JOSÉ MANUEL MERELLO.-ARTWORKS ON PAPER.
Thoughts about art and painting.
Art and the economical crisis (2012)
In the Art world, particularly in the interpretation, actors and actresses tell that certain levels of anxiety and stress are able to awake in them the ability to concentrate and a transmission talent which they do not have in normal situations. And, what is the present time but a continuous state of turmoil and excitement? The art has been, fortunately or unfortunately, nurtured by many or all of the major episodes of human seizure; signs of this are the Picasso's Guernica or the Fusilamientos del 2 de Mayo from Goya.
Would then be currently expected to flourish great works of art or even a new art movement? Movement that could result in two very different topics, one that would focus on criticism and look to the past aiming on the events and behaviors that have led us to the current economic crisis, and another that would extoll all that nourishes and gives the human a second opportunity to reorient their economic, social and political processes, as intelligence and generosity. ©P.M. Giménez
"Abstract Painting and Surrealist Painting, apart from being essential and marvelous in themselves, these days also fulfill an invaluable pedagogical function for any artist. The have now become part of Classical Art and are the Artistic Heritage for Spiritual Learning and Artistic technique. They are like gymnastics for the unaware and for the eye, providing places where almost all feelings and spiritual emotions can be hatched to finally lead to build this immeasurable and grandiose thing we call THE ART of PAINTING." © José Manuel Merello
"A good drawing cannot in any way be unfavorably compared with a good painting. It is more, beneath every picture is an essential underlying drawing that sustains it, a skeleton that mobilizes it and gives it form. Any painting lacking of this base crumbles and appears flimsy." © José Manuel Merello
" The drawing does not remain defined by the line, not even the painting remains defined by the color. The painting is still saved, and this is partly what currently defines it, of being able to be assimilated and comprising in a monitor or a photo. On the other hand the drawing does really is asimilable by these means. Leaving aside fetishisms, it does not matter to me to have an original drawing or a photo or an identical poster of him. It is the same thing and the drawing can be enjoyed identically, as it happens despite of reading a good book in different editions, or seeing the same photo revealed for the second or tenth time. When it is not in game neither the fetishism nor the plasticity, all these supports take us to the nobility - or misery - of the work. But in painting the plasticity is always in game, the plasticity, the morbidity, the opaqueness or the transparence, the brilliant or dull surface... qualities that are impossible to be transmitted by means of a monitor of computer, a TV or a poster. The digital technique, far from ruining the arts, it only does to demonstrate the singularities of these other techniques, and the painting gains the garland due to currently it is impossible to enjoy completely The Meninas in an image, impossible to feel the powerful sensation of gap of the stay where Velázquez does, impossibly to perceive the pearly rind of the pictorial layer of the picture, useless to turned oneself and to see sideway to be able to feel the delicate nodes and stretch marks of the painting of the genius. And let's not say anything about pictures of Tàpies, or of Lucian Freud, or of Jasper Johns... The color and the disposition of the forms can suggest us very much, of course, but they remain far away, they are not enough to express the plasticity of the picture. This is the Painting." © José Manuel Merello
" In painting and in drawing, technically speaking, things can be wrong done if they do not know how to make them correctly, but the bad made things must be "perfectly wrong made". This way the result will always be good. " (summer 2004) © José Manuel Merello
"Art History is the emotional and spiritual History of humankind. It is a remembering of its most sublime feelings materialized in works of art that transcend time. Altamira and Lascaux are primitive examples of this human desire of expressing its emotions. In my opinion, there is not any artistic era superior to another one in its initial impetus to create a material proof of an emotion or a spiritual pleasure. On the other hand, I believe there have been art eras superior to others since the human being has improved its technique. In the same way that scientific progress always goes up, artistic progress, which needs technology to advance, evolves with an increasing trend. However, this evolution is not continuous, since it depends on two factors: technique and spiritual emotion. Art is not just a feeling. Art is the feeling being materialized, incarnated, sculpted, written with skill and technique. The cavemen had only a few tools at their reach; consequently their art is more primitive than Baroque Art, to give an example. The problem lies in the fact that technique and emotion do not always move along parallel lines. As a result, we can sometimes find art periods with a greater and purer emotional and spiritual impulse, even though they relied on inferior technique. On the other hand, we sometimes can find other periods with better means, in which the art is weaker due to the human soul was soured, repressed, or manipulated. When the human spirit undergoes a sublime and free period, accompanied by a superior technique, then we will refer to this period as a Golden Art Age." © José Manuel Merello
"Nowadays, Modern Art exudes a breath of fresh
air and freedom never before imaginable. Up till now, Art
History has never had such an array of possible techniques for
artists to choose from or such a variety of artistic languages
for artists to fully express themselves. All the different Art
schools and tendencies, favoritisms aside (even though they have
always been there), enjoy a great open field that promises
fabulous creations in the coming years.
