|They Wait For This Day, 48X 28, Gouache, Print|
The content for this piece is right out of the head, based on my memory of the opening scenes of Black Orpheus, 1959, a movie I had seen a year before on my old black and white TV. I didn't realize it was in color until 2008 when I found it on Netflix. Had to dial out the color for old times sake.
I was haunted by this movie. I had recorded the sound on cassette propped up next to the crummy TV speakers. So there I was in front of a piece of drywall trying to think of something to paint about, and I flipped on the tape player to see what I had in there. And this scratchy old crazy stuff with the Latin rhythms, dialogue, and so forth was like stepping into a theater. .
The images of the boat scene where Eurydice arrives in Rio (below) flooded my mind, the paint began to fly uncontrollably, and when the smoke cleared, this painting was sitting there. It was a truly magical experience. The movie version I had seen was in English--including the opening song (A felicidade, by Antônio Carlos Jobim) lyrics. One of the lines includes, "They wait for this day" (Carnaval). I inscribed this into the wet paint along with a signature.
The thing that characterizes Black Orpheus is the constant drone of Samba rhythms in the background, along with the surreal Carnaval events, costumes, masks, dances and story line all going on at once--not to mention the deep psychological undertones throughout. The characters are precious in the entire movie, but especially those three kids in the closing scene making the sun come up with the guitar tune. Black Orpheus is an art feast! It won all the awards, and is particularly significant for its magnificent sound track. Of course as a idiot, I didn't know any of this until recently.
A year later I had a profound religious awakening after reading the entire Gospel of John in one sitting. I looked up at this painting and realized that this was the day the characters in my painting were waiting for. I had always thought of the two foreground characters as Mary and Joseph. And of course there was Mary is looking right at me. The little graphic on the stand to the left references a painting I had done a little before this one that I called Phoenix, pictured below. It all fits somehow if you think about it. After all this stuff is coming out of my head.
In a very odd way this painting and this film have a had strange and significant influence on my art. And Welcome to all my new blog friends from Brazil! I love you all my friends
|Phoenix, Gouache, 20X20, Print|
This is the opening segment including Orpheus song and the arrival scene of Eurydice into the strange world of Rio around carnaval time. You could watch the whole thing on YT. If you have never seen it, it's a very cool flick artistically.
Below is the closing scene. These three are like sugar.