OTLEY’S UNIQUE OPEN STUDIO GALLERY

Since December 2013 Bono Art Gallery has been transformed into 5 open plan artist work spaces.
Spaces are available for artists of all mediums, please contact the gallery for details.
The gallery also offers the following services, events and classes:-
-Free 30 minute appraisals for artists from resident qualified tutor.  Contact the gallery to make an appointment, then bring along at least three pieces of work,  a piece you are pleased with and one that has been problematic, and one that in progress.  We will discuss your techniques and draw your attention to possible alternative outcomes. We believe everyone can improve.
-Programme of life classes with tuition, at £14 per two hour session, contact now to register your interest as availability of spaces will be limited.
-Private tuition from £13 per session.
-Chess club with tuition, starting Wednesday 15th January, drop in from 4.00pm till 6.00pm.  All levels and ages. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult. First session free, £3.00 thereafter.
-Portrait commissions by resident artists from £50.
-Visits from contemporary international artists.
-Free expert advice on materials and techniques.
-A select range of hand-made quality art materials.
-Exhibition memorabilia.

-Original and reproduction contemporary art for sale.
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Generative & Conceptual Audio-Visual Art

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The waves of poverty

“When we see the waves of poverty, we see that we are not far from those sacrificed beings, already bombed by power, hunger, and poverty; this is the new old-war. Money is power and glory, and everyone wants it all. They want all the blood in the world, broken hands, thirst, and the skin off the people’s back. They want it all, at whatever price.” – Spanish writer Manolo Montergudo Lopez

The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMBIC38vTbA&feature=youtu.be

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“GENTES GUERNIKA GLOBAL”
Art installation by German Diez.
16th November – 16 December.
@ the bonoartgallery in Otley
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Art installation by German Diez

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“GENTES GUERNIKA GLOBAL”

16th November – 16 December.

Opening Saturday 16th November at 6pm.

International artist German Diez is currently hard at work in the Bono Art Gallery, constructing an installation that is instantly recognised worldwide. Inspired by Guernica, thousands and thousands of clay faces have been designed to mirror the pain of the people depicted in Picasso’s masterpiece. The harrowing massacre’s lasting effects are here for us all to see in each and every face, sculpted by the artist’s own hands.

“In 2013 Guernica is as the whole world is, and the majority of its inhabitants, the majority of the people, can be annihilated at any moment”   –   German Diez

German grew up in Zaragoza, towards the end of Franco’s reign. His life and art are deeply rooted in the historic atrocities of the Basque country, and Guernica itself. The scars of oppression are here for us all to see, as we stand literally face to face with the haunting horror of this socially relevant and vital work. As well as commenting on the past, German questions the present with an overwhelming beauty, which asks a new generation never to forget the region’s ugly memories, whilst drawing comparisons with today’s socio-economic imbalances.

“When we see the waves of poverty, we see that we are not far from those sacrificed beings, already bombed by power, hunger, and poverty; this is the new old-war. Money is power and glory, and everyone wants it all. They want all the blood in the world, broken hands, thirst, and the skin off the people’s back. They want it all, at whatever price.” –    Spanish writer Manolo Montergudo Lopez

“The installation contains a powerful message of the artist’s view of today’s society. German borrows the pathos from Picasso’s masterpiece, Guernica. The thousands of individually crafted clay faces are contorted in an expression of their angst. This metaphor contains a power that reaches the darkest places in the human-psyche, challenging the viewer to seek an alternative path for mankind.”   –   Local artist David Veron

“We have only our hands and voices to cry out against the shadows. It’s a powerful enemy we have, the most powerful to have ever existed.” This artwork’s truth, has never been as hidden as it is today; hidden in every single face German thoughtfully places on the gallery walls. Shedding new light on the inhumane darkness depicted within Guernika, whilst evoking both the aesthetic and moral power that Picasso originally envisaged.

“GENTES GUERNIKA GLOBAL” – Opening Saturday 16th November at 6pm.

Art installation at the Bono Art Gallery
16th November – 16 December.

