Are you ready? The first painting to orbit in space is coming.
Does it sound surreal, unbelievable or even fake news? Then it is probably time to broaden
your horizons. The first painting to orbit in space around the Earth is ready and set for launch
on December 30, 2019 from the UK..
First Painting in Space is the name of an audacious project created by the French neo-pop
artist Jisbar (1989). The project is the result of seven months of work that combines art,
engineering, mathematics, physics, among other fields. But how to exhibit a piece of art into
open space and break unthinkable barriers? Making the impossible possible is what drives
this adventurous artist.
Passionate about pushing the limits further and challenging himself daily, Jisbar saw his
artistic practice evolve over the years. His restlessness, innovative, fun and inquiring
personality can be seen in his singular work that made him famous all over the world.
Jisbar's work stands out in the pop art scene, and his style has seduced major brands and
celebrities. The artist has worked with important players from the fashion industry and entertainment business such as DJ Snake, Cardi B, Miss Europe Committee, JM Weston, Giorgio Armani, Sofitel, G-Shock,
l’Oreal, Belvedere, BMW, l’Officiel design…
The artist’s work can be seen in prestigious museums such as Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, The National Museum of Immigration's History in Paris, the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz California, the
Technology and Maritime Museum in Malmo (Sweden), and the Museum of Post Card in
Bau (France). Not to mention galleries in Italy, USA, France, Thailand, Australia, Malaysia,
Jisbar’s painting is best known for his (re)interpretations of classical and historical
paintings. His creations are an invitation to discover or rediscover the most famous pieces of art mixed with the codes of pop culture, bringing a touch of modernity to them and making them more understandable to people who are usually less sensitive to them. Each artwork is more than just a homage, as it has been enriched with words, sentences, numbers, drawings that create a whole new story to decrypt and push the audience to focus on every single detail enabling him to find new elements at every new glance.
Being challenging, he arises with new and unusual projects, like the First Painting in
Space, his new project that could not be less daring than his own nature. “The great obstacle is in attending all the conditions to make the launching viable, which includes choosing special material for the painting, definition of the right size and weight, besides all the engineering, mathematical and physical analysis, it’s very fascinating!”, Jisbar
While we are still waiting for the first woman to step foot on the moon, it is Punk Mona who will gravitate into space. In the year dedicated to the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death, with exhibitions around the world honoring the artist's legacy, the painting chosen by Jisbar also has a tone of other
tribute to the great art master. The moon is part of a broader ambition to explore space, Mars the next step. The next mission will be named Artemis, Apollo's twin sister, and there is already speculation about the identity of the first woman to set on the moon. But in our mission - First Painting in Space - we do not have doubts or speculation: the most famous woman painted flown to space will be Punk Mona Lisa. « Leonard Da Vinci is one of my favorite artists. Mona Lisa was an iconic painting who represented women at the time. It’s a captivating painting with an incredible history that is why it’s important to keep the memory but turn it into something much more contemporary. » Jisbar first recreated the Mona Lisa 10 years ago. Since then it has become his
most iconic piece. For this new project, the artist explains: « Punk Style is for remastering the masterpiece. My Mona Lisa is transgressive and wants to break boundaries, inspire others. Where else could she be? » This is not the first time that a piece of art is going to travel in outer space. Sculptures and drawings have already been sent there via ob satellites and spacecraft. However, Punk Mona will be the first
painting to touch spacial emptiness. To be able to create a painting that goes to space, the artistic process had to be a little bit different. The painter used acrylic, oil, spray paint. All the materials have to fit the launch and face extreme weather and launching conditions. Another important point is the issue of space debris, which has been increasing exponentially in the past few years. That way, the First Painting in Space has been studied and programmed to leave no residue in space, returning to Earth with all elements it has been launched with, including the painting.