Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mario Esteves


Gentle heat, hammerite on canvas 2012

"I create an art that is arresting, yet familiar, like a memento you find tucked away in between the thoughts of a romance. In an effort to harmonize my media with my message, I construct work out of the romantic encounters; poems the little things that slip away into memory and sometimes become forgotten. This voyeuristic impulse has inspired me to create drawings, paintings and prints incorporating the poetry that I find so enchanting."

"Arresting, yet familiar" were almost my first party formed thoughts when I first encountered Mario Esteves' work. They bring to mind all kinds of things I couldn't describe if I tried. I'm not going to try. Because today I feel like these paintings. The details are not important. Not even the most general outline, is important. All that matters are my abstract thoughts. Sometimes they are very abstract.

White Light Black Rain

 "As a trick of metaphor, it is the blackness which evokes the meaning, not the drawings. The Charcoal expression is one signifier replacing another signifier. The landscape is not a representational depiction of a natural subject but to reveal its meaning through its splitting from its signified subject. Black paintings is not painting mimicking landscapes, but the similarities between this subject. These images not only give us disordered and impermanent experiences, it also offers different profiles of the image making. These images produced are the metonymy of destruction. That's why I was always obsessed by painting ruins, houses and darkness in general."

Read more  of his statement here.

Cloud storm. Emulsion and oils on board, 100x100 aprox, 2012

In truth his work is not particularly groundbreaking. However, it does take magic to make a grey canvas (board) appealing to me. Even though it doesn't resemble anything in the least, it succeeds in suggesting something, which is presumably what he means by "things that slip away into memory".

Morning breeze, emulsion on board. 2012 Mario Esteves


Normally I'm not a fan of this sort of thing. It's hard to say what's "special" about these but part of the appeal is exactly in that. I can relate to him as an artist, especially his love of ruins and everything they stand for (more about ruins later). There is more on his website.


Mario Esteves-“frozen lake”, hamerite and emulsion on canvas. 180x100 cm 2012

"About You" by XXYYXX is one of my favorites. I have listened to to thousands of times. I wish it was longer. I wish it lasted forever. A search for they lyrics ended fruitlessly. To be honest, I don't care what she's saying. Whatever it is its like the thing in Mario Esteves' paintings. Supposedly it's this (source):

                                                        In the sea of night where my soul is real



Broken visions let the darkness heal




And the dream of life will surely reside




I can hear your heart, I can touch your skin




Feel the whole world breathing from within




I can live it here forever inside


Even though these lyrics seem not to fit whatsoever with the song, I like them. Enjoy:


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