27 February 2012, Cervera de los Montes
The other day, Luis was in my studio chatting with me while I was drawing a gnome on the paper of Catalonia Oro Negro Hotel (Tenerife). I was dripping, fouling and scratching he drawing and he was asking the meaning of every action.The constant question was - what does that say?
Luis is my neighbor and an amateur painter. But not one of those who paint landscape bullshit. He doesn't know the art history or the theory but he believes that the art is a weapon. His technical skills are still rather low but I think I've never seen any dilettante painter doing such an interesting work - they really don't look like outsider art (they look more like my stuff!).
Luis is against all the decoration in my works. He thinks that the message is the only content and should be as direct as possible. His comments remind me that I'm just an old-fashioned modernist creating beautiful commodities.
Luis is one of the two persons visiting my studio regularly - the other is my wife who thinks that my works are nowadays too illustrative. She thinks I should make more subtle, more beautiful and more complex things.