Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Rafael Alvarez Ortega - Fine Arts (& also our weekly homage to Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso)


- we take this moment to contemplate the wonderful body of work by
the superb artist - Rafael Alvarez Ortega

Visit his web site and rejoice in his beautiful work as we do.
Rafael Alvarez Ortega


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We continue our weekly homage to the great Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso
- thus we post the following video
Gato Fedorento - Art Show at Gulbenkian Foundation (Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso exhibit)

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Exposição individual Guida Almeida (& a nossa homenagem semanal a Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso) / Art Show (& our weekly homage to Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso)




up coming Art Show/ Exposição - individual


Câmara Municipal de Lisboa

- Centro de Documentação -
Av. da República 25, Lisboa

14 de Novembro, 2007 inauguração
patente até 27 de Novembro.
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Lisbon City Hall

(Centro de Documentação)
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
- Centro de Documentação -
Av. da República 25
Lisbon / Portugal

Opens - November 14
on display untill Novembre 27.


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We shall begin to weekly pay homage to the great Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso


Procissão Corpus Christi
Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, 1913
óleo sobre madeira
29 × 50,8 cm
Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Um Workshop - inscreva-se. "A realidade versão circense"/ Coming soon - Reality (sign yourself up)

In an age of a confusing of 'Boundary' and 'Definition' we come to an apparent standstill, to a world full of the appropriation of Symbols made by others that we wish to use so as to reflect that which we want others to see us as 'Being'.  Although it is true that mankind has always built 'Invention', found it's artistic/creative inspiration by building on work  made by predecesors, this seems different.
It's true and we know all about the age old custom of composers, for instance, paying tribute to or inspiring each other by incorporating "musical quotation" or "reference" in their work  (Mozart<>Beethoven; Liszt<>Kagel; Peixinho<>Stockhausen;   Machaut's "Messe de Notre-Dame" on a cantus firmus;  Dufay, Ockeghem, desPrez, Palestrina and others on the "L'homme armé" secular song for their masses. Heaven's! Don't even get me started on Bach..   )

No, I'm referring to something else. This new age has wonderous things as all ages do (especially to the eyes of those who are contemporary to them) but just as everything and anything, it is a two-way street - good and preverse. This age of mass (speedy) communication that ironically also brings an increase in  incommunicability is also (by default if you will) an age of free appropiation of anything..
Moreover, even for those whom are accostumed and wish to make sure a source or author of that which is taken be known, is many times overwhelmed
(for a variety of reasons, in a sheer rush of speed and receiving a gargantuan-size amount of information).

In some aspects we seem to have returned to a quasi permanent state of adolecence where one bears the markings of one's "tribe" or teen-age - teenybopper type trend (mask).

All dressed in an attire of labels and gimmicks where the core meaning (if there is one) seems to this author as being rather lightweight (in most instances).

This is a trend in which no one has to risk revealing their own expression (some may think), where the Arts are "smallened" and/or banalized  (Pop Art for example).
 Art &  Architecture are still bringing their Neo-this and Neo-that into our Neo-Liberal world but it is a world that no longer retains the reality that such artistic movement relates to.
From around 2001 or so, something else has declared itself as being "fully grown" or "Post-postmodern" if you will.
It has been co-existing with the late in dying out trend - full of sarcastic cynicism typical of that which we call "Postmodernism" (of the Post-hippie & Post-punk movements); a movement that seems to have dealt that  final blow to 'ideology' and the 'grand-narrative'.

(Bolas, mas o que é que eu sei disto... .. Continuarei amanhã ou apago......... ) 

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coming soon - Discussions on: The Death of Metanarratives; Art and The Neo-Liberal;

- By next November we shall start up various articles regarding art and its
transformations (causing change, or changing, due to socio-economic reasons as well as shifts in the perception of art ...)
- If you should wish to submit your views, please do so.
We will be more than happy to receive your comments, views, or articles.
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Even champions of "individualism" such as Satre in later years professed the notion that it is not an individual or his/her personal freedom that matters but rather that of the collective; or rather that no Man is free unless all of Mankind is.


As the wall came down roughly 20 years ago and money began to freely circulate (just as people), I think the world jumped directly into it's next stage in Capitalism
- Capitalism went global and seems to have become an "Eastern" thing.
- We have thus come to that Neo-liberal world of the skeptical Postmodern Man who's superficial "reading" of reality as he/she poses: ironic, fancy, toying phrases - to vainly show how clever one can be without ever really wanting to address core issues, easily manipulated and/or brainwashed through tools such as those of Corporate media and such. Elections are thus fixed, money easily laundered and money... it knows no boundary nor owner.

