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Q&A with Inspiring Painter Victor Schegin

we ask inspiring Painter Victor Schegin “Seehund ART” questions about art and life.

Who are you and what do you do? I’m Victor Schegin, a young French painter. I sign my paintings Seehund.

Why do you do what you do? I dream a lot at night, and daydream a lot as well. Painting frees me from an accumulation of imagination. It’s the way I best communicate deep feelings with people, and also with myself. I look forward to waking up every day to dedicate more time to visual arts.

How do you work? I use photographs, mostly mine, sometimes copyright free ones. I think: this atmosphere would match this object well, and this person those stairs. Either I look at photographs for inspiration or I have an specific scene in mind and do research to paint what I imagined. During my latest dystopia-themed series, I took a photo of a mother and a daughter in the street. Looking at it, I noticed the girl was observing something but I didn’t know what. I imagined and painted what she was looking at. This is how my painting « Bright Future », where a little girl stares at a homeless man, was born.

What’s your background? At the age of 15, I discovered graffiti and became fascinated. After my baccalaureate, I studied journalism. I learnt a lot I still use today: better communication, filming and editing skills, which help me handle my social networks and take photographs. The links between photography and painting are central to my work. I taught myself how to draw and paint, immersing myself in its novelty. Drawing kept me busy during my classes, in transports, in the evening at home. At the age of 19, I realized I found more pleasure in figurative arts than in lettering and became passionate. My first paintings (2015-2016) were heavily influenced by my graffiti period:  use of sprays, markers, and drips. In 2017-2018, I took oil painting and drawing lessons with Paris-Ateliers. I also attended workshops dedicated to drawing nude living models at the Grande Chaumiere Academy, in Paris, where Giacometti came to practice. Since 2017, I attended various classes in different schools, including live model sessions at the famous Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris. I acquired new techniques and painted realistic portraits like “Laura”. After that, I created my dystopia-themed series, which now just came to an end.

What’s integral to the work of an artist? Picasso said “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” An artist should feel free whilst creating, but most are under the influence of rules fixed by themselves or what their learnt. That way, many artists, like Picasso for instance, unlearn the best they can to be less compelled by knowledge when painting. I find I’m most compelled by my perfectionism. Even though I’m learning a lot and enjoying it, I start letting go when I paint, which is great! When I overthink, painting is less pleasant. Instead, I now follow my feelings and take pleasure. Also, I am convinced my painting communicates best with the audience if I sometimes listen to my instincts, rather than try to “better” my painting. Painting is a unique moment in life where nothing’s forbidden nor irreversible. Freedom is integral to the work of an artist.

What role does the artist have in society? The artist’s true role in society is to create opportunities for individuals to take a break from their reality and experience a new point of view. An artwork is a reminder of humanity to its audience. It offers a possibility to think and feel differently.

What has been a seminal experience? Meeting Gilles Fourgassie, who was my oil painting teacher for 2 years and became my friend.

What art do you most identify with? I’m interested and moved by Robert Proch’s work on gravity and space. I like the use of drips as an aesthetic element itself in the works of Leonardo Cremonini or Ted Pim. I’m impressed by Dali’s technique in the painting of Gala looking at the beach, transforming in an Abraham Lincoln portrait if you look at the piece 15 meters away. I’m moved by Les Amants by René Magritte. I like the palpable atmosphere in Edward Hopper’s pieces, the paintings of women by the impressionist Konstantin Razumov and I admire Vermeer’s compositions.

What work do you most enjoy doing? Beginning new paintings is magical for me.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood? Moments of happiness with my brother.

Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it? Artistic life doesn’t force loneliness on someone: being alone often or surrounded by people is not defined so much by your activity, but rather by your personality and choices. However, in order to work, I find I am more productive on my own.

What do you dislike about the art world? I just got into the art world, I try my best to understand it rather than judge it.

What do you dislike about your work? I don’t dislike anything in particular about my work for a simple reason: when my painting doesn’t satisfy me, I can always change it.

