L'Art des "Cent titres" by Yves KRIEF

The work of art is a mirror in which, through subtle metaphors, the soul exposes to consciousness the ghosts of its history.

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L'Art des "Cent titres" by Yves KRIEF

For many years now, the galleries that exhibit my work have been clamoring to publish an art book that would showcase the quintessence of my compositions. Mastering the computer tools necessary for its realization, its feasibility was not a problem for me. However, in spite of all my good will, this project could not see the light of day and I had to admit my incapacity to tackle it. Trained in psychoanalysis, a profession I was preparing for before my passion for art took over, I knew that such a blockage was not insignificant. Instinctively, I resisted. It was a sign that I had to grasp the meaning of, because without it, the realization of this project would have very little chance of succeeding. After the first years of euphoria, when the simple pleasure of painting and exhibiting fed my soul and, I must admit, my ego, I became aware that a very limited number of people perceived the existence of my artistic approach or were even interested in it. Worse and in spite of common sense, the bases on which my success was based had no perceptible link with it and yet, it was indeed the latter which held the keys. Absolutely everything in my compositions underlined its presence and submitted to it. Although at first sight it can surprise, my art suffered from its advantageous aesthetic. This one, by its omnipresence masked the access to the essential: the bottom. It is a fact, if beauty has the advantage of being self-sufficient, it has an annoying tendency to take all the place. Singularity that most beautiful and intelligent women know, their aesthetic having as main defect to mask more or less strongly their intellectual competences. This is the reason why the realization of my book was long overdue. This last one could not be a banal work dedicated to the shape of my compositions. To do so would have been antinomic with my desire to reveal the essence of my works, their greatest richness: the background. It is necessary to keep in mind that if in my conception of my compositions the container is essential, it is there, only in support of the contents. It is its case... It is after a long period of maturation, the result of many years of frustration, that this project was initiated. The important workload related to its realization, pushed me to extract me from the world and to isolate me during a few years. This was an exciting period of research and discovery that allowed me to formalize and theorize my artistic approach, thus shedding light on its contribution to current art, all in an essay entitled the Art of the "Hundred Titles". In this work, I transmit to you all my knowledge acquired over the years. My various discoveries, deductions, analyses, but also my doubts, my fears and my hopes. But above all, I open your mind to the philosophy that animates this new art trend in the making, so that it can acquire one day, and if possible in my lifetime, the recognition that is due to it. In the first part of this essay, I operate what I call the "auto-psy" (homophone "of autopsy"), of two representative compositions of the Art of the "Hundred titles". In these, I explain the mechanism and deconstruct the functioning of my compositions in their smallest details. This is not a euphemism, because in a "Hundred Titles" all the elements or objects that make up the work have at least a reason to exist and represent, taken individually, the pieces of a much larger puzzle where each one brings its stone to the building in order to sublimate and to be sublimated in the whole. In a "Hundred Titles" work, as in any work of art worthy of the name, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. The second part is entirely devoted to the theorization of my art, it is the one that is most important to me. In this part, I expose my artistic approach and its philosophy, I lay down the semantic bases, the principles and the specific rules which characterize, frame and collaborate in the realization of a work "One Hundred Titles". It is undoubtedly the most technical part, but also the most relevant and enriching of this work, but it is founding and will offer to my compositions, I hope, their letters of nobility. With the content finally exposed, I was able to devote myself unreservedly to the form. To this end, I have included 163 full-page reproductions of beautiful works and 263 additional close-ups, so that you can appreciate some of the discreet but essential details of my compositions. Before I became an artist, my life, while enjoyable, had little meaning. Like others, without ever thinking of feeding my soul, I hoarded and accumulated. There are those who are lucky enough to meet their soul mate and live a great love, I met art. A devouring passion that has marginalized me, but continues to feed me and my soul. I do not know the future and have no certainty, yet I have the strange feeling of having accomplished through this work of transmission and truth, my destiny. Whatever happens to me and whatever happens to me, the cause is heard... "Ite, missa est".

Allocation of funds

Between the end of 2019 and 2021 the Covid and its component of restrictions, including the banning of various Contemporary Art Fairs around the world and the closure of exhibition venues, had deprived me of all traditional outlets. Luckily, just before the confinement, I set up the sale of my art prints by auction on the Internet. It was this initiative that allowed me to continue to make a decent living from my art and to devote myself to its evolution during this complex period. In 2022, the end of the restrictions was a real relief for the whole profession, but the war in Ukraine, the inflation which followed and especially the fear of the future, reshuffled the cards and I was forced, like so many others, to review my priorities. It is important to know that if contemporary art, supported by the market, continues to prosper, current art is in a very precarious situation. I am not the most to be pitied, and even if my internet income has dropped significantly, it remains sufficient to cover and meet my needs. Without your help, I would have been able, at best, to publish this book with one of the "GAFA" of online printing, companies whose prices are in the end the main and only interest. But, in order to benefit from this, I would have had to comply with the standardization constraints that characterize them; as much in terms of paper and format as in terms of number of pages. Moreover, and this is not a detail for me, it would have been impossible for me to supervise the production and to control the colorimetry in person. After research, I had to face the evidence, only a few craftsmen specialized in the edition of art books were able to meet my specifications and satisfy all my requirements. In Europe, they are two, as for the price they charge, it is certainly without common measure, but the quality is well with the appointment. The object of this collection will allow the edition of an art book of great quality in a perfectly controlled colorimetry and in a personalized format: 24 x 36 cm, number of pages: 298 pages. This proposal much more comfortable and adapted to the strong density of my works, will offer to these last ones the possibility of breathing better with 40 % of additional surface compared to a banal and traditional A4. You are 11 000 people to officially like my work and to follow me on the various social networks. To complete this project smoothly, I only need 200 pre-orders. It's been years that many of you have been following me, meeting me in exhibitions and coming to my shows, that's why this collection had to be a little more than a win-win commercial. The book will be published in a total of 500 copies and sold after publication on my website and in the various galleries in which I exhibit at the rate of 120 € excluding shipping (only for Internet sales, 15 €). Unlike my online and gallery sales, the first 250 pre-orders on the crowdfunding site: KissKissBankBank will be at the price of 60 € excluding shipping and will be signed and numbered by hand. In addition, as a thank you for your support, I will join to your order a numbered art print in 24 x 36 cm format on 310 gr museum quality watercolor paper. You will be able to select it from a large choice on my website in the section reserved for this operation. I hope that many of you will support me in this project, which, as you can imagine, is very important to me. I wish you a very nice day, Sincerely, Yves K. PS: in order to give you the possibility to offer my book as a gift for the end of the year celebrations, I guarantee an effective delivery at the latest on December 20, 2022. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator


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Numbered art print of your choice, offered to the first 250 contributors


    The book will be published in 500 copies and sold on my site and in the various galleries in which I exhibit my work at the price of 120 € (excluding delivery costs for Internet sales, 15 €). Unlike my online or gallery sales, the first 250 pre-orders will be priced at €60 excluding postage and will be signed and numbered by hand. As a thank you for your support, I will attach to the order of the first 250 contributors a numbered art print on watercolor paper 310 gr, museum quality, format 24 x 36 cm. You can choose this one from a preselection of 36 works, by clicking on the following link: https://www.yveskrief.com/about-1 or by going directly to my site on the page reserved for this operation: The Art of “One Hundred Titles” - Op: KKBB. You now have all the cards in hand, I hope that many of you will support me in this project, which, as you can imagine, is in my eyes and for my art, of vital importance. I wish you a very nice day, cordially. Yves K.

    Estimated delivery: December 2022

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