Sundays of Art and poetry: (art), “A Stroll through our River Turia. Art Digital

[Walking west on the Gardens of Turia (Jardines del Turia), photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia]

38 degrees! But under the shade of the many “forests” we have in our “river”, it was a comfortable walk.

The Jardines del Turia (Gardens of Turia) are the lungs of our city. It is an 8k long park that creates a horseshoe shape park that goes from the “Oceanographic” on the east side to the “BioPark” on the west. In between there are walking, running and bicycle paths, there are dog parks, football fields, restaurants, bars, areas to just hang around and forests of different species of trees.

We call it the river because that was what it was. The River Turia ran through here on its course from the Mediterranean through the city of Valencia, or vice-versa. But in the late 1950’s there was a huge flood that caused so much damage that it was decided to change the course of the river and create a park in the path of where the Turia once flowed.

The result is the longest urban park in Europe. A place every Valenciano loves and cherishes…and we take very good care of it too…and where we spend time almost every day.

Hope you like it…

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Above is one of our little forests, with lots of palm trees, within the river…

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Outside the park, and on top at street level, is the Valencia Art Museum, the second most important one in Spain.

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

An ancient olive tree amidst Roman ruins unearthed at this site…from under the river bed…from the days when Valencia was a Roman city, Valentia…

(photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

One of the many bridges that cross the “river” going from the Alameda to the Puerta del Mar, this is the Pont de la Mar, which dates from the XIVth C.


Domingo, un poema para pensar: “Entre las hojas…”

(Foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)


Entre las hojas viejas de aquel libro,

has colocado aquella flor en el olvido,

ya no consigues sentir lo que has sentido,

una llama,

una fuerza,

una mentira…

Ahora que miras entre nieblas el camino,

y buscas otra luz que te acaricie,

si alguna vez me amaste,

ya no existe,

ya no compartiremos juntos nuestro vino.

Se han convertido las gansa en sombras,

y seremos solo sombras en el río.

La pasión,

contaminada por el frío,

se queda sola,

flotando en las aguas

y en el libro,

donde esa flor se ha


C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 09 de agosto de 2020, Valencia, España.

Sundays for poetry and art: (poem), “WAR”

(Photo property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

Unconscious ambush,

they lie in wait,

but they’re always a force that strikes too late…

Thoughts versus impulse,

plans versus haste,

spontaneously setting the pace…

Fat versus skinny,

white versus black,

no one knows the right time to attack…

Hip-Hop v. Reggae,

guitar v. bass,

trumpet v. saxophone,

channelling hate…

Ideas that converge and form systems,

and failures that history tries to forget,

because power’s the drug,

that fuels hearts like rocks,

and like idiots we all soon forget…

We forget we’ve been used,

we’ve been nothing but cattle,

led to the slaughterhouse,

urged into battle,

battling words,




as we struggle to fulfil our needs…

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 09 AUG 2020, Valencia, Spain

Saturdays Art looks back at 1978…

Argentina '78 (Publicación de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ...

It was a turbulent year but a year of many great things. The FIFA World Cup was played in Argentina and host Argentina won the Cup! (I guess you know by now that I am a football fan).

But the peace accords, between Israel and Egypt, was also signed that year at Camp David, with US President Jimmy Carter presiding.

How Menachem Begin Made Peace With Egypt - Tablet Magazine

Menachem Begin and Anwar al-Sadat, signed that historic accord. Unfortunately, that ultimately led to Sadat’s assassination by Islamic extremists of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

▷El asesinato de Anwar Sadat, 1981. | FotosCuriosas
(assassination of Sadat in 1981)

Menachem Begin and Mohamed Anwar Al-Sadat both received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978.

Menachem Begin - Wikipedia
(Menachem Begin)

The Rolling Stones toured the world that year, the Some Girls tour. I am very happy to say that I saw them at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in July! It was hot!

Communist Vietnam invaded Cambodia, demonstrating that they did plan on spreading communism throughout Southeast Asia…

And many more things that you may remember that occurred in your own countries…

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Saturdays Artist Series: “Barbara Jones-Hogu” African-American artist

Barbara Jones-Hogu - AFRICANAH.ORG

Barbara Jones-Hogu was an African-American artist. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States in 1938. She was a very well academically educated artist having received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and as well a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago plus a Master of Fine Arts from the Institute of Design in Chicago, and a master’s degree in printing from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Even in her early seventies she worked for and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Independent Film and Digital Imaging at Governors State University.

High Priestess (c.1970), Barbara Jones-Hogu of AfriCOBRA : ArtHistory
(“High Priestess” 1970)

Jones-Hogu was also a co-founder of the AfriCOBRA artists’ collective (1968), in Chicago. She also worked for the Organisation of Black American Culture (OBAC), an organisation developed during the Civil Rights era to unite Black writers, artists and intellectuals, community activists and others.