“I plead for humility in painting. Painting does not need so much fanfare or intellectual pretension. It must come from a person’s clean soul, from the clear and pure eye of the painter, even if only a simple apple is being painted. It is for this reason that I admire Morandi so much.” © José Manuel Merello
"I detest a large part of the minimalism that is practiced today
across all the arts. I'm afraid that within this alleged
synthesis there is an excess of rubbish and uselessness floating
around that serves only to confuse the audience, which sometimes
may be ignorant but blameless, although, more frequently,
intolerably pedantic, void of any understanding or knowledge."
“A frame to a good painting is like a dress to a beautiful naked woman. It is not essential but serves to celebrate and give charm to the work.” © José Manuel Merello
"Spanish painting has, throughout the centuries, maintained a serene and melancholic regard: tragic but never violent. There is no such thing as violent Spanish painting. Even the most ferocious Goya or the most horrifying Picasso never lose the composure and class inherent in the brushwork." © José Manuel Merello
"Everybody asks themselves what art is. I think that art is any human creation that is able to lift the spirit to a higher plain of emotion and wonderment." © José Manuel Merello
"The Expressionist Painters, The Surrealistic ones, The Contemporary Painters in general ... and The Ancients, Figurative Painters, Abstracts, Realistics, Pop, The Greatest Painters, The Unknown ones, The Famous ones, The Genial Artists and The Artists without Genius... The Draftsmen of Comic, The Digital ones, Arrogants, Simples, Mad Painters, Rich ones, Poor Painters. It does not matter for me from where are they, Chinese or Spanish Painters; I like All the Painters around the World, I am interested in the whole painting; a simple vase, an anonymous portrait, a pretentious picture, a stupid picture, a brilliant painting: They all are Painters, All is Painting" © José Manuel Merello
"Horses and children. Fat women, beautiful women and old ladies. The magicians and poets. Dogs and cats sleeping. Bulls and Spanish bullfighters. The processions of Seville and Malaga. The crucified Christs filled with blood and prayers. The saints. A Virgin for each village. The sun and the rain of Biscay. The sea, the passion, love and art of the Mediterranean. Painting and older architecture. And the most modern. The dances and dances of the villages lost. Literature issued by the Spanish world. Deep red, purple, black and olive. The balance between the sun, moon and stars: this is the Spanish art. " ©José Manuel Merello
will be the art in 2011 and in the near future? Freedom defines
contemporary art. International art fairs are fun and
intriguing, are challenges for thought and human emotion.
Walking through a contemporary art fair like ARCO in Madrid, is
now a mental release. You may think that what we are seeing is
not "art", you may think that some artistic creations are not
moral and then deduce that they are not art. But you are wrong.
The art does not ever depend on morality. Any work of art owes
nothing to any form of thought or ideology. The human spirit is
free. Art is free. The art is beyond good and evil. What is
necessary is to prevent some forms of art that are violent,
not allow them
because we need rules for coexistence or because it is ethically
unacceptable. For example, we can turn the Amazon into a garden
empty, naked, with only a tree. Sure could be a work of
conceptual art, but it would be really stupid. The savagery and
brutality can be handled with great skill. It would not be
moral, it might be art, but should not be allowed.
Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart and Marilyn.
"…being a painter, a writer, a sculptor or a musician does not put one at a higher rank than any other profession. There are a lot of professions that, when carried out to the extreme, without a doubt achieve a higher level than that of the majority of artists. For instance, a wonderful craftsman, a maker of Manila shawls, can go further than a mediocre sculptor; the work can be superior. Or a great soccer player can raise greater passion than most of us, painters. To be an “artist” does not guarantee anything. However, sometimes a genius is born in a way that distinguishes the great arts, along with science, philosophy or politics, from any other endeavor. We cannot compare Michael Angelo’s Sistine Chapel or Newton’s Law of Gravitation with the most amazing soccer goal. Art with capital letters is easy to detect; its light continues to shine through time.” ©José Manuel Merello
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