Backgammon for Aliens

My new painting is done!

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The title is Backgammon for Aliens. Acrylic paint on canvas. 40×80 cm. Limited prints (signed) are available on chriszka.myshopify.com.

Here’s an ultra close-up:

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And here’s the entire piece:

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Painting with acrylics is like playing with food. It gets really messy. And starting out, I had no idea how to make the painting look the way I wanted – with all the tiny details. But I have learnt so much while working on it. First and foremost this: The tools you need for an impossible task will appear when you need them – if your inner vision is strong enough.

A work in progress (but very close to completion) shot:backgammon for aliens gulv

The painting has found its perfect spot on the wall, next to My Cosmic Happiness Generator (pen and pencil):

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My Cosmic Happiness Generator

My Cosmic Happiness Generator is done!

 

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This is 40 x 80 centimeters of cosmic pinball vibes, shaped like a yoga mat. Drawing symmetrically like this is in fact very much like yoga. Unbalances will reveal themselves. But patience yields results.

Signed, limited prints are available on chriszka.myshopify.com.

My Cosmic Happiness Generator – progress video

How things grow. ūüĆĪ A stop-motion progress video of the lower part of my newest piece, this pinball machine of pencil precision practice. Three hours more, and the machine will be up and running.

Title: My Cosmic Happiness Generator.

Prints will be available on chriszka.myshopify.com – in a couple of days.

 

The creation of Aztec Challenge

Here’s a work-in-progress video of my drawing of Aztec Challenge (84 hours of work, finished on February 6th, exactly a month ago):

 

Throwback Thursday: Early Experiments

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I recently found a sketchbook in the basement filled with drawings that I did from when I was 8 ‚Äôtil I was 12 years old. There were a lot of drawings inspired by ‚ÄúHavoc in Heaven‚ÄĚ (the Chinese cartoon ‚ÄėThe Monkey King‚Äô) and ‚ÄúThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe‚ÄĚ, but there were also an entire series of drawings where I experiment with drawing tiny stuff as if seen through a microscope. They are all very colourful and psychedelic.

Here is one I did when I was 11:

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Another classic from when I was 11 (I have ceremoniously given it the title “The World Seen Through the Glasses of the Wizard!”, written in purple filt pen next to the drawing, including the exclamation mark. This technique actually looks a lot like a part of a painting I’m working on at this very moment. (!) Food for thought.

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And another from when I was 11:
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This one I did when I was 8:
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And this one, when I was 12:christina tegning 12 år b

It’s fun for me to (re)discover that a lot of the things I experiment with in my drawings today are the same things that I was obsessing about as an 11-year old. I just used a different kind of drawing tools, and my technique has improved. But I am clearly EXACTLY the same person.

I talk about this (in Danish) in this interview by Artoteket: M√łd kunstneren ‚Äď Christina Majcher

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Aztec Challenge – a self-portrait and a challenging journey

My newest piece is done! Here it is.

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There’s a lot of travel adventures in this one – of looking at ancient Mexican pyramids and diving into deep and mysterious caves and finding the way out again. It’s also very much a self-portrait and a compilation of the events of 2017 – a difficult and colorful year.

The title of the drawing is Aztec Challenge, named after one of the first computer games I ever played – and old Commodore 64 favourite. I thought the name was just perfect for this piece in so many ways.

Limited prints are available here: Aztec Challenge on Shopify

Aztec Challenge. 56 x 71 cm. (White border 3 cm). Ink and pencil on paper. Limited edition print. Signed. This piece took 84 hours to complete and was completed in February 2018. Price for signed and limited print: 1900 dkk.

For framed version or other requests, get in touch directly at christina@majcher.dk.

