know more about my way of working, look at the newly updated Luck Project page.
Do you know that feeling when you discover, that someone else – someone you don’t know at all – works on the same or similar ideas that were always at the back of your mind? Well, for me it was the moment I opened the book Counter-Tourism (The Handbook) by Crab Man. It was an incredibly lucky moment!
This book promotes a new type of tourism. It offers ideas for more sensorial and deeper experiencing of the places you visit. It also offers a slightly “guerilla” approach to tourism in the sense of leaving harmless marks of your presence behind. At this point it links directly to my Luck Project and I find it incredibly inspirational.
I recommend this book to every tourist, who longs for more creativity and deeper (and funnier) connection to the places they visit.
A mis-guided walk by the luckblogger is already in planning.
I found this Luck-Lion in the book (page 28) and must share it. I – the non-superstitious one – have seen it as a sign… 😉
Last week I was again on the mission to distribute more Luck. This time my Luck-bringers appeared at the Design Museum, at Tate Modern and in the Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Have you seen them?
If you would like to read more about Looking for Luck, please click here.