How can Mankind be free, or democracy survive in such a world?

"Money" owns, manipulates, molds and takes hold of public decision with incredible ease as Free TRade Agreements and EU Treaties bring false economic growth through cheap slave labour.

Countries lose exports and strengthen imports (economies) of places that employ under slave labour conditions.

Those that Govern have different price tags and seem increasingly incompetent so as to enable this kind of phenomena. They are all "gift wrapped" and "sold" to us all shiny and nice though elections in a make-believe democratic rule.

No wonder Postmodern Man makes but half-witted jest and easy parody.
He/she has no time to think at all
and the will is to keep everyone in a superficial state of civic "numbness" where criminal corporate and/or political behavior not only is unaccountable, but even promoted.
Fines when applied are tiny compared to profits from such conduct and it seems criminal activity is thus rewarded even - by its victims (all of us).

We're force fed the idea that there's going to be a difference between this or that alternating political group.   So called specialists mimick and repeat, as they bombard their schizophrene type "reading" of what they invent to be reality  (some on purpose and others not) or what they're told to repeat
Just turn on any Television set and watch most news casts, hosts or commentators.
If some of what goes on in the world were not so tragic they would be right up there with the best in terms of comedy acts.
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Speaking of the East, China has become a full fledged "Postmodern type nation"
- Despite their obvious atheism they've passed a law prohibiting Re-incarnation.

Link to: CHINESE REINCARNATION LAW

Said law states that one is only permitted to re-incarnate upon attaining the government's explicit authorization to no so.
(I still have a hard time writing this without tears running down my cheeks in laughter, and obviously if one thinks of the reason behind such a ridiculous law all smiles drop and a deep sadness comes over us as one recalls the millions of Tibetan deaths as China still attempts to control "body & soul" - or clean away any opposing forces)
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Ok.

Back to the end of the grand narrative (all the "isms" such as State Communism & Capitalism that insanely hurls forth seems likely to explode/implode soon)


Left / Right ideology makes no sense any more and are irrelevant to this world. They are non operational.
On this very topic I'll leave you with a video clip regarding Postmodern Man
(his whims, his fancies) : a video-clip I enjoy very much.






I think i'm going to enlist in some intense reality classes, I'm probably not seeing straight (no matter how much I enjoy the humour I keep feeling that this is what has been happening in this new - postwall - era)

I've never trusted banks they always want our money (even before we earn it and it's been that way since the 80s.  I also seem to remember that since the 70s when countries such as the States feel a bit short on cash, they just say "what? we need more cash? ok - make some more."
I don't know about you but to me, if you keep making money that doesn't exist, something is bound to happen.  .......but ah, what do I know? )





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Perhaps this is simply a strange dream by an overactive imagination.
Since I'm dreaming I think I'll add a sountrack.  It always helps to have a sound track.

Bronx na Mouraria
a sample of music by colaborating musicians (- a worthwhile listen).  Have a nice day.

Monday, 23 July 2007

link to an overseas friend

Baboon Liberation Army

coming soon - Disscussions on: The Death of Metanarratives; Art and The Neo-liberal;

- soon we shall start up various articles regarding art, and its
transformations (causing change / or changing due to socio-economic reasons, as well as shifts in the perception of art ...)
- if you should wish to submit your views, please do so.
We will be more than happy to recieve your comments, views, or articles.

para fazer cópias dos trabalhos graficos aqui contidos neste blog

- apesar de os trabalhos estarem protegidos por direito de autor, podem fazer os respectivos 'downloads' sem restricção, como podem verificar.


Agradecemos a vossa visita.

if you wish a copy of posted artwork or other works by G. A. or colaborating colleague artists (such as Graça)

- if you like our art work go ahead and download it dear friends, we are happy to comply.
- send us a message with your username if you want any more works.

- be well and take care.

