2016 Vexedart project

Words by Vedi Djokich

After the filming of vex 13 000 – skydive art project- https://youtu.be/sQFwrJ8M8jE , I wanted to revisit the concept of painting in freefall. This time though, the focus was on capturing the destructive passage of time. Documenting how it slowly erased the work and images that I created, until they ultimately disappeared. I wanted these designs to also have a connection to time, so I drew up these 3 images:

Rabbit Skull : representing the past – memory of a childhood pet.

Cicada Eyes : representing the present – changing & evolving visions.

Balloon Skull : representing the future – inflated fears & the inevitable. These designs were screen printed onto fabric, hand painted, and sewed into steamers that would inflate in terminal velocity. They were then attached to 30lbs jugs that I held onto while skydiving, which slowly released paint onto the images. The paint continued to spill out with each second of freefall, until it devoured all 13 ft of fabric, leaving nothing left. My white gear also got covered. During the last jump the paint jug imploded and my right arm was covered in black paint.

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I created unique wood pieces of the 3 images, along with hand printed (silk screened) & painted, limited edition prints of /30, on paper of each design.

These prints are available for purchase through my online store @
http://www.vexedart.com/store_prints_…

If you are interested in purchasing the unique 48’’ x 36’’ wood panel pieces please email me @ http://www.vexedart.com/contact.html
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Special thanks to the following skydivers, videographers and photographers for helping to capture this project.

Sara & Steve Curtis : – http://www.azarsenal.com

Nik Daniel : – https://blog.niklasdaniel.com

Jason Peters : – http://www.aboveallphotography.com

Thanks also to Cosmoprod for composing the original music.

Artist & Editor Vedi Djokich @ http://www.vexedart.com/home1.html

16 pages of behind the scenes content from this art series @ http://www.vexedart.com/Time_art_seri…

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Playing with Fire: Valkyrie Photoshoot with Brianne Thompson

Originally posted by Performance Designs on May 3rd, 2016

“For the one year anniversary of launching the Valkyrie, we wanted to create a continuation of the original Valkyrie Ad (see below) first released early last year. Sticking with the same theme, we aimed to showcase a strong female figure as the personification of the Valkyrie. Brianne Thompson of AXIS Flight School was chosen. As a strong, confident, talented woman in the sport, she was a natural choice for the ad.

The photo was shot at Skydive Arizona with the help of Nik Daniel (AXIS Flight School), Steve Curtis (Arizona Arsenal), and photographer Justin Carmody. In case you were wondering, the fire is 100% real and no Valkyrie canopies were harmed in the making. We only had three chances to get the winning shot due to weather and lighting conditions, but after some rainy days, tense moments, and hot swoops (literally!), we finally captured the perfect shot seen here.”

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Skydive Radio Photo of the Week Show #218!

I would like to congratulate Dan Dupuis, and thank Dave at Skydive Radio for making the image below their pic of the week! Skydive Radio is the world’s leading internet radio show dedicated to the sport of skydiving.  Weekly episodes include commentary, feature interviews with industry insiders, listener-contributed photos, and e-mails from an audience that spans the globe.

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PARAMAG ÉDITION SPÉCIALE ! COVER

I would like to thank Bruno at Para Mag and congratulate Alex Swindle on his first cover photo. Alex took the image below with a GoPro Hero 4 that was mounted to his helmet via two GoPoles. The December 2015 cover is part of a special edition of the French skydiving magazine. Please click here to view the accompanying article.

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Skydive Radio Photo of the Week Show #216!

I would like to thank Dave at Skydive Radio for making my image below their pic of the week! Skydive Radio is the world’s leading internet radio show dedicated to the sport of skydiving.  Weekly episodes include commentary, feature interviews with industry insiders, listener-contributed photos, and e-mails from an audience that spans the globe.

Click here for a behind the scenes look at how the image was captured.

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