(Poster by Mārtiņš Zutis)
kuš! together with the Latvian National Art Museum and in cooperation with Kaņepes Kultūras centrs invited 6 international and 4 Latvian artists to get inspired by Latvian classical art to create artventurous comics. Artists taking part from abroad were Mari Ahokoivu (Finland), Emelie Östergren (Sweden), Søren Mosdal (Denmark), Nicolas Zouliamis (Belgium), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland) and Renata Gasiorowska (Poland). Latvian artists: Mikus Duncis, Ernests Kļaviņš, Anna Vaivare and Mārtiņš Zutis.
During this very inspiring week different events took place, some only for the participating artists, but others also for the wider public. Here is a small report about it.
The week begun with a guided tour through the Museum's collection of Classical Latvian Art. Each artist got to pick a work to make a comics about it.
Renata Gasiorowska shows her finished "copy"...
Emelie Östergren makes some more research about Teodors Zaļkalns in the Museum's library.
Søren Mosdal gave a 10 seconds crash course telling: "Just make a grid and fill in the blanks."
Kroffork (Sabīne Moore).
Renatka getting hypnotized.
Emelie Östergren, Søren Mosdal, Nicolas Zouliamis, Renata Gasiorowska, Mikus Duncis, Laura Ķeniņš, Maria Ines Gul and Sabīne Moore competed against each other to draw artventurous things under extreme time pressure.
Nicolas Zouliamis and Maria Ines Gul on a big canvas, they had to sketch up their idea for the next Comics Artventures.
from our webshop without battling).
Dirty Deal Audio Crew. Our bones still hurt...
Maria Ines Gul and Renata Gasiorowska.
That's it from the first Comics Artventures in Riga! You can see more pictures in our facebook galleries: 1, 2, 3 and also read a short interview about the project on Arterritory.
The results of the Comics Artventures will be shared online and hopefully next year also published as a book and shown in a special exhibition. If you already now are interested in artventurous comics by international and Latvian artists, we recommend you to get a copy of š! #11 'artventurous', which we published shortly before this event.
Organized by kuš!, The Latvian National Art Museum, zuumART, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs.
We are very thankful for the generous support by the following institutions: Nordic Culture Point • Wallonie Bruxelles International • Beļģijas Karalistes vēstniecība Rīgā • Zviedrijas vēstniecība Rīgā • Somijas vēstniecība Rīgā • Centrala • Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland • HungryLab • Guesthouse "Jakob Lenz" • Piebalgas Alus