The Family Dynasty stirs up the blissful intensity of the phenomenal world and witnesses to the unpredictability of life unfolding.
The Principles of the Family Dynasty is a 56-page staple-bound booklet of art and epigrams, created by Adam Baltieri and digitally printed on fine paper in Berlin, Germany.
Full-page reproductions of oil-based monotype prints establish a vital atmosphere for a set of principles for inspired and free living.
One day, while Adam was sitting at his writing desk, the Principles were written down spontaneously on a piece of paper. Later – loosely inspired by the vibrancy of Tibetan art and the intensity that may be achieved by living wholly in this world and not another – Adam bought some paint and attempted to express visually whatever was going on during this time. The method was to prepare a sheet of metal with various oil paints and press it onto paper, creating so-called monotypes. These unrepeatable prints were vaguely intended to accompany the Principles.
After researching the history of bookmaking, learning the new apps, and getting some advice from acquaintances in the industry, Adam set about designing the book and getting it printed. If anything, its amateurishness – a word we inherit from Latin, meaning "to love" – should remind us of the joys of being a beginner.
All in all, it may be said that the artwork and principles bring together the concrete and abstract, playfully expressing the embodied paradox of human being – the living unity of finite and infinite, "earth and heaven."
The Principles of the Family Dynasty is a relic of the artist’s wish to abide at the heart of existence. Formulated retrospectively and expressed philosophically: the book aims to heal the rift between thinking and acting by serving as a means to stay in touch with their constant origin. If thinking is of the same origin as acting, neither has priority in guiding human life. This is peaceful, albeit unpredictable.
The Family Dynasty, as a whole, never knows what it's doing.
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The Principles, which were written all of a sudden in a notebook, are interwoven with a distinct humor that cuts through spiritual melodrama, grounding the cosmic, the exalted and the adventurous in the homey everydayness of human life.
The Principles enliveningly exaggerate the ordinary and considerately deflate the extraordinary.
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