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Guido Vermeulen's mail art envelopes are like worlds into themselves and at the same time they are part of the much larger whole.

(a comment by NANCY BELL SCOTT, USA, on the IUOMA network)

Guido's paintings are like finding images in the clouds
(a comment by Kathleen D. Johnson, USA, on IUOMA)

Guido does not paint monsters but spirits and ghosts, full of love, tenderness and compassion
(LIZA LEYLA during a conversation, Belgium)

His ability to express emotions through painting is a beautiful gift. Allowing oneself to feel sadness is the most direct route through grief. His paintings feel peaceful and kind.

(STEPHEN WALKER, USA)


My life is shifting... Your work is intangible, ethereal, cosmically rewarding. i eat it up & savor it like a great sandwich! It made my day!
(Lisa PEREZ, USA, on IUOMA)

Thank you for the TALISMAN painting on the envelope. It is real cool and creepy at the same time. I haven’t seen a piece of abstract capture such as pain and emotion so well since I visited the museum of art in Toledo. Bravo!
(Sarah Jo Pender, USA, from the Indiana Women’s Prison)

I suppose you could characterize Guido's painting style as expressionist. I know he is very interested in dreams as a source for art and poetry, and these particular chapter pages seem like shadowy dream corridors filled with shifting images and scenes. The Michaux quotes work as a counterpoint, Guido's art is taking over when the limits of language have been reached.
(De Villo Sloan, USA, on my tribute pages to Henri Michaux, see LAMUSAR blog)

Guido’s art expressions are always poems and they show us the reality of our real faces and souls (Mariana Serban, Romania)

His titles have both inspired and educated me (Alicia Starr, USA)

vrijdag 16 juli 2010

FUR ELISE


Recent intervention on an envelope mailed to Elise Mc Williams in exchange of her contribution to my jazz & freedom project. Painting was accompanied by the following text:
FUR ELISE

Don't think that Beethoven was born from boredom
He was so jazzy, jazz had to be invented a few centuries later!
A few weeks ago a friend of mine applied for a position
at the Brussels Fine Art Center and he got tested on awful trivial knowledge
of classical music. He got confused because 2 questions had the same answer!
1. The European hymn is based on?
2. Some of the music of Kubrick's Clockwork Orange is based on?

Oh François, I told him, ODE TO JOY from the 9th symphony
was the mouse trap of Dujardin - Renard and other great managers to despise.
But you should have challenged these ass holes with my compliments
(I worked 3 years for that mighty fine institute. They paid me 7 dollars an hour)
by replying 2 times "KIND OF BLUE" by Miles Davis.
Anyway not only the pay is lousy but these people illustrate perfectly LA NAUSEE
of Jean-Paul Sartre. He smiled and the rest of the evening
we talked about Bach, Glenn Gould and oh yeah
Lennie Tristano playing fur Elise in the blinded minds of heaven
with as background music "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed.

I told him near the end my appreciation of 3 classical giants:
BACH was only about God
MOZART still embraced God but he (the individual composer) became a God himself or a rival so to say
BEETHOVEN embraced his own genius and put God forever in the broom cupboard of history.

Oh Fidelio,
Oh Lovers of Total Freedom,
Your era became JAZZ.
You all should thank the mighty Ludwig von.
The mountain lion roared his FRIOUR approval!



Guido Vermeulen
15 July 2010

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