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They say that art is more than one expression. The way you see it; it has to do with the way you are and the way you want to see it, that is when you are the expectator. When you are the artist, well that is another story, time to find out…..
The other day I got my first invitation in ages to go and see what was cooking in the Pop Art World at Hotel Oasis here in Cancun. The name of the Artist: Raul Urbina.
What I am going to tell you is all my own particular point of view, my way to see his work. I know that is not the way to do it, but I am not like the others; I like and enjoy to break certain rules. After all I am a writer. Besides I have high hopes that he, the artist, would like the article and give me an actual interview for my Sunday Girl’s Column. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Pop art is not like any other art; at least according to the master of Pop Art, Lichtenstein, he says that “Pop art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.” To that I have to add that Pop art has its own kind of freedom and breaks the rules. That is why it is one of the biggest art movements in history with such an impact on culture.
Even though there was not a large number of paintings; there were a lot of things to see in his art. I have always noticed that artists according to their mood, the time that they put into their art or perhaps even the preasure that they are in (if they are) matters in the result of the work. This time around, Raul Urbina’s art work was no different from this point of view that I just mentioned above.
Me as a writer I feel the need to write, to say something. It takes me after that a little while to have an idea of what I want to write and there it is; so I write. While doing it; I sometimes think of you my dear readers, but other times I just don’t; I just want to let out what is making noise inside my head. I guess it could happen also in the art world.
What I saw in this particular exhibit was something that I liked. It invited me to be brave and go after something that at the moment of walking around the gallery I didn’t know what it was. It invited me to start a conversation, to look beyond the painting, to have questions like: Why decide to paint mostly dead people?
Are you sure you know Kurt Cobain?
Do you believe geometric tells a story in the paintings? Are Pop Art and cubism intimate related? Why that painting is call LoveHateTragedy? Where are those aspects in the painting? Is the answer in the books?
Do you go beyond the picture when you paint?
Why paint that little drawing inside the painting of Amy Winehouse?
Can you imagine an artist being asked these questions? Well, of course not, the majority of the journalists will never dared to ask all of these, first because that is not what they are looking for and I do not think their bosses would like it. I cannot imagine a journalist asking: “Why the majority of the tittles of the paintings are in English? Is it because is Cancun? or Are you a believer? (meaning do you believe in God?)” like I cannot see either someone asking the following:
- If you could change your name; would you do it?
- What is your favorite season?
- If you were an icecream; what kind of flavor would you be?
- What is your favorite word?
- If you could only paint in three colors; what colors would those be?
- If you could have anypower out there; what would you pick?
- What is the hardest thing of being a paintor?
- What is the easiest thing of being a paintor?
- Do you have a favorite day to paint?
- Order or Chaos?
- Are you able to create something when is rainning?
Yeah! I cannot imagine an artist being asked those questions; just like I couldn’t imagine any artist out there saying that he didn’t put a 100 % of itself in the work, in the creation of each painting. Until now, I’ve never thought or imagine until Raul Urbina, our artist in question, told me.
To that I say: A big fat WOW!!!!! If that is not 100 %; just imagine when he does it; just amazing or What is bigger than amazing?
In conclusion I liked what I saw and I would like to create a story for some particular paintings from the exhibit or create a new topic for Sunday Girl around the questions that I would have asked him?