It was with great joy that Holger and I saw so many people coming to the finissage of our exhibition at Martas Café. A lot of people were already there, studying or having fika, and soon enough it was hard to tell who was there before and who came on purpose for the finissage. Still, they were welcomed into the crowd, just as we had wanted.Holger put up a few more originals on the wall, even though it was supposed to be the last day. Turned out that the girl who was going to exhibit after us didn’t have her paintings ready yet, so we decided to keep our stuff a week longer. Our finissage turned middlessage – if such a thing exists.There were drinks and snacks all around (including Suzanne’s delicious pesto crackers), topped of with twenty-something pastéis de nata Patrícia and me had brought from Lisboa (all gone in the picture in little under a quarter of an hour – great success!), the party hung on for as long as the Café was open.Many many thanks go to the Café’s staff who were extremely helpful and part-time curators of the exhibition: Marta, Olga and all the good people working there!
A surprise knocked upon our door: a comic book festival was happening in Stadsbiblioteket in the first weekend of our exhibition. So, just a few meters away from where we’re sketching and showing up our stuff – and in the same building – conferences about comic books were being held, a fanzine market was bustling with activity, battles between comic authors were raging! Such a happy coincidence!
The fanzine market was female-dominated. I guess the comic book guy archetype is quickly fading out. There was also a lot of manga-inspired comics, and quite a lot of comic porn! One group in particular drew my attention: Think Ink – a band of five girls who get together to make comic books. I bought one of their fanzines called The Art of Fika, a compilation of stories that revolve around fika – the legendary swedish habit of sitting down with, friends, coffee or tea and stuffing your face with yummy pastry. It seemed such a cool concept to draw stories around such a simple theme. And the artwork is pretty amazing!
On saturday a battle took place between four comic book authors. Energized by music, the artists would do a sketch based on a theme chosen by the audience. The themes that the authors had to negotiate with – fantasy, fishing and (my favourite) alcohol and dystopia – were fertile ground for the artists to harvest some pretty cool drawings in the five minutes they had. The fun bit was that they could also interfere with each other drawings.
On sunday, Holger – who is a skilled networker – had some conversations with the fanzine girls. He even got his manga portrait done in a sketching duel with one of them. Watching over was another girl, a shy teenager, with an impressive talent, who confessed her dreams of becoming an illustrator.
There is a lot of chores and planning in putting together an exhibition, even such a small one as this one. So, with all the improvising and all the late-coming ideas, this has been more of a active laboratory than a passive exhibition for Holger and me.
We decided to commit to a few days where we would be present at the exhibition. This would give us a chance to talk to people, witness their interest, even probe for candidates for future sketching partners. Since the exhibition is behaving like an analog blog – new sketches and paintings keep appearing day after day – we decided to call these dates “artist online” dates.
Martas Café is located in Lund’s city public library. Going there almost every day, I realized that it is the office of a lot of people. Faces begin to look familiar. Tastes too – all the delicious pastry is baked here by Marta. And it’s finger lickin’ good!
The exhibition shows some of our work as daily sketchers. It features some original works in watercolor and ink, as well as copies of our sketchbooks.
The exhibition is set up as an analogue blog. Some of the paintings and sketches will be added and some will be removed as time goes by. Visitors will be able to comment on the works by writing or drawing their comment on post-its available on site and sticking it to the picture they want to comment on.
In some days, to be announced, Holger and/or I will be present (we’ll be online!) and talk to people, answer questions, sketch portraits, making sketch-duels with the visitors or leading informal workshops under the themes “Storytelling by sketching“, “Sketching on the road“, “Zen drawing” and “Portraits“.
The results of the workshops may be posted on a wall reserved for the visitors’ sketches.
All are welcome and be sure to comment and participate! Pictures to come soon!
A warm thank you to Eduarda Loureiro for the design of the poster!