Carlos Alberto Montaner July 12 2014

The School of Night recoge las fantasías a veces sonámbulas, a veces insomnes, de un gran pintor, Arturo Rodríguez, que le teme tanto a la noche que se abraza a ella y nos coloca en un mundo tenebroso, deliberadamente desproporcionado, atemorizante, lleno de sombras acechantes, de peligros que se ciernen sobre el artista.

Los dibujos tienen el extraño atractivo de los "Caprichos" y la violencia de los "Desastres de la Guerra", series de grabados en los que Goya puso todo su dolor y todo su horror. Poseen, también, estos dibujos de Arturo, la inquietante ferocidad de "El jardín de las delicias", pero sin los colores vivos con que el Bosco oculta o maquilla sus pesadillas.

Arturo, mucho más franco y frontal con sus fantasmas, acude a las tonalidades del negro para convocarlos y para presentarlos.

Bienvenidos al abismo. 

 

The School of Night collects the sometime somnambulistic and other time insomnious fantasies of a great painter, Arturo Rodriguez, who is so afraid of the night that he clings to it and puts us in a world of darkness, that is deliberately disproportionate, frightening, full of threatening shadows, of dangers closing in on the artist.

The drawings have the strange appeal of the “Caprichos” and the violence of the “Disasters of War, a series of prints in which Goya poured all his pain and all his horror. These drawings by Arturo also possess the disturbing ferocity of “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, but without the bright colors with which Bosco hides or embellishes his nightmares.

Arturo is much more frank and upfront with his ghosts, resorting to shades of black to convoke them and to then expose them.

Welcome to the abyss.

 

Carlos Alberto Montaner was born in Havana in 1943 and has lived in Madrid since 1970. A former university professor, he is an acclaimed writer and journalist. His syndicated column appears in dozens of newspapers in the United States, Latin America and Spain.