“Der kommer nogle ting ud inde fra sj√¶len, som ikke kan auto-genereres af en algoritme”

the garden workingJeg udstiller nogle af mine v√¶rker p√• Artoteket p√• N√łrrebro, og de har udgivet dette interview med mig, hvor jeg fort√¶ller om, hvorfor jeg tegner, som jeg g√łr:

“Lige nu er jeg¬†MASSIVT optaget af den helt skarpe millimeter-pr√¶cision, som farvede blyanter og penne giver.¬†Der er ingen tvivl om, at jeg rykker tilbage til malerpensler p√• l√¶rred p√• et tidspunkt, og videre ud i andre materialer,¬†men i √łjeblikket er jeg bare ikke f√¶rdig med de farvede blyanter.¬†Jeg kan tegne s√•dan nogle helt sylespidse detaljer, som giver¬†billederne¬†et¬†fraktal-agtigt¬†udtryk,¬†som om¬†de er genereret af en computer.¬†Bare √©n af mine tegninger kan snildt tage 85 timer at lave, og det er supersp√¶ndende og ogs√• lidt sk√łrt at bruge¬†s√• lang tid¬†p√• at tegne¬†bare √©t¬†mega-detaljeret¬†v√¶rk, n√•r vi lever i en tid, hvor computergrafik kan generere kunstige skyer, bjergk√¶der og virkeligt flotte fraktaler p√• f√• sekunder. Men der opst√•r¬†en helt s√¶rlig magi, n√•r man g√łr tingene p√• den langsomme, m√łjsommelige og meditative m√•de, med h√¶nderne. S√• kan der komme nogle ting ud inde fra sj√¶len, som simpelthen ikke kan auto-genereres¬†af en¬†algoritme. Og det siger jeg med den st√łrste k√¶rlighed til computere: Jeg anmelder computerspil og udforsker ny teknologi¬†s√•som¬†virtual reality til daglig i kraft af mit job, s√• jeg er fuldt ud klar over, hvilke¬†forf√łrende universer,¬†den digitale verden kan trylle frem. Netop derfor har jeg brug for¬†den¬†dybere trolddom, der opst√•r, n√•r¬†man¬†tager sig tid til at tegne¬†ting i h√•nden.¬†Det¬†er forbl√łffende, hvad der¬†kommer ud.¬†Og sj√¶len nyder det.”

Hvad inspirerer dig og skaber udgangspunktet for dine værker?
“Jeg kan virkelig godt lide at tegne maskineriet bag den synlige verden.¬†Jeg er meget inspireret af naturen og alt, hvad den kan finde p√• af kul√łrt sjov, s√•som¬†neon-gr√łnne for√•rsskove¬†og¬†planeter og¬†solopgange over havet,¬†og selvom jeg har tegnet mange ‚ÄĚnaturalistiske‚ÄĚ tr√¶kroner gennem tiden, s√• er jeg mere interesseret i at tegne tingene bag den fysiske verden¬†nu. Jeg er fuldst√¶ndigt vild med fraktaler, og hvordan verden ser ud, n√•r man kigger p√• den gennem¬†nano-mikroskoper, s√• jeg vil gerne ned i detaljerne¬†p√• d√©n m√•de, men¬†jeg vil¬†ogs√• ned i f√łlelserne imellem os,¬†ned i¬†b√łlgerne under musikken.¬†Hvordan tegner jeg¬†energierne, der str√łmmer imellem os? Hvordan tegner jeg¬†et¬†mareridt?¬†Hvordan ser √•ndeverdenen ud?¬†Hvordan¬†tegner jeg, at alting h√¶nger sammen?¬†Den naturlige, fysiske verden kommunikerer til os hele tiden; vi kan bare ikke h√łre det, n√•r vi er digitalt distraherede, og det er mange af os cirka¬†non-stop.¬†Der er ogs√• virkelig meget stress-bearbejdning og healing¬†i v√¶rkerne, b√•de i motiverne og¬†i¬†den¬†meget tidskr√¶vende¬†m√•de, jeg laver dem p√•.¬†Jeg¬†vil gerne overraske folks √łjne¬†hele tiden,¬†s√•¬†jeg g√•r helt amok med de bittesm√• detaljer.¬†Lige i √łjeblikket¬†kan¬†det¬†n√¶rmest ikke blive sm√•t nok. Jeg vil gerne have, at folk kan fortabe sig fuldst√¶ndigt i detaljegraden, s√• vi n√¶rmest ryger helt ned i molekylest√łrrelse. Det er jo s√•dan, den fysiske verden omkring os¬†i virkeligheden¬†ser ud:¬†Milliarder af summende molekyler, der danser ud og ind imellem hinanden i virkeligt flotte farver.”¬†

