Art has always played a part in Ion Popian‘s life. And as a TEDxPeachtree 2014 speaker, he will bring his artful presentation to the stage at the Buckhead Theatre on October 17th.
This year’s theme is “illuminate.” What does “illuminate” mean to you? What has been the illumination in your work that has brought you here today?
In this case, “illuminate” is definitely not taken in a literal sense, it is taken to mean an epiphany, or a new creative discovery that enhances the creative process. It is a new mode of “making.” Humans use tools as ways to articulate their ideas into the physical world and each tool is an illumination, a way to bring to light a final product through a sequential process.
At the end of the day, what is it about your work that keeps you going?
It’s seeing ideas you had and the unproven questions you answered in your own mind become reality. The sharing of the project with others in the form of art openings, shows, installations and the people there being completely confused about the spoken description and in disbelief when they experience it and see its end result.
What keeps you centered in this crazy world?
Being myself, motivation and being centered comes from yourself. It’s an internal force not an exterior one. The world is the byproduct of individual decisions and a reflection of a collective mindset.
What is one place you’ve visited that you’ll never forget?
As of now I have lived on three continents, and each has presented its own unforgettable experience. Europe for its historical and cultural aspect. Australia for its natural beauty, and America for its respect of the human fabric, its creative freedoms, and optimism.
What is your motto?
“Simplicity is complicated.” To achieve a simple streamlined idea, concept, or project is so difficult. The more you work on a project the more you can get lost down a rabbit hole of semantics and nuances. To create a project that has an innocence and freshness of idea that is maintained requires allot of focus and an expanded view of your idea.
What are three words to best describe you?
Inventive. Kind. Determined.
You’re not going to want to miss the art that Ian will create at this event. Come be a part of the process and get your ticket to TEDxPeachtree 2014!