When the trumpet draws

RUBÉN LORCA
FULGENCIO MARTINEZ

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In this world there is a language that we all understand by the mere fact of being human. It is the language of empathy. The word empathy is of Greek origin “empátheia” and means “physical affection or passion”.

Empathizing is understanding  another person´s universe. Identifying  yourself with something or someone and share their feelings; looking through someone else’s eyes and being in theirs shoes.

 

During the first lockdowns in 2021, all those walls and barriers arose around and between us. We leaned out the windows looking at our neighbours. Our window was  the art, through two of its disciplines: illustration and music.

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"ART DOES NOT REPRODUCE WHAT

WE SEE BUT RATHER MAKE US SEE".

PAUL KLEE

"MUSIC IS THE EMOTIONAL LIFE OF 

MOST PEOPLE".

LEONARD COHEN

There are many types of art. As many as types of people. That is why we have focused on generating a piece that reaches the broadest posible audience and it is perceivable by it from different angles; enjoyable to watch, listen, or think about. 

 

This is  what "When the trumpet draws" represents.

During lockdown periods, it has been important for us to keep in touch by means other than remote but immediate virtual contact. At a time when digital information and interaction had exploded, returning to regular old-fashion post has kept us anchored to a forgotten reality. We have been patient waiting for an envelope, a knock on the door to surprise us with one more piece of the puzzle until its completion.

"I PREFER DRAWING TO TALKING. DRAWING IS FASTER, AND LEAVES LESS ROOM FOR LIES".

LE CORBUSIER

Rubén, an illustrator, will create a background on watercolor paper based on ink and adhered pieces of paper. After this, the piece will be sent by post to the country where Fulgencio lives. He will receive the envelope and draw a series of staves (a set of five lines that supports musical writing), keys and bars, sending the recreation back to Wales.

 

Once Ruben ́s task is completed, it will be Fulgencio’s turn, who will have to interpret Ruben’s piece through music. Every time that Ruben’s painting tools contact the lines of the staff, Fulgencio must play a note with his trumpet. 

" MUSIC BEGINS WHERE LANGUAGE

ENDS".

E. HOFFMAN

The final piece represents the importance of social relationships and interactions during the pandemic and how useful and necessary art has been in those hard times. 

" ART ENABLES US TO FIND OURSELVES AND LOSE OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME ".

THOMAS MERTON
 

 

"WE HAVE ART IN ORDER NOT TO DIE OF TRUTH".

FREDERICH NIETZSCHE
 

For us an artist is, amongst their other facets, a filter, a sieve between the stimuli received from reality and the resulting artwork it inspires. For this reason, we find it interesting the dialogue established between two people with different artistic abilities who have kept in touch during the pandemic. This is an exercise of empathy, understanding and solidarity both with the fellow artist and with the rest of people who have also gone through difficult situations during lockdown

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