Marcus Jan Csomor: digital visualism
The art that Marcus Jan Csomor makes is what feelings look like. If anyone can create the anger you feel when you miss what you really wanted; the relief that overwhelms you when you realise your job is done; the anxiety the eats at you when you’re waiting for your turn; or the joy that bubbles inside when you see someone that you love, it’s this talented man. Using a pencil and a computer screen, experimenting with colours and digital mediums, this man makes it all happen. He also puts his stuff on clothing, so you can wear your heart on your sleeve...literally.
Do you remember the first time you made something that was ‘art’?
Year 9 Art Class. The image was a rendition of a photograph of the Hartford Whalers Goal Keeper – Sean Burke. I remember spending a lot of time trying to re-create the scene as close to a photographic rendition as possible. The artwork ended up looking like an abstract, green emerald Albert Tucker like work, from then on it was Abstract All The Way.
You have done a lot of work both manually and digitally; do you prefer one over the other?
For me, drawing with a pencil (Manual) or drawing with a Wacom (Digital) are one and the same, so I usually use both forms at the same time to create.
What inspired you to go down the digital path, with your series Liquid Kandinsky for example?
Using digital applications as creative tools gives me the ability to explore a multitude of visual ideas and intensive colour variations. When I was creating the Liquid Kandinsky collection, I was able to push the limits of light variation and colour depth perception. With digital you always have the ability to be able to constantly re-evaluate the work you’re creating, changing and evolving concepts until it feels tangibly right. That is why I HEART DIGITAL. :)
Do you flesh ideas out by hand first or work straight on the screen?
I’m always doodling, sketching, thinking – when fleshing out ideas I tend to scan sketches from previous ideas into digital form and take it from there. I also doodle straight to the screen, it all depends on what type of visual I’m creating.
How would you describe your style?
As well as doing prints, you make t-shirts and sweaters with your designs. Tell me about those.
I've always been inspired by graphic clothing. Recently I’ve been focusing on developing graphic works that can be transferred to T-Shirts, hats, jumpers, hoodies, the Clothing Brand is called Cognitive | Think | Big | Strong. I've just finished developing the Cognitive Collection 2014_01 which consists of T-Shirts, Jumpers & Hoodies, I’m also in the middle of developing an online store, where prospective clients will be able purchase Cognitive Clothing items and prints of my art work. SUPER EXCITED.
What’s been your biggest achievement thus far?
Exhibiting at Art Melbourne & exhibiting at Sydney Fringe Festival, I know that’s two achievements, but they kind of go hand in hand.
Do you have any upcoming exhibitions/collaborations where we can check out your stuff?
At the moment I’m exhibiting Liquid Kandinsky at Soju Girl Gallery in Canberra (41/43-45 Northbourne Ave, Canberra). In the next month or so I’ll be exhibiting tokyoLITE also at Soju Girl Gallery Canberra, I’m travelling to Melbourne at the end of March 2014 to take part in ArtTown a Chapel Street Precinct Initiative, where I’ll be developing an artwork in and around the streets of Prahran, which will then be exhibited at the Art Town 2014 Exhibition & Awards at Chapel off Chapel Gallery Lt Chapel St Prahran, and future planning for Sydney Fringe 2014, Adelaide Fringe 2015, Asian Contemporary Art Show late 2014.
Best place to find regular updates of my Work and upcoming exhibition and events is via my Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Website portals.
Finally, where would you love to see your work?
I would love to see my work exhibited in and around Singapore- Hong Kong – Tokyo – Seoul – Berlin – Moscow – Vienna - Bratislava – Vancouver – Portland- Seattle and Austin, If I could have one exhibition at least once in all of the mentioned cities I’d be an extremely happy humanoid.
By Vicki Fletcher