THIS IS WHY WE ARE HAPPY
How many of these blue skies of April and May have already been
recorded in images!
How many lyrics of Brazilian songs have touched deep in our soul!
And even so, there is always a new way of recording the same skies
and combining the same words.
Someone once said that, in painting, the two of us were like
Roberto Carlos and Erasmo Carlos in music.
Clearly, an exaggeration. But yes, we formed one of those duos where
the one understands what the other thinks, sometimes even before
he thought it.
Were they the happiest years? In terms of work, yes, without a doubt. Sometimes I think that it was not even work, only an expression
of joy, a childlike thing.
In lives so brief, as ours are, having one or two encounters like this
is to win the lottery of feeling.This is why we are happy.And here,
in this small slice of a world of concentrated beauty, he is teaching
me again – just like he did thirty-some years ago – how to look.
I surrender, I yield myself. He knows everything. He is precise,
demanding and makes love overflow from the colors and images.
Silences, memories, time that passes too slow or too fast, a corner of sunshine, one or another person who passes by furtively,
one or another landscape that is glimpsed.
He knows how to take advantage of scenes nearly without color and
to dive fearlessly into other saturated ones. Unexpected geometries,
shadows at improbable angles – everything punctuated by the blue
of the sky that always enchants us.
ENGINEER, ARTIST, INDEXER AND PLANT LOVER
CO-CREATOR AND PARTNER WITH CLOVIS OF ATELIÊ MM*CL
Instituto Moreira Salles
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil