Interview: Jotho – Jozefien Van Poucke and Thomas Gevaert

Interview: JothoImage courtesy of Jotho

Interview: Jotho – Jozefien Van Poucke and Thomas Gevaert

 

Jotho is an installation and decoration art group originally from Belgium, based in the French Alps. It consists out of 2 members named Jozefien Van Poucke and Thomas Gevaert.Jozefien and Thomas met each other in the year of 2005 while studying at the art school in Ghent, Belgium. Jozefien finished high school as a teacher in arts and mathematics. Thomas had a graphic art education and started studying interior architecture and design. Soon they got together to create arts with their different influences,views and skills. From 2005 till 2013 they created mostly decorations for events. From 2014 they started working on a wider base for more different events, store windows, expositions. In the future Jotho will create bigger art installations and decorations with a nice mixture of artistic ideas and art styles.

 

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We created the “changes” art installation for the future landscapes exhibition, we were always inspired about the changes in our landscapes and we wanted to show our own vision on this theme with our installation. The medium we always worked with are stretch fabrics, we wanted to integrate this medium in a proper installation. For the structure we chosed to create a geodesic dome, these domes are very strong for their lightweights, the structure is made out of many different steel triangles set together to create a natural sphere. With the fabrics we made a multiple layered abstract work that shows the progression in our work with fabrics over the years. Some call it a mixed media installation, textile architecture, sculpture.

 

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Luca Curci – What about your artistic research? 

Jotho – We wanted to show you the possibility and the freedom of working with stretch fabrics. With this medium you can create beautiful curves and natural shapes that we need more and more in urban architecture to create more natural designs. In nature, we’re you find these simple forms, we find our inspiration of curves, forms, colors, spheres.

 

L. C. – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

J. – The tips we mostly receive is to continue working with the creativity, professionally and originality we bring in our works. We try to express our own feelings and we will search for beauty in shapes and forms that always existed and are needed in our daily living. We make art to create an experience for every visitor that is open to travel through the differences of human expressions.

 

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L. C. – Are you satisfied of this experience?

J. – As an upcoming art group we’re satisfied about this experience. It gaves us the chance to show our work on a more permanent base and we can say that Venice is one of the nicest locations to have our work exposed. This experience gaves us the possibility to show our art to a more international interested group of artists, curators, collectors, art lovers.

 

L. C. – What is your artist direction? Are you interested in new media and new practices?

J. – In the future we would like to create more permanent installations on unique locations, on top of the mountain, deep in the woods, lonely in the desert, … We always like to discover art and make a journey in the work, coming from far and discovering the work until you get very close.
We will be working with a new group of artists to create more interactivity within the work, we wanted to start working with 3d video mapping to bring our art installations to a new level of visual experiences.

 

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L. C. – What is your idea about It’s Liquid Group?

J. – It’s liquid group is an ideal partner for artists to promote their work with an international audience, they not only organise expositions but work on many extra projects to promote your art. It’s liquid group has a reputed name for working with many well-known international people in different worlds of art, architecture, design and photography.

 

L. C. – What do you think about the curatorial project?

J. – We were very satisfied about the selection of our ‘changes’ installation. It’s Liquid group is open to promote local creative projects to a more international public on the most beautiful locations in the world.

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