member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life

This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo

(Slideshow is of Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Composing a Dream of Paradise

From peter marcek


From peter marcek

"Moon Sonata"

From peter marcek

"Dream in the Olive Garden"

From peter marcek

"Venus' Letter"

The Art of Peter Marček

Major themes in the work of Peter Marček seem to center around two types/ definitions of wealth, music, and Paradise. First, the two types of wealth:

The first is theft of in the way we take jewels from the earth for adornment, worship them (see "Mammon") and torture slaves to get them, making some men very rich from ownership but making others suffer greatly in the mines.

From peter marcek


mammon |ˈmamən| (also Mammon)
wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion. It was taken by medieval writers as the name of the devil of covetousness, and revived in this sense by Milton.
(From my fantastic Mac dictionary)

Or here, where the story might be on coveting omniscience:

From peter marcek

"Guilt and Judgement"

From peter marcek

"Last Day in Paradise"

The second definition of wealth has to do with the giving of riches, for example, the riches that pour from the earth and flood it with a great greenness (for example in "The Horn of Plenty," below): the wealth of nature. This theme is also expressed in Noah's Ark (below), with the salvaged and already regenerating pieces of earth, the animals and insects, and music--music especially, because that seems to be one thing that comes from man that can be called a natural richness (as well as great visual art such as this, of course, and the stories we tell, and...). In the Ark, it seems the Three Fates are ready to re-weave the earth all over again with their music.

From peter marcek

"Horn of Riches"

From peter marcek

"Noah's Ark"

Music comes up again and again, for example in the "Earth's Song," surely that concerto saved from the floods, where a root plays the wind through a small detached piece of itself, and the woman has become her instrument:

From peter marcek

IMAGE "Earth's Song"

On the 11/3/07 (free) podcast of the Bob Edwards Show, there is an interview with Oliver Sacks in which we get an idea of just how powerful a tool music would be in healing humanity (which would give the rest of the planet some hope). In this interview, they discuss Music Therapy, a subject Sacks writes about in his book Awakenings. Here is some of what he said:
"I first encountered this [music as a form of therapy] about 40 years ago with the deeply Parkinsonian people whom I later described in Awakenings; these were people who were often unable to initiate any movement or any speech by themselves--who were stuck, who were frozen, who had no flow. But when music was played, then they could suddenly be liberated, and they could speak and dance and move. Music seemed to give them the flow and the sort of temporal organization which they couldn't generate for themselves. There's particular parts of the brain called the Basal Ganglia which are necessary to have sequences and structure and flow--that's damaged in Parkinson's, but music could almost, as it were, be a prosthesis for them. So, music therapy is very useful for people with Parkinson's, and also sometimes people with Parkinson's can carry an iPod around, to have a source of music, which allows them to move more easily. But music can make a tremendous difference to people with Alzheimer's Disease, or with Dementia...
...Typically, even when the ability to respond to language, even when language has been lost, when so much has been lost, the ability to respond to music, and recognize it seems almost indestructible, it seems to last till very, very late...."

(The interview with Oliver Sacks is the first one on that episode. The quoted sections take place from around 20:30.)

In the same interview, they discuss synesthesia:
synesthesia |ˌsinəsˈθē zh ə| ( Brit. synaesthesia)
noun Physiology & Psychology
1. the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.
2. the poetic description of a sense impression in terms of another sense, as in “a loud perfume” or “an icy voice.”
(also from my Mac).
In this particular conversation, they were talking about people who "see" different sounds or chords as distinct colors. The musician Jimmi Hendrix is a famous example of someone with this ability.
Marcek's images are so musically-themed and vividly colored, I could imagine some of these being the shaping of some great concerto he's listening to as he paints. Here is Concerto 1, which I imagine to be in D#.

From peter marcek

"Concerto 1"

What struck me first, and most, about his paintings was the contrast between the smoothness of the skin and delicacy of the women's and birds' forms and faces and the oddly-shaped, collage-seeming textures of their hair, the rocks and plants of their environments, and the castle pieces. There is often an interesting abruptness between the foreground and the background. Simultaneous with that, I noticed that he's partial to vivid blues and ambers, which makes him a dear friend of mine. And, the instruments he paints are fantastic!

From peter marcek

"Musica Natura"

Peter says:"The central aim of my creation is a woman, as a mysterious object of admiration, but the eternal source of inspiration."

From peter marcek

"The Three Graces"

From peter marcek

"Allure of the Medusa"
Here she is, in her pre-hideous days. Playing a classical bass in a way that shows she knows what's to come, music-wise...

