Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Music and Musicians exibition - international artists - December 2017

Wide Awake Somewhere 

I never know what to write when curating exhibitions with help by several international artists.
 I remember that somebody tried to hurt me really bad by stealing my kitty Ilvie from me (more or less an year and a half ago and my life quickly changed into surrealism) using several people to put my mental health and my spirit in jeopardy.
 I was listening to a James music named "Ring the bells" then while thinking to myself:
- "why there's evil people in this world or why friends become enemies several times?".
 Of course that it will be a huge task trying to have my kitty Ilvie back, just because someone suddenly went crazy and that thinks that nothing matters in this life, but I know that my kitty will always be part of my life and that I'll fight to have my kitty back with all my strength.  
 Curating exhibitions is real tricky, one must be real focused on what he's doing or thinking, so this exhibition started with that before mentioned James music with its lyrics on my head:
"When you let me fall, I grew my own wings
Now I'm as tall as the sky
When you let me drown, I grew gills and fins
Now I'm as deep as the sea
When you let me die, my spirit became free
There's nothing challenging me    
Ring, ring the bells
Wake the town, everyone is sleeping
Shout at the crowd, wake them up
This anger's deeper than sleep
Got to be awake to what's happening
I no longer feel that God is watching over me
Got to tell the world we've all been dreaming
This is not the end, a new beginning
I no longer feel my God is watching over me
Break, break the code
Concentrate, let the doors swing open
See through all your walls, all your floors
Now you're in deeper than sleep"

 I've continued listening to lots of music of all genres and paying even more attention to its lyrics, since I'm not amnesiac and I love Radiohead's songs and how they send messages to us about social injustice with theirs lyrics, I've thought about a particular song named "You and whose army?" that in my opinion describes how crazy the world is right now with several people talking while saying nothing at all while forgetting their origins, countries and in my opinion not thinking properly with the help of social networks and the illusion that they give us (be it a common person or even a politician).
 So, I've asked Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen to design a poster based on this band album named "amnesiac" and he told me that it was similar to a painting by American painter Mark Rothko, so this is a simple tribute to this amazing music band and to this awesome painter.

Poster for Music and Musicians exhibition - December 2017 

For the back poster, it was easier... Me and Christophe used the same patterns that Mark Rothko used in a painting by him and an image of David Bowie as "The Thin White Duke" that was a sort of father figure for me and millions of people and that left this universe too early.

Back poster for Music and Musicians exhibition - December 2017 

 It's almost christmas time and this exhibition will be held during my youngest niece Letícia birthday (that loves to be in my company several days per week during hours and hours always filled with magic everywhere), xmas, my own birthday and another month filled with reasons to celebrate and once again I'm without the physical presence of my kitty Ilvie. (and I don't understand why).

My youngest niece Letícia with me playing theater

The last picture that I've took to my kitty Ilvie in May 2016

 I've asked international artists to send me some artworks based on Music or Musicians for this exhibition.
 They've send them to me.
 I've photographed them in places where I think that art should be such as chapels or coffeeshops and they will be framed at the coffeeshop boemia caffe in Porto for this exhibition.

Javier Olivares artwork near a chapel in Porto 

Isabel Pessoa's artwork in a coffeeshop in Porto 

Joaquin Aldeguer artwork near a chapel in Porto 

Teke Teke's artwork in a coffeeshop in Porto

Dario Mekler's artwork near a chapel in Porto 

Bill Koeb's artwork in a coffeeshop in Porto

 I really love to comunicate with international artists in several languages because they're real kind, generous and they also understand how hard life is.
 I continue doing my work on international books, exhibitions, interviews to artists and sometimes it seems that I really don't have enough time, so most of the times when I think on something, I act a bit with some kind of feline instinct while comunicating with people in several languages.
 This exhibition is part of the concept that I've developped with the help of several international artists during years with the name of this same blogue.
 I really don't know when I'll be able to start publishing books with the concept/brand Invicta Indie Arts (maybe next year), but I'm working and thinking hard on this idea with several international artists that supported me and that I know that their artworks should be published in excellent books with excellent design.
 Until then, I must thank all artists that support or have supported some ideas that I've had (this was not an easy job, because you were more than a hundred with me trying to speak or write to all of you in several languages for several exhibitions all over the world and I'm only a simple guy from Porto).
 There are more artists finishing their artworks for this exhibition and later when the exhibition is prepared to open to the public, I'll write in this blogue in another post some more words and I'll put here images of this exhibition and the Permanent one that will be happening at the same time in another coffeeshop named Greentea.

