Sunday, June 25, 2017

Uma mera questão de consciência

“…nesta época estranha a inteligência parece estúpida e a estupidez inteligente, e torna-se salutar desconfiar de ambas por questão de prudência….” (Lobo Antunes, MEMÓRIA DE ELEFANTE)



Por vezes vou-me perdendo em palavras desfocadas de coisas que li, reli, investiguei e que colidem demasiadas vezes com a minha existência enquanto ser humano.
 Ao reler livros em pleno século XXI como "1984" de George Orwell, pequenos contos de Júlio Cortazar, "Escuta, Zé Ninguém", de Wilhelm Reich, excertos da magnifica obra "The Invisibles" de Grant Morrison ou "Perramus" de Sasturain com Alberto Breccia ou ainda retendo pequenas imagens de filmes do cineasta português João César Monteiro (que na minha opinião é talvez o melhor realizador mundial de todos os tempos) e que me vão aparecendo nas mãos fico com a sensação que o ser humano deambula demasiado por subterfúgios, nos quais uma simples barata ou centopeia desdenharia entrar.







Página de "Perramus" de Sasturain e Alberto Breccia

Página da fantástica obra "The Invisibles" de Grant Morrison 


João César Monteiro


 Logo lembrei-me de começar este post com um pequeno excerto de um livro memorável para mim a todos os níveis de António Lobo Antunes chamado "Memória de Elefante" e no qual o autor vai narrando episódios da sua vida, num primeiro romance sobre o qual me confidenciou há mais de treze anos pessoalmente nas suas próprias palavras que o mesmo "era um livro cheio de sangue".
 Por vezes vou batalhando na minha mente como um elefante com memória que vai sendo atacado por diversas hienas das quais o mesmo não se consegue livrar mesmo, enquanto vou pensando para mim mesmo se "250.000 euros de um possível divórcio é o suficiente para várias hienas atacarem um pobre elefante numa gritaria sem fim" enquanto uma hiena amedrontada que acredita em estórias/fábulas como o "João Pé de Feijão" vai continuando a calcar inúmeros papéis, sem saber muito bem o que está a fazer com medo que as outras hienas também a devorem num processo contínuo de reciclagem do seu passado e presente.

Um elefante a lutar contra hienas 



 Desde que sou criança que sempre me fez confusão machucar sequer uma aranha ou uma formiga de uma forma intencional, mesmo quando via alguma criança a fazer estes actos condenava-a de uma forma ética e moral.
 Por vezes perdido a escutar as palavras do livro "Escuta, Zé Ninguém" de Reich na minha mente, só me vem à cabeça uma investigação pessoal que fiz e que querem que a mesma seja desacreditada, mesmo por quem deveria me defender, por todos os meios possíveis e imaginários da consciência e condição humana.
 Outras vezes vão-me dizendo que não deveria ter memórias ou até sentimentos enquanto um mero e simples ser vivo que habita este planeta.
 Penso muitas vezes para mim mesmo em frases como "Quem sou?" ou "O que faço?" neste mundo enquanto vou continuando a tentar trabalhar com alma e sentimento e perdendo demasiada energia e até contractos a nível mundial que colocam em causa a minha subsistência enquanto um mero ser vivo.
 Saio para respirar um pouco e sou novamente rodeado por hienas histéricas que tentam me devorar vivo e vou-me sentindo como se estivesse a ser cozinhado enquanto ainda estou vivo.
 Continuo a deambular na mui nobre e invicta cidade do Porto somente com uma ideia/ conceito com a ajuda de artistas internacionais pelo qual vou lutando com poucas forças com a minha família e a minha gatinha Ilvie sempre no meu pensamento.

T-shirt personalizada com um desenho do artista espanhol Javier Olivares baseado no  seu livro "Las meñinas"  escrito por Santiago Garcia 

T-shirt personalizada com um desenho do artista britânico David Lloyd baseado no  seu livro "V for Vendetta"  escrito por Alan Moore 



 Até conseguir concretizar esta mesma ideia, vou reunindo meras palavras em pequenos textos de uma forma artesanal como se de meros origamis se tratassem.
 Lembro-me de quem sou, lembro-me dos ideais da minha família e acima de tudo lembro-me de onde nasci, na mui nobre, sempre leal e invicta cidade do Porto numa casa bem humilde onde comecei a escrever e na qual continuo a escrever páginas nesta vida que todos temos.        

Esperando puder concretizar os meus conceitos quer a nível profissional, quer a nível familiar.

Fantástica caricatura de mim feita pelo incrível artista argentino Carlos Dearmas 


 Manuel Espírito Santo     

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trying to work with international artists in a concept/play in the future


My professional cards and a vintage Radiohead t-shirt 

 Sometimes people do tell me that exhibitions should be held at galleries and I always question them with some inner thoughts that I truly believe in like these ones:
 - Art should be available to every single being in this planet.
 - Even static art should be able to create movement.
 - Art and life most of the times should be like a soccer game and we must know how to play it.
 Other times I'm talking/chatting/communicating with all the kind and generous artists that wanted to pay a tribute to Alberto Breccia and his works (or other exhibitions that I've curated in recent past) while suddenly we're talking about soccer, games, mankind, the nature of human existence or raising questions like this one:
Why, we as human beings are superior to any living being that was born in this same planet as us?
 I love to share also a bit of what I am, who I am and where I am to all of them while they do the same thing to me, because I know that artists are not only gifted with skills, they do know how to observe common people and portray them and they're always real generous.

