#music, «A Song for a Saturday Night»

(The Sweet – Photo The Guardian)

«Ballroom Blitz» has been covered by many others and used in numerous films et cetera. I think it kicks arse and I like it, although you may not… It was written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.

Released in 1973 by the British «glam rock» group The Sweet. The song deals with an incident they experienced in a concert in Scotland where they were driven off the stage by a bottling.

Hope you enjoyed it.


Black n White: The Colours of FBC/Bodo Vespaciano

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All art starts with a black line…

When I think of black and white as colors alone I go back to my 20s. Living in NYC and with my best friend Sim dressing up to be cool New Yorkers. …

Black n White


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Y mes falles! Amunt València!

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#art, «Abstract Art» in the Words of Two Great Masters

(«The Traveller» original acrylic on glass by FBC/Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia/All Rights Reserved)

Wassily Kandinsky, even though we now know that he was not the inventor of abstract art, we do understand that he was one of the first, together with Piet Mondrian, to theorise about this art form. Abstract art was one of the art vanguards of the XXth Century. It was, or is, I would say, the most successful one.

In any event here is what Kandinsky had to say:

«Colour is a power which directly influences the soul.»

«The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.«

«Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated.«

I think this last quote is a very interesting and important one for artists, and generally for lovers of art. Art is and has to be a child of its age. All art is at one time contemporary and it must reflect the reality of that age, the thinking and the styles common to that age. After all this the age wherein the artist lives, and where he understands better the feelings, emotions and the events that transpire and make history. Copying from another age might lead to technical perfection but without soul. The soul, the true spirit of art which renders it eternal comes from it being a child of its age, as Kandinsky so well said.

Of course there have been many other artists in art history who have theorised about art, abstract art as well. Let us see what Mark Rothko had to say:

«We assert that the subject is crucial and only that subject matter is valid which is tragic and timeless.»

«Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and stillness.«

«I insist upon the equal existence of the world engendered in the mind and the world engendered by God outside of it. If I have faltered in the use of familiar objects, it is because I refuse to mutilate their appearance for the sake of an action which they are too old to serve, or for which perhaps they had never been intended. I quarrel with surrealists and abstract art only as one quarrels with his father and mother; recognizing the inevitability and function of my roots, but insistent upon my dissent; I, being both they and an integral completely independent of them

In this last quote Rothko, a very spiritual artist indeed, speaks of surrealism and abstract art as being the «father and mother» of his work. Rothko traversed many types of art until he finally settled upon abstract. In his abstract art, huge canvases of colour, only colour, he placed all his philosophy, intention, theories and spirituality. And they are good. And as he himself said, «There is no such thing as a good painting about nothing.»

I am not an abstract artist, however, I do study the style, the genre and I find it to be very difficult indeed. Abstract art is not splashing paint on canvas, or anything else and then calling it a painting. Mark Rothko also enumerated, in 1958, what is necessary in a painting:

«There must be a clear preoccupation with death—intimations of mortality … Tragic art, romantic art, etc., deals with the knowledge of death.
Sensuality. Our basis of being concrete about the world. It is a lustful relationship with things that exist.
Tension. Either conflict or curbed desire.
Irony, This is a modern ingredient—the self-effacement and examination by which a man for an instant can go on to something else.
Wit and play … for the human element.
The ephemeral and chance … for the human element.
Hope. 10% to make the tragic concept more endurable.
I measure these ingredients very carefully when I paint a picture. It is always the form that follows these elements and the picture results from the proportions of these elements.

(From the book/catalogue Achim Borchardt-Hume «Rothko» exhibition at the London: Tate Gallery, 2008)

To create an abstract painting one must face the same problems as one would in painting a figurative one. There are issues of technique, form, style, composition, colour, size, et cetera et cetera et cetera… Art is not intuitive. It is a philosophical process that must be developed, cooked over a slow fire and allowed to simmer, then cool before spreading it on a surface.



València’s Big Feast: Les Falles!

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This is the big event of the year. Les Falles begin on the 1st of March and end on the night of the feast day of St. Joseph, the 19th of March. During those days there are street parties, and most importantly the “falles” are placed all over the city, more than 400 of them! And on St. Joseph’s night they will all burn!

“Falles” comes from “fax”, the Latin word for torches. And like the torches that carpenters used to light in honour of their patron Saint, Saint Joseph, the fallas will be lit. All year long carpenters and artists worked on creating these authentic works of art…

It’s fun, loud and beautiful. Take a look…

València se prepara para Les Falles!

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¡Desde ahora hasta el día de Sant Josep, el día de los padres, en València hay fiesta!

Omnia Caelum Studios València Presenta:


Una vuelta por el barrio ya en época de Les Falles

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Bueno ya estamos en Fallas (Les Falles), como podréis ver y toda la Comunitat Valenciana está de fiesta. Ya muchísimas calles las han convertido en via andantes y los falleros están haciendo paellas en las esquinas, comiendo churros, buñuelos y porras y bebiendo gin tonics, cerveza y vino. Los ninots ya casi están construidos en los chaflanes de mi barrio y este año la celebración va viento en popa.

Para aquellos de vosotros que no sois valencianos, os diré que Las Fallas (Les Falles) es nuestra fiesta mas grande del año. Comienza con la crida, el ultimo domingo de febrero, seguido por una mascleta a las 14 horas en la plaza del ayuntamiento el 1 de marzo y termina con la cremá (cuando arden las fallas) la noche de Sant Josep, el 19 de marzo.

Estas festes de Sant Josep son en honor al patron santo de los carpinteros, y esos son los que se pasan el año currando para crear las fallas que se quemaran en la noche del 19 de marzo. Se llaman fallas porque esa palabra deriva de fax, del latín y significa antorchas. Puede que las primeras Fallas hayan sido en 1774, pero no fue hasta el 1848 cuando hubieron publicaciones continuadas de las mismas. En 2020 no hubieron Fallas por la pandemia de COVID-19.

Así arden las Fallas de València…

(Foto Visit Valencia)

Y estas son nuestras Falleras…

(Foto Ajuntament de Torrent – Protocolo.org)

Felices Fallas…