Thursday, 24 April 2014

Best Days Fly By by Loui Jover

Loui Jover is an Austrian artist who was born and lived his early life in Europe.  Being a suppressed artist from a young age Jover was found drawing in books his ideas, cartoons and other illustrations. This secrecy is what he says ‘Allowed my style and ability develop with natural progress’ giving him the opportunity to freely use a number of styles and approaches. After leaving college trained in commercial and graphic art he found his way back to his drawing. 
Jover’s style and preferred material to use is vintage book pages for a background with ink/pen as his drawing material. An example of this is the drawing ‘Best Days Fly By’, the image depicts the shadow of what I assume to be a young boy on a swing. However knowing how the artist draws from his childhood memory to inspire him with his art, it could lead the viewer to consider that the child sat on the swing is older than we lead to believe. The said child may be seeking escapism from reality by reliving a simpler time of his childhood. What lead me to this evaluation are the 2 images of mathematical equations displayed in the background. These equations themselves from my research would be tort to an older child, which supports that the images of a younger Jover looking back. 
The title of the drawing also bring dimension to the piece in more ways than one. ‘Best Days Fly By’ could be seen as a metaphor for what the image depicts. While on a swing the feeling of lightness and the ability to fly become apparent. The idea of being able to fly has always had the idea of freedom and escapism, not being grounded almost to one place or person. The saying is generally used ‘to fly away’ and in this case means exactly that, the artist wants to hold on to the memories however time in this case just escapes from him not allowing him to enjoy that moment longer. 
It could easily be said that the meaning of freedom is equally expressed though the way the artist uses the technique of the ink. This allows it to move freely course though the pages allowing different tones throughout the drawing. The best example of this in this piece is what we assume to be the sky/clouds. However you can see on many of his drawing the drip marks from when the ink has run free from its own image. This is supported by the way Jover never uses a formal outlines to his drawings, only using light and shadow to create the image.
The way in which the artists primarily sticks to using black in his drawings brings an interest on how his remembers these moments themselves. Somewhere I remember hearing that we remember things in black and white, explaining the use of these colours being used throughout history to show flash back on television and film.  Researching into this I found that this was normally the case for people who grew up with a black and white television, only allowing their brains to register these colours. Looking at the dates of Jover’s birth and when coloured television was introduced we can see this may be the case for him. It was introduced into Australia the same year as his birth; however we know that he spent the first few years of his life in Europe. Assuming he didn’t immigrate to Australia until the age of 4-6 this would be relevant to him. This also allows the book pages to fit in with the whole concept of the colour of the text and aged look to his aged drawing. 
The concept of using book pages in his work gives another dimension to his work. As we know his drawing represent a moment from his childhood and the book pages almost represent ‘his story’ while growing up. It’s not known if he uses relevant book pages or in a few of his pieces music sheets, however if they were then it bring a personal touch to each drawing. Also by using specific book pages could bring a whole new meaning to each piece allowing emotions and senses to be used in the drawing.
In conclusion the artist Jover has used a textural background using the book pages which with being a current artist is high on trend being used across the board from fashion to advertisement. This will also follow straight into the next trend of typography we’ll be seeing very soon used a lot. This makes it a highly appealable to the current generations viewing his work. As for myself I’m drawn to his work due to the meaning behind each piece and the way he allows the ink to express meanings and levels to the drawing that may not be primarily seen. 

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