The Lost Steps by Juan Carlos Mirabal
"The passion a city awakens, often portrayed in song, theater, film, literature, poetry, and architecture, from different points of view, creates for many artists a singular problem brought about by that very mystical and spiritual identity. Often the theme and conflict of universal obsessions, it emanates from the subjectivity of the creative eye which reflects illusion, longing, adoration, or disillusionment. Cities never leave one cold. As they are lived and traveled, cities establish emotional relations, at times even unconsciously, that feed passions. This holds true even for those we do not wish to remember. It is like when you love somebody. We do not love cities because they are beautiful; they are beautiful because we love them.
The work of Juan C. Mirabal generates clear sentiments. His photographs are like flashes of memory refusing to dim. They are exaltations of his own city, or perhaps a collage of cities, both for him who looks for himself in the scenes he inhabits and inhabited and for those who feel moved by the profound drama of his work and the richness of his vision. It is precisely at that juncture where the true value of his art resides.
Mirabal does not use light; he paints with it. That same light is the very possibility to capture the moment, the evanescent. Scenes and situations are transformed according to that light of one's own perception, be it the meager, fragile light of despair or the loving light that moves us and envelops us.
There remains an uncertainty in crossroads, in the crowded corner undaunted by the daily traffic of the city. These buildings whose stories repeat, again and again, towards infinity, reveal how memory is often redundant. They are signs announcing the inevitable birth of the city. Only the crossroads—the deviations—impose a true halt. It is the moment in which we are saved from the temptation of accepting the linearity and fatalism of history.
The grandiose, faded facades, seen through the lens of the artist, more than speaking to the implacable march of time and adversity, become universes not intimate but intimist, made of solid and contrasting colors where color is a daring accomplice that proclaims how the human spirit emanates and trembles with despair and hope, as well as other deep and contrasting emotions with the power to transform.
Mirabal is the photographer of cities. Yet more than photograph them, he constructs them; cities, after all, are made primarily by desires, not by bricks. This is so perhaps because—as Italo Calvino well knows—the best cities are those that we do not inhabit." – Rafael Lopez-Senra
Florida-based musician and entertainer Patrick
Lopez’ own arrangements of jazz standards with an electronic-based dance
sound are the P-Lo Project. His rhythmically charged trumpet solos,
featuring unique and spontaneous melodic fragments combined seamlessly with more
traditional bebop runs demonstrate an intense dedication to music. Put Patrick
Lopez behind a keyboard, and yet another pleasant surprise awaits the
listener. It quickly becomes apparent that he’s just as comfortable
there, putting his own unique harmonic spin on everything from Pop and Rock to
R&B and Latin Jazz. Listening to his original compositions is where
you really start to get a sense of Patrick’s approach to music. Complex
harmonies sound natural and flow together flawlessly, while simple phrases and
ideas take on deep meaning. Intense, chromatic trumpet solos suddenly
seem to fit with perfection. Everything just comes together, forming a
musical work that everyone can enjoy.
POETRY IN SPANISH: La luz que se prolonga es un libro que casi sorprende al autor – Rodrigo de la Luz. Llega en un
momento inesperado, en que el autor ha adquirido cierta madurez y está sólido
con sus ideas. Como advierte el mismo poeta en el prefacio, “existe aquí
otro manejo del lenguaje, que realmente aporta algo nuevo al arte, sin dejar de
lado el estilo directo” que lo caracteriza. El libro no está exento de
humor y expresa algunas angustias, preocupaciones de siempre. Cuenta con
una notable presencia de algunos animales, como un recurso temático ya conocido
en su poesía. A diferencia de sus libros anteriores, en este caso el
poemario es un solo segmento largo, en el cual los poemas de algún modo se
concatenan unos con otros, probablemente de ahí el título La luz que se