Category Archives: Jivotica: News & Happenings

The Wolves of Ragnarok

A year and a half ago,  I created Odin’s Raven’s: Hugin & Munin. I greatly enjoyed working with a pairing of mythological creatures who were not only significant to the time and culture that created them but who’s wisdom still rings true today. So I’ve decided to follow it up with another powerful duo from Norse mythology, the Wolves of Ragnarok: Skoll and Hati. Just as Odin’s Ravens are a symbol of curiosity, awareness and the thirst for knowledge, The Wolves of Ragnarok are a symbol of endings, reminding us to live life while we can.

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Wolves appear in many mythologies but nowhere are they more central than in the ancient Scandinavian tradition and few events in Norse myth are as central as Ragnarok. It is the end of the world (literally “Twilight of the Gods”) and several wolves play key roles in the story.

So, who are Skoll and Hati?

Skoll and Hati are massive wolves who run through the heavens chasing the sun and moon. When Ragnarok is upon the world, they will catch their prey and swallow them whole, marking the end of the world we know and paving the way for a new world to begin.

However, this sobering image is not as bleak as it appears at first glance. Consider that the Norse gods know Ragnarok is inevitable – it will come no matter what they do – and when it comes, they too will cease to exist, pulled back into the chaotic void of Ganungagap from whence our universe was created and to which it must return. Yet they do not allow this fact to stop them from working hard to delay it, building up their world, finding joy, love, honor and adventure, engaging in everything life has to offer. In this sense, the symbol of Skoll and Hati as harbingers of unavoidable doom stand as a reminder that all things end and that we should use every moment we have on earth to the fullest.

About the art

This layered relief is created from four separate castings using cold-cast nickel silver, brass, copper and stone. Patinas, stains, inks and/or paints are applied and the individual pieces are buffed to bring out highlights. They are then assembled, clear coated and mounted in a black, glassless shadowbox. Wolves of Ragnarok: Skoll and Hati is limited to 150 signed and numbered pieces and is available here. I am also reserving a small number of matched sets that will include Odin’s Ravens and Wolves of Ragnarok with matching edition numbers.

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Digging a little deeper into the story of Skoll and Hati…

The Eddic poem Grímnismál has a few passages that refer to Skoll and Hati. Here is the one that inspired me to create this piece (translated into English):

Skoll is the name of the wolf
Who follows the shining priest
Into the desolate forest,
And the other is Hati,
Hróðvitnir’s son,
Who chases the bright bride of the sky.

It is worth noting that “Hróðvitnir” (loosely translated as “Famous Wolf”) refers to Fenrir, Loki’s son. Fenrir is the enormous wolf who himself will be the death of Odin at the time of Ragnarok. It is therefore Hróðvitnir’s (Fenrir’s) children (Skoll and Hati) who will swallow the sun and moon. There is some dispute among academics as to which of these celestial wolves chases the sun and which the moon, and there is an interesting article on this dispute to be found here.

So, take the message of Skoll and Hati to heart and seize life while you can.

~Aric

Spring (Show Season) Has Sprung

I began my Spring show season this past weekend with the Great Lakes Art Fair in Novi, Michigan. It being my first indoor show, I wasn’t entirely certain what to expect – but, Michigan weather being what it is, I ended up being quite thankful to have a roof over my head. Even so, I managed to get thoroughly soaked in freezing rain during “load out” when a misbehaving dolly with four bins of packing supplies and tent parts decided to tip and I was left scrambling to get everything back onto the dolly while I still had feeling in my fingers.

Mishaps aside, the event proved to be a great way to kick off the season and I was honored when the jury awarded me second place at their “Best of Show” ceremony Saturday night (banner photo is of myself and the event’s director, Jackie McMahon.) Prize money and fancy ribbon aside, the most meaningful thing to me is the knowledge that my work is connecting with patrons and fellow artists – that’s the .

As it stands, I’ve purposely kept my spring schedule light so I can concentrate on sculpting a few more pieces in time for the summer lineup – which is booked solid. So, the two shows I will be doing in May/June are:

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May 21-22, 2016, I will be returning to one of my favorite spring shows in Michigan, the East Lansing Art Festival. Live music, good food and a ridiculous amount of high-quality fine art awaits the 70,000+ people who annually attend this event.

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June 25-26, 2016, I will return to my home away from home (Chicago) and participate in the Fountain Square Art Festival in Evanstan, Illinois. For three decades, Fountain Square Art Festival has won acclaim as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the Midwest. It’s the largest and oldest juried fine arts fair on Chicago’s North Shore and I am delighted to be a part of it.

So, if you will be in the area for either of these shows, please stop by, see some great work by artists from all over the country.

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Lastly, as a reminder, the CROW SHOW will soon be in its final week and will close on April 22.

~Aric

I Have Been Involved In A Murder

Yes, it’s true, and I am not alone in bringing this murder about. In fact, there were dozens of us who contributed to it and, since no body will ever be found, I feel safe in admitting my involvement publicly on this blog. What’s more, I am inviting everyone who reads this post to witness the murder for themselves. It is taking place in Indiana – Terre Haute to be more precise – and it all begins tonight.

Now, before you reach for your cell and start dialing 9-1-1 to report this murder, perhaps I should explain…

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Tonight, the Arts Illiana Gallery is unveiling The Crow Show, a juried exhibition running Feb 5 through April 22, featuring crow-themed work from artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. And, as we all know, a group of crows is referred to as a murder.

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I was invited to have my “Odin’s Ravens: Hugin & Munin” relief in the exhibition and am delighted to have them in the collection especially as I am only a couple weeks away from releasing the second piece in this series. They (and all the other work on display at The Crow Show) will be available for sale throughout the 3-month event.

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Now, I know someone is bound to write in and say, “but, Aric, Odin had ravens, not crows,” so allow me to set the record straight. The term “crow” is used for an entire family of birds (Corvidae) that includes the raven species. To put it simply, all ravens are crows but not all crows are ravens, making The Crow Show a perfect place for Hugin and Munin to roost.

So, if over the next three months, you find yourself in a drivable distance from Terre Haute and have a free afternoon, I encourage you to stop by what promises to be a very unique exhibition of dark avian art and witness the murder for yourself.

~Aric Jorn

Viking Prows: Setting Sail

It has been extremely exciting to see my VIKING PROW: COILED SERPENT come to fruition after kicking around in my head for several years – and what a joy to hear the response from collectors and fair goers who have brought it into their homes and offices or stopped in to discuss them with me over the summer art show season.

This piece became available in June (after several frustrating production delays). Now, only five (5) remain of the initial batch of twenty and these will be the last ones available until after the holidays. So, if there is a deserving Viking in your life, you can claim one at etsy.com/shop/Jivotica prow-batch-2015

For those who may not know about this piece, it is a tribute to the mighty sea kings of ancient Scandinavia (the Vikings) whose reach extended from Constantinople to North America and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Sea between the 8th and 11th centuries. It is modeled after one of the most famous archeological finds in Scandinavian history – the Oseberg ship. The piece seeks to capture a sense of the majesty, mystery and artistic flair of ancient Scandinavian culture.

My VIKING PROW: COILED SERPENT weighs about 3 pounds and stands roughly 16 inches tall. It is strictly limited to 95 signed/numbered castings and a handful of artist proofs. Each piece is hand painted, weathered and sealed (so no two are exactly alike). It comes with a signed COA/story card as well.

Many thanks to all those who have commented on – or purchased – one of these Prows. Your support and patronage is what drives me forward as an artist and allows me to make a living doing so.

~Aric Jorn

Last Stops: Late Summer Show Update

Back in June, I announced the summer art fairs at which I would be showing this year. The booth numbers had not been assigned at the time, so, as several people have contacted me about it, I will give the updated information here. If you’re looking for something fun to do over the next two weekends, here’s where I will be…

1j-art-and-applesSEPTEMBER 11-13
Nestled in a beautiful 30-acre wooded park (the Rochester Municipal Park to be exact), the Art and Apples Festival is a joy to walk through, divided in two by a winding stream. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, it consistently ranks among the top 30 fairs in the country with 290 artists engaging with 200,000 visitors. I’ve walked this fair as a visitor in the past and am overjoyed to be participating this year as one of its artists. (You can find me in BOOTH #107.)

