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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 9 mei 2014

HET RECHT OP DROMEN





































DREAM MANIFESTO


1. We dream because we refuse the bordeom of the laws of gravity


2. The severed roots of a bewildered tree inside a swamp travel by gliding towards the longing sea


3. Death is a force of creation; it shapes several masks on the faces of the living


4. We need to accept the slow movements of our own heaviness; going too fast destroys the inner and outer visions of our dream possibilities


5. Art liberates the physionomy of those who disappeared in the dark shadows of official history writing


6. The mystery of poetry has no gender; so by definition or intent is always androgynous


7. I prefer the power of a simple line drawing above the construction  of a canvas, a party, a trade union, a circle of free thought


8. Traveling reveals the traveler while dreaming uplifts the dreamer


9. Dreaming and seeing are things of a different order or nature: when we dream too much we are unable to see the bigger picture; when we see too precisely the details of a so-called reality we loose the dreams of depth and the depth of dreams


10. What is the cold dream of a frozen stone?
It shows somehow a dark liberty in a black night dreaming of freedom, a night that touches the sea
at the border of a growing tsunami.
The survival of the stone is sure, perhaps, as the echo of a radio of those who drowned in their own dreams.
The sea is all what we hear; the sea is all what will remain of us...



(losjes gebaseerd op bedenkingen van Gaston Bachelard)

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