Francisco Lacerda ( on back Marmottan Museum, Monet, Lilies 23)
Francisco Lacerda, a Portuguese artist, started painting near 2005, very young.
He creates Art to reflect on the relationship between color, science, nature and art.
Landscapes, photographs (and/or works by other artists), psychoanalysis, neuroscience, as well as personal thoughts, dilemas, dreams and memories inspire his Art.
WHAT IS ART?
"During all these centuries of human life, Art was always been a constant flow and free brain development of something unique. Art has origins in the creativity mind due to our natural human nature. With natural mistakes and continuing learning of course. This means that the artist is the one that has creativity. The person that from a starting point creates something new. Something that is made from his own personal thoughts, feelings and enjoyment.
Monet, Arcimboldo, Miguel Angelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Maluda, Pedro Calapez, Picasso, Amadeu Souza Cardoso, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Braque, Cézanne, Guido Reni, Carriaci, Rafael Sanzio, Klimt, Vermeer, Balthus, Burn Jones, Magritte, Jefflee Johnson, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Nataliall, Etel Adnan, Brett Weston, Helen Levitt, John Coplans, Helen Pashgian, Francesca Woodman, Peder Balke,Turner, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Carol Bove, John Currin, Caillebotte, Hopper, Rothko, Duane Michals, Formanger, Alaian Jacquer, Polke, Lucas Cranach, Andrei Molodkin, Jpsef Albers, Yves Klein, Lyonel Feininger, Adolph Gottlieb, Nadir Afonso,
ART AND SOCIETY
Labelling was probably the worst thing that society has created in all this last centuries of wars, famine and greedy. The lack of self-esteem and growing hate is a result of that. That's why many societies like to segregate, divide and control in order to someone achieves its own selfish goal. That's why follow philosophy, music, history, fashion, science or literature because it makes me think about not only my life but the Art of past, the present (now) and the future.
I always follow my own instinct. I listen, read, wait and think, human curiosity always! I think with free open mind, looking for the light and colors that surround me. I always ask questions and search for the best answers. I always doubt and research. I try not to judge anything or anyone. But i define in my life the line between what it is good and less good, for me first and then others.
I find myself today in a ranking society described by Carlo Strenger in his book The Fear of Insignificance. This book explains the hidden fear that children, teenagers and adults live today. There is a constant fear of being rejected, different, poor and lonely. And all of these is like a virus. For example, our society lives in a fear of being controled by the technlogy, agencies... that they need for their security and jobs. This is the world he live now.
The shift of world power in this century is now more obvious. USA and Russia no longer the lead the world. The world today it is much more different and fragmented. Art movements are always connected to disruptions in history of human life. Artists usually create art to project the past, present and future of the world they see in their minds.
Transitory Art it is the art that has no fixed time in human life, but represents a transition to the new world order we are heading to. On opposite direction of Dada, artists follow more the science, nature, human rights... instead political idea behind. Politics follow society, while society no longer follow politics.
The technological and science progress today, worries many artists. The risk of a world and space war is real, but the of small wars around the world are a bigger problem. Mass migration is making human life disposable again. There is a growing concern about the replacement of humans by machines. Violation of the right to choose sexuality and gender. The anti-war sentiment is obvious. These concerns were already questioned by Dada and Constructivist Artists.
A good Artist it is the one that creates a secret message trough art. Artists are whistleblowers of the unpredictable.
The Weapon race would always be a danger. Global warming is everywhere. Living the moment or the present it is important than ever. Acting now became indispensable. Paris' agreement is the beginning of energy shift from fossil to more clean energy. This shift will create a massive transfer of wealth between countries.
Transitory Art it is the Art without a specific time. But represents the transition for a new world order.
ART, EDUCATION AND ASSETS
This virus or fear that creates hate, discrimination, greedy, mass consumption and absence of self-esteem in life it has been spreading in our society for decades or maybe centuries, but in other forms. Ranking Art or Artists for example it has been so unfair and manipulated by financial markets and institutions. Most the art spectators in a museum, gallery or online in recent decades value the art based on the information number of views, popularity, without any knowledge of the other artworks and artists that are dead or alive. There is a huge bias against many artists.
I think the learning system that starts when we have 3 years old is the ground of all this problem. The learning process it is not effective yet, most times it is incomplete and in most cases is also full of unskilled instructors. The Art schools and universities around the world are mainly focused in the process of making degrees and not artists. It is not fair for all Artists to label Artist only someone that has a degree in Art. Defining an Artist just because he owns a degree in Art it is historically wrong and sad. That's why many artists seek for grants or state subsidies all the time. The fault rely in the learning system that leads to unfair systems.
The Art system it is incomplete, should be more diverse, more open minded. I believe that we all need to diverse our knowledge.
Talent in Art is a mix of work, authenticity and creativity. Most people do not own all of these three. Besides that, learning something in Art or any other field, it is (as was in most societies) based on repression, as well superiority between old and young generations, test results, gender, skin colour...
ART AND REJECTION
Even today in Portugal happens every year the so called traditional "praxe", a student gathering based on humiliation and violence between old and young students. This is a small example of how society is focused in religious traditions based on superiority, fear that makes no sense in the eyes of today human rights and developing nations that want to make example of how the world should be. Segregation trought race, beauty, age, sexual orientation, rankings, ratings and despotism starts in our education system and contaminates society. Competition it leads to a war. Cooperation to peace. It is like putting the eggs that someone will take one day. Art has a important role on this. We has artists must show to future and present generations the dangerous times we still live in.