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

all art in this blog protected by copyright / todas as obras aqui estão protegidas por copyright

artwork contained herein are protected by international copyright / trabalhos de artes plásticas citados neste "blog" estão protegidos por "copyright" international. Todos os trabalhos neste blog foram cá colocados pela própria Guida Almeida. All artwork is displayed by courtesy of the artist - Guida Almeida

Sunday, 1 April 2007

Change in Art-show on 14/04/2007 / alteração na exposiçao

Due to overlapping concert schedules, the trio performance "Longetude 0" will be subtituted by the Duo: João Courinha...saxophones, and Carlos Azevedo...piano (equally excellent performance)
- same place/same time.


por motivos alheios à exposição de Graça e Guida Almeida - no lugar de o trio "Longitude 0" será um dueto (excelente na mesma): João Courinha...saxofones, e Carlos Azevedo...piano.
- é à mesma hora e no mesmo local

Friday, 16 March 2007

Simul-Arte & Díptico-GGTP (English version)


"Jorge" (by Guida Almeida) - property of / propriedade de J. VanZeller

Red (by G. Almeida)


(sem título - by Graça)

" Simul-Arte " 
Graça – Painting (performing live, and / or cinematography)
Guida Almeida – Painting (performing live)



"Díptico - GGTP"
Paleka – Drums (in trio – “Longetude 0” with Carlos Azevedo and one more musician)
Carlos Azevedo – Piano

(and / or Visual Arts)
Graça – Painting (performing live, and / or cinematography)

Guida Almeida – Painting (performing live)


(sem título - by Graça)

These two projects have a common goal:
- to stretch the boundaries of the definitions of Music and Art (Fine Art). In an era of “Globalization and “Anti-Globalization”, the members of these projects seek both perspectives; through the merging of Art forms, and concurrently through expressing themselves via their own inevitable ethnological idiosyncrasies. Futhermore, this is done within the musical perimeters of jazz, contemorary, "world music", and visual abstraction for the most part.
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Guida Almeida (colour treated photo)

Simul-Arte and Díptico – GGTP are projects born from the joining of two artistic modes of expression
Music & Fine Arts (in this case painting).


Their origins are based on:
– Performances where live painting and music converge, and share the
same stage. (i.e. ‘Cruzumana’ – w/ Guida Almeida)

– And musical performances for Painting Exhibits by Graça
(i.e. Paleka, and Carlos Azevedo)

Composition Y10 (by G. Almeida)

For the same reason that in some parts of the world, the definition for “ Music ” encompasses simultaneously Dance and Music,
- these people propose to search for another rendition for the term, one comprised of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) and Music.
- to find an object's SMI "simultaneous multiple interpretation" 


(sem título - by Graça)
In truth, the inspiration for performing simultaneously within both realms, among other reasons, comes from several years of rehearsals and respective performances in which musical ideas, for one reason or another were expressed pictorially (ex. “Gog” – w/ G. Almeida and others).
- These were cases in which standard notation was insufficient in order to covey musical concepts. This became evident in previous musical projects involving Guida Almeida. These projects (such as the previously mentioned “Gog”), difficult to define musically (being a single or mixed compost of: Jazz – Fusion – Acid etc. / and Contemporary Music – Serial – Minimalist – etc.) for the most part involved among others – Paleka, a versatile and talented drummer, along with other musicians.
The other mentioned musician - Carlos Azevedo - is a talented artist and thus has freedom to move within the project as a plastic artist an as a musician.


(sem título - by Graça)


Graça is an experienced and thrilling painter, having worked for the film industry (European) for approximately 30 years. For her, Visual Arts are not in the least bit limitted to painting or sculpture. She has also on occasion painted live, along side Guida Almeida (Art Centre – Estoril, Portugal). Some of the musicians in these projects (Carlos Azevedo, Paleka) have frequently performed at her Art Exhibits. Her work, along with that of Guida Almeida (Costa) can be found in numerous public and private collections.

(Guitar/Cello study II - Guida Almeida)
All of the mentioned members (Carlos Azevedo, Paleka, Graça and Guida Almeida) have a strong sense of alliance to one another. Hence as they perform, they act as accomplice to each and all as they work together in a tightly knit fashion.

Musically, most of them come from a rich background in Jazz and/or Contemporary Music, two being prime examples for contemporary jazz from a small and ancient European nation, Portugal.

(sem título - by Graça)
Thus the terms: “Simul-Arte”, for simultaneous art movement
and “Díptico – Grupo Geral de Trabalho e Pesquisa” (which roughly translates to “ Diptych – Comprehensive Group for Work and Research ” ), for the twofold - artistic endeavours.
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Painters Graça and Guida Almeida are the performing visual artists for both projects; whereas  Carlos Azevedo or Paleka are responsible for music in “Díptico-GGTP”.
* Carlos Azevedo may also be involved as a Plastic Artist.