Hvordan ser din proces ud, når du skaber et nyt værk?
“Jeg har som regel en id√©¬†om nogle af de vigtigste elementer, der skal v√¶re p√• bestemte steder p√• det store, hvide papir, s√• dem starter jeg med at skitsere op med blyant. N√•r omridset af de v√¶sentligste v√¶sener, figurer og landskaber er p√• plads, g√•r jeg i gang¬†med farverne. P√• det her tidspunkt er der stadig masser af hvidt tomrum og masser af t√łven og¬†hvad-nu-hvis‚Äôer¬†og kunne-det-mon-g√łres-anderledes-tanker, og¬†der er ogs√• virkeligt mange ideer, der gerne vil ud samtidig, s√• det kan v√¶re lidt sv√¶rt at styre. Nogle gange skal jeg¬†bore mig¬†ti timer ind i et v√¶rk, f√łr flowet griber mig.¬†Fra¬†d√ęt¬†√łjeblik √¶ndrer processen sig.¬†N√•r jeg f√łrst har ramt flow-tilstanden, folder¬†tegningen sig¬†ud foran mig¬†p√• en langt mere ubevidst m√•de.¬†Stemningen bliver mere forn√łjelig og frygtl√łs, og jeg¬†t√łr¬†eksperimentere mere.¬†Ting, jeg ikke har planlagt, begynder at opst√•. M√łnstre, jeg kunne se for mig, men ikke anede, hvordan jeg skulle f√• frem p√• papiret, folder sig ud¬†og falder p√• plads.¬†Det er stadig top-nervepirrende at kaste sig ud i et nyt stil-eksperiment,¬†der bare ‚ÄĚf√łles rigtigt‚ÄĚ,¬†n√•r man er 60 timers arbejde inde i en tegning,¬†som¬†jo dybest set kan blive √łdelagt af¬†en fejlvurdering eller¬†et¬†enkelt¬†kiks med den sorte pen, men¬†hele processen er simpelthen en¬†kontinuerlig¬†√łvelse i at give slip og give sig hen til¬†det, der vil ud.¬†Flow-tilstanden er¬†pointen med¬†det hele, med hver eneste¬†blyant-streg.¬†Det er i den tilstand, universet taler til os.¬†Det er den bedste form for meditation, jeg kender, og jeg t√łver ikke med at kalde det en spirituel oplevelse.¬†Jeg kan ikke anbefale det varmt nok.”¬†
  

Hvornår vidste du, at dit kunstneriske virke var noget, du skulle kigge nærmere på? 
‚ÄĚDet har jeg¬†altid vidst.¬†M√•ske havde jeg ikke ligefrem formuleret det for mig selv endnu, da jeg var to, men kursen var vist sat rimeligt skarpt, fra jeg var fire √•r gammel. Jeg tilbragte hele min barndom i en sky af¬†kunstproduktion. Jeg tegnede og¬†skrev¬†historier og digte¬†og¬†lavede tegneserier og skrev radiof√łljetoner og teaterstykker og lavede hundredvis af kollager, og der var ingen i familien, der kunne have f√łdselsdag, uden at jeg skrev¬†to¬†digte til lejligheden og udgav dem i sm√• dekorerede foldere p√• eget forlag.¬†¬†
Jeg fandt for nylig¬†en tegneblok fyldt med tegninger, jeg havde lavet, da jeg var 8, og udover en masse tegninger inspireret af¬†tegnefilm som Abekongen og L√łven, Heksen og Garderobeskabet,¬†var der en hel serie, hvor jeg tydeligvis eksperimenterer med at tegne ting, som de ser ud set gennem et mikroskop.¬†Det er nogle meget¬†psykedeliske, farvestr√•lende¬†tegninger.¬†Det var¬†vildt for mig at genopdage, at ret mange af¬†de ting, jeg eksperimenterer med i mine tegninger i dag, havde jeg allerede gang i som 8-√•rig. Jeg har bare f√•et en mere pr√¶cis streg.‚Ä̬†
 

