THE INSTAGRAM SERIES

In 2016– after traveling around the world as an aspiring “digital nomad” for six months with nothing more than a 25L backpack, a MacBook Pro, and an iPhone– I started painting a series of canvases based on my photos (with the idea of building a large-scale, real-life “Instagram wall” that wouldn’t simply disappear into the internet abyss), and writing a book-length, travelogue-memoir about my adventures. Spoiler Alert: I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  This website is an evolving testament to the works in progress, as I attempt to manifest them in the world.

Please note: I am serving as my own web designer/ developer on this project. Thanks for your patience as I build out the site.

THE CUBE

The Cube is a concept for displaying the Instagram Series– with an added twist. As a free-standing gallery, each wall of the Cube showcases a carefully-curated collection of vibrant images, much like the Instagram feed on which they are based. But what about the stories behind the paintings? The Cube invites the viewer on a multimedia journey “beyond the surface,” into the inner world of the artist, otherwise hidden from view.  (Concept currently in the works; more to follow.)

THE PAINTINGS

 

All panels are 30″ x 30″ (76 cm x 76 cm), acrylic on canvas

(Click on thumbnails for larger image and details)

ABOUT

When I first started envisioning this project during my travels in 2015 – 16, I came up with the following mission statement:

I travel the world as an artist, yogi, writer, and lifelong learner– in order to inspire and be inspired, to connect with people from all walks of life, and to increase joy and decrease suffering as best I can.

In 2019, the reality is a bit more complicated.  As much as I am still a traveler at heart, today I find myself exploring the possibility of finally setting down roots somewhere.  (My home base is the Philadelphia Metro region, but I have a complicated relationship with East Coast winter.)  Yes, though I am getting close to finishing this project, my “what next” is very much a work in progress. 

 EDUCATION & RECENT TRAININGS

  • Africa Yoga Project, 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training (Nairobi, Kenya, 2019)
  • Breath Medicine/ Five Element Dance and Cacao Ceremony Facilitator Training (Koh Phangan, Thailand, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • The Light Within Yoga Studio, 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training (West Grove, PA, USA; 2014)
  • Israel School of Herbal Medicine, Foundations in Herbalism (Moshav Aviezer, Israel; 2012)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Master of Liberal Arts in Individualized Study, with a specialization in the philosophy of identity formation and creative writing (Philadelphia, PA, USA; 2008)
  • University of Southern California, B.A. English (Los Angeles, CA, USA; 1998)

I should probably also mention that I’m a completely self-taught artist.

 

 RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE

 

  • Freelance Artist (2016 – Present)
  • Eden Village West, Yoga Specialist, Culinary Arts Specialist, Music Specialist (Healdsburg, CA, USA; 2019)
  • Ecstatic Dance Philly, Founder, Former Director (Philadelphia, PA, USA; 2017 – 18)
  • Eden Village Camp, Director of Camper Care (2015-16), Leader – Teen Apprentice Program (2014), Herbalism Specialist (2013) (Putnam Valley, NY, USA)

 

RECENT TRAVELS 

 

You can find a selection of my best travel photos on Instagram: @evanjoblin

2019

  • Switzerland (Zurich)
  • Kenya (Nairobi; Amboseli National Park)
  • Portugal (Porto; Lisbon)
  • Thailand (Koh Phangan)

2018

  • USA — Ecstatic Dance Pacific Northwest Bus Tour (Santa Cruz/ SF Bay Area, CA; Corvalis/ Eugene/ Portland, OR; Seattle, WA)
  • Iceland (Reykjavik & the South)
  • Germany (Berlin)
  • Scotland (Edinburgh)
  • Greece (Corfu)
  • Thailand (Koh Phangan)
  • USA (Hawai’i – Maui, Big Island)

 2017

  • USA — Ecstatic Dance Cross-USA Bus Tour (SF Bay Area, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Grand Canyon/ Flagstaff, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Austin, TX; New Orleans, LA; Asheville, NC; Washington, DC; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Yellowstone Nat’l Park, WY; Boise, ID; Reno, NV, Santa Cruz, CA; Los Angeles, CA)
  • Japan (Osaka, Tokyo)
  • South Korea (Seoul)
  • Hong Kong
  • Vietnam (Hanoi, Saigon)
  • Cambodia (Siem Reap, Phnom Penh)
  • Thailand (Koh Phangan)

2016

  • USA — Ecstatic Dance California Bus Tour (SF Bay Area; Sacramento; Nevada City; Mt. Shasta; San Diego; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara)
  • Canada (Vancouver)
  • St. Lucia
  • England (London)
  • Singapore
  • Indonesia (Bali)
  • Australia (Melbourne; Red Rock Center/ Uluru/ Alice Springs; Darwin)
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Thailand (Bangkok; Koh Phangan)

2015

  • Thailand (Koh Lanta; Krabi/ Ao Nang/ Railay; Phuket; Chiang Mai)
  • India (Kochi; Mysore; Palolem (Goa); Delhi; Jaisalmer; Jodhpur; Pushkar; Jaipur; Amritsar; Dharamsala; Rishikesh; Varanasi; Mumbai)
  • Poland (Warsaw; Krakow)
  • Italy (Cinque Terre; Milan)
  • Denmark (Copenhagen)
  • Iceland (Reykjavik & environs)

2014 (and earlier)

  • Israel (top to bottom, multiple times)
  • Hungary (Budapest)
  • Japan (Tokyo; Kyoto; Nara; Osaka; Hiroshima; Beppu)
  • Panama
  • UK (London; Oxford; Edinburgh)
  • France (Paris)
  • Spain (Barcelona; Madrid)
  • Italy (Rome; Florence; Venice)
  • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
  • Germany (Munich; Berlin)
  • Greece (Athens; Thessaloniki; Mykonos)
  • Turkey (Istanbul)
  • Costa Rica

CONTACT

 

Thanks for visiting! Your comments and questions are welcome via the text box below, or email: evan@evanjoblin.com

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