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JAZZ MEANS FREEDOM

Many people ask me why I have chosen to base my current series on the sounds of Jazz.

There are many reasons. On the one hand, I simply love that sound. It can be simple or complex, uplifting or romantic, funky or full of swing, cool or pacific, but it always manages to delve somewhere deep and lift me up to places I didn’t know before.

Another reason is that Jazz for me is simply another way of saying freedom.  In jazz the score is just the excuse to show each musician’s luster and skills, as well as their love for sound that is rich, expressive and unique. Since its birth, this musical manifestation has been a part of all movements that wanted to articulate people’s liberty to express themselves.

And that is want I want to do on a canvas. I want to free myself to utter what is happening to me with the score, to allow me to be deceptively wild, to look for unorthodox ways of making you feel something different, and yet to allow you also the independence to see what I see in your own way, and in your own time and leisure.

There are many stories about the importance of Jazz in the fight for freedom. Not only musical but also as an expression of liberty of thought.

One of those well known stories involves the Benny Goodman Band and their first trip to the USSR in the 1950’s. Firstly, Mr. Goodman was incredibly surprised by the huge crowds which followed him in spite of one of the toughest environments for personal freedom in the second half of the XX Century.

Here was an American icon and his sound, allowed to play in Russia just as an excuse to show openness to the outside world, and at the same time people were not being allowed to listen to his kind of “foreign capitalist corrupt music”.

His second surprise was the fact that people came to him and kept telling him how they loved his work in terms of “we love CL7943 or CL8726”.

Goodman didn’t know what they were talking about. Until someone explained to him that because his works were prohibited by the government, people referred to them by their recording label number, as a way to avoid censorship and prohibition.

He thus found that, incredibly,  there were very few people as knowledgeable of all Jazz music as the Russian fans.

That in a small way was both a declaration of another triumph of the people to free themselves from an overbearing government, but also it was another triumph for Jazz music, a sound which after WWII became the music of freedom.

I don’t know if I can say that my art will one day represent as much, but I know that my aim is to make it a clear expression of the lack of restrictions I feel as I put my art across, of ideas reworked into shapes and colors without boundaries, of joy and pain and thought all intertwined into vivid and abstract melodies.

I don’t always manage to do it, but rest assured that with my Visual Jazz I am always looking for new ways to convey that improvised musicality, that different sound that strikes as offbeat first, but which with time simply becomes… just so cool.

 

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ART SALE 2012

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The concept of affordable art has been around for a while. In Argentina there are a couple of main exhibitions dedicated to the idea of bringing a new fresh public into the world of art and getting them to see the beauty, the enjoyment, and most of the times, the great investment that is collecting original art.

Art Sale is one of those two and I am very happy to be a part of it this year.

Located in the very posh Puerto Madero district of Buenos Aires, most exactly in the Madero Mystic River Boat, Art Sale 2012 will bring together some of Argentina’s best artists together with a growing number of emerging artists.

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Last year the public took advantage of the prices and the whole event was almost sold out. Long cues of avid collectors and first time buyers flocked over the four days of the Fair and went home with great works at even greater prices. Not all the paintings shown are at “sale” prices, but every artist must present at least one painting at a very affordable price which means that there will be at least 80 paintings at fantastic prices during the event.

If you are in Buenos Aires or are planning to be here next week, I recommend you take a nice scenic walk along these old XIXth Century wharfs converted into a very trendy neighbourhood in the 1990’s and which, with the years, have blossomed into one of the most glamorous areas in town.

I will be there from August 1st (for the pre/sale for sponsors) and then from August 2nd when it opens to the public until the 5th, showing and selling my works. On Sunday 5th of August I will be painting live from 2pm until 8 pm, so anyone interested in having a nice coffee and seeing and talking about what my Visual Jazz is all about, will be most welcomed! I may even let you participate in the painting if you like! 🙂

And talking about the paintings, I haven’t decided exactly which paintings will be there, but here are 3 of the  possible choices (sorry about the quality of the pics but I have not had a chance to get them properly photographed yet!).

If you are going to be in Buenos Aires over the next few days and you would like to receive a listing of my paintings at art sale with prices, just send me an email and I will be more than happy to send it to you.

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I hope to see you there over the next few days, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday the 5th.

Until next time!

Ignacio

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Visual Jazz 2 (2012)

Another compilation video prepared for my 2012 Exhibitions in London. In them I combine details of my art with the great music that inspires it. The end result is a combination of great singers and jazz perfomances together with some very lively and exciting work.

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Art at San Isidro Race Track

In July 2012 I took part in the first “Art Godoy” at the posh San Isidro race track, in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Invited by Veronica Quintana from Global Art Group,  I was there with some of my work and had a great time. Here are some photos of the event.

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En Julio de 2012, se realizó el primer “Art Godoy” en el hipódromo de San Isidro, en las afueras de Buenos Aires.  Organizado por Global Arts Group, se acercó un nutrido público, ávido de ver y adquirir lo que los  conocidos artistas argentinos  representados en esta muestra tenían para ofrecer.  Estuve allí invitado por Verónica Quintana y llevé  algunas de mis obras. Comparto con Uds. algunas fotos de lo que fue este evento.

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Exhibition in Chiswick (London) presented by Blue Period

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Next week-end (July 7th) my great agents at Blue Period have organized a very exclusive show by invitation only at the very trendy Chiswick neighbourhood, in the outskirts of London.

There will be 18 of my works on show there, with key pieces spanning 5 years of my “Visual Jazz” concept.

I will not be there, but my artistic expression will be and I hope you feel the temptation to find out a bit more about my art.

Buying original art is a great investment in every sense. I invite you to consider the possibility  and either way, I trust you will enjoy what you see!

Best!

Ignacio