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North Fork artist Anna Jurinich sends her art to the moon

It is not uncommon for artists to dream of seeing their work proliferate beyond hometown galleries or coffee shops, and then land in influential venues and museums in big cities and even in other countries of the world. And while this may seem like the end result, it turns out that an artist’s work in one area is leaving this planet and finding a home on the moon.

River Wading Painter e Dan’s papers cover artist Anna Jurinich recently selected two of her paintings to be part of the Lunar Code, an exciting project that is sending a huge treasure trove of art, writing, music and film aboard a spaceship destined for the Moon. A sort of time capsule, the collection of works will remain on the lunar surface for future generations – and possibly extraterrestrials as well – to be found and explored in order to better understand humanity and our culture at this unique time in our history.

The Lunar Code is spreading hope, joy and wonder even here on Earth right now, in a particularly dark time for our species.

Anna Jurinich sends art to the moon

Born in Croatia, 74, Jurinich describes her inclusion in the Lunar Code as a wonderful flagship and a powerful legacy after a long career as an artist, full of successes and disappointments. But she, she explains, she just needed to find the courage to ask.

“I hate to tell people, it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done regarding my career,” says Jurinich, noting that her husband heard about the project while watching the news about two months ago. “She said, so why don’t you do it?”

After some jeering and explaining all the reasons why she would not have wanted or could not, the artist says she came up with the idea. “All of a sudden I sat there and said, ‘Well, you know, I’ll try to figure it out.'”

A quick Google search on “Art going to the Moon” led her to lunarcodex.com, a large website detailing the Lunar Codex project and its creator, Dr. Samuel Peralta, artist, thinker, storyteller, physicist, entrepreneur and executive president of Incandance in Toronto, Canada.

NASA concept illustration of astronaut on the moon
NASA concept illustration of astronaut on the moonNASA

She emailed the site’s general inbox and shared her story of fleeing Croatia (then Yugoslavia) with her parents at the age of 11 and coming to America, where she excelled in art from child, eventually leading her to attend the Parsons School of Design on a scholarship and then study in Florence, Italy. Highlights of Jurinich’s career include painting covers and illustrations for books and magazines, exhibitions in dozens of galleries, and winning numerous awards and grants.

“I’ve developed a strong empathy with people who leave,” he says, discussing his psychologically complex, diaryistic and often surreal work. “People who leave their country, their people, their family, their music, their food, the look of the atmosphere – every country you go to, there is a different feeling. Forget it, ”continues Jurinich, noting that he shared it in the message when she asked to be part of Dr. Peralta’s project and explained why her work was done for the mission. She never even sent a
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“It was at 9pm The next day at 10am, I’m at my computer checking my emails thinking I’ll never hear from these people,” says Jurinich, but then he saw it: Dr. Peralta had replied with a request to add two of his paintings to the Lunar Code. “The Delusion and Persistence of Peace” and “The Yellow Vase” were destined for the Moon.

“It’s incredible, I can’t believe it”, says the still delighted artist, recalling that emotional moment.

“When I read that email, my husband was sitting on the deck – it was already 11:00, 10:30 and I was running down, and I stop in front of him. He was reading the newspaper, he looks up and says, “What?” I said: ‘I’m going to the moon!’ “

“The Yellow Vase” by Anna Jurinich, acrylic, 23 x 30, 2017 is going to the Moon in the Lunar Code
“The Yellow Vase” by Anna Jurinich, acrylic, 23 x 30, 2017

Dr. Samuel Peralta on Sending Art to the Moon

“She’s really good,” says Dr. Peralta, offering her first impressions of Jurinich’s work. “She basically wrote to me, sent a message to the ‘More info’ section of the website, so I reviewed all the work she had,” he continues. “We usually don’t answer if the work isn’t up to a certain standard, of course, but his was excellent, so it was just a matter of choosing the work to put in.”

Dr. Peralta states that his selections reflected a dichotomy within Jurinich’s general milieu. “One of these was a declaration on the persistence of peace and its morality. The illusion of lasting peace, but you have to keep fighting for peace even if peace is transitory. This spoke to me very loudly, especially with the kind of environment we are in right now, “he says of” The Delusion and Persistence of Peace, “which depicts a stunned woman holding a dove as it burns in her bare chest and doves die around her.

“The other piece was a floral piece with a red-haired woman. And just the brilliance of the colors made me feel a lightness somewhat opposite to the other, which was more serious, so I thought they would create a good balance. “says Dr. Peralta of the second acrylic on paper painting,” The Yellow Vase, “which shows a woman lying next to a beautifully rendered vase of flowers and fruit on the ground next to her.

How art will survive on the moon

The images of Jurinich’s paintings will represent the United States and Croatia and join the works of approximately 20,000-25,000 other artists from 101 countries on NanoFiche analog technology that can store 150,000 pages of text or photos on a single 8.5 sheet x 11 inches. Made with nickel, NanoFiche is currently the highest density storage medium in the world, is impervious to temperature and humidity, and has a near-zero degradation factor.

“The nickel-based ones will last, technologists tell me, hundreds of thousands of years, if not longer,” says Dr. Peralta of this lunar Rosetta Stone, noting that music and movies, which cannot be engraved on NanoFiche, are sent via special memory cards which are radiation shielded but have a shorter lifespan. “Those won’t last hundreds of thousands of years, but they will last long enough,” he says. “The purpose of the technology is to compress everything into the smallest possible space. Because otherwise the costs of launching physical objects into space become very prohibitive “.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the first moon landing, 1969, Photo: NASA
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the first moon landing, 1969, Photo: NASA

Dr. Peralta points out that the Lunar Code uses the space reserved for the project in three physically separate MoonBoxes, which will be consolidated into a single time capsule and attached to the lunar landers.

“If you imagine the old Apollo landers landing on the moon and practically staying there, they will be physically on the lander. So the lander becomes, if you like, a point of reference where all art, music, films and writings are stored, “he says, adding:” NASA’s goal is to bring humanity back to the Moon. , so they are putting payloads on the landing companies before human landing.

NASA Artemis Base Camp plan for the Moon
NASA Artemis Base Camp plan for the MoonNASA

Artemis Base Camp: NASA’s permanent lunar colony

If all goes to plan, NASA really intends to return to the moon and begin the process of creating their Artemis base camp, a permanent outpost at the lunar south pole. The project will begin very soon with unmanned flights (“wet suit trials” were underway until Monday, June 20) with the aim of landing humans by 2024. Over time, as this field expands and we learn from the data collected on the Moon, Artemis will become the starting point for future missions to Mars.

And a vast deposit of art and culture will already be there waiting for him.

Art on the moon helps artists on Earth

“Many of these artists are exceptionally good artists and work for the sake of their art without much recognition,” says Dr. Peralta of Jurinich and the thousands of others who will enjoy the privilege of having their art on the moon. “One of the things that the Lunar Code tries to do is not only to preserve these fragments of our cultural time, but also to tell these artists that you can see them. You don’t work in isolation, your work is appreciated, valued enough to think it should be preserved for the future. And I think it’s one of the great messages we want to say. “

full moon
The Moon will soon welcome a library of Earth’s cultural artifacts.

He continues: “It should inspire not only Anna, but other artists who work simply for the sake of their work, that one day someone might come out of nowhere, snatch their work out of obscurity, so to speak, and say, ‘You’ are destined. to the Moon. ‘”

Visit lunarcodex.com to learn more about the Lunar Code. You can see more of Anna Jurinich’s work at annajurinich.net.

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