THE FIRST ABSTRACT PAINTING OF THE WORLD
06 November 2017, Pepino
Malevich was wrong. The Black Square is not abstract. One hundred years later, I have finally created the first abstract painting of the art history.
The abstract art is supposed to be independent from visual references to the world. Malevich said that his Black Square evokes the experience of pure non-objectivity in the white emptiness of a liberated nothing. I’ve showed with my monochrome painting series - colors with text references - that a color can never be independent of meanings. A color is as illustrative as a picture.
A true abstract work can have no color. Furthermore, it can have no shape. Just like colors, any form is a reference to the world. It is from zero, in zero, that the true movement of being begins, Malevich stated.
The possibilities to eliminate the shape is ∞ or 0. The size of my abstract painting is zero. It has neither form nor color. Finally, abstract art has reached its culmination and perfection by me.
MY SALES METHODS
27 October 2017, Pepino
I know nothing about sales methods but sometimes I’m good in the art of selling my art. This week I conducted a successfull three day social selling process with an art collector who came to visit my studio and stayed in our house. It can be hard if you are selling some uninteresting bullshit but easy when both parts have the same passion - my art. It’s gratifying for an egomaniac artist to spend time with his collectors, they are eager to know everything about you and listen to all your anecdotes. I think that for many collectors the essential substance is becoming a part of the artist’s story, the actual sale is just a key to his world and entourage.
We made an excursion to Cáceres and visited one of my favorite art museusm, Museo Vostell Malpartida, and Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear. To our surprise we found in Cáceres an interesting high quality commercial gallery, Kernel, that showcases strictly abstract art. However, the way to a collector’s heart is through his stomach. Good Spanish food and wine are even more important than art theory in my business.
BESTIARUM VOCABULUM OF MICKEY AND PORKY
12 October 2017, Pepino
I’ve been painting Dumbo, Sponge Bob, Pluto and Porky. These anthropomorphic creatures have very little to do with the wild life - they are more like fursuiter humans. However, I’d like to call myself animalier, which refers to an artist, who specializes in the portrayal of animals.
I’m not a fabulist giving moral lessons - what I’m creating is a contemporary turborealist beastiary. Do androids dream of electric sheep? No idea but the humans prefer the simulacrum of Disneyland animal replicas. There’s more technicolor in Mickey Mouse than in the real rats living in waste containers. Porky doesn’t exist in the same dimension with the ham in my sandwich.
Bestiary is a compendium of beasts. Originating in the ancient world, bestiaries were made popular in the Middle Ages in illustrated volumes that described various animals. The books were more about the symbolic language than natural history. Also Leonardo da Vinci made his own bestiarum vocabulum.
Animal painters came lower down in the hierarchy of genres, only still life was less prestigious subject matter. Painting living creatures was more estimable than representing dead things without movement. Dumbo is neither living nor dead, he’s animated, not an animated corpse like a vodou zombie but like a golem created from inanimate matter. Golem, in Jewish folklore, is a mutable metaphor with unlimited symbolism. My paintings are golems - not made of mud and clay but synthetic acrylic and enamel paints - and I'm the rabbi controlling them.
MOBY DICK DADA PSYCHOPOMPS
25 September 2017, Pepino
It is not down in any map; true places never are.
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Operation Anubis is the law enforcement operation against the Catalan independence referendum that is planned for next Sunday. Ancient Egyptian god Anubis was a psychopomp, a deity that escorted souls to the afterlife. The question is that does the Guardia Civil, a military force with police duties, guide Catalonia to the heaven or the hell.
The Spanish government has rented several passenger ships to house thousands of riot control troops. One of the cruise ferries anchored in the port of Barcelona is MS Moby Dada, painted with a colorful livery featuring Looney Toones cartoon characters. I guess the Spanish forces identify themselves with Wile E. Coyote, who repeatedly attempts to catch and subsequently eat Road Runner, but is never successful. At least after the battle they can rest in the casino and the spa of the love boat. I can recommend warmly the sauna. The ship was built in 1980 in Finland and I traveled with her, called then MS Finlandia, to Stockholm when I was six.The ball pit is great too, but I guess it's now filled with multicolor rubber bullets.
Last night several graffiti of hogtied Tweety appeared on the walls around Barcelona. Tweety looks small, cute and powerless domestic canary bird, but in fact he is an aggressive character, who tries anything to foil his foe, even kicking his enemy when he is down.
The love boat has crashed against the everyday.
When I was a kid, I watched the American romantic sitcom Love Boat but maybe it has nothing to do with Moby Dada. Melville's Mody Dick is a more accurate counterpart. The Spanish government is the monomaniacal captain Ahab, obsessed with the whale, who finally drags him to the death.
Dada was a radical anti-capitalist and anti-nationalist avantgarde anti-art movement reacting with nonsense and irrationality to the insane spectacle of the collective homicide of the World War I. We need less nationalist capitalism and more Dada in Catalonia and Spain. True places and real cultures are nothing you can border on a map.
22 September 2017, Pepino
Hornet, pigeon, pterosaur, dragon, Pegasus, Roc, Phoenix, Angels, Laputa, flying saucer, Flying Spaghetti Monster, Cupid's arrow, broomstick, Flying Dutchman, Superman, Powerpuff Girls, Dumbo, Zeppelin, private jet, Red Baron, Laika, paratroopers, Top Gun, gunship, strategic bomber, Scud, Tomahawk, nuclear cruise missile, Mohamed Atta.
I'm painting flying things but I feel like a bird in a cage. I enjoy working at the studio but it's too comfortable. I need more challenge and danger. I need to be valiant like Icarus, though I might burn my wings and brushes.
Maybe I have an Icarus complex, a mania where a person is narcissistic and observed with over-ambition and fantastical imaginary cognition. However, I want to fly higher like artist heroes Leonardo da Vinci and Vladimir Tatlin, who both designed flying machines. I don't need machines but perspective which a great vertical extent offers.