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Tuesday, June 5, 2012




Sometimes what we believe we see is much, much more (than what we thought we saw).  I've experienced the feeling of 'Oh!!' so many times, especially when it pertains to Art, where it's easy to assume or surmise based on a perfunctory glance, or the wish to just hurry on because of little messages which flood our brain signaling MOVE!! for a thousand and one reasons.  Any of these feelings which causes us to linger or to scurry in search of safety, emotions such as fear or disgust, while certainly less desirable than interest, surprise, or admiration, are infinitely preferable to disinterest or indifference; wouldn't you agree?  I've never been able to stroll casually through a museum's gallery, chatting with a fellow-viewer about the merits of a particular painting or sculpture, while courteously side-stepping the 'serious' who claim a spot on the lone bench and remain focused on distant sights for hours on end; or the gaggle of art-students who crowd around a favorite piece and forget that others are waiting; even the realization that 11 year-old Johnny Smartpants (now trailed by his doting grand-parents) could well be the next art-world superstar or maverick curator, does not ease the tension of being surrounded by the visible evidence of humankind's creativity and unable to properly decipher the reality of this representation before said companion sighs and whispers that it's time to visit the gift-shop or get a coffee . . .

I've experienced Oh!! upon learning that our sun is a white star, and is seen by us earth-dwellers as yellow because of the atmospheric scattering of blue light in our hemisphere.  Also Oh!! upon viewing Spanish artist Mariano Ruiz Cecilia's portfolio of energetic images in which monsters cavort, angels hover, clowns gyrate, and a full range of emotions are expressed without filter or fault through the depiction of brightly colored narratives in which a bold and aggressive brushstroke conveys loneliness/self-delusion/imagination/sadness/anger at injustices/vestiges of mysticism/references to ancient cultures, and pure joy in the healing qualities of Art as Magic.  Highly influenced by the Spanish Baroque masters such as Goya and Velasquez, the artist portrays the human condition in its simplicity in a manner contradictory yet alluring.  Mr Cecilia's hypnotic images demand a second and third look, perhaps then the 'A-ha' moment in which viewer and subject enter a dialogue, wordlessly and endlessly.  Compelling work from a 'global creative.'

Please visit Mariano Ruiz Cecilia at Facebook to view other examples of his art.


PS:  Today's soundtrack:  Groove Armada's At The River

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