Monthly Archives: January 2017

Giorgie Cpajak, ‘The endless wave of life’

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Giorgie Cpajak at Monterrey, City in Nuevo Leon Mexico

~ Milica Puric ~

Academic and sculptor Giorgie Cpajak is a rare artist whose sculptures are placed worldwide, including in China, Japan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, England and all the way to Mexico. Winner of many prizes and accolades, Cpajak is an active and committed artist recognized in the entire world.

We last spoke about his art and his work two years ago. He had just finished a successful exhibition in Greece. After that he participated in the international sculpture symposium “Oro nero dell’Etna” in Sicily, then the International Outdoor Sculpture Festival in Taiwan, the Stone Statues International Symposium in Tabriz, Iran, and two events in China — the Zhishang Qingdao International Sculpture Creation Camp and Changsha Sculpture Symposium. He said he had very nice time at Greek island Crete, not only because of famous the Greek hospitability, but because he was with his 18-year-old son, Georgije, who helped him perform.

2. Work in progress - Giorgie Cpajak

Work in progress – that’s how sculptors make their sculptures

Giorgie Cpajak recently became a professor at the Faculty of fine arts in Belgrade, Serbia, teaching stone sculpture. He said the new generation of students has enthusiasm typical for the young and a desire to be successful and to go further.

“It was the same with my generation,” he said. “On the other hand, this is a new time, a modern, computerized time. … While we were sitting in the university library, reading and exploring sculptors such as Michelangelo, Mestrovic, Bernini, for today’s students everything is approachable. That’s why it is important not to be seduced by the abundance of examples, not to be misled from their personal and original way of expression. It’s nice to rely on masterpieces, but art seeks distinctive and personal expression that separates you from the others.”

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Giorgie is talking about his sculpture

It is interesting that Giorgie Cpajak have been in China 14 times! He’s been making huge monuments there and has been rewarded at many of their competitions. At the end of last year he was there at large Festival of World Sculpture with another 11 participants. Coming from the former Yugoslavia, he said Chinese people have a special relationship with Yugoslavians because of their ex-President Tito and the Yugoslav movie war hero Valter.

As we all know China was poor in the past, but not anymore…. “Since 1997, many things have changed in China. … Almost no one ride bicycles on the streets like in the past. People drive modern cars, they developed the technique, the cities are more organized, and there are many shopping malls like in London or New York. That is prosperity, and you can see everything is changing and all changes are for the better.”

4. Moving one his huge sculptures

In order to remove one of his sculptures many people need to help

What separates China and other Asian countries he’s visited like Japan or Korea from the rest of the world is the fact that nobody is privileged. There is no differences in religion or background. “Their art juries are not corrupt, and the only important thing is that your art has a high quality and originality,” he said. “They value work and enthusiasm, and artists feel like the ‘first-class people,’ pleased with the fact that their profession is valued. They even organize interesting  events for artists: visits to museums, national parks and spectacles, special celebration with fireworks. … The last time I’ve been there they have been also good hosts, and I left them, for memory, the sculpture ‘Endless Wave’ (dimensions over 16 feet) in black granite that has been placed in the park and symbolizes the infinity of life and humanity.’

5. Work in progress - Giorgie Cpajak

Making sculptures is real, hard work 

Cpajak said that in the future he will work on new sculptures and participate in art events all around the world. “The only thing I know for sure is that I will enjoy working with my students! I will feel lucky if I give them even a small piece of my enthusiasm, energy and love toward sculpture I have in myself for more than 30 years.”

Throughout his life, Cpajak has participated in seven solo and about 100 group exhibitions. As a representative of Serbia, he has worked on many international projects. Since 1989, he has worked on more than 50 monumental sculptures all around the world. His works have been published in various French, Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Korean and Chinese magazines, and famous Italian critic Lodovico Gierut wrote about him in two editions of the book “La Versilia e l’Arte.”