Mourinho as seen through the eyes of Italian artist Stefano Zattera


 Lots of times I think that I'm only one guy and that several times I communicate with dozens of artists weekly (I've lost track with how many artists I've worked with in the last two years, but I'm sure that were easily more than one 150 truly gifted international artists) and I'm truly happy with all the artists that I've worked in the past, that I'm working in the present and that maybe I'll work in the future.

A Concept

Other times, I'm chatting about some ideas with Argentine artist Mr ED and I do tell him this:
- Ed haven't you noticed that I'm dead?

Ghost in a mirror

Some people know that I love books, great books, with excellent design on them, because I do believe in books and the knowledge that comes with them throughout all world history, but I also know that I must pay attention to my nieces and nephews that are growing and growing, never forgetting my past or my present that will always collide in my future (this happens to every single being in this planet) and that's why sometimes I don't have time at all to communicate properly regarding some ideas that I've concerning Arts or Books.

Me, my niece Lara and my brother César watching a soccer game at Boavista  

Playing hide and seek with my nieces Luzia and Isaurinha

Top models in action - my niece Luzia - Part 1

Top models in action - my niece Isaura - Part 2
My youngest niece Leticia with a wolf in a personalized mug with artwork by Mr Ed  

My niece Isaurinha and Ilvie

Leticia as queen of all streets in Porto


 Other readers of this blogue perhaps have read that I really love my kitty Ilvie also and that I'll always love her.

Ilvie and books,/books and Ilvie 
    .

 I know little in life because I always try to be a simple and an humble guy from a small town in Portugal named Porto.
 Thanks to all the kind and generous international artists with published books all over the world for their support and for their patience while communicating with me in several languages and for their amazing skills in arts.

 Special thanks to Daniel Castro, to Argentine artist Mr Ed for all his help on graphic design (even when I've said to him something like this last year and last month "Hey Ed, it's May, why don't we make a theater play? :)"
 To the awesome daughters and artists that Alberto Breccia raised named Patricia and Cristina and that I deeply treasure in my heart and soul.  

Da mui nobre e invicta cidade do Porto
Manuel Espírito Santo
   

Friday, June 9, 2017

Communication, movement, memories and some personal t-shirts with work by international artists - Porto

Since I was a child I was fascinated by t-shirts with drawing or words. I can't sum how many t-shirts I've bought after concerts, animation, books and art festivals that I went to during my life and that I'll continue to buy.
 I also am a kind of a traveller and in each city that I visited, I've bought a t-shirt there, so I always pictured this as a way of communicating with memories that I've had and the excellent times in my life with other people by carrying a mere t-shirt with a message or an artwork on it as a simple guy.
 I never questioned myself much about this, because normally people bought clothes to be properly dressed and also to have fun.
 So, I started thinking a little bit about these three phrases;
- Is communication necessary in today's society with images and words?
- Can we gather memories with a simple t-shirt that we wear with some artworks and try to communicate with them?
- Can we create movement with something personal and static while delivering a message? 
 Communication is a tricky concept nowadays, either you invest in your image or only words can be only a part of who you're and what your own essence is.  
So, I've lots of t-shirts that I've bought with words or images that were already printed (I'm a bit of a t-shirt freak), but I've thought on printing my own t-shirts with artworks from international artists that were kind enough to give me permission to use some images with their artworks for me to print them in t-shirts for my own personal use.
 It's great that in the world that we live in (where everything's digital), one can carry a simple t-shirt with something personal, because it's a fact that we males or females can't be walking on the streets without them.
 I'm deeply thankful to all international artists whose works I love and that have books being distributed all over the world , who I consider my friends and that gave me permission to use images created by them in simple t-shirts that I've printed and that I'll be printing in the future for my personal use.   
 Here're some images of me as a simple human being in movement carrying works by international artists in the city that I was born and live that's Porto.


Mister Ed that's an Argentine artist and that gave me permission to use four images with his artwork.


My kitty Ilvie by MR ED in Bolhão market at Porto 

Soccer coach Mourinho as seen by Mr ED at Rivoli theater in Porto  



Tribute to Perramus masterpiece by  Alberto Breccia by Mr ED at coffeeshop Miss Pavlova in Porto 

"Today's communication revolution" in Spanish by Mr ED


 Santiago Sequeiros that's a Spanish artist and that gave me permission to use two images with his artwork.


 
Soccer coach Mourinho as seen by Santiago Sequeiros at Santa Catarina's street in Porto  


Valentina sketch study by Santiago Sequeiros at Boémia caffe in Porto

Walter Minus that's a french artist and that gave me permission to use one image with his artwork.


A beautiful woman drawn by Walter Minus at Snipe coffeeshop in Porto

Danijel Zezelj that's a Croatian artist and that gave me permission to use one image with his artwork.