What do you like about your work? I like that my style is born and starting to be recognizable. I’m happy that my visual identity isn’t too specific yet: I don’t have a brand that’s mine and is present on every single work – for now. Instead I learn, explore and find a lot of ideas.

What research do you do? I search for reference pictures whenever I don’t have a photograph I took myself that meets my needs. I also watch documentaries about famous painters.

What themes do you pursue? My dystopia-themed series just ended with more than 15 beautiful works. I am currently focusing on exploring my artistic direction, relying on my gut feel to figure out where I want to go next.

What’s your favourite art work? I can’t choose one single favourite. The first big crush I had on a painting was for “Bakkuda” by Fin Dac, when I saw it at the Urban Art Fair in 2018.

What memorable responses have you had to your work? I hear a lot that my paintings resemble Edward Hopper’s.

Name something you love, and why. I love to paint with oils. I love their texture, their brightness and ability to make gradients.

What is your dream project? I like Walt Disney’s quote: “the difference between a dream and a project is a date.”

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to. Robert Proch, Salvador Dalí, Edward Hopper

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? The best advice I’ve been given is to take my time.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
I’d like to travel the world exhibiting my works, to talk to a lot of people and to connect with them.

What wouldn’t you do without? There’s one thing I can’t imagine: living without painting.


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Get to know Poet Angelica Poversky

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Get to know Poet Angelica Poversky

By Patrick B. Hill

 

 

 

What is your name and where are you from?

My name is Angelica Poversky and I am from Vancouver, BC

What is your profession?

Firstly, I am an artist- a spoken word poet and media artist. I am also a full-time student at UBC in the Bachelor of Media Studies. And I am the assistant manager for the UBC Arts and Culture District!

At what age did you fall in love with art and why?

I began writing poems at a really young age. My first poem I wrote was on the first day of kindergarten. My dad inspired me and taught me about rhyming words and something about that enticed me. I think it was this idea that you can make the words fit rhythmically to an idea that I originally fell in love with. As I have grown older art inspires me and I fall deeper into bed with it for a whole multitude of reasons that continue to change and keep me surprised.

 

How important is art in today’s society?

Art is literally survival in today’s society. I don’t think there is anything that is more important when it comes to being able to speak truth, ignite imagination and share stories. A lot of times I see poetry as a tool for activism. I had the pleasure at performing at the recent 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial sharing the stage with Emanuel Jal and it really occurred to me in that moment how messages of peace through spoken word can bring out a lot of power and inspiration in all of us.  On a personal note it works with overcoming hardships for sure, but there is something deep in the way it helps and heals others too.

There are little Angelica Pohveherskie’s out there that are either learning about poetry or learn it from their parents. Break down the moment of your first time writing and reading your poetry out loud to classmates. What would you tell those who want to be poets?

I can’t quite remember exactly the process of my first poem but something along the lines of stealing the rhymes of the Arthur Theme Song and slapping in some butterfly metaphors. The first time I shared my poetry I believe it was in elementary school where this Family Channel anti-bullying rally came as a result of my poem winning in their poetry competition! So that was cool and definitely thought that my poetry’s butterfly metaphors were hot shit! Anyways that was a hugely transitional moment for me because it gave me validation, even if my poetry was only good for a 10-year-old level, it was making bends already and I was excited to see what would happen. I think the younger you are the easier it is to believe in yourself because the future isn’t painted as specifically.  I would say keep holding on to that childhood sense of hope and belief. I hang on to it like a magnet on a fridge. As you get older you see all the ways and specific to do list items you have to tick off to achieve your next goal. But all of that stuff, making business cards, submitting your poems to literary journals to inevitably get rejected, e-mailing people to book your next tour- are the gross and gritty things that make the beautiful art stuff happen in public. Keep building on that hope, knowing there is a lot more to be done than write poems to be a successful poet.

Love that statement. The first video we posted of your poetry performance was “Pluck me” which can be seen. Take me through that performance and the metaphor meaning behind “Pluck me” for readers who are watching the video for the first time.