The outcome of someone that just went to study in university just based on income, prestige or absence of goal, for example it is the escape in reading novel books, improve body culture, apropriate tv entertainment, take consumption of goods, services...or even light drugs like tabacco, sugar, fat, alcohol, or maybe heavy drugs, due to the miserable life that people have outside and inside their homes. In all world we assist every day to domestic violence, coercion at work, hate speech, insults, bad education and disrespect.
Financial times made the world overpopulated in countries of third world. Humans are trying to find desperately other planets or places to deploy, feed all this people. I would dare to define the period we live today has individualist times. As people are more free to choose what they want, some may not be able to choose anything. But some will be able to diversify their own taste and thoughts and choose anything they want. This is historical and new, but reminds me the Middle Age.
Globalization it is for me an antithesis that made possible free movement of people, free choices, free thinking, but also the reverse. As the world evolves, I also find that more knowledge and scientific discoveries does not necessarily means the result of more smart decisions and choices made by humans. I defend the progress in safe hands! But before all of that well bettered health and life quality conditions. If the future is now more unpredictable Art will have an even important role finding ways to criticize, alert, innovate human minds in all typs of media. I am sure that we are heading to a new Art world where the humans will have less and less importance, where nature and science will be essential for their work and AI will be described has the survival for human race. I try to live the present, not worry about the past of future, because that makes me stressful and anxious.
Making futurism wont help. But I know that one day humans will have to cooperate togheter, or they will not survive until the next century.
LEFT OR RIGHT? MIDDLE!
One thing i noticed is that me left eyes doesn't have all the spectrum of colors that i have in right eye. This makes me see differently in both eyes. For me the vision is so important that i think many times about color blindness and blindness.
I am in the Portuguese socialist party since 2007. I see myself as a socialist artist, not capitalist or communist. I believe in socialism and in green ideas. I believe in environmental ideas. I believe in social justice. Welfare state. I believe in free trade and regulated world. I don't like war. I like borders, not but walls. I do not like Anarchy at all, actually i reject that. For me Anarchy is chaos. For me the state is the basis of any country and society in the world. I do not like any type of Oligarchy, it is for me something that should never exist and it is not fair.
The hypocrisy today in art is more spread than ever before. I find myself in the ridiculous situation of meeting more and more people from green, blue, red or other parties, the so-called left and right wing society. But there is no practice based on theory ideas. Every year there is a new party with "new ideas".
Artists can be very selfish, engage in their own world. I would consider those blue or more right wing artists. These artists work more for church commissions, banking sector, etc... I am not Mentioning Da Vinci or Caravaggio, i am describing more recent artists. These artists with many success are extremely pretentious and don't care about society, environment at all...money and status probably is more important.
I actually think for my experience that older artists are much more open-minded and honest. Art field is very competitive oriented. Artists started to make huge pieces just to make sure everyone would see and remind them.
Some other artists have no personality (very common on students and emerging artists) where the feeling of belonging to a group of art, an idea, a utopia, dystopia or to something else is present in their minds. Probably 80% artists i know are like that! Which makes me think that we are in a path for the dead of Art.
A green artist or leftist artist would be a socialist and environmental fighter. Well, most of these artists do not really think about the environmental cost of having their pieces in a museum 365 days with air conditioner, lighting and security 24/7. How many of them smoke tobacco and drop to the floor their waist? Or eat only vegetables? Do they have any idea of the cost of air cargo? It so hilarious...
I believe the future in art is more green and sustainable oriented. I don't think Art made with waste is a good solution, just because it doesn't last long, but art that doesn't make waist for sure!
I find myself constantly thinking and talking with my self. I believe that every artist find himself in a world that needs to be questioned and maybe criticized. I think that creative is created by the conclusion of many of our internal dialogues. Many people do not have this internal dialogues. I am not saying that artists are mentally hill. I am saying that artists are focused on thinking differently and into other directions. Like a Scientist, Writer or a Cinema director, their minds work into different directions, however the internal dialogue is crucial in most of their decisions.
AI AND ART
"Just as we like to see nature, it is up to us to protect it. Science is the only area of research that has been questioning the wrong decisions of human beings since the 20th century. We must study our relationship with nature and with others. Through color, we can understand ourselves and other human beings.”
We all see colors differently. We think differently. Our eyes have a unique way of defining colors, even if we think we can see the same colors as other people. For centuries, philosophers, artists, scientists, and writers, have tried to understand the connection between colors, light and space. And now, artificial intelligence is being programmed to perform the same investigation.
Why do we all love the sun, the blue sky, sunset or sunshine? Why do some people hate pink, and others love green or orange? Is it possible that the reason why we hate and love colors is connected to the way we see colors differently and the different ways we experience them? Is it possible to hate works of art only because of the colors and the negative experience we have? If yes, why?! If light changes the way we see colors, how does space also change our perceptions? We are now creating machines capable of seeing and understanding colors, space, art, life. How will artificial intelligence enter the world of art in the future?
What happens when we create art with machines? What happens when we create AI to make art? What happens when super intelligent machines, also capable curiosity, exploration, and investigation and learning, create art? How understandable will that are be for humans? Will it be considered art?"