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Jan Hendrix Artist's Video Diary

Jan Hendrix was born in 1949 in Maasbree, Netherlands. He has lived and worked in Mexico since the late 1970s. His practice encompasses architectural projects, installations, glass works, prints, as well as painting and writing. Factum Arte collaborated with Hendrix on several projects involving different supports such as Lazarote which required water-jet cuts and painted aluminium, Eclipse which required a double-layered mild steel and his latest tapestries series presented here below. His work has been the object to numerous exhibitions both in Europe and America.

In 2018, Factum Arte, developed and coordinated with Jan Hendrix the production of a series of tapestries depicting the mythological landscape of Yagul, in Southern Mexico. These tapestries are on display at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC) in Mexico City from May 05 to Sept. 22 2019 and will become a touring exhibition in the following year.

Factum Arte was involved in all the steps of the process, from the creation of digital high resolution files and tonal adjusts based on the original drawings provided by the artist, to textile artistic advice on the fibre composition and stitch to define the character of the final artwork and weaving evaluation of samples, to the finishing of the manufactured piece.

To begin with, a new weave was developed specially for this series: this required a technique allowing to translate the drawing language proposed by the artist into digital weaving. Whereas, the second step, the weaving production, partially took place in Belgium, on a Jacquard 2.8 m wide loom with no pattern repetition. The weave was based on the long regular stitches of the weft yarns, interlaced with thin beige warp threads thus adding warmness to the monochrome piece.

Furthermore, to give a singular shine to the tapestries, a 100% silk composition on the whites was chosen. This is particularly noticeable in live confrontation with the piece. Additionally, the velvet black tones absorb the light and result in a very deep matt colour. Finally, the most challenging step of the process was certainly the production of the right medium grey tones. In fact, in order to create a final fine and delicate piece that would preserve the qualities of the original drawing by Jan Hendrix, these had to be made with two different wool greys.

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'Impressions of Albrecht Dürer' for Museo Civico di Bassano del Grappa

Albrecht Dürer is widely considered the finest printmaker of all time. On a technical level, the detail of his copperplate engravings is without compare. He made the earliest surviving etchings, and his studio produced 360 different woodcuts which radically sophisticated the method. These works feature in Albrecht Dürer. La collezione completa dei Remondini, an exhibition curated by Chiara Casarin. Taking place in Bassano del Grappa from 20 April to 30 September 2019. To accompany this exhibition, the team at Factum Arte has made a film which captures the different printmaking techniques used by Dürer and his assistants.

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Factum Arte's Diary: Boris Savelev (Artist's Profile)

Using the specialist flat-bed printer available in our Madrid workshop, much of Boris Savelev’s modern work is printed on gesso-coated aluminium; the latest in a long creative partnership between the photographer and Factum Arte.

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Factum Arte's Diary: Paula Crown (Artist's Profile)

Paula Crown is a multimedia artist interested in exploring the limits and possibilities of cutting-edge technologies and traditional media. Last summer, Paula Crown was in residency at Factum Arte's workshop in Madrid, experimenting with materials, pigments and giving form to new ideas.

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Factum Arte's Diary: Adam Fuss (Artist's Profile)

Fuss's work encompasses photographic methods ranging from photograms to daguerreotypes that expose the bare essentials of the medium. The artists particular passion for photographic printmaking brought him to Factum Arte, with the results of this collaboration, unique multi-layered prints of crushed flowers, the main focus of our video profile.

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Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

The making of a dynamic 4D map

In 2017, Factum Arte was approached by the Bodleian Library, at Oxford University, to make a physical 4D map of Middle-earth for their exhibition of Tolkien's drawings and manuscripts. This video shows the digital artisans working to recreate this great map and its installation at the Bodliean Library.

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A quick guide to El Anatsui's Benchmarks

A short video describing El Antasui's Benchmarks, a set of prints made at Factum Arte

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Interview to Ahmed Mater

In this interview, Saudi artist Ahmed Mater describes his experience at Factum Arte and his new body of work ¨Mitochondria: Powerhouses¨.

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A Sky for Santa Isabel

The team spent three months in Lisbon, to complete the unfinished vault painting of a sky. The project was initiated by the Swiss artist Michael Biberstein in 2009 and halted by his sudden death in 2013. However, his goal to bring the church back to life was pursued by a group of friends, family and artists who were determined to complete the artist´s original plan. From 2014 they have been working with Factum Arte who replicated Biberstein's working method to realize this truly inspiring project.

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Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, fantasy and excess
at Sir John Soane`s Museum

Work in progress for exhibition "Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess" at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London from the 7th March till 31th May 2014. The exhibition focuses on the relationship between Sir John Soane and the great Italian printmaker, antiquarian and architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78).

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Carlos Garaicoa
Routing Photo-topography

The exhibition Carlos Garaicoa: Photo-topography is being shown at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMΣT), from November 9th 2011 to January 8th, 2012. Garaicoa exhibits a new body of routed and printed works in which black and white images are converted into relief topographies and routed into blocks of polystyrene.

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Penelope's Labour -
Weaving Words and Images

The exhibition Penelope's Labour - Weaving Words and Images featured important historical works from the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Collection shown alongside new woven works by Azra Aksamija, Lara Baladi, Alighiero Boetti, Manuel Franquelo, Carlos Garaicoa, Craigie Horsfield, Grayson Perry and Marc Quinn. Exhibition by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Factum Arte from May to September 2011.

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Penelope's Labour in the making

A video of the process of making of Penelope's Labour tapestries, filmed by Flanders Tapestries and edited by Factum Arte.

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Carlos Garaicoa - Routing

The exhibition Party! Not Tea Party was shown in gallery Elba Benítez, Madrid, in spring 2011.

Along with other new works by Carlos Garaicoa (including a magnetic tree and a collection of hats), the solo exhibition featured a series of photographic dyptichs produced by Factum Arte. These works continued our collaboration with Garaicoa on previous pieces like Para transformar la palabra política en hechos, finalmente II.

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Carlos Garaicoa - Fin de silencio

Creative collaborations with artists are inherently unpredictable, several new directions have emerged from the collaboration between Factum Arte and the Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa. Colour proofs of Carlos Garaicoa’s tapestries made from high resolution photographs that were taken on the streets of Havana, Cuba.

These tapestries were showcased in the exhibition Fin de silencio in Matadero Madrid, from September to November 2010.

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Anish Kapoor - Steel Cube

The steel cube by Anish Kapoor is being prepared in three sizes: 60 centimeters, 1 meter and 1,45 meters. The 1,45 meter version was installed in it's permanent location, a private estate in Ciudad Real, Spain during December 2009.

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Dionisio González -
Transfigured Schönberg

Dionisio González and Factum Arte collaborated for the second time on Dionisio's site-specific installation for the Patio Herrerano in Valladolid, Spain. The work opened on October 2nd 2009.

Transfigured Schönberg combines a hidden structure that fixes over 300 speakers in suspension with specially prepared music inspired by Arnold Schönberg's Transfigured Night. The multi-channel sound was prepared by Nathaniel Mann.

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Marc Quinn - Big Bang Pop

Factum Arte produced a series of portraits of individual pieces of popcorn. They are laser scanned, laser cut, finished by hand and finally cast in bronze. The bronze sculpture, accurate to the cracks on the husk, is painted by hand. One of these pieces can be seen in Hopkins Custot gallery.

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