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Spanish Artist German Diez will be creating an art installation of thousands of individually crafted clay faces, contorted in agony as were the protagonists in Picasso’s masterpiece of 1937 “Guernica”.

The creation of this work will form the basis of a film by Jose Luis. This installation will be open to the public at the Bono Art Gallery on Courthouse Street in Otley, from 16th November – 16th December.

Germán Díez tells us “In 2013 Guernica is as the whole world ,and the majority of
its inhabitants, the majority of us people, can be annihilated at any moment, when it’s necessary for them, we are in the hands of the money masters blinded by their desire to possess more and more, accumulating until it’s absurd.”

The Installation will commence on the 12th November and German will be available to discuss his work with the media before opening to the public on the 16th.

Quote from the Artist’s friend, Spanish Writer Manolo Montergudo Lopez
“Life is impossible whilst crossing forbidden borders, when the water has run out, when you have only a bit of fruit left, your shoes are broken, the doors close on you and you are suspected by everyone, when you cry and are so far away, when you fall ill and can’t get treatment, when you are queuing up for the dole or for food, when you see the queues of poverty knowing you are not far
from those sacrificed beings who have already been bombed by hunger and poverty.

The new old war.

Money is power and glory. And everyone wants it All. They want all the blood in the world, the broken hands, thirst, the skin off their back. They want it all at whatever price. They will fill up their own already full storehouses before thinking about you. Not all the money in the world will stop them.”

Quote from Otley based artist David Veron.
“The Installation contains a powerful message of the Artist’s view of today’s society. German borrows the pathos from Picasso’s Masterpiece, Geurnica. The thousands of individually crafted clay faces, are contorted in an expression of their angst. This metaphor contains a power that reaches the darkest places in the human-psyche, and challenges the viewer to seek an alternative path for mankind. It is only through his close links with gallery owner and fellow international artist Roberto Bono, that Otley has become the current venue for this far reaching piece of work. It is both inspiring in it’s beauty, and thought provoking in it’s melancholy.”

For further information and images contact Roberto Bono – 01943 466866 – info@arteutile.net

Bono Art Gallery

7a Courthouse street.
Otley
LS21 3AN
01943 466866
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GENTES GUERNIKA GLOBAL (Original Spanish text below)

Art installation by German Diez.

Bono Art Gallery 16th November – 16 December.

We are told that life is not possible on the third planet from the sun, we are told that there are too many mouths to feed and that there is not enough bread and salt for everybody.
They think people should just die without complaining while they drive their high-spec, high–tech, high- priced vehicles, vehicles and beings born to win.
People are stupid and not worth it – they say- during their weekends together playing golf, to show who is the worst off, who will travel the farthest in their desire to earn a few more cents.
People should lie down and die or whatever.
At least, don’t disturb anybody else.
We are the people.
Somebody should tell them that death hangs over all of us, even them.

Life is impossible whilst crossing forbidden borders, when the water has run out, when you have only a bit of fruit left, your shoes are broken, the doors close on you and you are suspected by everyone, when you cry and are so far away, when you fall ill and can’t get treatment, when you are queuing up for the dole or for food, when you see the queues of poverty knowing you are not far from those sacrificed beings who have already been bombed by hunger and poverty.
The new old war.

Money is power and glory.
And everyone wants it All.
They want all the blood in the world, the broken hands, thirst, the skin off their back.
They want it all at whatever price.
They will fill up their own already full storehouses before thinking about you.
Not all the money in the world will stop them.

Pablo Picasso painted “Guernika” in 1937, a mural in which his subjects are the victims of barbarity, victims of the madness of power created by manipulating the truth and therefore the master of lives and destinies.
The only thing that the victims have left is their heart-rending screams filled with pain which reach the far corners of the universe.