Barbara Jones Hogu - Never The Same

Her work is very political and fuses many styles, however always mixing political statements and texts with her work. She thought gangs were capable of becoming a force for good but then considered that they were engaged in “self-genocide”. Gangs can never be thought of as being an agent for the betterment of society. Yet, the artist defined genocide as “white on black” crime, although most gang crimes are black on black.

Chicago Artist Barbara Jones-Hogu, a Founding Member of AfriCOBRA ...

In 1968, Jones-Hogu co-founded AfriCOBRA a sort of cooperative exclusive for African-American artists, in Chicago. That year, inspired by the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute, she painted one of her most famous works “Unite”. Another one of her key works was “Resist Law and Order in a Sick Society”. She typically incorporated key phrases as titles. However misleading the message could be as she judged the society to be “sick”, without providing reasons, and then urged her followers to commit crime and mayhem, which is what “resist law and order” is all about.

Barbara Jones-Hogu | Never The Same

In a documentary from 2011 titled “AfriCOBRA: Art For The People,” she said: “The people we were making art for looked like us.”

Barbara Jones-Hogu served on the board of the South Side Community Art Center, a museum for African-American artists. She was heavily involved with it throughout her life and it was where her work was first exhibited. Because she constantly used the museum for her own exhibitions, she received complaints from others involved and had to stop her exhibitions there.

Barbara Jones-Hogu | Black art pictures, Black arts movement ...

She died on the 14th of November 2017 at the age of 79 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Oh Freedom! Barbara Jones–Hogu | Smithsonian American Art Museum

My opinion is that Barbara Jones-Hogu was a very well trained artist. Her search for knowledge and insight into art led her to even pursue a masters degree well into her seventies. However, I do not place too much artistic value on a body of work solely committed to a revolutionary cause, especially if that cause is not well defined and rather superfluous. The message does not jive with the messenger in this case. I find her work repetitive and lacking the strength to survive those turbulent years of the sixties.

Precios y estimaciones de las obras Barbara Jones Hogu


All photographs/images used are the property of their respective owners and used here solely for educational purposes.


Fridays of Art and Poetry: (poem) “Crossing”

(Photo is the property of FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

To cross the bridge,

to reach across a river wide,

with anger raging deep inside,

with hope of seeing miles and miles of


There is no light to calm the fears,

those lonely times and shallow years

that made of thoughts mountains so high

they blocked the sky…

To cross,

not to begin anew,

to continue travelling here through,

not seeking for a place to rest,

or wanting you to smile.

To cross is to leave so far behind

capricious vagrants of my mind,

irrational and violent storms

that tore the shelters,

destroyed our homes…

If blood can be the river far below,

the bridge is where we’ll go.

Viernes de arte y poesía: (poema) “Arrástrate”

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)


Cuesta arriba irás,
arrastrándote por ese monte
cubierto de escombros,
sembrado de espinas,
y cuando llegues a la cima,
congela tu sangre,
aplaza la ira.
Hazte ese hombre
que adora la cima.
El valle ya no te hace caso,
el mar no te alivia la sed,
los bosques no escuchan tu llanto
ni te invitan al té.
No, ya aquel té se acabo, el de las cinco,
ya no hay vino ni queso, ni olivas,
ni manjares con ornitorrincos,
ahora tienes maleza y espinas.
Eres plaga.
Eres peste.
La inmundicia te hará siempre terrestre,
no tendrás alas con que volar,
pues no te quieren los cielos,
ni tampoco las nubes,
así que arrástrate querube malnacido
hasta el fin de los tiempos
hasta verte vencido!
Nunca ya serás hombre,
sino soberbia
hecha sangre y pellejo,
ajado, vil, y viejo,
en tu cima
estarás condenado a vivir sin espejos.

C.2020, Francisco Bravo Cabrera, 07 de agosto de 2020, Valencia, España.

Viernes: Puente del Mar, Valencia (fotografía)

(foto propiedad de FBC, Omnia Caelum Studios Valencia)

El Puente del mar, comunica la plaza de América con el paseo de la Alameda, en Valencia.

Es uno de los cinco puentes históricos de Valencia. Debió levantarse durante el siglo XIV, construido entonces de madera. En 1425 se hizo la construcción más robusta, que ya tenía cimientos de piedra.

Las imágenes fueron destruidas en 1936 y se repusieron en los años cuarenta. José Ortells López se encargó de tallar la nueva imagen de San Pascual Bailón, y Vicente Navarro Romero de la Virgen de los Desamparados, y se pavimentó con losetas de rodeno.