Tom Waits as seen by Argentine maestro Mr ED 

Tom Waits as seen by Portuguese artist Paulo Pinto 

Page "Tales of The Smiths" by UK artist Con Chrisoulis   

Sonic Youth band as seen by Italian artist Danilo Dast Strulato

Video link by British band Radiohead performing live "You and whose army?" and that stuck several times in my mind and spirit while thinking on curating this exhibition.

Special thanks to Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen for his work on the design of poster and back poster for this exhibition, to Daniel Castro, to my youngest niece Letícia, to a special "someone" in my life and to my kitty Ilvie that's always part of my heart and soul.

Da mui nobre, sempre leal e invicta cidade do Porto
Manuel Espírito Santo  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Exhibition Music and Musicians + Permanent exhibition - December 2017

Dear friends, artists and readers of this blogue,
 Sometimes, I really don't have time enough to comunicate with all of you in the best way possible, either because I'm writing narratives/love stories/stories/introductions/organizing collections for books in several languages or I'm physically or online presenting books, making exclusive interviews to international artists, thinking on ideas and trying to make them come true for several projects that I'm involved in while receiving books, pdfs and reading them or simply trying to live life in the company of friends and family.

Organizing everything in my head

 This small text is to say that I'm organizing amazing artworks in these two exhibitions with help by several international artists (to whom I'm always grateful for their support in some of my ideas) with narratives on them, like I've curated several of them in several countries in 2016 and this year also.   Both (Permanent + Music and Musicians exhibitions) will be held in December - 2017 with more than 80 excellent artworks from several international truly gifted artists.
 Many thanks for all the amazing support and feedback on some of my ideas that I receive lots of times and stay tuned to some posts at this same blogue with info about artworks already drawn or others that are being drawn for Music and Musicians exhibition- December 2017.
 Below I'm showing some artworks already drawn for Music and Musicians exhibition and you can see the works that will be held at Permanent exhibition - December 2017 in another post in this same blogue.

Shane Mcgowan by Portuguese artist Derradé

The Clash as cats by Portuguese artist Paulo Pinto

The Doors by Mexican artist Gaston Ortiz

Kim Gordon by Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen

A fictional music band by Portuguese artist Derradé

John Coltrane by Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen

Tom Waits by Italian artist Stefano Zattera

Music as a concept by Swedish artist Lars Erik Sjunesson

Tom Waits by Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen 

Woman playing violin by Argentine artist Mukor Bazan

Pink Floyd's spirit by Argentine artist Pablo Burman  

Tom Waits by Italian Artist Rolando Cicatelli

Ella Fitzgerald by Croatian artist Danijel Zezelj 

Noel Rosa by Brazilian artist Gelson Mallorca 

Mazzy Star by Spanish artist Sonia Pulido

Bowie by Belgium artist Christophe Swijsen 

John Coltrane by Croatian artist Danijel Zezelj 

Peter Gabriel by American artist Bill Koeb

The Strokes by Spanish artist Javier Olivares

Tom Waits by Argentine artist Mr ED

Pixies by Argentine artist Teke Teke

Musicians by American artist Chad Edwards

Pete Townsend by American artist Bill Koeb

Tom Waits by Swedish artist Knut Larsson

Da mui nobre sempre leal e invicta cidade do Porto
Manuel Espírito Santo

Friday, November 3, 2017

Who's this girl?! - A Portuguese love story

Drawing of several drawings inspired in me and José Mourinho as my alter ego by Spanish artist Eduardo Alvarado Sánchez-Cortés 

Writing love stories or narratives about feelings sometimes makes my heart beat faster and pump blood into my body and my bones turn into some sort of machine.

 I'm going to tell you about a girl or maybe I don't want to tell you about a girl because we've in our hearts and souls a bridge that puts us on a way from here to eternity.
 know who this girl is and I know that she's a bit like the snow queen that created the world of eternal winter where the polar wind cools human souls and clearness of lines obscure emotions like mentioned in Danish writer/artist Hans Christian Andersen's tale. 
 She cools my soul and clear the lines of obscure emotions, because there's breathing where there was no breath before.