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Giorgie beside his own monument in China 

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Originally from the small Serbian town Prijepolje, Giorgie Cpajak left at 15 for Split in what is today Croatia. There he attended art school, where he and his brother Goran, who is today also a sculptor and professor, studied stone sculpture. After art high school he graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Later he lived in Italy and visited more than 50 countries. From 1992 to 1994 he taught at the Konstfack Academy in Stockholm, where he was stone sculpture lecturer. Six years ago, as a part of an international exchange, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Tokyo. Today he is a university professor at the Faculty of fine arts. He also continues working with other sculptors around the world.

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SERBIAN LANGUAGE – SRPSKI JEZIK 

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Djordje Čpajak pored svoje velike skulpture

Akademski vajar Djordje Čpajak, jedan je od retkih umetnika čije se skulpture nalaze širom sveta, počev od  Kine, Japana, Sirije, Saudisjkih Emirata, Turske, Danske, Francuske, Nemačke, Španije, Engleske, pa sve do Meksika. Dobitnik brojnih nagrada i priznanja, Djordje Čpajak veoma je aktivan, angažovan i tražen u celom svetu. Kada smo, pre dve godine, takodje pravili intervju, Djordje je upravo završavao uspešnu izložbu u Grčkoj. U medjuvremenu je učestvovao na interacionalnom simpozijumu skulpture ‘Oro nero del Etna’ na Siciliji, zatim na Medjunarodnom festivalu skulpture u Tajvanu, bio dva puta u u Kini – na Gingdao Zhishang sculpture creation camp, a onda na simpozijumu Ćangsha Sculpture. ‘Pomenuo bih posetu divnoj i drevnoj Persiji ( Iranu) gde sam bio pozvan na Medjunarodni simpozijum u Tabriz , grad na krajnjem zapadu zemlje. Naročito zadovoljstvo mi je bio boravak na Kritu ( Heraklionu) ne samo zbog uživanju u divnom gostoprimstvu komšija Grka, vec i zbog toga sto mi je na izvedbi velike skulpture konja ovaj put pomagao stariji sin Georgije (18)’.

8. Giorgie's son Georgie started to help his successful father

Sin Djordja Čpajaka, Georgije (18) počeo je da mu pomaže u pravljenju skulptura 

Pre izvesnog vremena Djodrje Čpajak je postao profesor na Fakultetu likovnih umetnosti u Beogradu gde na Odseku skulpture predaje Skulpturu u kamenu (to je njegova uža specijalnost). Govoreći o novim generacijama studenata kaže da oni imaju entuzijazam koji prati mlade, želju za prodorom i uspehom. ‘To je postojalo i kod moje generacije, a zadržalo se i danas… S druge strane, ovo je novo vreme, moderno, kompjuterizovano, studenti su drugačiji… Dok smo mi sedeli u Univerzitetskoj biblioteci i tu trazili uzore u Mesctroviću, Mikelandjelu, Berniniju, njima je sve to danas široko dostupno. Jedino je bitno da ih to obilje primera ne zavede od njihovog lično izdefinisanog puta i izraza u umetnosti…  Lepo je oslanjati se na remek dela, ali umetnost traži osoben i ličan izraz koji vas odvaja od drugih!’

Interesantno je da je Djodrdje Čpajak boravio u Kini čak 14 puta. Tamo je pravio velike monumente i bio nagradjivan na njihovim takmičenjima. Poslednji put je bio tamo sa ostalih 11 učesnika prošle godine na velikom Festivalu svetske skulpture.

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Bronzana skulptura spavača

‘Kineski narod ima poseban odnos prema nama, prijateljski i prisan, a Valter i Tito su i dalje magične reci!’, kaže on. ‘U Kini se osećam kao kod kuće. Takodje, od te 1997. mnogo toga se promenilo u Kini… Skoro da više nema bicikala na ulicama. Ljudi voze najmodernije automobile, razvijena je tehnika, gradovi su uredjeniji, kao pečurke niču shoping centri koji zasenjuju londonske ili njujorske. To je prosperitet koji vam potvrdjuje da vreme teče i da se sve menja nabolje…’