Then he has one called "Samhain." As I am now in 100+ degree weather, with excessive humidity,let us daydream a bit: This three day festival (Samhain) marked the end of summer, and the harvest time. For the Celts, it also marked the beginning of the new year--they divided the year into the light half and the dark half, and they began their year with the dark half, as they began their day at night. "For it was understood that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground." ( All the fires in the area would be extinguished, and a huge bonfire would be set at the fortress marking the grave of Tlachtga. Everyone would relight their hearth from that fire, in order to connect and unite the community symbolically. On that night, the line between the living and the dead and the humans and the gods would fade, allowing for a meal to be shared among them and wisdom to be proffered, and as the night continued, many tales of the ancients were told. It was also a good night for divination.
In Marcek's painting of Samhain, the golds and ambers of harvest are prevalent; a pod bursts with seeds, wheat fills the background. My guess is that the woman riding the back of the horse is Tlachtga herself, a powerful druidess and a sun goddess--here set before a sun-drenched sky:

From peter marcek

"Samhain/ End of Celt's Summer"

As for influences, Peter Marček creates homages to some of them: Hieronymus Bosch, Max Ernst, J. Brahms.

From peter marcek

"The World of H. Bosch"

From peter marcek

"In the Garden of Max Ernst"

New creatures, new perceptions...In the Garden of Max Ernst, Aphrodite emerges from her shell (a flower?), and transcends to bird form, accompanied by a creature to her left playing cello, and an almost-man to the right playing a very long and twisted trumpet --always, music.... And below, we have again a very ark-like and musical image, stuffed to the brim, and transcending from the head of Mr. Brahms at the bottom out the mouths of birds at the top

From peter marcek

"Homage to J Brahms"

Here's Rhapsody No.2 in G Minor, composed by Brahms and performed by Glenn Gould:

Brahms - Rhapsody, No. 2 in G minor - Glenn Gould
(For some reason, imeem only allows 30 seconds of it here, but if you follow the link, you can hear the whole thing, which is gorgeous.)

Peter Marček's paintings are art as a way of re-creation and repair:

From peter marcek

"On the Way to Paradise"

From peter marcek

"The Image of Paradise"

A glorious, large slide show with almost sixty of his paintings in very good color is provided by art odyssey at this link (it was too wide to post here, but GO SEE IT!).

The artist's website is here


  1. Zoe, you are the perfect guide to make the most of this amazing imagery! I am impressed by the rich symbolism and glowing colors used by this artist. Thank you, my dear friend!

  2. thank you! i'm glad you enjoyed it! his colors really do glow... i find his work amazing.

  3. Yes you are really the perfect guide, with your wrds and Peter's painting it all becomes unforgettable and more vivid. I like the quote: "The central aim of my creation is a woman, as a mysterious object of admiration, but the eternal source of inspiration."
    I like everything you wrote really

  4. added tidbit, from the news this morning, entitled:
    Disco tune saves man's life
    (CNN) -- Debra Bader was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband one morning when suddenly he collapsed. At first she thought the situation was hopeless.
    "I looked at him and said, 'He's dead,' because he wasn't moving or making any sounds at all," Bader remembers. "But I pulled the cell phone out of his pocket and called 911, and then a public service announcement I'd heard on the radio popped into my head."

    The one-minute PSA from the American Heart Association instructed listeners, in the event of cardiac arrest, to perform chest compressions very hard to the beat of the 1970s Bee Gees song "Stayin' Alive." When someone suffers cardiac arrest, as pop singer Michael Jackson did last week, the heart stops functioning completely, and brain death begins within four to six minutes if the victim doesn't receive help.

    "I sang the song and gave directions to the EMTs at the same time. It was like, 'Stayin' alive, stayin' alive -- take a right here, take a left here -- Stayin' alive, stayin' alive -- take this path down here -- Stayin' alive, stayin' alive,' " Bader remembers.

    For 15 minutes Bader, who had never taken a CPR class, pumped her husband's chest until the ambulance arrived and the EMTs delivered a shock to his heart with a defibrillator. Christopher Bader survived, but 95 percent of people who go into cardiac arrest die before they get to the hospital.

    "She's a real hero," says Dr. Kenneth Rosenfield, Bader's cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.


  5. I wish I had time and patience to do articles as you do. So many details, so many information sometimes it helps to understand the painter and his works. Well, sometimes because not always the painter as something to say to do ones who look to the paintings. Sometimes it's only pleasure :)

    Amazing your dedication . Thanks Zoe