Thursday, 15 March 2007

Favourites (Favoritos)

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- click your mouse on the "Technorati" link, below the picture, and make this page one of your favourites

"Still Life 01" (by Guida Almeida)


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Paleka Drums, Margarida e volta ...

- (uma breve descrição dos espaços "Paleka Drums", e Margarida e volta".)
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Duo (by Guida Almeida)

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Wednesday, 14 March 2007

projectos: Simularte, Díptico (português)


sem título (por / by Graça)



Cuitar/Cello Study III (por / by Guida Almeida)

Simul-Arte


duo ou trio
 Guida Almeida – Pintora (pintura ao vivo) Graça – Pintora (pintura ao vivo e / ou cinematografia) com Carlos Azevedo 


Este é um projecto novo inspirado no espectáculo a solo musical de Carlos Azevedo, e na pintura executada ao vivo integrada nesse concerto musical (G.Almeida).
Este grupo tem como objectivo ampliar o conceito de música ()ao apresentar-se em duo ou em trio intitulando-se
– Simul-Arte –

- Dentro deste tipo de trabalho existem tambem os conjuntos – Díptico GGTP – que têm sevido de uma maneira ou de outra como fonte de pesquisa às artistas Graça e Guida Almeida.
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Naríz (por / by Guida Almeida)

Díptico-GGTP (Grupo Geral de Trabalho e Pesquisa)
Du - O (“Díptico” – em dueto)

Carlos Azevedo – piano
Guida Almeida – pintura

Discritivo de espetáculo

Carlos Azevedo – piano (música criada / recriada por ele em diálogo com a gestualidade
da pintura feita em simultâneo)
Guida Almeida – pintura (execução ao vivo – inspirada na sua pesquisa de códigos visuais para a música
e na intervenção musical da outra componente deste dueto Carlos Azvedo)
- para uma possível representação pictórica do som como entidade espácial, para além da sua dimensão
temporal (trabalho resultante como forma de homenagem a Jorge Peixinho*)

* - compositor (antigo professor de ambos G. Almeida e C. Azevedo)


"Still Life" (por / by Guida Almeida)
Tri - O (“Díptico” – em trio) Carlos Azevedo – piano Graça – pintura (com ou sem projecções * ver descritivo) Guida Almeida – pintura (alguma intervenção musical esporádica, conforme C. Azevedo achar apropriado)
Discritivo de espetáculo

Carlos Azevedo – piano (música criada / recriada por ele em diálogo com a gestualidade
da pintura feita em simultâneo)
Graça – pintura (execução ao vivo – inspirada no músico e na outra pintora como objectos temáticos para a sua obra – enquanto actuam os três em conjunto)
– e / ou Artes cinematográficas (projecção / projecções)
Guida Almeida – pintura (execução ao vivo – inspirada na sua pesquisa de códigos visuais para a música e na intervenção musical / plástica das outras duas componente deste trio:
Carlos Azevedo e Graça)
- para uma possível representação pictórica do som como entidade espácial, para além da sua dimensão
temporal (trabalho resultante como forma de homenagem a Jorge Peixinho*)

* compositor (antigo professor de ambos C. Azevedo e G. Almeida)


Violoncelista (por / by Guida Almeida)
Quartet - O ( “Díptico” – ensemble ) Blueprint (trio sob orientação de Paleka – baterista) – música Guida Almeida – pintura ( ou Graça * )
Discritivo de espetáculo
Blueprint (trio sob orientação de Paleka – baterista) – música
Guida Almeida – pintura (execução ao vivo inspirada na sua pesquisa de códigos visuais para a
música e na intervenção musical das outras componentes do quarteto, podendo ela própria
recorrer esporádicamente à intervenção músical
( ou Graça * )

Um palco ocupado pelos quatro intervenientes em que a pintura é inserida como mais um dos músicos a “ tocar ”…
* caso seja esta a artista a intervir (no lugar de Guida Almeida) a pintura será baseada no espaço envovente:
músicos, instrumentos, etc. (poderá recorrer a uma intervenção cinematográfica para o quarteto com
G. Almeida ou ela própria independent de quem for a quarta componente deste quarteto)

(motivada pelo estilo de repertório tocado, sob a referida orientação do baterista, e devido aos laços deste para com o seu mentor, a obra pintada resultante ficará como homenagem à memória de Luis Villas-Boas)
Blue meninos (por / by Guida Almeida)

Quintet - O ( “Díptico” – em ensemble ) Blueprint (trio sob orientação de Paleka – baterista) – música Guida Almeida – pintura Graça – pintura
Discritivo de espetáculo:

Blueprint (trio sob orientação de Paleka – baterista) – música
Guida Almeida – pintura (esporádicamente com algumas intervenções musicais)
Graça – pintura / com ou sem Artes cinematográficas (projecção / projecções)

- um palco ocupado pelos cinco intervenientes em que uma pintora é inserida como mais um dos músicos a “ tocar ”, e a outra inspirando-se na actividade física (corporal) do evento.

(motivada pelo estilo de repertório tocado, sob a referida orientação do baterista, e devido aos laços deste para com o seu mentor, a obra pintada resultante ficará como homenagem à memória de Luis Villas-Boas)

sem título (por / by Graça)
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Graça tem dedidado mais de 25 anos da sua vida ao cinema, e tem uma maturidade como artista plástico inegável. Ela tem tido o apoio destes músicos a actuar nas suas exposições e tambem tem pintado ao vivo com Guida Almeida (Arte Centre).
Guida Almeida tem um passado a actuar com estes músicos e eles são frequentemente fonte da sua inspiração plástica (inclusivamente tendo ela recorrido à intervenção plástica durante ensaios para efeitos de pesquisa, e por veses em concerto – ex. “Cruzumana”).
 Há uma forte relação de cumplicidade entre os todos (tal como o há com os restantes músicos mencionados no projecto Díptico-GGTP).

sem título (por / by Graça)
Do mesmo modo como haverá locais em que a música e a dança são uma só arte e não duas separadamente, este ensemble – Simul-Arte – , tal como os do Grupo Geral de Trabalho e Pesquisa – “ Díptico”, tem como base a junção das artes visuais e a música – (teremos muito gosto em dar mais detalhes sobre este processo).
naufrago (por / by Guida Almeida)
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Entre outras coisas este projecto pretende o alargarmento do conceito (ou uma possível alteração no conceito)
de Música. Poder-se-á dizer o mesmo em relação a Arte (Artes Plásticas), conforme a
perspectiva Músico / Artista Plástico.

Para reforço deste objectivo recorremos em certas ocasiões, consuante o espaço, à arte cinematográfica (projecção). Embora, como verá na descrição de actuações que enviamos junto a esta carta, esta última não seja uma componente obrigratória na nossa intervenção, ela não deixa de ser um factor a ter em conta,
e por vezes relevante, para uma maior envolvência da parte do espectador.
banhista (por / by Guida Almeida)

Esta tentativa de alargamento de conceitos ( Música / Arte ) da nossa parte é através de uma contínua pesquisa para uma visualização da música (ou busca de um dos seus possíveis códigos visuais, para além da simples escrita), e vice-versa.

Este projecto tenta ter em conta a componente cultural (identificação sócio-cultural) dos artistas intervenientes independentemente destes serem músicos ou artistas plásticos.

Esta nossa actividade entre outras coisas tambem é, conforme os intervenientes, a nossa forma de exprimir o impacto que tiveram alguns vultos do nosso meio musical (citados na – “ Descrição de Espectáculo” dos eventos por nós sugeridos) – são pessoas que marcaram profundamente a vida de alguns dos intervenientes dos agrupamentos: Simul-Arte e Díptico GGTP.
Mafarricas (por / by Guida Almeida)

Saturday, 10 March 2007

fotos de trabalhos (artwork photos) - ab ovo III, Guitar/Cello Study III (by Guida Almeida)



ab ovo III / o Pecado (by Guida Almeida)
property of : propriedade de J. Cabral






































Guitar/Cello Study III by Guida Almeida

Art Show / Exposição (Graça & Guida no Estoril) convite



Art Show / Exposição (Graça & Guida no Estoril)


a inaugurar 14 / 04 / 2007 às 18 horas - Vinde! (Galeria de Arte - Junta de F reguesia do Estoril)


com música (Jazz) ao vivo:
Carlos Azevedo - piano
Paulo Neves - contrabaixo
Paleka - bateria

e com um monólogo dramático:
Frederico Pessanha

fotos de trabalhos(artwork photos) - Gémeos, Trio (by Guida Almeida)








Gémeos
by Guida Almeida Menção Honrosa -
XIII Galeria Aberta 2003

Honourable Mention



Trioproperty of / propriedade de
António Castanho