An act of Magic

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An act of Magic

An act of Magic. Literally. An exorcism of humility, generosity and sacrifice. That’s what IMAGINARIUM,  my retrospective exhibition to celebrate my 50th birthday, has really meant to me.

The day before the opening, my mother asked me on the phone in her classic style: “Son, that exhibition. What’s the point ?” I could think hundreds of reasons to justify myself. But I only gave one: this is my life.

At 50, a time has come when I needed to make peace with my old demons from the past. Exorcise them.

Most of the work in my exhibition has been hidden for decades, victims of my self-criticism, embarrassment and inferiority complex. Toxic ideas that I needed to shake with all my strength.

Now, I have gathered courage and inspiration to free them from my ego and deliver them to whoever they can serve. And I decided to do it properly: showing them just as they are. Sharing their stories, their secrets and my own very personal experiences. Exposing my bare skin. What a precious moment when I saw the people enjoying them so much!

For many years, I’ve been very afraid to show and share my frailty with you. Now, after so much unnecessary anguish, it’s been a wonderful pleasure. A release that has made me even stronger.

Many people have told me that my exhibition was a great success because of the number of people who came, because of the unique atmosphere that I created. I value the most the feeling of having shared my stories, visions and sounds face to face with such wonderful people. Some, without knowing me, traveling more than 8 hours to live this experience. You have all given me back much more than I invested. Above all: love, strength, inspiration and direction. And that’s what I need most, in this moment of artistic and personal transit into my 50 years.

A magical act, in which I have invoked life to exorcise everything that stops my creative energy from tuning into the universe, from tuning with you. For the last 3 or 4 years, I’ve been doing a series of works in Seattle related to pop culture and jazz. I don’t rule out the possibility of collaborating with artists in this field. In fact, I’m planing an exhibition for 2018 dedicated to my album covers.

However, all these years I’ve been collecting in my head a number of sensations, images and ideas. I’m getting ready to jump to a type of artwork much more focused on the search for the inner universe and the connection to the cosmos, as you can already see in some of my previous works.

Storytelling. You have confirmed this to me very clearly. You marked the path that I will follow in the future. To connect with people at a deeper and emotional level. To create stories. That’s what I know how to do best since I was a child. That’s the best I can give to you. I still don’t know about the format nor what kind of projects in particular. I just know that I need to melt storytelling, visuals and sound into one.

During the next months, I will investigate different possibilities and means. It’s an exciting moment! Also, I don’t rule out the possibility of spending some periods in Madrid. There, I need to explore professional possibilities for my projects. I also need to get fresh air, get closer for a while to my people and my culture.

Thank you for taking this trip by my side. I hope to be somehow a part of yours.ve energy from tuning into the universe, from tuning with you. For the last 3 or 4 years, I ‘ve been doing a series of works in Seattle related to pop culture and jazz. I don’t rule out the possibility of collaborating with artists in this field. In fact, I’m planing an exhibition for 2018 dedicated to my album covers. However, all these years I’ve been collecting in my head a number of sensations, images and ideas. I’m getting ready to jump to a type of artwork much more focused on the search for the inner universe and the connection cosmos, as you can already see in some of my previous works.

With this post, I’m closing a circle, this blog and this website. From now on I’ll continue posting my stories and secrets in the regular blog of my website Koldo Barroso. See you there.

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