Art On Cuba - - In This Issue - Llilian Llanes

Fin­ish­ing the 19th cen­tury, ques­tioned on moder­nity, En­rique José Varona left some re­flec­tions that un­til to­day con­sti­tute the com­pass that guides me on my ap­proaches to art, which I would like to share with you as a pre­am­ble to my con­sid­er­a­tions on José Manuel Fors. The il­lus­tri­ous philoso­pher said:

…art should be art and, above all, sin­cer­ity. What does not en­ter in that mold, which is ex­ceed­ingly sim­ple, is not more than an ar­ti­fice. There are some who pre­conize what is ar­ti­fi­cial… Yes, but ar­ti­fice is not art. A skillful work en­ter­tains for an in­stant. Oth­ers, af­ter some time, may awaken the at­ten­tion, awaken cu­rios­ity at least.

All this is tran­si­tory. The work of art pro­duces vi­bra­tions in the soul (…). It is not about new or old forms. All forms are ac­cept­able, if they are beau­ti­ful and, above all, if they let to re­veal an im­age or an emo­tion ca­pa­ble of sus­pend­ing, be of in­ter­est or to move (...). If the nov­elty of forms con­sists in the in­tri­cate lan­guage and epilep­tic style some deca­dents lay out, it is a nov­elty that smells too much of atavism (…) That orig­i­nal­ity con­sists in say­ing in a new way some­thing that, al­though old, has been seen in a per­sonal way, through a feel­ing of one own which would be very in­tense and achieves a great re­sult (…) That orig­i­nal­ity is not in the words, but in the ideas that may be evoked with words

Som­bras, 2011 Um­brella and trans­paren­cies 55 inches Ø Courtesy the artist

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