A sticker

Where've I found her in order to be a sort of muse and source of inspiration?
 I know that she has stickers with her pictures all over the city where I was born along a drawing based on me by a polish artist and soon they'll be all over the world.
 I know that I've seen pictures of her in several international magazines along some written words by me and that I'm with her in my heart and soul and I think that I was physically with her (maybe it was in another tale that I'm writing and I'm confused or maybe not).

A puzzle

I've tried to create a sequential puzzle with who this girl was in my mind, heart and soul and I know that this girl was whispering several words and sentences to me and I was doing the same to her.

I've told her;
- So fucking close...
- I've met you...
She asked me this some months ago:
- Are you happy or sad?
I replied:
She continued talking with me:
- Ok... I'll warn you.. I'll break your heart.. (smiling towards me)
I replied:
Already broken.


She was telling me that she has an eye that spy.
I've asked her:
- Will you dance?
She replied:
- If I'm asked properly. 
I've asked her:
- Can I have this dance with you?
She answered me:
- Sure that you can.

 We simply danced while she was telling me about her niece that had the same name as one of my six  nieces and I was laughing, talking about my youngest niece and that she was queen of all the world, because she was born in New Zealand and she doesn't understand Portuguese ...
 Her niece was singing loudly to a crowd being a bit shy looking at me and at the same time I was trying to get a glimpse of her voice and how the song appeared in my mind, heart and soul like I always do with my nieces when they sang or dance to me ...


She told me:
- I feel you.
I've replied her:
- Sometimes I'm everywhere and nowhere at the same time, will you've a cup of coffee with me? 
I'm freezing to death in this street.


She told me:
- Will you smile for a while?
- You keep me safe.
- Have you seen me?
- Are we a team?
I replied her:
- I've found you and you've found me.


She told me:
- I'm waiting for you, are you waiting for the night to fall?
I've asked her:
- Will you help me?
She replied while asking me this:
- With what?
I've told her:
- With everything.
- We'll help each other.

She asked me about somebody.
I've told her:
- She's in the past.. the past is not my concern...


I've asked her:
- Are you still here?
She replied me:
- I'm here, but maybe I'm not in words...

Puzzle 02

I was creating another sequential puzzle in my mind, heart and soul with a glass of water, a coffee and a cigarette somewhere.


She asked me:
- Who am I?
- Who are you?
I've asked her:
- Have you seen me?
She replied me with the same question and a sentence
- Have you seen me?
- It's part of the deal not to.
I've asked her:
- Since when? 
She replied:
- I don't know, isn't eternity a long time?


I've asked her:
- What are you doing here?
She replied me with a question:
- Do you want to impress me?
I've replied her:
- Yes.
She asked me:
- Am I not the prettiest star that will lie in the sky this evening?

I didn't knew what to answer her, so I've smoked a cigarette looking towards a tree.


She continues telling me:
- Where are you?
- You're being too kind to me.

She told me:
- I'm here, can't you see me?
- Where are you?
- You're all over the place and nobody sees you.
- Can I see you?
I've told her:
- You're my good fortune.
She replied me:
-  Perhaps you're also mine.


While looking at me with a camera, you've told me:
- Look at me.
- Can't you feel the sun turning into winter time?


I was gazing towards you and you were asking me several questions at the same time:
- When will you dance with me?
- Will it be in the moonlight?
- Will it be in winter?
- Do you know who I am?
- Why do you love your kitty so much?
- Do you think that I want a chewing gum?
- Why do you love your nieces and nephews so much?
- Do you want me to give you a ride somewhere?

Sticker - 02

I didn't knew what to answer to all these questions that she was posing me, so I started answering her randomly:
- I know who you're.
- Haven't we met 25 years ago, when I was a rebel with a cause and you were a young child?
- I was basically a straight person.
- I need cigarettes...
- I was lost in some woods...
- I'm getting away with it all.
- I can give you words, acts or magic but without cigarettes, I'm completely lost...
- Do you love mysteries or do you prefer secrets? 

To be continued while looking at some pictures of you ...