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Pushing my own concept of the Intra-Void

Posted on by Brittan Aebischer

I am currently in the middle of working on the series,"Intra-Void". Focusing on the eternal abyss and infinitness of time and space, I am attempting to grapple with the ideas of perfection and inperfection, formation and replication; ulitmately, depicting the numbing magnitude that life and one's mind has on the human spirit.

Upon meeting up one evening with my friend, artist, photographer, and videographer, Theodore Kaye, I was mind blown by the connectivity between sound or electrical currents and the use of synthesizers to not only make music, but graphic images. Something so obvious-in that we use this technology on a daily basis-provided the necessary epiphany that I needed in my current exploration and making process.

Thus, I am now on a new path within the "Intra-Void" exploring the use of an Organelle system and how a man-made machine can not only be a tool in the artistic process, but genuinely be an unpredictable contributor to the art process as well, bluring the lines between artist and curator.

Stay tuned for what happens next...I have not been this excited about an idea in a very long time!!!

Theodore Kaye and his hand-made synthesiser “Wonder Box” in his home studio

ISZAF, ArtSZine: Issue 003 Feature

Posted on by Brittan Aebischer

I am very excited to see this up and coming artszine take form and truly showcase emerging artists in China! I was very pleased that they featured my studio space in collaboration with the artist and good friend, Catarina Braga as part of her series, "The City as a Playground".

Go to: http://iszaf.com/artszine.html to access the whole issue along with the previous two.

Cover of ISZAF ArtSZine, ISSUE 003, February, 2019

Cover of ISZAF ArtSZine, ISSUE 003, February, 2019

AIC International Art Exchange Show

Posted on by Brittan Aebischer

In cooperation between ISZAF, AIC and Sino Creative Group, the "AIC International Art Exchange Show" featured myself along with 5 other international artists at the gallery space in the GuanLan Mountain and Lake Farm Park in Guanlan Area, LongHua District, Shenzhen, China.

Check out the official gallery posting here!

AIC International Art Exchange Show Poster, March, 2019

AIC International Art Exchange Show Poster, March, 2019

“VOID L” As part of Brittan Aebischer’s Series: Intra-Void, on display at the AIC International Art Exchange Show.

“VOID L” As part of Brittan Aebischer’s Series: Intra-Void, on display at the AIC International Art Exchange Show.

Two Years & Counting

Posted on by Brittan Aebischer

ISZAF

The International Shenzhen Artist Forum (ISZAF) will be celebrating their two-year anniversary this September. For those of you/us who have been a part of this community of artists and enthusiasts, you will know that we started out, like most organizations of our kind, at a small gathering in a cafe. What began as a simple idea to connect the artists of Shenzhen, quickly grew into a pulsing virtual (WeChat) and physically communicable artist group. A place where artists of all kinds can share their ideas, asks questions, draw, pose, photograph, show, share, and ultimately, express themselves with each other.

THE IDEA

Originally, the idea of an artist network/organization in Shenzhen came to me in this epic, snooty, and seductive kind of thinking that it would be amazing to start a secret organization of artists who did really awesome shit. Granted, I had just come off five years of teaching art at a local international school and had just been christened as a first-time father who was going to start the full-time venture of being a stay-at-home dad. Both quitting my job and being a new stay-at-home dad with a five month old, was quite new and abrupt. It was as if someone pushed the reset button on my life and literally presented me with a clean slate and new baby. After all, I was an artist, with all the apparent time in the world; what was I going to do with myself?

MORE POWER IN FEELING CONNECTED

Two years and counting, ISZAF has become something more than just a simple café meeting to fill the need of connectedness with others of our kind. With over 300 members in our WeChat group, a seven member administration team working pro-bono, and a highly supportive extended community both in Shenzhen and the greater Pearl River Delta region, ISZAF has become a true community for artists. As an administrative team, all seven of us have commented on how the artist community has grown in ways that we would never have imagined. Of course, Shenzhen had artists. Of course, the artists were talking to each other. The problem was that the artists were not feeling empowered as a group, a whole, or as a unit. There is power in numbers but there is more power in feeling connected.

WHAT'S NEXT?

As ISZAF turns another year and continues to grow, I am always asking the question what’s next? How can ISZAF continue to grow? When I use the word ‘growth’ I don’t mean it to be the objective as if we have some imaginary quota to meet; ISZAF is not a business. One of the principles we as an administrative team and as an organization stress is the pure independence we have of self-operating; how we do shows, events, and activities. We are truly an artist cooperative, self-sustained by the support of the artists and cooperation of all our community members. The question of growth is pivotal when regarding how our organizational system works. Being that we are sustained by our own energy and support, how do we maintain our organization? How do we push boundaries both in ourselves as makers and as visual orators within the community? What is the next level for us?

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM OUR COMMUNITY?

As an administrative team, we have many ideas but we also want to hear from you, our artist community. What do you seek from a community like ours? What kind of art leadership are you looking for? How can ISZAF be improved as a tool to better your art making and showmanship within the great city of Shenzhen we call our home?

Please, please, please, let us know in person or write to us at (aebischerbd@gmail.com). We want to hear from you both your thoughts and ideas on the trajectory of ISZAF.

Either way, I know year 3 will be full of promise for us as creators and makers! ISZAF has begun to dig deep in the community, connecting ourselves in ways we never imagined to the people and the way we make art here in China. We hope to really push ourselves this year in providing more platforms for artists to connect, converse, and convey within the community.

See you all around! Happy art making!


Opening event of ISZAF’s “Call & Response” show at Jardin Orange Artist Residency, May 2018

Opening event of ISZAF’s “Call & Response” show at Jardin Orange Artist Residency, May 2018