CUPS | Autumn 2015
Collage inherently involves nothing less than altering existence. By taking found imagery,Mario Zoots makes changes both hand-made and (occasionally) digital to alter the perception of the everyday, and continue their evolution towards new definitions. The Denver, Colorado-based Zoots is on the forefront of the modern collage movement, and was featured in Gestalten’s recent The Age of Collage: Contemporary Collage in Modern Art, the definitive investigation into how collage has become one the most vital forms of current visual expression. Separate from the concerns of any loosely-affiliated movement, Zoots describes his own practice from a more personal perspective, “I would like to think that my work is about tapping into the unconscious and setting up parameters to allow chance to work its magic.”
Typically focusing on the human figure, and often in portraiture genre, Zoots utilizes geometric pattern, layers, and physical manipulations like scratches, drips, and tears to obscure, thereby creating new faces to interpret. In an interview with Monster Children, Zoots describes his attention and focus on the face of his subject, “It’s really about the eyes for me. When I disrupt someone’s gaze, I find some mysterious, surreal quality. It makes you forget who you’re looking at. I try to create collages from dreams. When I dream I know who the people are, but I usually can’t see their faces. There’s a real energy behind that.” - Beautiful/Decay.com -
"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
― Marcus Aurelius ―
WANDS | Summer 2016
“If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.” - Charles Bukowski, Factotum -
“Scott McCormick... well known for his album designs... brings a depth of detail when creating and manipulating images. Rather than illustrating images or even truly employing a collage technique, McCormick crafts photorealistic images that suggests a visual dream state..." Westword 2014
“We each have a special something we can get only at a special time of our life. like a small flame. A careful, fortunate few cherish that flame, nurture it, hold it as a torch to light their way. But once that flame goes out, it’s gone forever.” - Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart -
WANDS | Summer 2015
"...I think The Fountain cards are "real" and I like real things. Dirty hands make me more excited than nail polish. The gold coins are real aside for one... so are the bugs and earthworms crawling in some of the pictures- I think you could spot them if you zoomed in close enough. The Coins felt right for me, I am a very Earthy person, a Capricorn- very grounded, realistic, pretty steady... I love flowers and youth, and this wet, spring environment was perfect for the fresh and new beginning of The Fountain Tarot- especially now as it builds on a pretty rich history while making it fresh and modern... as it grows into itself - keeping Tarot's magical feeling alive. - Kristen Hatgi Sink 2015 -
"...It's a far more amazing arrangement for Nature to continue the process of life through different individuals than it is always with the same individual - because as each new individual approaches life - life is renewed. And one remembers how fascinating the most ordinary everyday things are to a child, because they see them all as marvelous - because they see them in a way that is not related to survival and profit. And when we get to thinking of everything in terms of survival and profit value - as we do, then the shapes of scratches on the floor cease to have magic. And most things, in fact, cease to have magic. So therefore in the course of Nature, once we have ceased to see magic in the world anymore, we are no longer fulfilling Nature's game of being aware of itself. There's no point in it anymore and so we die. And so something else comes to birth which gets an entirely new view..." - Alan Watts -
"Photographer Kristen Hatgi Sink plays with notions of youth, fragility and beauty. Overtaken by an abundance of natural elements, the subjects in the the images struggle to achieve their own rebirth. The work is beautiful...and evokes..." Juxtapoz Magazine 2015
COINS | Spring 2015
"Special thanks to Santa Fe, you heal me." - A.T. 2016
"Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”
― George Orwell, 1984 ―
We love Contemporary Art.
We definitely love when these two worlds overlap and collide to create new ways of viewing ourselves and inspiring the world in which we all live. The Fountain Tarot is our personal manifestation of these two great loves, and has become a channel through which to engage and commission other artists in our community to envision their work through the lens of Tarot. With each season, comes a new opportunity to revisit one of the four suits and the Major Arcana. We hope you enjoy these collaborations and artists as much as we do. XO Jonathan, Andi & Jason
"I am not a therapist. I am not a spiritual leader. These elements are in the art: it is therapeutic, spiritual, social and political - everything. It has many layers. But art has to have many layers. If it doesn't, then forget it." - Marina Abramovic -
Andi Todaro, Designer of The Fountain Tarot, is a prolific artist, maker, and creator. Her graphic design work for corporations and educational non-profits are the counterbalance for her work in fashion modeling, fine art and general awesome weirdness. She embodies and believes in the fierce spirit of The Wands.
W A N D S - (NSFW) An Art Film Inspired By The Fountain Tarot, 2016 (music performed/produced by Andi Todaro)
The artwork of Jonathan Saiz makes up the 79 oil-painted images of The Fountain Tarot and his work is featured in international private and corporate collections. His 2012 alchemy-inspired series "ALKAHEST" for Minima Gallery, Mykonos Greece was featured in Juxtapoz "New Contemporary", BOOOOOOOM.com and recent works 2015-16 are featured in Elle Decor Magazine and Vogue.com - See more at www.jonathansaiz.com
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them" - Henri Matisse
"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." - Ray Bradbury
COINS | Spring 2016
"Thou wast that all to me, love,
For which my soul did pine
A green isle in the sea, love,
A fountain and a shrine,
All wreathed with fairy fruits and flowers,
And all the flowers were mine.
- Edgar Allan Poe -
SWORDS | Winter 2015-16
"Ask me a few years ago what the Tarot meant to me... my answer would have been short.
Ask me today... and The Fountain Tarot is my own personal wilderness to explore daily - vast and beautiful. I go to bed and dream of ways to capture its full spectrum of everythingness/nothingness and then wake up eager to find ways to invite and inspire others to explore it as their own personal world too.
The Fountain Tarot, as a physical deck AND as a rich, gilded universe of reflections, is still in its youth - like a timeless collective-past newly remembered. It is still curious, hungry for adventure and definitely playful. This small series is my joyful Springtime sci-fi sonnet to the suit of Coins in The Fountain - A collaborative world, my paintings helped to create, which is MUCH more powerful than any singular source of energy I've been fortunate enough to touch before."
- Jonathan Saiz Artist/Creator of The Fountain Tarot