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I’ve always had a weird relationship with journals. A blank book can have so much potential and possibilities, and at the same time it’s hard to keep up with some visual expectations, and models as inspiring as a Frida Kahlo diary.
All in all through design and journalism school, I managed to fill a handful of Moleskine books with pre-typed written articles, and others were used as journals for my design, styling, and visual merchandising classes.
Journals, note books, and images are the only thing left when we want to go back to a thing we saw and interested us, a moment in our lives that we want to revisit, or even an inspiring lecture that we might have taken notes of. I wish I did it more… But in the meantime, I thought it was a nice thing to talk about this exhibition that happened last month in San Francisco – The Moleskine Project II.
We usually go out to Spoke Art’s monthly opening. The crew is always there, so if anything, there will be someone to talk to, whilst seeing some interesting, and not so life-changing art that might inspire you, or not. This show I liked in particularly, although I’m not an art critic or an artists myself, because it was all about the Moleskine, and the possibilities of a leather bounded book of 8×5 inches – the usual version artists and writers carry.
I learnt that this was the second exhibit of the Moleskin Project, which started with the solo work of Sydney based artist Rod Ruff. This time he curated the exhibit and brought the work of different artists/illustrators around the world together, which shared nothing but the same base – the waterproof Moleskin paper.
The Moleskine Project II was no show of easy, unfinished sketches, or rambles of random words and pasted photographs that are found in my own no-themed journals. These are pieces of art, painted and drawn in some many different medias that you would think they deserve a thicker base structure for the intricacy of the work, and the many layers of oil paint. But the paper and rather small size make them all look like great special works that wouldn’t have left the artist’s journal if it wasn’t for this cause. And aren’t these great?
They made me think of my cousin Pedro Mesa, and his own world of Moleskine sketches.
Photos from the show by Laura Acosta, and flat images via Spoke Art.