An artist in residence project.
Vantaa Wonderland takes place at Gjutars Artist House in June. The Icelandic artist in residence, Arthur Ragnarsson is in Finland to explore the unknown. Arthur’s artistic production takes traditional superstition and folklore to new meaning in the context of modern myth, fake news and alternative facts. The superstitious that once was the property of the common people is now privatized myth-machinery, going for our feelings and values. Our desire to act by our feelings rather than by scientific facts has a global impact. To approach original Finnish circumstances of today, Arthur accepts a session in Shaman drum-ritual under guidance by the Vantaa artist Anne-Marie Keckman. During Arthur’s inner journey he catches the intention and the title of his project, Vantaa Wonderland. He realizes further that the method to examine the issue of the unknown and to make significant notes and documentation is the practice of Automatic Drawing. The Wonderland journey isn’t only travelling by mind, it is happening in real life and includes people and relationships, in an unknown location and foreign environment.
Meet the artist:
An exhibition takes place at Gjutars artist house 28th & 29th of June.
Watch Automatic Drawing sketches on: Arthur Ragnarsson-YouTube.
What is automatic drawing?
An automatic drawing is the opposite of illustration, since you do not realize what you are drawing until it has been drawn. There is no upside down, no composition, no colors, no rules! Automatic drawing can be done with eyes closed. The idea is not to pay attention to any conscious decisions, just hold on to your pen and draw.
This technique opens a door to access meaning and information unavailable through drawing skills, tradition and the conscious mind. Your intuition, emotions, and the physical experience of drawing is the central issue. Automatic drawing is an act of performance.
Automatism has become a part of the technical repertoire of both modern and postmodern art. André Masson began automatic drawings with no fixed subject or composition in mind. Like a medium channeling a spirit, he let his pen travel rapidly across the paper without conscious control (1924). Probably the most famous painters associated with automatic art are Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock.