31 January 2018, Pepino
Spinoza wrote about the post-coital tristesse that as far as sensual pleasure is concerned, the mind is so caught up in it, as if at peace in a good, that it is quite prevented from thinking of anything else. But after the enjoyment of sensual pleasure is past, the greatest sadness follows. If this does not completely engross, still it thoroughly confuses and dulls the mind.
Painting three big works lickety-split in less than three weeks has been as intense as having a Viagra boosted orgy. Making these color splash abstractions is physical work and splattering paint is like ejaculating. Now I feel empty.
We transport the works to Galería Kernel, Cáceres, just the day before the opening to have them as dry as possible. I have a week left without any plans. Should I begin something new or just to watch the enamel paint dry?
THE VORTEX OF REALISM
19 January 2018, Pepino
Dora, a university student of history of art, is writing an essay about my work. She interviewed me on Skype and asked what Turborealism means.
Realism is simple, it's representation of reality as it is. No dreams, no fantasy, no utopia.
For the word turbo I needed a dictionary. In Latin, it means tornado, whirlwind, violent windstorm. A chaotic vortex. In Spanish, turbo is the first person singular of the verb turbar, which means to confuse or to disturb. Same in Italian but the meaning of turbare can be also to trouble.
Turborealism is depicting the violent and troubled reality of the world where we live as it is in a disturbing manner.
12 January 2018, Pepino
Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway!
The central Spain - where I live - has a horrible climate. The summers are scorching and the winters freezing. My house is comfortably heated and during the coldest months I work at home drawing small works. I have to abandon the badly isolated studio in November and go back to painting large scale works in March. During summers I paint in trunks but I don't whine for the heat.
As a rule, I'm good in planning my work schedules but this week Julián phoned and asked to make my show at Galería Kernel, Cáceres, earlier. I like challenges and gave green light to the change, the opening is in four weeks, the ninth of February. Now I need three new big works.
I'm excited about the exhibition but I have to paint Capitalist Color Theory with four layers of clothes and a knit cap. The worst thing are the numbing fingers because I can't use brushes with gloves. The positive thing is that Kernel´s program consists of abstract art - it will be the first time that my stuff is presented in that kind of context - and I'm doing splotch paintings. Gestural abstraction is not easier than figurative but at least it doesn't require detailed work in difficult positions for hours. I drip paint and then watch carefully when it dries.
If Picasso painted Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in an ice-cold studio in Montmartre, why can't I paint master pieces in January in Cervera de los Montes?
03 January 2018, Pepino
Trollism is a contemporary art movement.
Trollist artist is a troublemaker who sows discord in the society by starting quarrels or upsetting people. He paints inflammatory, extraneous, and intrusive pictures with the intent of provoking viewers into an emotional reaction or otherwise disrupting the dominant discourse and the conformist life. The final goal of trollism is to destroy the world as the bourgeois know it.