Friday, July 2, 2010

Caio Fernandes: reductive



reductive
by Caio Fernandes
Blurb (2010)

Paper. 34 pages. 7 x 7. $14.00


The only thing better than a book containing the artwork of Caio Fernandes is another book containing the artwork of Caio Fernandes — especially if that book includes the artist’s thoughts about his life and work, and how they’re both, really, works-in-progress. I wrote a little about my impressions of Caio’s genius when his first book, The Pictorial Consequence, was released early this year. Everything I said then still holds true. But as much as I’m enjoying the paintings in reductive, I value the brief text even more. As the omnipotent ruler of Mein Welt, Caio is quite the entertainer. As an artist assessing his background and direction, however, he’s intrigued by his influences and phases and how they relate to his surroundings and states of mind. Along the way, he tells us where he’s been, without being quite sure of where he’s going. That, I believe, is the mission of every true artist — to never grow fat and comfortable, and to keep pushing into new territory. Caio is that kind of artist. He’ll relax you with his humor, and then knock you over with his vision. reductive is a beautiful book, beautifully produced.

11 comments:

Crissant said...

After visiting me (in Sapin), Caio didn`t want to come back to his house. He decided to follow with his long journey around the world...next stop...WilliamsLibrary.
It`s a great book! Caio did an excellent job.

Beautiful post.
Hugs!

Janice said...

William this is a wonderful post. Reductive really caught my eye and I thank you for bringing this artist's talents to my attention. I am going to become one of his followers right now!

Caio Fernandes said...

Hey William, you makes me look good !! i am going to copy and post your text on some site full of women !!
thank you my friend ...
your books are on my wish list ... let some real money comes in and i get it faster than you can see.
have a nice weekend ... be carefull with some pages , i heard they bite .

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Crissant — I’m surprised Caio ever left your house, he seemed so happy there!

Great to hear, Janice — thank you!

Hey, Caio — you know the only reason I wrote this is so you could meet women.... And I already lost one finger, crushed by the architecture of Sao Paulo....

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

A wonderfull omage to the painter Caio Fernandes

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Laura.

elizabeth avedon said...

What a brilliant assessment of Caio's latest book. Beautifully written.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks very much, Elizabeth. It’s always a pleasure when something this good comes along.

Momo Luna said...

I cannot believe i didn't comment on this post. :-s But sometimes i'm too fast and forget to type the wordverification.

Okay, such a lovely post about the great art of Caio, his genius and ofcourse Caio self.

He’ll relax you with his humor, and then knock you over with his vision. i so love this line and that's exactly how it is.
The comment of Caio above and your reaction on it makes me smile. It must be great when the two of you meat, and then i would silently sit in a corner and watch the 2 of you, enjoying the communication between you. Oh how great would that be.
:-)

Dallas Arts Salon said...

Love Caio's work and his books. Thanks for posting about them.

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Momo Luna — but how long do you think we would let you be silent? One minute? Two? No, you would have to join in from the very first moment. In fact, it’s more likely that I would be the silent one....

You’re welcome, Dallas Arts Salon. And thanks for visiting. Do you know, I think this is the first time I’ve exchanged comments with an arts salon....