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SEPTEMBER 19-20
I’ll wrap up my summer show schedule with Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair. Celebrating it’s 41st anniversary, this show (along with the Ann Arbor Street Fair) is of special personal significance because it is one of the shows I grew up attending when my mother was active as a fiber artist. Now, as an adult and working artist in my own right, it is wonderful to find myself doing the very same shows I remember from my childhood. (You can find me in BOOTH #101.)

If you do decide to attend one of these shows, be sure to stop be and say “hello.”

~Aric Jorn

Jivotica Story Cards have arrived!

Story cards have arrived fresh from the printer for Odin’s Ravens and Viking Prow:Coiled Serpent, as well as for the Ratatosk and Fishing for Jormungand triptychs. I am in the process of sending these out to all those who made purchases this summer. Although I have a fairly comprehensive list, I’m certain there are some patrons who did not add their contact information to my list at the time of purchase. So, if you are reading this and find yourself lacking a properly signed COA/story card to go along with your piece, please contact me and I’ll dispatch one right away – be sure to include the edition number on the piece (if applicable) along with your mailing address.

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~Aric Jorn

Free V.I.P. Art Show Passes

I have three pairs of VIP passes for the Orchard Lake  Fine Art Show in West Bloomfield this weekend. If you follow this blog at Jivotica.com or through my FB page and will be in Michigan this weekend, let me know and I’ll send you a pair of tickets. Admission is only $5 normally but, hey, free is still better, right? If you’re interested, please message me through this post by tomorrow (Wednesday) night and I’ll be sure you have them by the weekend.

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Here is a link to the map of the show:

Map – Orchard Lake

You can find me at BOOTH #108 on the South end of Daly street near the patron parking at Beaumont Medical Center and the Barnes and Noble. I’ll have Norse- and Celtic- inspired art including my new Triptic Tile series, the Viking Prow along with work inspired by other traditions around the world.

Hope to see many of you there!

~Aric

 

 

Springing Into Summer: Show Recap & Announcements

Thank you to everyone who came to my spring shows. Whether you bought one of my pieces or simply stopped in to chat, it was a pleasure sharing my art with so many visitors and meeting several of my online customers in person. I think that is the real magic of an art show – the chance to speak directly to the artists and they with their patrons.

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Despite a few bouts of poor weather, the spring shows were wonderful. It was exciting to break in my new tent at Art Birmingham and the East Lansing Art Festival and I was delighted to be invited to share the story behind my work with Fox 2’s Robin Murdock, the Dearborn Press & Guide, and WKAR.

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Perhaps the most exciting thing took place at Art on the Grand in Farmington where I was awarded “Best in Show.” There were so many talented artists in attendance, the honor came as a surprise.

With the spring shows behind me, it’s time to announce my summer schedule. I invite you to visit me at any of the following events…

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JULY 15-18
I kick off the summer season with a big one, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. With more than 500,000 people attending each year, this four-day show is by far the largest around and I am very excited to participate in this event as a member of The Guild of Artists and Artisans. I can be found on Liberty just East of Main in BOOTH #258.

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JULY 25-26
Less than a week after striking my tent in A2, I’ll be setting up shop in the heart of West Bloomfield, MI, for the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show. This show has ranked in the top 100 shows in the nation for eight straight years with a strong emphasis on artistic quality and originality. I can be found on Daly road near the parking lot for Beaumont Medical Center in BOOTH #108. The fair itself can be found just West of Orchard Lake rd between 14 mile and Maple roads.

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1j-art-and-applesSEPTEMBER 11-13
Nestled in a beautiful 30-acre wooded park, the Art and Apples Festival is a joy to walk through, divided in two by a winding stream. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, it consistently ranks among the top 30 fairs in the country with 290 artists engaging with 200,000 visitors. I’ve walked this fair as a visitor and am overjoyed to be participating this year as one of its artists. (You can find me in BOOTH #107.)

