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Times of Malta – Marta Obiols Fornell’s “Easeful Death” book review by Patrick Sammut

Link: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/leaving-a-lasting-echo-in-the-readers-soul.833599 Easeful Death written by Marta Obiols Fornell and translated by Mark Montebello, is available from Horizons Easeful Death is a short novel, or rather a long narration, of a little over 70 pages, with a preface by the translator himself, Fr Mark Montebello. The title of the book references a verse from the poem by John Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale, “Darkling I listen; and, for many a time, I have been half in love with easeful Death…”     This piece of work by Marta Obiols Fornell, who is originally from Catalonia, Spain but who presently resides...

Times of Malta – Liquid life and liquid death

Online Link: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/liquid-life-and-death.827110 Liquid life and death 25/10/2020   It’s a Something by Heiko Jörges. Right: Confuso by Heiko Jörges. Thrown into a world where there are no longer ‘solid’ values, where everything changes constantly before it’s even consolidated, it looks like the only way to keep going is to keep moving. Gozo’s Arthall presents Liquid Art, a joint exhibition with artists Luca Indraccolo, Heiko Jörges and Tomas Hed.   SMF•55•15•29•35 by Luca Indraccolo   In his book Liquid Life, Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman claims that “Unlike the preceding era of ‘solid’ modernity living towards ‘eternity’ (shorthand for a state...

Gozo News – Liquid Art

Link: https://gozo.news/86000/liquid-art-at-arthall-with-luca-indraccolo-heiko-jorges-and-tomas-hed/ Liquid Art at Arthall with Luca Indraccolo, Heiko Jörges and Tomas Hed BY GOZO NEWS · OCTOBER 12, 2020 Arthall Gozo is presenting its next exhibition – Liquid Art – with participating artists, Luca Indraccolo, Heiko Jörges and Tomas Hed. Arthall said that, “Liquidity” means in this exhibition that there are “no holy values to respect, life and death are mixed indistinctly, time is not linear any more. The concept defines a culture of discontinuity that requires constant replacement and generates big amounts of rubbish.” The gallery explained that, “thrown in a world where there are no longer solid values,...

Times of Malta – Out of Time and out of synch

Link: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/out-of-time-and-out-of-synch.822466 Out of Time and out of synch by Joseph Agius Untitled 3, from the Lichtung Series “I’m not a painter, I’m not a sculptor, I’m not a film-maker, I produce work” – Vince Briffa. Traditionally, the objective of an art exhibition is for the artist to document the last months or years of his or her creative output or as an epitaph to a series of works that have been created during a finite period of time and which are pertinent to a predetermined, specific theme. On the other hand, retrospectives reach out to the origins and the...

Times of Malta – I am not a painter

Online Link: https: //timesofmalta.com/articles/view/i-am-not-a-painter.816387 ‘I am not a painter’ 6 de setembre de 2020 Necropolis A new exhibition by artist Vince Briffa will open this week at Arthall, Gozo. Out of Time presents a collection of works on paper and mixed-media paintings selected from the last 10 years of the artist’s studio production, including work produced during the COVID-19 lockdown. The exhibition centres on the artist’s ongoing concern with our relationship with time and what it means for a human being to exist temporally in the stretch that we call our lifetime. Briffa was born in Malta in 1958. He...

Times of Malta – Of drunken fish and hedgehog goulash

Online Link: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/of-drunken-fish-and-hedgehog-goulash.807321 Of drunken fish and hedgehog goulash Impossible Woman by Tomas Hed. Right: Newborn by Stiefnu De Battista. The latest exhibition at Arthall in Gozo opened successfully on July 10, with intriguing paintings and original sculptures by participating artists Tomas Hed from Sweden, Harrison Levi from South Africa and Stiefnu De Battista from Malta. Break in Gozo by Tomas Hed The exhibition, mysteriously entitled Spleen, aroused much curiosity among visitors and lots of questions about the concept behind it. The term Spleen, popularised by the French poet Charles Baudelaire, is an expression of dissatisfaction with circumstances. Artists of...

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Artpaper ISSUE  #11 – Of the framers and the framed by Joanna Delia   Artpaper ISSUE  #11 – Curated events

Times of Malta – Artists come together on the ‘eve of the change’

Online link: https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/artists-come-together-on-the-eve-of-the-change.802635  5July 2020 Artists come together on the ‘eve of the change’ The term Splénétique was used in 19th-century Romantic literature, but it was the French poet Charles Baudelaire who was responsible for popularising the term, ‘spleen’ in English, with his 1869 book Paris Spleen. It refers to a particular kind of boredom, melancholy or sense of meaninglessness. “Dissatisfied with everything, dissatisfied with myself, I long to redeem myself and to restore my pride in the silence and solitude of the night. Souls of those whom I have loved, souls of those whom I have sung, strengthen me,...

Times of Malta – Between Ash and Dust by Vince Briffa

Untitled, Lichtung series. Arthall Gozo would like to announce that the series Between Ash and Dust that the artist Vince Briffa was due to show last week at Arthall is now available online. Three newly produced paintings from the series Lichtung have also been added to the collection. Vince Briffa The exhibition Between Ash and Dust speaks of implausible distances and detached spaces splitting up such evasive elements as smoke and sky. They are as much about the process of drawing and painting as they are about the current war imagery of destruction taken from tabloids or television. These metaphoric...