Jung, artist carioca, he felt lonely and depressed at the beginning of the quarantine. That was when a teacher at UFRJ asked your donation to help research and the hospital of his institution and he decided: he would not make a simple donation, but a new collection of paintings, in which 50% of the money received would go to college.
Since then, Jung has donated more than R $ 5,500 and sold more than 60 frames from the new series. Professor Rita Afonso herself did not expect this help so welcome: Wladimyr was the only artist to help financially the Donate UFRJ, in addition to publicizing the project.
The success of the paintings surprised even himself, who used to sell 5 pieces a year and “did not put much faith in the beginning”. The smaller, simpler and cheaper paintings in the new collection drew the attention of its public, which, at first, did not even know about the donation, reaching the mark of 13 paintings sold and R $ 1450 donated in just one week. After being convinced to disclose his transfers to UFRJ, success only grew, as did demand.
Since then, he has worked tirelessly on this project and does not intend to stop until the pandemic is properly controlled: “As long as there is a need to contribute, in some way, to research and hospitals, I feel obliged to continue focusing on this series”. And he does not expect to stop donating even if the series loses public appeal and attention. If this happens, he is prepared to innovate and continue to contribute.
Despite his contributions to society as a whole, Jung is saddened that the artist currently has a very low value in the eyes of the majority. For him, “the human being’s look is very pragmatic and the artist’s job is to make that look poetic”, and that is why art is so underestimated.
So he doesn’t think this job will inspire anyone, but he hopes that donations will encourage others to reach out to those who need it most, whether in a pandemic or any other setting.
Crosses, wooden boxes and corpses. Thus was born the collection that would eventually become a.
The paintings in this series are relatively simple, but it is in this simplicity that the artist’s solitude is expressed: they are composed, for the most part, by a single flower. The background, on the other hand, depends on Jung’s mood.
In the first few weeks of social isolation, he felt hopeless and sad. The paintings, then, were dark and cold, as well as rough, textured with coffee grounds. The apparent lack of visual appeal did not bother Jung. For him, “The question of art is to seek not only the beautiful, but what each person has of feeling, be it disgust, sadness or loneliness”.
Today, the paintings are more serene and cheerful, reflecting the calm and hope that came to him after a while. The flower, an object that is so “mushy” in the world of the arts (according to the artist himself), then gives meaning to everything we are going through and to the feelings in constant mutation in these very unique times.
Currently, due to the great demand, the contemporary artist is having to innovate in the materials used. Since the beginning of, he produced on old and already used canvases, but now that this material is finished, he is painting in boxes or in any way he can to keep deposits. The use of reused materials explains the lower prices of the works, the lowest value being R $ 250.
Even though I think the help he is giving to the university hospital is important, for Jung, the most exciting thing is the moment when the painting is inserted and what it will mean for those who buy it: “You will look at that painting in 50 years. and think ‘I survived’ ”. Finally, as Schopenhauer would say, that art can be a flower born in our life, which develops to soften it.
To help UFRJ hospitals through, visit the link below Wladimyr’s Facebook, where the pieces are displayed and sold: www.facebook.com/atelier.jung/media_set?set=a.3367226116674153&type=3.
See more information and contribute to Doe UFRJ on the project’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/doeufrj/.