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SEPTEMBER 19-20
I’ll wrap up my summer show schedule with Common Ground’s Birmingham Street Art Fair. Celebrating it’s 41st anniversary, this show (along with the Ann Arbor Street Fair) is of special personal significance because it is one of the shows I grew up attending when my mother was active as a fiber artist. Now, as an adult and working artist in my own right, it is wonderful to find myself doing the very same shows I remember from my childhood. (You can find me in BOOTH #101.)

Thank you once again to everyone who stopped by my booth this spring – both for your interest and your support. This has been quite an adventure and I hope to see many of you again this summer.

~Aric Jorn

Jivotica goes a-viking: 2015 Spring Art Show Announcements

Many people don’t know that the word “viking” started out as a verb. Scandinavians looking to explore, trade, raid or otherwise seek their fortune abroad would “go a-viking.” While I have no intention of raiding anywhere, I am going a-viking in the trade sense. Perhaps I should explain…

Having returned from a short but necessary hiatus to build up inventory and develop several new sculptures, I have much news to share. I will spread that news out over the coming weeks and months but today, I am announcing my official Spring Art Show Schedule – all the places I will be setting up shop between now and the Summer Solstice. I am extremely excited to be participating in these shows and hope to see many of you there (logos are linked to the show sites for additional information.)

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MAY 9 & 10
My first show of the season will be the 34th Annual Art Birmingham. Originally known as the Birmingham Fine Art Festival, it takes place in the streets surrounding Shain Park, in downtown Birmingham, Michigan. This highly respected event will showcase 160 juried artists. You will find me in BOOTH #90.

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May 16 & 17
My second show is the East Lansing Art Festival, a two-day celebration of art and culture established in 1964. The juried festival is ranked 54th on Sunshine Artist Magazine’s Top 100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows in the country. The event includes live music and performances on two stages and attracts over 70,000 patrons. **You can find me at the North end of the festival in BOOTH #167 (near the art demos area)

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June 6 & 7
My third show for Spring is Art on the Grand, a juried fine arts show located downtown in the charming, historic city of Farmington, MI. Now in its sixth year, Art on the Grand features 100 fine artists from around the country. **You can find me at the North end of the fair around Grand River and Warner street in BOOTH #60.

I’ll be participating in many other events throughout the year and I’ll post summer/fall shows as the various juries make their announcements. Until then, I hope you will catch up with me at one of these fine spring shows.

Yours in the Arts,
~Aric Jorn

The Prow and The Press

With a new sculpture to announce and my second appearance on PBS’s Detroit Performs airing tonight at 7:30 p.m., my year is starting with a bang. This second interview focuses on my sculpting work and was taped last summer in my studio. In case you’re not in the Detroit PBS viewing area, you can watch the episode online at http://www.detroitperforms.org. For more about my experience with the wonderful people at PBS, check out my blog post, “Aric Has Been Shot.”

That brings me to the second announcement. I am pleased to share with you my latest piece, The Prow: Coiled Serpent.

Inspired by the Viking long ships, The Prow seeks to capture the grandeur, might and mystique of the Scandinavian sea kings who carved for themselves a permanent place in history and our collective imaginations as they raided the coasts of Europe and beyond from the 8th through the 11th centuries.

The Prow represents the next step in my journey as I continue the exploration of my Scandinavian heritage through art that began with my 2014 sculptures of Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer), Yggdrasil (the world tree) and Hugin & Munin (Odin’s ravens).

Standing at 16.5 inches tall and hand cast in the same durable resin I use for all my sculptures, The Prow: Coiled Serpent is the first in what will be a short series of variations. This piece (and each variation in the series) is limited to 95 signed and numbered pieces. Sculpted in the round with a nice weight and solid feel, it is designed to make a statement on table, desk or shelf.

Advanced orders will be accepted from followers of this blog starting February 1, and will be available to the general public in mid-February.

~Aric Jorn

p.s. As always, you can see other work that is currently available on my Etsy store.