Stambotism is a new artistic trend. Unclassifiable, indefinable, which escapes intellectual encroachments because it is born from each individual’s subjectivity. In a way, everyone can be Strambotic. But in Strambotism’s epicentre there are muses and a terrifying cyclopean imagination. It works like a fabulous “CONDENSER OF AN IMPULSE” and it is nourished by an inexhaustible imagination. Strambotism is the POWER to feel FREE to do all we want to do with our TIME. Strambotism is an altered but conscious reflection of the reality around us. It is born from a delicate balance between “common sense and impulse” in which imagination is the essential component. A phenomenal impulse, which nothing can stop or control, with just the right amount of common sense to be able to manage it and avoid self-destruction, and which suddenly leads the individual to do things that are not “normal”.
A common sense that never limits creativity, allowing the painter (or artist, creator or person in general) to do what they have always wanted to do and which results in an extraordinary event. It is a creative mechanism that is activated when an adult keeps his imagination intact when he was a child.
The combination of a child’s imagination and an adult mind results in hyperbolic power. In creative terms, it is an extremely powerful combination. Strambotism is not about discovering an unknown method, or inventing anything, but rather describing a creative mechanism that has been widely used by many creators since immemorial times. The visual manifesto is the Strambotic trilogy, 3 oil paintings of enormous dimensions which with the metaphors which appear in the Strambotic Legendarium define this new movement. Strambotism is observing your surroundings with a child’s imagination and altering the elements with all the capacity and effectiveness of an adult mind. Without prejudices, formulas, restrictions, or conventionalisms. Everything is possible and the limit is your own imagination.
Fragment of the Strambotic Manifesto.
The begginingsWhen Hereu was a little child, his aunt Conxita was the first person he heard who used the Catalan word “estrambòtic” – which means unusual- to describe the drawings he used to do while lying on the floor, in his grandparent’s house, while his aunt made him tea. Joan Fuster Gimpera invented the term “Strambotism” applied to painting, with the intention of presenting a new artistic movement during the seventies. Finally, in the year 2004 Joan Fuster met Quim Hereu and Fuser gave Hereu the task of completing the creation of the Art movement which he had started and to present it to the world. Fuster died in 2011. Hereu is the maximum exponent and representative of Strambotism.
AlchemyQuim Hereu met Joan Fuster in 2006 in a place called “Alchemy”, Fuster’s workshp in Estartit (Girona, Catalonia). From that moment onwards a friendship started alongside a strong artistic connection between the two which ended, little before Joan Fuster’s death (2011), with the task of completing the new movement and presenting it to the world. Strambotism was searching for a “father and a “mother”. And it has them now.
LlegendariumHereu wanted to to something which had never been done before: to present Strambotism to the world with an enormous exhibition. He wanted to announce it. And he had an idea: a birth presented by another birth. The first birth was Strambotism, the Art style, and it would be announced with a painting of the Strambotic birth of Venus. With this in mind, he started the Strambotic trilogy: 3 paintings of enourmous sizes. Time, Power and Freedom, 6x 12 m each which would be the visual manifesto of the new Art movement. The first painting, and the most important, would be the icon of Strambotism and it would be based on a work of Art of a painter who had fascinated him when he was a child: The birth of Venus, by Boticelli. Hereu would take twelve years to start the Strambotic Trilogy.
The inheritanceIn 2010, an extraordinary, singular event took place: Fuster turned Hereu into the testamentary heir of Strambotism. After the Fuster’s death, he would continue the work begun by redefining the Strambotism with his own contributions and promoting it strongly with the Strambotic Trilogy, the book of the Strambotism, the Legendarium and the creation of the Espai Quim Hereu, the sanctuary of Strambotism open to the general public.
Espai Quim HereuIt is the Sanctuary of the Strambotism. It accommodates the visual manifesto, the Strambotic Trilogy (probably the largest trilogy of oil paintings in the world), paintings, objects, sculptures and works of Art by Hereu on permanent display. It is also the studio where he usually works and a space that will grow as Hereu completes the Strambotic project. He is currently working on the third of the paintings of the trilogy, Freedom. He is also preparing the sketches of the sculptural ensembles that will mainly fill the exteriors: The Legendarium. This phase of the project will involve the creation of the Strambotic icons in bronze. The space is in phase of creation and permanent evolution and can be visited, allowing access not only to a part of the museum, but also to the workshop where you can see and follow the creative process.
Strambotic work of Art
In painting, Strambotism consists of doing bizzare, strange things, but making it as natural as possible. It consists of drawing and painting figures and objects that are common in our environment but in a strange, particular, unusual way. It consists of making impossible associations and altering the properties of the elements that compose them. In short, doing unusual things, where the essential ingredient that will make the whole process possible, is imagination. The imagination of when we were children combines existing forms and elements with nature to create combinations, new theatrical environments, strange, curious and unreal, although very real at the same time, as contradictory as it may seem. Drawing is the basis of any Strambotic work of Art.