Sure! So that poem is basically a discussion of my life as a woman where I am a “pretty flower” waiting for the right “plucker”. I divided the world into pluckers and flowers, or the binary of men and women. I use the garden metaphor to go into some more gender role stuff about what is expected out of femmes. I wrote this poem based off a few different encounters where I was told to be pretty or act in a certain way regarding what was assumed out of my gender.

When you are performing your poetry in front of a crowd, do you ever get nervous or are you more comfortable in front a crowd?

I used to feel nervous performing but now I definitely feel most alive in front of a crowd. I’m excited to share and be truly myself when I’m up there.

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Okay. Seen that poetry organizations are integrating to YouTube to showcase poetry to viewers. Do you feel like the best experience for people to see poets perform is by showing up to a poetry slam event in their community or do you think this element is better than attending poetry night? How do you feel about it?

I think coming out to a poetry show is the best thing you can do. There is something in the air that will keep you coming back. My friends and I are starting a new show Between Three Wheels and we will be putting it up on YouTube (the whole hour) for those that want to re-watch or couldn’t have made it, but like any live performances the video can never quite do it justice. On the other hand I recently released a second poetry video with an art film to go with the words, and that is something that needs to exist primarily as a video where the performance would be missing an integral aspect to it. (That is until I can start doing performances with projections!)

As your poetry continuously grows. As a poet, what should be the goal for you in poetry? do you wish for your poetry to inspire people to reach their inner poet or is there something else?

My personal goal as a poet and artist is to shed light on different parts of humanity. Invite new ideas in. Stir up trouble. Expose problems. Explore imagination!  All in hopes of healing, growing, laughing and thinking differently. That is how I want to affect my audience.

As an artistic programmer I do constantly create events and hope that people will make their own art as well, or engage with it in other ways if that isn’t their thing. But if it is their thing I love helping people get access to making that possible for themselves.

Want to know more about Angelica Poversky go to these links below.

Website link:

https://angelicapoversky.com

Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/AngelicaPoverskyPoetry/

Instagram:

@angelicapoversky

YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC56EH7oQf083HLYFa5YTkwQ


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Get to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

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Getting to know Author Kennedee Devoe (Ten Questions)

By Juan C. Diaz @TearsofWarDiaz

 

 

1. What city and state do you hail from? Carson, CA.

2. Who are your favorite authors? Terry McMillan.

3. What genre do you write? Urban Contemporary. 

4. What inspired you to write in that genre? Because I knew my stories would be relatable to the urban community. 

5. When you published your first bookwere afraid of getting sued by any of the male character’s books because it was autobiographical? I was at first. But then I realized they probably don’t know how to read lol Just kidding 🙂 I didn’t feel that I projected them as the only bad person in the relationships, I also took ownership of my actions as well. It wasn’t a one-sided story for to people to have sympathy for me as a victim. The story was to showcase that I wasn’t allowing myself to be a victim despite the men’s actions. 

6. How did readers respond to your first book? It seemed like there were two sides of responses for my first book. People either really loved it because they totally relate because they had been on the receiving end of some bad relationships also. Or people really hated the back because they couldn’t wrap their heads around why I would do such awful things, and then have the nerve to write about it. I think that my transparency is what really grew my following. I’m genuinely thankful the readers that have accepted me for who I was and who I have become. 

7. Why did you choose to focus on the deterioration of friendship for your second book? I decided to write about my friendships because  I noticed the demise of so many friendships on social media. I knew it would another relatable read. I really wanted to let people know who we’re having “frenemies” in their life that it’s ok to cut that lifeline. I think that people start thinking that because you’ve known someone for years that you have to continue to be loyal to someone that has been disloyal to you.  

8. After writing two autobiographical books why did you go for fiction in your third book? To be honest book 3 is 80% fiction 20% truth. I really wanted to challenge myself as a writer to write the story from a males perspective. I must say that the feedback that I received from Panel Discussion/Book Launch Party the readers thoroughly enjoyed the story. 

