2019-05-17. AM 06:39
[Interview] HOF May 2019 @carles

When we encounter something unfamiliar we pause for a moment.
And then we venture a question.

@carles has been nominated as May’s HOF and through this artist’s abstract paintings, we come face to face with unfamiliar shapes and colors.

And so we ask questions to figure out what it is.

Abstract art’s contents and meaning is open towards the spectators.
And so, it is up to the spectators to give the completing touches.

Rather than finding abstract art difficult think of it as a way to use your own imagination to create.
And, just by looking at an abstract painting we can activate our creativity.

So, let us start our interview with the artist. :)

Hello @carles.
We are the PENUP operations team.

Congratulations for being chosen as May’s HOF.
How do you feel?

A1. @carles
Very grateful, surprised and happy to participate in this community of friends, which unites us with this universal language that is art.
I would also like to thank and congratulate the team of PENUP for offering us this space for meeting creativity so well cared for.

You have been drawing abstract paintings that have unique shapes, diverse colors, or an emphasis on texture.

Is there a reason you chose abstract art rather than figurative art?

A2. @carles
Abstract art is freedom and the total challenge, it is also the jump to the inner void where "everything is to be done and everything is possible" (poet Martí Pol)
The paint is lines, colors, textures, shapes ... in abstract art, they are the main protagonists, they can be expressed in fullness, they are free, they should not represent anything, they are not themselves, they can be related, dialogue among them in the space of the painting, as do the musical notes in time.
For me, abstract art is more direct.

When we discuss the abstract in modern art, the question about the observers’ identity is raised.
Even though it is the artist who produces the picture, the final meaning or completion leaves the artist’s hands and is left to the observer.

This is because room for interpretation has been left to those observing abstract art.

We are curious about what you think about this and your point of view.

A3. @carles
There is no final meaning.
Maybe that’s why I don’t put titles, so as not to reduce it to an idea or meaning.
You can say with words what a painting suggests, but painting is not expressed in words, expressed in colors, strokes, forms that have their own voice, like when we admire a sunset, a tree or a flower.
Art is observation, experimentation and experience.

Do you have an artist that has influenced you?

A4. @carles
Van Gogh took me to painting and has always accompanied me.
Kandinsky made me discover abstract art, the "inner sound" of the point, the line, the plan, the colors ... the relationships of these pictorial elements with the other senses like taste, hearing, music, mood...
I also discovered the visual and compositional language.
Other painters like Rembrandt, Tàpies, Barceló, Picasso and many more.
The aesthetics of the comic by Moebius, Ever Meulen, Max, Perejoan, Mariscal also influenced a lot.
The experimental animation film by Norman Mac Laren.

How do you decide the overall composition and subject of your art?

Do you express a specific subject after you have observed it in real life and turn it into an abstract drawing or do you draw anything that comes into mind directly?

A5. @carles
Sometimes I draw a curved line I close the parallel, this concentrates me and relaxes my sensation of movement.
And then the adventure begins, I play with graphic effects, I provoke rhythms, contrasts and imbalances, distorted solid forms, some shapes lead me to others, composing the expression of the set, then I keep the drawing I do tests without fear, I let it rest and while I do other paintings totally different and with other applications.

On your feed you have also uploaded the stages of a drawing.

It doesn’t seem like you’re merely emphasizing the process of one drawing from its beginning to its completion, because it feels like each stage itself is a finished product.

A variation has been repeated simply through colors and shapes.
And it felt like you yourself are enjoying the pleasure of it.

Do you have a reason for uploading the different variations of the progress of your work?

A6. @carles
In abstract art it often happens that the composition is transformed indefinitely and there is no ending, but sometimes the interesting thing is the transformation itself.
As Mac Laren said, animation is not what is drawn in the frames, but the difference between frames, as in music it is the relationship between the musical notes.
This constant transformation in the real painting is fatal, the entire process is lost, in digital painting you can keep the different results saved.
Show three of the same can also be aesthetically interesting.

Once in a while, we see compositions of nature.

It seems like you enjoy short touches that express flowing and rolling lines.
They feel like compositions just one step before becoming an abstract drawing.

It reminds one of a Van Gogh painting or an impressionist artists’ work.

With figurative, rather than abstract art what are your intentions when you approach it?

A7. @carles
I really like nature.
Rocks and trees are formed spontaneously doing abstract drawings.
I draw rocks looking for the calmness and quietness of the solid, heavy and gray.
The cypress began by making an abstract color swirl that ended up becoming a cypress and I added the moon, remembering and thinking expressly of Van Gogh.
I drew the olive with the tablet, directly from the natural one.
I really like to draw natural trees.

These drawings that express colors and texture more than the shape, catch one’s eye.

The painting with the thickly layered paint, giving it a three-dimensional effect is especially memorable.

Do you have a reason for using this method?

A8. @carles
The movement, the rhythm, the vibration of the short brushstrokes of colors is energy that can be transformed into matter, I like to give realism to the thickness and textures, with digital painting I can waste all the paint that you want and without getting dirty.
I also like material art such as Antoni Tàpies.

I have done some of these works in front of indignant facts of Spanish politics, lies and injustices and lack of freedom of expression that Catalans must suffer.
Also of the environmental problems, the wars, and all the outraged facts that are happening at the moment in the world.

When you’re doing a digital drawing, what device or drawing application do you usually use?
And could you also tell us the pros and cons of the application?

A9. @carles
The application I use more is ArtRage, it have fantastic possibilities in the plastic expression, with pictorial resources such as the thickness of paint, the spatula, to create matic textures, metallic effects, but I miss the ability to make color gradations with the painting pot, geometry drawing tools, selection tools, and insert text too.
When I need these tools I use Infinite Design or the Autodesk Sketchbook.
I also use the PENUP application a lot, it is very practical and agile and quick to use.

We have one last official question.

When using PENUP, What are some of the positive aspects and also things we need to improve on?

A10. @carles
PENUP is a nice and caring place, where everyone can share their work, but I do not like when they share works downloaded from the internet without putting the name of the author.
I do not know if it would have to define more clearly the objectives and rules of PENUP and find the way users would be more aware.
Another aspect that must be problematic to be able to solve is the presentation of works in a horizontal format.
Access to PENUP open without application and without registering it is also a problematic aspect.
It would be possible in the press releases, interviews, etc. to be able to choose the language?
Or do you incorporate a translation system?
I want to finish highlighting the good work and good taste in the design of those who make PENUP possible.

We have had an interview with @carles.

We felt that the artist is fascinated with his own thoughts and impressions and enjoys the act of creating.

Maybe that is why artist Jean Francois Millet’s quote comes to mind.

He says that we have to be inspired ourselves in order to inspire others.
And if we don’t, however exquisite the artwork, it has no life.

PENPLE everyone, First enjoy yourself when creating something and be inspired by what you’ve done.

Sincerity always works.

The artwork you produce through your joy and inspiration will overflow with empathizing likes and comments. :)

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