2016 Ebu-Arts contest winner is KEVAN LUNNEY!
Inspiration for Lunney’s work comes from a radio program reporting on the discovery of papyrus documents from an ancient Egyptian rubbish mound. She realized it was doubtful the authors anticipated their debris would be unearthed and inspected 2,000 years in the future. Imagining someone examining our garbage two millennia from now caused Lunney to reflect upon the quality of items we have previously discarded, and the way that knowledge will impact our decisions concerning what we will leave behind in the future.
Lunney is keenly aware that everywhere we walk we touch things that have come before us; with everything we leave behind, we affect the future. This evokes questions for the artist. What has lasting value? What is permanent? Lunney’s conclusion is shared wisdom, nature’s elements, and time, and she interprets these concepts through her work.
The name, like the genre, is the brainchild of Win Straube, an international businessman, educator, ardent art patron, and practiced artist, whose professional headquarters outside Princeton, NJ houses the flagship Ebu-Arts gallery. The spark that ignited Ebu-Arts came to Straube amid the creation of what would become his own Ebu-Arts pieces—vibrant, romantic, deluxe collage works, each made up of hundreds of rare and handsome stamps collected during Straube’s world travels. The concept of each lovingly rendered stamp contributing to one larger entity appealed greatly to Straube, yielding the inspiration to open the door and welcome all manner of artful materials that would, together, lead to similar entities. There’s a larger theme at work here, a theme that reflects the very human virtues of individuals lending themselves to something greater, while that something greater remains dependent upon the individuals’ unique assets. The way Straube sees it, each Ebu-Arts piece should fundamentally stand as its own universe—an Ebullient and Brilliant Universe made whole by its gleaming contents. And, if nothing else, work in this aptly titled genre should send one’s enthusiasm skyward. “Visual art, like books and music, is supposed to speak to you, and expand your horizons,” Straube says. “It should make you think and feel good and even lift you. Ebu-Arts can and should do just that: elevate your spirit.”
Examples of Ebu-Arts are:
• Fabregé eggs as produced by the House of Fabregé from 1885 to 1917. Made of precious metals, encrusted enamels and gem stones these eggs were a symbol of luxury and wealth but were highly regarded as masterworks of jeweler’s art.
• The Forbidden City Screen from the Building of Luminous Clouds in Beijing, China, now on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum . Made from lacquered zitan wood, jade and gold, this carefully crafted piece was just one of the many treasures that Emperor Puyi collected to adorn his palace
• Win Straube’s collages of collector value stamps, each one of which are works of art, telling their own story, plus having own intrinsic value, yet as a whole together represent an Ebullient and Brilliant Universe with own meaning and telling its own story.
• Geneva Anastasio’s ”It’s What’s Inside That Counts,” exposing the difference between the external life and the interior life of us all via jewels and other intrinsic value treasures inside of what from the outside looks like a shabby hut.
The world’s original, permanent Ebu-Arts Gallery is located at Straube Center New Jersey USA where regular art shows of different media covering different themes are held throughout the year, continuously, since 1970. Please visit the website at www.straubecenter.com for a list of current and upcoming shows.
- ^ Janet Purcell.”Ebullient Arts“, Straube Press Release, Feb 18, 2011.
- ^ Kurt Osenlund. “Straube Center to follow bold new exhibition with fall art auction” Pennington Post, July 20, 2011.
- ^ Richard K. Rein. “What’s New in Princeton & Central New Jersey?“, US1 Newspaper Editorial, July 20, 2011
- ^ Barbara Figge Fox. “It’s What’s Inside that Boggles Your Brain“, Princeton Comment Blog, July 30, 2011