#OneStepBeforeHappiness

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Framing the picture - framing the view. Our field of view is determined by the anatomical limitations of the eye, specifically its position and edges. The human field of view covers 220°. Anatomy dictates our field of view and our perspective, operating as a natural filter and frame for what we see, determining our perception of the world.

Our view of “one step before happiness" is additionally restricted by two black horizontal bars – creating the impression of looking out from a wartime trench. Of waiting in a bunker for the enemy to attack. Of contemplating the depths of the ocean through the periscope of a submarine. Perspective is distorted. The image is stripped of its hues. Any attempt to get closer to the surrounding area is diverted, thwarted by the frame.

This landscape, on the far-off planet Mars, can only be viewed on Earth thanks to technology. The artificial gaze of the periscope enables curiosity to take flight, helping the next generation to explore the possibility of life on the red planet. Fear of the unknown is overcome by curiosity about the fantastical. Both are manifested through technological means of observation. They are the source of this artificial gaze. The familiar in the unknown is brought closer by technology.”

Julian Graf


One step before happiness | the world creation l charcoal on paper, 2018 | 300x125 cm l © k37 studio, bethanien Berlin, (Ventura/Pörschmann Collection, Kassel)


Jorge daCruz -landscape the calling - l charcoal on paper | 240x160cm l © k37 studio, bethanien Berlin 2018

Jorge da Cruz – valley – Coal on craft paper paper – total 140x80cm Bethanien Berlin- 2016


Jorge daCruz | the world creation l charcoal on paper, 2019 | different sizes l © k37 studio, bethanien Berlin


Jorge daCruz | the world creation l charcoal on paper, 2019 | different sizes l © k37 studio, bethanien Berlin


Landscape l charcoal on paper, 2015 | 180x120cm (colect.nr00051)

Landscape l charcoal on paper, 2015 | 180x120cm (colect.nr00051)




Jorge da Cruz – one step before happiness serie – Coal on craft paper diferent sizes paper – total 150x210cm Berlin settlement – Bethanien



Jorge da Cruz – one step before happiness serie – Coal on craft paper diferent sizes paper – total 1600x210cm China Residency - 2016 - Zhanjiang

Art Residence - China 2016 - Charcoal Home - Zhanjiang

Charcoal Home is a health resort formed around a charcoal production kiln, based in a rural village on the outskirts of Zhanjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong facing Hainan island. The site was originally used for firing bricks until it was adapted for producing high-fired charcoal several years ago, with the kiln modified to create steam rooms on one side. Several other natural and traditional therapies are offered and they produce a line of various products using the charcoal.

The residency project was a unique opportunity for 8 visual artists to stay together at the resort for 2 months through September and October 2016. The focus of the residency project was to encourage exchange and interaction between the artists and local community, and to explore different ways of thinking and using charcoal and other local materials. A broad range of ideas and techniques are desired, working in both two and three dimensions.

Artists gave an artist talk, presenting their work at the start of the residency, and there will be an exhibition at the Zhanjiang city art museum at the end of October. Each artist will also deliver a series of paid workshops during their stay. Additionally, each artist is expected to donate 1-2 artworks to Charcoal Home at the end of their stay.

Charcoal Home is a health resort formed around a charcoal production kiln, based in a rural village on the outskirts of Zhanjiang, a coastal city in Guangdong facing Hainan island. The site was originally used for firing bricks until it was adapted for producing high-fired charcoal several years ago, with the kiln modified to create steam rooms on one side. Several other natural and traditional therapies are offered and they produce a line of various products using the charcoal.

The residency project was a unique opportunity for 8 visual artists to stay together at the resort for 2 months through September and October 2016. The focus of the residency project was to encourage exchange and interaction between the artists and local community, and to explore different ways of thinking and using charcoal and other local materials. A broad range of ideas and techniques are desired, working in both two and three dimensions.

Artists gave an artist talk, presenting their work at the start of the residency, and there will be an exhibition at the Zhanjiang city art museum at the end of October. Each artist will also deliver a series of paid workshops during their stay. Additionally, each artist is expected to donate 1-2 artworks to Charcoal Home at the end of their stay.