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Edi Constantin - The First

Drawings – 2015 – ongoing

We are organizing our lives in environments and by social and technological habits which are possible only starting with a certain moment: that moment when something which didn’t exist was invented, or something which was not even imaginable became real. Although progress (or emancipation) is the result of collective and often unseen effort, it is important to emphasize also the persons, situations or objects which created a threshold, starting with which things are never the same again. In selecting these moments I start both from the general mood (including news) around me and from personal interests.

The First Digital Camera

  1. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ The first digital camera was created in December 1975 by an engineer at Eastman Kodak named Steve Sasso

It weighed 8 pounds (3.6 kg) and had only 100 × 100 resolution (0.01 megapixels). The image was recorded onto a cassette tape and this process took 23 seconds. His camera took images in black-and-white.

Marie Paradis (1778 – 1839) was the first woman to climb Mont Blanc.

2018. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____

Paradis was a poor maidservant who lived in Chamonix at that time part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. On 14 July 1808, in the company of renowned mountain guide Jacques Balmat, she became the first woman to climb Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain

The first Nellie Bly

2020. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman (born Elizabeth Jane Cochran; May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922), better known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist, industrialist, inventor, and charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days.
In 1888, Bly suggested to her editor at the New York World that she take a trip around the world, attempting to turn the fictional Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) into fact for the first time. A year later, at 9:40 a.m. on November 14, 1889, and with two days’ notice, she boarded the Augusta Victoria, a steamer of the Hamburg America Line, and began her 40,070 kilometer journey. She took with her the dress she was wearing, a sturdy overcoat, several changes of underwear, and a small travel bag carrying her toiletry essentials. She carried most of her money (£200 in English bank notes and gold, as well as some American currency) in a bag tied around her neck.

The First Thomas Stevens

2020. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

Thomas Stevens – born 1854 in Hertfordshire, England – was the first person to circle the globe by bicycle. He rode a large-wheeled Ordinary, commonly known as a penny-farthing, from April 1884 to December 1886. This made him the world’s first ever bicycle touring adventurist and one that that traveled it in a very impressive way…

The first cell phone

2018. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

The first cell phone was invented in 1973 by Motorola. On April 3, 1973, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made the first-ever cell phone call on the DynaTAC 8000X. The prototype he used weighed 2.4 lb (1.1 kg) and measured 9.1 x 5.1 x 1.8 in (23 x 13 x 4.5 cm). This clunky device offered a talk time of just 30 minutes and required 10 hours to recharge.

The phone was priced at $3,995, which is the equivalent of $10,000 today

Cooper made the first handheld cellular phone call in public from the prototype DynaTAC. The call connected him to a base station Motorola had installed on the roof of the Burlington House (now the AllianceBernstein Building) and into the AT&T land-line telephone system.[13] Reporters and onlookers watched as Cooper dialed the number of his chief competitor Dr. Joel S. Engel at AT&T.[21] “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.

The First Trieste (bathyscaphe)

2020. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

Trieste (bathyscaphe) is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe which reached a record depth of about 10,911 metres (35,797 ft) in the Challenger Deep of the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat’s designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. It was the first manned vessel to reach the bottom of the Challenger Deep.process took 23 seconds. His camera took images in black-and-white.

Edi Constantin - The Last

Drawings – 2019 – ongoing

While “The First” is an optimistic series where I look at people, moments or object that changed the world in a positive way, “The Last” is a series of black-and-white only, minimal drawings of species that disappeared or at least were declared extinct by scientists, since the year of my birth, 1977. As many of my projects, this is choosing to frame the topic subjectively, by relating it to my life-time, but at the same time it refers to an objective reality, where more species are dying now than have done in centuries. The research I’m making is difficult and sometimes inconclusive; species that were thought extinct for decades are making a comeback, or the last individual of a species having been seen years ago is not a certitude that the species is extinct. Yet, each such case that is not offering me proof enough to make it into a subject of a drawing is also a reason for confidence. A moderate confidence though, for if I was to make drawings of the endangered species rather than the extinct ones I would have to draw every hour to keep the pace.

The Last. Pinta Island tortoise

2019. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

The Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdonii), also known as the Pinta giant tortoise, Abingdon Island tortoise, or Abingdon Island giant tortoise, is a species of Galápagos tortoise native to Ecuador’s Pinta Island that is most likely extinct. By the end of the 19th century, most of the Pinta Island tortoises had been wiped out due to hunting. By the mid-20th century, the species was assumed to be extinct until a single male was discovered on the island in 1971. Efforts were made to mate the male, named Lonesome George, with other species, but no viable eggs resulted. Lonesome George died on 24 June 2012, and the species was believed to have become extinct with his death.

The Last. Pyrenean Ibex

2019. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

In January 2000, the Pyrenean ibex became extinct. Following several failed attempts to revive the subspecies through cloning, a living specimen was born in July 2003; however, she died seven minutes after birth due to a lung defect.

The Last. Western Black Rhino

2019. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

 

The Last. Christmas Island Shrew

2019. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

The Last. Catarina Pupfish

2019. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

The Last. Dusky seaside sparrow

2019. Drawing, pencil on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm _____ 

Eduard Constantin este artist și designer, stabilit la București. Lucrează cu o varietate de medii și multe dintre proiectele sale au un caracter procesual, fiind dezvoltate ca serii în perioade lungi de timp. Proiectele sale recente includ „Trecători fără umbră” (începută în 2020), o serie de acuarele realizate în timpul situației de urgență cauzată de pandemia de coronavirus; „The Last” (începută în 2019), o serie de desene reprezentând specii înregistrate ca extincte din 1977 până în prezent; „Resurfaced” (începută în 2020), care cercetează de asemenea speciile extincte, care însă au reapărut; și „The First” (din 2015), o serie de desene care prezintă oameni, obiecte și situații care au creat un punct de referință și pe care artistul le consideră relevante pentru el personal sau pentru practica sa artistică.

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