The writings gathered in this book were not born as isolated, individual texts , designed to be published on the occasion of an event or for a specific aesthetic need: they were born accompanying sketches, notes and those suggestions that make artist's notebooks one of those treasures in which you can enter, stroll and entertain yourself.
This publication brings together a wide selection of 55 years of free annotations , without the demands of the literary diary, with the feeling of being in front of a kind of scraps that allow the artist to resume a work or return to an issue that worries him.
Like everyone, Jorge Martins has his recurring themes : the tendency to excess and the search for simplicity; the meaning of life and the proximity of death; the attraction of the indiscipline of chaos; the religion; love and be loved; the sex; the light; life and painting; sculpture, photography; line and color; the temptation of balance, failure, unfinished work; the search for one's own place, for one's Rosebud; appreciation for Vermeer and painters whose work is quiet and intense; contemporary reading in the Duchamp-Malévitch key; the temptation of black box; the amusement of the scale; the readings of Eliot and Pound, Valéry and Rilke, Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, Tolstói and Chekhov, Pessoa and Teixeira de Pascoaes; the characters of Stendhal and Thomas Mann crossing the pages: Tonio Kröger as alter ego ; the drawing; how relative success and time are; an intense and critical love for his land together with his temptation to feel exiled, wandering… Issues that he tackles with passion, although sometimes he marks distance; issues that are summarized in a constant why and what for .
Individual catalog, 2020. Texts: Miguel Fernández-Cid, Óscar Alonso Molina, José Gil, Joana Baião, Jorge Martins. Language: Spanish and Portuguese. Pages: 698 Binding: Soft cover with flaps. Format: 17 x 24 cm