Er der nogle kunstnere som inspirerer dig og hvorfor? 
‚ÄĚJeg bliver mest inspireret af musik og litteratur.¬†Klog science¬†fiction og bevidsthedsudvidende mystiker-poesi og psykedelisk trance og store, s√łrgelige,¬†klassiske symfonier. Shakespeare, William Gibson, David Mitchell,¬†Douglas¬†Adams,¬†Aldous Huxley og andre¬†kosmiske klogskabs-poeter af samme skole, der rent faktisk skriver om¬†eksistensen¬†som det vilde, gigantiske, spirituelle¬†mysterium, det er.¬†N√•r det kommer til billedkunst,¬†skal det helst v√¶re s√• psykedelisk og detaljeret som muligt.¬†Julie Nord lavede nogle¬†viiiilde¬†ting op gennem 00erne;¬†det g√łr hun sikkert stadig.¬†Jeg bliver¬†mest¬†inspireret af kunstnere, der¬†virkelig mestrer en teknik og¬†f√•r mig til at t√¶nke ‚ÄĚUiiij, det er godt lavet, hvordan mon de har gjort‚Ķ‚Ä̬†Den¬†farvestr√•lende kunst, man¬†ser p√• psykedeliske trancefestivaler rundt omkring i Europa, er ogs√• voldsomt inspirerende. Jeg kan godt lide malerier, der ligner musik, og jeg kan godt lide musik, der lyder som landskaber. Der m√• ogs√• godt lige v√¶re et drys¬†aliens¬†indover.‚Ä̬†

Hvad vil du gerne have, at folk får ud af dine værker?  
“Jeg kan godt lide, n√•r folk reagerer meget entusiastisk p√• farverne og bev√¶gelserne og siger, at de kommer i godt hum√łr af billederne. Men der var ogs√• en, der begyndte at gr√¶de over Reconnecting with the Master Magicians. Det er jo det bedste, hvis de kan grave ind i folks undertrykte f√łlelser p√• den m√•de, ligesom musik.”

L√¶s hele interviewet her: M√łd kunstneren – Christina Majcher

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85 hours of blissful work is done: The Garden

My newest hand-drawn piece is done and can now be ordered as print.

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The Garden. 61 x 84 cm. (White border 2,5 – 4 cm). Colored pencil and ink on paper. Limited edition print. Signed.

The Garden is my most time-consuming piece so far, but also my most joyful creation yet.

I¬†drew the original as a birthday present for my mother, and it took me 85 hours to complete. The first 10 hours was hard work, with lots of doubt and resketching and planning and replanning… There is so much white paper in the beginning, so many choices and what ifs.

But then, things take shape and start growing by themselves, and the following 75 hours were just pure fun and bliss and carefree experimentation. And then, after 85 hours of deep diving, The Garden was done. Some parts of it were exactly as I planned, others completely different. Like life. Congrats, mum.

You can buy limited edition prints at my shopify page.

For framed version or other requests, get in touch directly at christina@majcher.dk.

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This is what the work process looked like about 7 hours before finishing The Garden.
Drawing with pen on white paper this late in the process is a thrilling experience. Mistakes are obviously not an option. ūüôā

Why games journalism and travel journalism is the same thing

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I have been working as a games journalist and a travel journalist in 15 years, and to me, it’s the same thing in so many ways. I visit a new and unknown area, I explore the landscapes and I write back about my findings and experiences. If I’m excited about where I have been, readers will probably feel like going, too. (And even if they don’t want to go themselves (or can’t), they will hopefully enjoy reading about my explorations anyway).

I have just spent most of the week at GamesCom in Cologne, and when I need a break from the noisy halls, I do what I always do: I go for very long walks, exploring areas of the city I haven’t seen yet. This brings me to some pretty remarkable places sometimes.

And one of the many, many things I love about this life as an explorer of both the digital and the physical worlds is that now, today, it will be difficult for most people to see if this picture is one I took with my iPhone while exploring Neuehrenfeld ‚Äď or if it‚Äôs a screenshot from the new Fallout 5. I love that.

(But yeah. It’s from one of my walks. Arriving at Odonien in Neuehrenfeld).

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When Something Comes Along Something Else Comes Along

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I drew this as a cover for the track “When Something Comes Along Something Else Comes Along” by Al Lindrum: Here’s the track on soundcloud.

Hand-drawn. Colored pencil on paper. Sold as print. Limited edition. Signed. 30 cm x 30 cm. Completed on the day of the release, on May 26th 2017.

You can buy the print right here: https://chriszka.myshopify.com

For a framed (and signed) edition or other enquiries, contact me on christina@majcher.dk.