Monday, October 19, 2020

Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over edited by Cavan McLaughlin and published by Fulgur Press

It is such an honour to be a part of Trans-States and to be published by a prestigious printing house such as Fulgur Press!
Once again, many thanks to Cavan McLaughlin for editing my article, and to Robert Ansell for publishing this beautiful book!
You can buy a copy at Fulgur Press website: https://fulgur.co.uk/ 

My profile at Trans-States website: https://trans-states.org/speaker/carlos-ruiz-brussain/
My profile at Fulgur Press website: https://fulgur.co.uk/artists-and-writers/carlos-ruiz-brussain/


Cover of Trans-States: The Art of Crossing Over published by Fulgur Press



"Aries Lunation 4" (2016). Markers on A3 paper. 
This second photograph shows one of the images that illustrate my article "Within the Hyperdream Magic Circle: Manifesting the unconscious through illustration games"

Both images are from Fulgur Press' Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGFBakKnv35/
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Trans-States website: https://trans-states.org/

Friday, October 2, 2020

¡Gracias, Quino!

Autorretrato de Quino (© Quino)

Hace dos días falleció Joaquín Salvador Lavado "Quino". Quiero expresar públicamente mi agradecimiento a este maestro del dibujo y del humor gráfico que ha sido una gran influencia para mí durante toda mi carrera, y casi podría decir que desde que tengo uso de razón —porque Quino ha estado conmigo desde que aprendí a leer. Tanto las tiras de Mafalda durante mi infancia y adolescencia y, posteriormente, sus obras de humor gráfico dirigidas a un público adulto, fueron, y siguen siendo, un deleite. Quino sabía comunicar temas complejos usando un formato accesible y popular, algo que no es nada fácil de hacer, pero, sobre todo, conseguía extraer una sonrisa, o incluso carcajadas, de temas que nos resultan muy difíciles de confrontar (como la muerte, la injusticia, el despotismo, la represión, la explotación laboral, la imbecilidad humana, etc.). En otras palabras: Quino contribuía a hacer más soportable lo insoportable. Pocos artistas son capaces de semejante logro.

Perdón por la falta de originalidad, pero solo me salen estas palabras de despedida: "¡Gracias, maestro!"

Monday, August 3, 2020

Multidimensional Meditator


Pentel brush marker on A4 sketchbook
Rotulador pincel Pentel sobre papel de boceto A4

Cadaqués


This beautiful town of the Costa Brava is one of the most inspiring and magical places in the world for me and, thus, I try to return here once in a while to reload my creative energy. My attraction for this place might have to do with its unusual geography full of sculpture-like stones carved by the different winds, the shape-shifting clouds that suggest a great number of images, the lovely white houses that surround the bay, the labyrinthine streets, the crystalline waters or the rich underwater life... But I guess what I love about this coastal town is precisely something that cannot be fully grasped or described with words, what I love is its genius loci: the spirit of place that can be felt only when one surrenders to the particular energy of Cadaqués and, eventually, allows one to blend with the environment. In my case, I use drawing to accelerate this process of drinking in this amazing beauty.

Exquisite Corpse 08


Rumi's Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi






(2009, acrylics on canvas, 100 x 100 cm)

I did this painting inspired by Jalaluddin Rumi's Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi, and particularly poem XXXI.

As I am rereading the book, I remembered this image that I painted more than a decade ago and I decided to post it.

Of course, Rumi's poetry is as inspirational as ever but, as it happens with every book that is worth rereading, I am finding further levels of interpretation, and also other treasures that are answering some of my current questions.

Thank you, Mawlawi.