On kaže da nikada nije pričao sa kineskim kolegama koliko njihova država daje za kulturu, ali dovoljno je videti na stotine modernih, velikih skulptura po gradovima i parkovima. ‘Ono što odvaja Kinu (ali i ostale azijske zemlje gde sam bio, kao što su Japan i Koreja) od ostatka sveta je to što nema privilegovanih, nema razlike u religiji, odakle dolazite… Njihovi  umetnički žiriji nisu korumpirani, jedino je važno da je vaša umetnost visokog dometa i originalna. Oni cene rad i entuzijazam pre svega. U Kini se umetnik oseca kao čovek prog reda, zadovoljan je što se njegova profesija vrednuje i zavredjuje pažnju. Za umetnike se organizuju posete muzejima, nacionalnim parkovima, specijalnim svečanostima sa vatrometima, horovima, igračkim spektaklima, prijemi sa vodećim ljudima iz tog grada… Kinezi su i ovaj zadnji put bili dobri domaćini, a ja sam im za uspomenu ostavio skulpturu ‘Beskrajni talas’ (dimenzije preko 5 metara) u crnom granitu koja je postavljena u parku i simboluzije beskraj života i čovečanstva.

10. Work in progress - Giorgie Cpajak

Djordje radi na novoj skulpturi

Djodrje kaže da će i ubuduće raditi na novim skulpturama i učestvovati na svetskim manifestacijama. ‘Jedino zasigurno znam da ću uživati u radu sa svojim studentima! Biću srećan ako im prenesem i delić svog entuzijama, energije i ljubavi prema skulpturi koji nosim u sebi vec 30 godina. Na mladjima svet ostaje… I od njih, budući svet, i zavisi!’

Pomenimo na kraju da je Djordje Čpajak učestvovao je na sedam samostalnih  i oko 100 grupnih izlozbi. Kao predstavnik Srbije radio je na mnogim medjunarodnim projektima. Od 1989. pa do današnjih dana izveo je preko 50 monumentalnih skulptura u gradovima širom sveta. Radovi su mu publikovani u raznim francuskim, italijanskim, švajcarskim, japanskim, koreanskim, kineskim časopisima. Italijanski kritičar Lodovik Giuderura uvrstio ga je u dva izdanja knjige ‘Versilija i umetnost’ (“La Versilia e l’arte”)

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I konačno – predah! 

Biografija

Djordje Čpajak, poreklom iz Prijepolja, vec je u 15. godini otisao u Split i tamo, zajedno sa bratom Goranom (danas poznatim vajarem i univerzitetskim profesorom) upisao Školu za odgoj u umetnosti i kulturi, odsek – Izrada skulpture u kamenu. Kasnije je upisao Fakultet likovnih umetnosti u Beogradu i posle završenih postdiplomskih studija njegov životni put je išao preko Italije – u preko 50 zemalja gde je izvodio svoje radove. Dve godine, od 1992. do 1994. sardjivao je sa Konstfact akademijom iz Stokholma u Švedskoj gde je bio predavač skulpture u kamenu, a pre šest godina je u sklopu internacionalne razmene bio gost predavač na Univerzitetu u Tokiju. Danas je profesor na Fakultetu likovnih umetnosti.

New York, New York

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Times Square – thousands of people at 10 am

~ Milica Puric ~

Even before I saw New York I was intrigued by this city. I have heard so many stories about it, listened to so many songs, seen so many movies and series, read so many books about it… I knew I have to see it one day.

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Nikola Tesla corner – downtown Manhattan, right beside beautiful Bryant Park

When my wish came true and finally came to the Big Apple everything I expected to see paled in comparison to reality. Everything was beyond any of my expectations: its streets were wider, buildings were higher, stores brighter… And its people were much friendlier than I had ever expected.

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Fancy, nice looking people are relaxing in New York caffè

New York was simply beautiful! It was breath-taking! It was fascinating! And I fell immediately in love. Even more: I was enchanted.

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Busy traffic, thousand of people – typical New York day

I knew, like everyone else on the planet, that the city was famous for its size, glamour, and even crime – we all have T.V.’s  and we have all seen. But, nobody told us, nor did we know how warm, generous and hospitable New York City is!