9. Can you describe the main character in your third book? Gino Baptise is a man that has witnessed the infidelities of his father. Those infidelities have made an everlasting mark on his life that lands him in prison. While imprisoned he starts to reevaluate his life wondering if his cheating is an inherited or learned behavior. He finds himself at a crossroad where he must decide his fate and change his life.  

10. What’s next for Kennedee Devoe? I have a successful run, but I took a hiatus from writing to work on a personal career and heal from my previous relationship. My goal is to finally get off page 2 my 5th book lol I have this thing that’s called a job that just won’t let be a great writer lol I’m going to really try to release it late 2018. I can guarantee that book 5 will be another page turner…

 

Follow her on IG

https://www.instagram.com/itmustbekd/

 

Check out her website

http://www.kdevoe.com/

 

Short Stories (Disclaimer)

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Dear Readers,

 

We are proud to introduce a category dedicated to short stories created by authors, writers, and you. This category is for the readers to explore the minds of talented writers who have or have not written a novel. It is going to be our tradition moving forward to encourage you to support upcoming  authors and writers. It is not an easy task to do. The material may have some offensive language and explicit theme. We ask that you be aware of this before you read submitted short stories. We want to promote positive as well as creativity. This is where art lives on and we expect that you would understand it. Art is an expression, imagination, and innovation of our thoughts and emotions. We will continue to push art forward and support talent all around. We ask that you acknowledge and understand that in no nature of the material we display is by no intent to offend anyone. It is my responsibility to make sure that each submission is appropriate for readers. If it offends you, please let me know so we can take it down, and address it.

 

Thank you

Patrick Hill

 

Falling In Love With All Of You. Poem by Juan Carlos Diaz

Falling In Love With All Of You

Written by Juan Carlos Diaz

 

Paint me with your screams,

The walls that confine my

Soul.

So that I may understand the

Dark shad of color that is

Your heart.

Educate me within schools that

Are your wounds, and upon graduation

I promise you that I will destroy

The very foundation created

By the men who hurt you.

There, a new foundation

Will be formed and

Built upon it will be

The city that is us,

An emerald and

Diamond city that

The world will

Marvel and envy.

Yes, I guess I

Have fallen in love

With all of you.

Attn: YouTube Creators

 

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YouTube Creator.

 

 

Beginning next month, I will be highlighting YouTube creators, and their channel. YouTube has grown as its own entity where billions tune in to watch creators showcase their talent and filmmaking skills. I will be evaluating channels as well as interview creators about their channel. It is another way for us to get to know the people behind their work and bring awareness to their work.

 

If you happen to have a YouTube channel with videos, please email me at pathillneonrenaissance@gmail.com. In the subject line, put YouTube channel with your YouTube channel name. In the message box, tell me about your channel in 200 words with the link. Please include your social media names for each platform. Thanks.

What to expect?

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Neon Renaissance Magazine is a place where art lives. What does that mean in general, it means we focus on art from all aspects. Neon Renaissance is the future movement for art. We build this platform to showcase today’s artwork as well as publication. This outlet encourages artists to continue to doing what they love and spotlighting their work. We also shine light on start-ups, small businesses, and medium businesses. People who are making impact in their community. Those whom are every day inspiration. People who are influential to others by their work and contribution to help others.

What you will expect from us is interviews, articles, short stories, fashion, paintings, advices, music, events, etc. All these and more will be available for your reading pleasure. If you have a business and you wish to advertise or sponsor us; please send me an email regarding business matters at the email address below.

Business/Marketing/Advertising/Sponsor inquires:

pathillneonrenaissance@gmail.com

If you wish to showcase your work and would like to be interview; please send an email to the addresses below with the subject in the email.

Showcase/Review/Interview inquires email Juan Diaz:

profjuandiaz@yahoo.com

or

Patrick Hill

Patrickhillhill@gmail.com