Germán Díez tells us that in 2013 Guernica is the whole world and the majority of its inhabitants, the majority of us people, can be immolated at any moment, when it’s necessary for them, we are in the hands of the money masters blinded by their desire to possess more and more, accumulating until it’s absurd.
The old new war.
And we only have our hands and voices to cry out against the shadows.
It’s a powerful enemy we have, the most powerful to have ever existed.
We have few weapons and we are peacful people.
Don’t make do. Here we are, the foolish people who are in love with the possible life.
The life of everyone, life for everyone.
The sun. The wind. Our friends.
The small amount of strength we have.
Cheers mates!
Manolo

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Nos cuentan que la vida no es posible en el tercer planeta del sol, nos cuentan que somos demasiadas bocas que alimentar, que no hay pan ni sal para todos.
La gente debería morirse sin rechistar –piensan- mientras conducen sus vehículos de alto diseño, alta tecnología, alto precio, vehículos y seres nacidos para triunfar. La gente es estúpida y viste de pena –comentan- en sus reuniones de fin de semana para jugar al golf, para demostrar cual es el peor de todos ellos, quien es capaz de llegar más lejos en su afán por ganar unos pocos céntimos más.
La gente debería morirse o lo que sea. Al menos, no molestar.
La gente somos nosotros.
Alguien debería decirles que la muerte nos ronda a todos. A ellos también.
La vida es imposible mientras atraviesas fronteras prohibidas, mientras se acaba el agua, mientras sólo te queda un poco de fruta, mientras se te rompen los zapatos, mientras las puertas se cierran y eres sospechoso de cualquier cosa, mientras lloras y estás definitivamente muy lejos, mientras contraes enfermedades de las que no vas a poder curarte, mientras haces la fila del paro o la fila del comedor de beneficencia, o mientras ves a los otros haciendo las filas de la pobreza y sabiendo que estás a un paso de ellos, de seres sacrificados, que ya han sido bombardeadas por el hambre y la miseria. La nueva vieja guerra.
El dinero es el poder y la gloria. Y lo quieren todo. Todo. Quieren toda la sangre del mundo, todas la manos rotas, toda la sed, toda la piel consumida. Lo quieren todo a cualquier precio. Están dispuestos a que revienten sus graneros ya repletos antes de pensar en ti. No les detendría ni todo el dinero del mundo.
Pablo Picasso pintó en 1937 su obra “Guernika”, un mural en el que sus personajes son las víctimas de la barbarie, las víctimas de la locura del poder que se cree en posesión de la verdad, y por tanto propietario también de vidas y destinos. Lo único que le queda a las víctimas es su grito desgarrado, su voz dolorida para que llegue hasta el último rincón del universo.
Germán Díez nos cuenta que Guernika en 2013 es el mundo global, y la mayoría de sus habitantes, la mayoría de la gente podemos ser inmolados en cualquier momento, cuando les resulte necesario, estamos en manos de los señores del dinero, ciegos en su empeño de poseer más y más, de acumular hasta el absurdo. La vieja nueva guerra. Y sólo tenemos las manos y la voz para clamar contra las sombras.
Es poderoso el enemigo que nos toca. El más poderoso que jamás haya existido.
Tenemos pocas armas y somos gentes de paz. No te conformes.
Aquí estamos, somos los insensatos enamorados de la vida posible.
La vida de todos. La vida para todos. El sol. El viento. Los amigos. Nuestra poca fuerza.
Salud compañeros.
Manolo

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AN EVOLVING MUSICAL PAINTING ON THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN PERMANENCE AND CHANGE

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Works of art, whether representative or abstract, are typically fixed in time by the artist and remain permanent thereafter. In this work, we depart from this model by defining the “art object” as a multi-dimensional artistic design landscape that can be eternally travelled each time in a different and unique way using computers.
Roberto Bono has painted 12 double-sided abstract panels which, when put together in a 4 x 3 lattice, create an abstract painting.The number of paintings that could be produced potentially by rotating, flipping or repositioning the twelve panels are in the order of quintillions. One could imagine these paintings as points in a vast artistic landscape that can be explored in the form of a random and unique each time slideshow or by using evolutionary algorithms that start from arbitrary positions within this landscape and move towards those paintings in which the transition of colours between panels has been optimally harmonised. Musicians Alberti and Salmieri have added base music to match the ambience of this visual landscape and accompanying harmonic sounds to individual panels which when played together create variants of the same piece as the audio and visual design spaces of this evolving musical painting are being explored simultaneously.
There is a pervasive feeling of “everything changing and staying the same”
in the experience of this art. Indeed, this work can be seen as an experiment on the edge between movement and stillness, stability and instability, permanence and change. This is a boundary that is both intriguing and fascinating and one that has been the subject of deeply significant philosophical and artistic work in the past, from the elegant theories of Zenon of Elea, Heraclitus of Ephesus and Hegel to the beauty of the artistic works by Myron of Eleutherae, Leonardo and Vermeer.