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The city that never sleeps – tourists at Times Square at 8,30 pm

Maybe New York was not even close to being as clean and washed as Chicago. Its streets are full of holes, the sidewalks are patched and buildings are old, but still, in all these imperfections, New York is perfect and beautiful.  It is full of life and indeed – it is the city that doesn’t sleep.

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Rockefeller plaza and the famous Paul Manship’s bronze gilded statue of Prometheus, a hero from Greek mythology, who is bringing fire to mankind

With its skyscrapers it is a symbol for American architecture, but also it reminds of Europe. It is the most European city in the U.S.

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Not so glamorous, but still very unique scene from New York

New York is also a symbol of American diversity, epicenter of American art, culture,  business and a monument of human history.

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The bronze statue of Mohandas Gandhi by Kantilal B. Patel, located at Union Square in Manhattan

There is also an amazing paradox of New York: you know you are in the one of the biggest cities in the world, you are well aware that you are in the largest city in the United States, but somehow you feel both at home and relaxed, you feel that you know this immense city, you feel you are in a familiar environment and everyone is pleased to see you… How surprising!!

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Singing followers of Hare Krishna at Union Square in Manhattan

It is a modern Babylon where you can hear every language in the world. With widely spread arms New York City welcomes people from all over the world. As a foreigner and immigrant you feel accepted, loved, and even protected and that is very pleasant feeling.

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A pianist is performing classical music in the park 

Everyone has a chance and everyone can become New Yorker just two minutes after arriving at the airport.  The city pulls you into itself and hugs you so warmly that you never want to leave  again.

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Soho – art at every corner

No wonder why so many people want to live there and so many books are written, songs are composed, and movies are made about New York. It is a dynamic city filled with warm, hospitable and generous people. It is a wonderful city like no other place in the world!IMG_0563

The charm of Soho

Now I understand perfectly Frank Sinatra’s words: ‘I wanna wake up in the city that doesn’t sleep, New York, New York, I If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere, It’s up to you, New York, New York’…

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Selling art on the street of New York

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Corner of Broadway street and 6 Avenue

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‘Big Bling’ Martin Puryear’s colossal sculpture in Madison square park

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Impressive and beautiful New York Public Library, the second largest public library in the U.S. (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world

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Bryant Park located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan

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Beautiful and enormous Central park – warm, pleasant and quiet oasis among skyscrapers

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Morphous, a bronze sculpture in Union Square Park by South African artist Lionel Smit, features the conjoined heads of two outward-gazing young women. 

The written article and all photos are property of Urban Culture Tribe.

 

Decoding David Bowie’s video ‘Lazarus’

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A sudden death of David Bowie, one of the biggest music star in modern history, shook up the entire world on January 10th last year. A very few people knew that he was sick and being very private person he didn’t want public to know anything about it.

It is interesting that Bowie released official music video for the song ‘Lazarus’ on January 7th 2016. Tomorrow, on January 8th, on his 69th birthday, he released his final (25th) studio album ‘Blackstar’. Two days after that on January 10th 2016 he died. People were in shock and many of them said this video was prophecy of his death. Internet was flooded with posts and articles about Bowie and his video ‘Lazarus’, but nobody wrote such an interesting, deep and unique post about this video as Daniel Malecki, long time Bowie’s fan, on his Facebook page.13939526_1346402035371709_7067338376424007238_n

Daniel Malecki – admirer, fan and connoisseur of life and work of David Bowie

Daniel said that he wrote this post immediately after he saw video ‘Lazarus’ on the Thursday morning of 7th of January, three days before Bowie died. He knew the video is coming and he was very excited about it: ‘There was a morning here in Europe. I read news about it night before and I was eagerly awaiting when it will come online. Then once I sat on the bus I started playing it and it made me feel really strange. I didn’t know him personally, neither anybody who was close to him knew (that he was sick).’

Daniel continued that Bowie indeed look thinner at official promo pictures, yet still fresher and younger. But, now in ‘Lazarus’ he looked different. ‘For the first time ever he stopped dying his hair and he visibly lost his weight. There wasn’t make up and all those close ups showed veins on hands and wrinkles. The video looked so real. His pain didn’t looked acted… Watching this it made me feel quite upset’, he said.

