Mati Klarwein an Intervew to a Visionary Artist

Abdul Mati Klarwein - An Interview - By Mati Klarwein

He was born in Hamburg, Germany, April 9, 1932 - Deya, Spain, March 7, 2002. His works became famous by appearing illustrating album covers for various artists and bands.

Nació en HamburgoAlemania9 de abril de 1932 - DeyáEspaña7 de marzo de 2002Sus obras se hicieron famosas al aparecer ilustrando las portadas de discos de diversos artistas y grupos musicales.   the full entervew

... Once the gesso is dry, I sketch the main composition onto the canvas with charcoal that I go over in Indian ink mixed with water. When the subject requires precise proportions, like a face or a hand, I draw the image on paper and transfer it to the canvas. I usually cover the areas allocated for human skin with a thicker and smoother layer of casein tempera, applied with a palette knife, so as to eliminate the goose pimples caused by the canvas' texture.

Once the outlines are completed and the main composition drawn, I cover the entire surface with a translucent glaze of liquin and turpentine mixed with a warm or cool tint, depending on the intended mood of the picture. My preference goes to a fiery or a sienna-tinted underpainting, which I cover, after it is dry, with cooler oil overtone thus giving the impression of contained inner fire. After this layer dries, I paint in the highlights with casein tempera white, just like the Flemish painters did five hundred years ago, again glazing the tempera with another layer of translucent oil color. The tempera white reflects the light and gives the painting a powerful inner luminosity.

Van Eyck, who invented this technique, repeated the process of tempera-oil layers several dozen times, and his paintings not only maintain their original freshness but glow in a dark room! Later on, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, painters abandoned tempera, preferring the sensuality of oil or even bitumen tar as a medium. This method turned the paintings into dark yellow or black quagmires that cracked mercilessly all over. The tempera-oil technique is the longest-lasting, most-luminous way to paint. These days painters pay even less attention to their craft when applying the paint to the canvas. Yet the two, I think, go hand in hand. I find it rather bad manners to paint paintings that crumble shortly after being sold. Collectors are not usually existentialist saints.

INT: Oh, I thought they bought art because of its spontaneity, rather than its durability?!

AMK: [winks and points his index-finger at her]: Gotcha!

INT: In your earlier paintings one can see that you took great pleasure in describing your landscapes leaf by leaf and stone by stone, piling myriads of detail onto a single canvas. Recently, however, I've noticed that your brush and palette-knife strokes are getting bolder. Are you losing your patience with age? [Leers viciously at him] Life getting shorter? Time more precious?
AMK: No, au contraire. Life's getting longer, and there is a ninety-nine percent chance that we shall die together, or separately, you know, therefore, I have all the time in the world! My ideas are getting clearer and more abstracted. My final definition of art is to make more out of less... to get two thousand pebbles out of one brush or palette-knife stroke. That seems to have more merit than painting them one by one, I have evolved from tracing landscapes to creating them, just like Mama Nature herself.

INT: En otras palabras, usted no manifiesten ideas causas racionales, filosofías de vida, o las teorías del arte?
AMK: yo! Soy un patafísico.

INT: ¿Un qué?
AMK: Un patafísico. En palabras de Roger Shattuck, "ver todas las cosas por igual, la aceptación y / o rechazo de todos los valores, estéticos, morales y de otra manera Al ver todos los eventos que se plantea como tener un número infinito de causas, teniendo en cuenta por lo tanto todas las soluciones imaginarias válido y / o no válido. . patafísica va más allá de la metafísica porque considera cada evento tan excepcional y regida por leyes particulares que escapan grandes generalidades ". En otras palabras, la patafísica comienza y termina con su nombre.

INT: Suena un poco demasiado acogedor para mi gusto. Espero patafísica nunca se convertirán en un movimiento político!
AMK: No puede. Se autodestruye cada noche ... como yo.

INT: Why do you call yourself Abdul? Are you a Moslem?

AMK: Hell no! I'm a born-again pedestrian. But since I originated more or less from Israel and still care about that place (after all, my father was the architect who designed the Knesset Parliament building in Jerusalem), I think that all Jews should adopt Moslem first names and all Moslems, Jewish first names. It's no big deal, but it would be a first step toward solving the Palestinian problem.
INT: And your last wish before I shoot you down?
AMK: I wish the world so peaceful that the headlines of its leading daily paper could read: DOG EATS NAPKIN IN SLOW MOTION.          the full entervew

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