Prof Yiannis Papadopoulos

Journeys through this musical painting can be experienced in http://www.daviusmaximus.karoo.net/

A Sicilian in Yorkshire

The Artist and chess player, Roberto Bono, has bounced north and south throughout Western Europe for the last 30 years, and finally come to rest in Otley West Yorkshire. He left Sicily in 1982 and headed to Iceland where he settled before moving to Glasgow in 1988. After a spell moving between Glasgow and Edinburgh he relocated to London where he remained for a number of years. In 2005, together with his wife Pamela, Roberto came to Yorkshire, settling in the market town of Otley, a great place to start a family, but a far cry from the sun blessed Mediterranean, or the arctic drama of Iceland.

Having established Otley as his base, Roberto has continued to grow an international community of artists and creative thinkers through his website arteutile.net. Recently he opened a gallery showcasing the work of a diverse range of artists not only from the local area, but also from this growing international community.

The current exhibition provides an opportunity to view the work of Roberto himself. Painting abstract forms in acrylics, the panels he produces evoke the mood of the Mediterranean in sensuous passages of vibrant colour. This is perhaps a document to his early life in Sicily, but more over a primeval connection he feels to the effects of one colour upon another, and the energy imbued in each daub of paint. His work is intended to reflect movement and does so as we scan the action of its manufacture. But it can also be rearranged, either from one side to another, flipping between two pieces, or in other cases to be completely recomposed into a brand new layout of a multi paneled piece. In this way Roberto intervenes with sedentary nature of viewing a painting, and provokes the viewer’s inner artist, challenging them to “play” with the image they are confronted with, entering into the compositional aesthetic of the creative process.

Roberto’s recent collaboration with Professor Yiannis Papadopoulos and a small group of mathematicians and musicians has been a natural evolution for his work, stretching the possibilities of the aesthetic into new realms. The mind boggling number of combinations created by his generative art collaborations are paradoxically reflective on the human activity of painting. To watch a projection of Roberto’s panels being rearranged by a machine which each time evaluates the subsequent composition for aesthetic merit, allows the viewer an insight into the compositional dialogue between a painter and his work.

David Veron

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Coloured light by Roberto Bono

You are warmly invited to a new opening at the bonoartgallery

Opening Saturday 5th October, 9pm onwards.

“I really like Roberto’s art – it’s so honest, innocent and direct, and the colour and form seem to just come directly from the image itself, without all sorts of stuff being projected or brought in from outside – it’s just like Roberto interacting with the light – or something really basic going on between the coloured light, his eyes, his hands and the coloured paint – but that light is so pure and mediterranean – how can he deal with the light and weather in Yorkshire?”

Yes, they’re a sort of Mediterranean window here in a northern winter, and as I flip and turn the panes there’s a path, multiple branching paths, through a harmonious space – but despite all the figural resonance, on various scales, and the southern colour on every scale, it’s not about seeing anything in particular, any things, in or through the window. And it’s not just about me and my path through it either.

Like a walk in another beautiful landscape further south, or on the Chevin in summer, Roberto’s musical painting makes us feel good on a meandering path through Otley or anywhere else. And like an old Italian painting, a more traditional window in a more traditional wall, it provides a frame for the jigsaw of our inner and outer lives, a feeling that it can all fit together, step by step, if we are guided by harmony.

Martin Joughin

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