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Then, as soon as he saw the video, he wrote his famous post. It was Thursday morning of January 7th of 2016. ‘I was on the bus on my way to work and I wrote my post very fast and never edited. It just left it the way it was. I always think first thought is most important…’

Three days after he published his post David Bowie died and Daniel’s post became internationally popular.

‘Urban Culture Tribe’ is presenting Daniel’s post where he, on his own way, decoded symbolism in Bowie’s last video ‘Lazarus’. Please, keep in mind, that English is Daniel’s second language. We are hoping you will enjoy it.

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The scene from the video ‘Lazarus’

“I’m all shaken with emotions. So poignant video: painful, truthful and so beautiful, a perfect match to perfect song. It brings tears into eyes. He’s laying on the bed like an crippled aging sick men, so hopeless (close up of his thin beautiful hand with very prominent veins is so significant). Then it’s like he’s longing to something his spirit is raising him up, body has been lifted off the bed…

And he’s wearing his 1976 silver stripes outfit which fits him as well now as it did back then…  He is young man once again, dancing in a way that looks like struggle (I feel it’s deliberate as movements looks like they’re causing him pain).  This is so heartbreaking… He is sitting at the desk and writing with skull beside.  I know song was written to ‘Lazarus’ and it’s Thomas Newton years on from the time he Fell To Earth but…

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Daniel Malecki even looks a little bit like David Bowie

I can’t help but guessing now, after watching video for this wonderful, wonderful song, all new dimension about dying, getting old and passing time, about nostalgia to the youth. And although we know he had aged in recent years, lighting and close ups on his face, hands,  the way he moves and expressions of despair and unbearable pain on his beautiful face were all done on purpose.

Then he’s disappearing in the wardrobe,  just like he has realized he’s old again and he became shy of sudden raise of young spirit, dancing…  Not beautifying himself here, not using stupid tricks and tones of  make up and effects: this video is beautifully naked and truthful.

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Forgot about women under his bed. Have to watch it over and over again but another great video comes to my mind: ‘Thursday Child’ which is also about getting older version, nostalgia etc.  And there is older women in ‘Thursday Child’ video too. There is close up on his neck with a wrinkles on it, he’s putting contact lenses on, then he sees young himself in the mirror,  mature women is a girl again too. Ah, its all so intriguing and leaves so large field of interpretations…’

Three days after that Bowie died. Daniel’s strange feeling that something is different was right. He said: ‘I am scared of my own comment on ‘Lazarus’ video. l wrote it and posted here on a day this video was released, on the 7th January.  I couldn’t help but thinking it’s about death, but as well as others, I didn’t know he was actually dying… (In that moment)  I read the video more as reflections of aging man whose life was so incredible. At the end of video he’s walking back to this big old wardrobe which is a coffin now.  Saxophone in this song is so mournful and his voice so sad. This is one of hardest days of my life and know you feel same way…’

Daniel's David Bowie books collection

Daniel’s David Bowie books collection

Daniel Malecki is from Poland and he lives in Ireland. He works as a carer at Heritage Homecare in Ireland. He’s for sure one of the biggest David Bowie’s fan as one of the best connoisseur of his life and work. We can even say that his private Facebook profile is some sort of shrine devoted to his idol!  ‘I’ve seen him live just once back in 2003 and I will never forget this day…’ he said at the end of our conversation.

M. Puric

 

Jewelry design: Handmade ceramic orange and silver beads bracelet

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We, Urban Culture Tribe, are passionate about aesthetics and art and according to that we  support artistic performances and we want to present original designs and artists to the public view and opinion.
We are very passionate about creativity and artistic imagination and we know that art is the way of making this world more humane and better place. That’s why we created this place to be an oasis of beauty, vision, talent, creativity and inspiration. This is a place for artist and designers.

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Creating jewelry is one of our passion and we present today Chic Trendy Beast jewelry. e have here gorgeous hand-made bracelet inspired by the antique jewelry. Made of orange ceramic beads and silver beads it brings excitement and elegance. It is excellent in combination with a sophisticated dress for special evening occasions or for joyful summer days.

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