"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method". Herman Melville

"I know nothing but miracles." Walt Whitman

domingo, 9 de dezembro de 2012

sábado, 24 de novembro de 2012

Edible Wild Mushrooms

A couple of days ago I went to pick mushrooms in the forests. Click photos to enlarge and smell the mushrooms. Enjoy. Lactarius deliciosus
Sarcodon imbricatus
Tricholoma portentosum
Tricholoma equestre
Forest fashion shoe:
Nice unidentified mushrooms:

quarta-feira, 7 de novembro de 2012

Re-member who you are

I took part in this photo, at the Boom festival 2012. I´m with a yellow t-shirt forming the O in "YOU". The photographer was up on a crane and the organizares were in a hurry to use the last sunlight. Notice the long shadows.

terça-feira, 30 de outubro de 2012

Jim Avignon poster book

Last Sept. 17 I was watching a program called "Talking Germany" on DW-TV, showing an interview with german street artist Jim Avignon. Towards the end of the program, the reporter said he would give a poster book by Jim Avignon (with a drawing he made in the first page, during the program) to raffle among the viewers, who contacted the program. I sent an email and some weeks latter I was contacted back: I had won the it! Some photos of the first pages (total of 40 pages):

segunda-feira, 22 de outubro de 2012

Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith

(or in latin: Elizabeth II, Dei Gratia Britanniarum Regnorumque Suorum Ceterorum Regina, Consortionis Populorum Princeps, Fidei Defensor) My friend Paul Bakker (see link on the left) made this portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, using bottle caps he colects when he´s out walking the dogs. Under any circumstances, a Queen is a Queen is a Queen.

sábado, 13 de outubro de 2012

Much better than Damien Hirst

In Caldas da Rainha I had the previlege of visiting the workplace of a ceramist specialized in the typical Caldas pottery. On the dusty shelves there was this amazing display of popular potery. Side by side you had Jesus Christ, Buddhas, soldiers, bulls, phallus, angels, football players, dunks, Chuck Norris, swallows, cups, saints, couples, plates, etc. This reminded me of a famous work from 2008 by british artist Damien Hirst apptly called "Nothingness" which consists of a medical cabinet containing pharmaceutical packaging, similar to those you can see in any pharmacy. But the shelves in this ceramist`s atelier/shop are infinetly more interesting, more aesteticaly stimulating than Hirst´s cabinet. By the way, Damien Hirst´skull covered in diamonds is perhaps the epitome of western art. That´s where the history of Western Art comes to rest.

Art in Caldas da Rainha (also known as Prickville)

I was in this artshow at Caldas, a quiet nice town in Portugal known for it´s ceramics, specially the ceramic pricks of all sizes. I even saw pastry in the shape of boobs and pricks in the window of some bakery shops. See photos:
The huge exhibition hall:
Assorted cakes displayed on a pastry window:
Wine containers:

terça-feira, 9 de outubro de 2012

My latest painting

Alexandra Leaving

I had the pleasure of hearing Sharon Robinson sing this same song in Lisbon last Sunday, 7. Suddenly the night has grown colder. The god of love preparing to depart. Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder, They slip between the sentries of the heart. Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure, They gain the light, they formlessly entwine And radiant beyond your widest measure They fall among the voices and the wine. It's not a trick, your senses all deceiving, A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost. Even though she sleeps upon your satin Even though she wakes you with a kiss. Do not say the moment was imagined Do not stoop to strategies like this. As someone long prepared for this to happen, Go firmly to the window. Drink it in. Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing. Your firm commitments tangible again. And you who had the honor of her evening, And by the honor had your own restored Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving Alexandra leaving with her lord. Even though she sleeps upon your satin Even though she wakes you with a kiss. Do not say the moment was imagined Do not stoop to strategies like this. As someone long prepared for the occasion In full command of every plan you wrecked Do not choose a coward's explanation that hides behind the cause and the effect. And you who were bewildered by a meaning Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost. Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

domingo, 30 de setembro de 2012

Leonard Cohen in Mt. Baldy zen center

This is from Arte tv, a french-german pbs. I once knew a woman who was at the Mt. Baldy when Leonard Cohen was there. Next October, 7, I´ll go see a concert by LC in Lisbon.

Hegel and pret-à-porter

In page nine of the Spt. 10 issue of The New Yorker there´s this whole page ad to a clothes company that I had never heard of before, Brunello Cucinelli. At first glance the photo looks like it has been made in China´s great wall, but on closer look it reveals a small medieval village on top of a hill (Civita di Bagnoregio). But the most striking is the caption on top of the page:"The State is the actuality of the ethical idea". This sounded familiar, I knew it was from some german philosopher, (...it´s by Hegel) and I happen to know it in portuguese :"O Estado é a encarnação da ideia moral". I´m not a specialist in Philosophy, I probably I read it before in some article about the economic crises, welfare state, liberal economy, deregulation, that kind of stuff, and it stuck in my mind. Now, what is this quote doing in an ad to clothes, is beyond me. I don´t see any relation. Did the marketing guys just open a book of philosophical quotes and choose the first they saw?
There isn´t any reference to Hegel in the ad...

quinta-feira, 13 de setembro de 2012

More photos from Boom 2012

The entrance:
The general aesthetics of Boom is a mix of Pipi Longstoking backyard and Mad Max, without the violence, of course.
The huge parkings reminded me of those Hollywood biblical films, but now with cars.
A toilet with a view:
I will come back in 2014. I wish Boom was a permanent place...