Armour & Art
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Samurai - Armour & Art
It did not take long for Sylwia Makris to make a name for herself with her photographic works after switching from sculpture to photography in 2007. Numerous fashion and art magazines soon became aware of the special visual language of the photographer from Poland. She achieved her international breakthrough with the series "Old Masters", which is marketed worldwide in collaboration with the art patron and gallery owner James Austin.
Sylwia's works, which are to be understood as a homage to the "Old Masters", are characterized by an unrivalled depth and intensity, which captivate the viewer with the fantastic and imaginative staging of the motifs themselves.
Makris does not depict, she directs and narrates. She takes the viewer by the hand but let's them immerse themself in the picture on their own, without revealing what awaits them.
With her new works in the series, "SAMURAI - Armour and Art", she continues her journey into an incredible world of dream and adventure. In the 21st century, Makris presents historical Japanese combat armour in a unique way, literally filling them with new life. In doing so, the gifted artist plays with opposites and propels them to unimagined heights of confusion and admiration at the same time. She skilfully creates a tension between sensuality and distance, attack and retreat, light and shade, power and sensitivity, pride and shyness. Despite these ingenious synergies, Makris is always careful to reflect, in all the facets, the dignity she attributes to both today's models, and the historical master craftsmen, as well as the former wearers of the armour themselves.
More than 500 years separate the genesis of armour, and its revival. This explains the viewer's astonishment at the high intensity, and homogeneity of the overall motif.
Each custom-made piece of armour in itself presents a work of art of unimaginable beauty and precision, which tries to pick up on the social standing, and the personality of its wearer, and torepresent it to the outside world, or to impress the opponent in battle. In Makris's works, the armour does not fade into the background, nor does it force itself into the foreground. It fits into an overall concept that is hard to rival.
Makris combines contemporary and historical craftsmanship to create a harmonious ensemble of modern times that has never been seen before in the international art world, and offers impressions, fantasies, and surprises.
Like any piece of armour individually designed for its wearer, each one of Sylwia Makris's works is unique. The combination of photographic art, digital editing, high-quality screen prints, as well as the subsequent processing with varnishes, colour pigments, and waxes give Makris's works a deceptive and misleading intensity of effect for the viewer.
The 80 cm to imposing 200 cm high works are surrounded by a frame that carries the entire work effectively and responsibly.
Although one would like to assume that the ostensible theme of the SAMURAI is a belligerent one, the works show a sensitive presentation of individual stories, beyond any aggression and violence, from an almost fairy-tale world.
The combination of old and new mutates into an unfathomable moment of powerful calm. At a moment that has never existed, does not exist, and may never exist, it still appears to be real.
The works of Sylwia Makris offer the viewer space for an open as well as inner dialogue, which gives him or her the opportunity to treat the past and the present with reverence and respect.
S A M U R A I A R T M U S E U M
Since October 2017 visitors have access to the Samurai Art Museum in the basement of retirement home, Villa Clay, located in Berlin-Zehlendorf. The exhibition hall presents a magnificient variety of almost 1000 years of art and culture of the samurai, the political and social elite of ancient Japan. The museum displays the collection of Peter Janssen, which contains numerous types of armour, helmets, masks, blades, and sword fittings, with various references to the traditional Japanese arts and crafts during the period of the warrior class.
E I N B E S O N D E R E S D A N K E S C H Ö N A N
Samurai - Art Museum in der Villa Clay
Clayallee 225 D, 14195 Berlin
M A S K E
Theaterakademie August Everding, München
Prof. Verena Effenberg
T E X T
Agentur für Marketing & Kommunikation
I M P R E S S U M
F O T O S
D R U C K
© 2018 - Sylwia Makris und James Austin
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