      
 
A beautiful woman dancing by Danijel Zezelj at Avenida dos Aliados in Porto

Ruben Pellejero that's a Spanish artist and gave me permission to use one image with his artwork. 

 
Valentina taking a picture at Corto Maltese's character by Ruben Pellejero at Capitolio in Porto


 These images right now are static, but with the movement of my body, they'll capture a bit of Porto's and world's essence while also posing questions by other people to me such as these examples:

- What pictures are you carrying in your t-shirt?
- What do those characters represent? 
- Where were they inspired?
- Who are the artists that created them?    

I believe that communication, essence and movement are the key to make arts a bigger concept than they already are, due to tourism, global movement, natural disasters and even immigration by people to other countries in order to have a better life. 
  Weight means a lot nowadays in a bag (while travelling to other countries or cities in this world be it by plane, car, train, metro, bus or even walking) and I'm sure that if something like the previous examples that I've gave happens in a common human being's life in this planet, they will want to carry with them what they love most in order to communicate a bit about its belongings, its essence and its value to themselves with less weight.
  Once again in my humble opinion past, present and future will always collide like this mere example with simple t-shirts.

Many thanks to all these awesome international artists whose works appear in this post in personal t-shirts that they gave me permission to use it for my own personal use and to other excellent artists that also gave me permission to print artworks by them in t-shirts for the same purpose and that I still haven't had the time to print them.
Special thanks to my kitty Ilvie while being my muse and my main source of inspiration regarding some of my ideas and that triggered this one with a simple love letter to her at Rotunda da Boavista in Porto and that can be seen at YouTube and at previous posts in this same blogue where past, present and future will always collide in my humble opinion.

Da mui nobre, sempre leal e invicta cidade do Porto.

Manuel Espírito Santo 

   

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Trabajando en la obra de Alberto Breccia y otras cosas

Por veces estoy perdido en una calle piensado en las obras del maestro Alberto Breccia que he leido cuando era niño en revistas españolas, otras veces no se donde estoy (como si el mundo fuera algo demasiado loco para yo lo entender en su totalidad, mientras miro futból y las tácticas que los entrenadores hacen con sus jugadores o pienso en mis proprias memórias y en quien soy yo).

Camiseta con un tributo a la obra maestra Perramus de Breccia por el artista argentino Mr Ed y tarjetas profssionales 


Trabajar en la obra de un maestro como ha sido Alberto Breccia es piensar en todas las cosas al mismo tiempo y por veces no piensar en una dialetica de grito/silencio.


Foto del maestro Alberto Breccia 

  Por veces pienso en palabras como ética, silencio, miedo, literatura. arte. tripas, demonios interiores o memórias que gritan y mucho en las cabezas de los lectores de los libros de este increible artista, pues por veces la verdad, es que un grande génio como ha sido Alberto Breccia, o tenia tiempo para dibujar o escribir también sus próprios guiones mientras intentaba también transmitir sus valores de esta cosa llamada "vida" a sus hijos Enrique, Cristina y Patricia Breccia.
 Esto hace con que el oxigenio que el artista tenia en el bairro Mataderos de Buenos Aires en Argentina se quedara mui pequeño para que se pueda valorar lo que el ha hecho y el testigo que ha dejado en sus hijos y los valores que estos siguen teniendo.
 Entonces solo miro libros que deben valorar el trabajo de Breccia, con buenissimas ediciones, contenidos gráficos y personas que puedan escribir buenos textos sobre este maestro, porque un libro no debe ser una patata en mi opinion, mas si algo magnifico que haga un relato de las obras de este artista total.
 Todo esto en mi miente y mi espiritu hace con que las ideas que yo pueda tener para possibles libros con obras de Alberto Breccia, sean algo belo, con la beleza que Breccia dibujaba nuestros miedos de cuando eramos niños con adaptaciones de historietas de horror y otras y nosotros nos quedabamos no assustados, mas si ilusionados.
Mitos de Cthulhu


El corazon delator de Edgar Alan Poe


Dracula
Poe por Breccia

El Eternauta de Breccia

 

 Alberto Breccia ha sido tripero y uno miraba esta experiencia suya en su vida en sus trabajos, donde el alma hablava con el corazón y despues iba para la miente de este genial artista.
 Yo solo soy un tio de Porto también tripero (porque es como nos llaman acá en Porto).
 Pienso en libros, en buenas ediciones con tributos y homenajes de artistas internacionales para uno de los artistas más grandes que ha nascido en este mundo que por veces parece tan pequeño.
 A ver si se consigue hacer algo digno, con cariño y con tiempo con la obra de Breccia, algo que se pueda mirar en una libraria y alguién pueda
decir algo asi:
- "Que es esto?
- "Será que esto son comics o arte en estado puro?"      

Muchas gracias a los hijos y herederos de Alberto Breccia en el apoyo que me dan, a todos los magnificos artistas internacionales que se ilusionan tanto con la obra de este maestro y siguen creendo en algunas ideas mias y a mi gatita Ilvie que sigue en mi alma y corazón.


Da mui nobre e invicta cidade do Porto               
        
Manuel Espírito Santo