GAEREA'S WORDS: "November 12th 2021 not only marked the Celebration of the Vortex Society, it was a funeral experience towards a cycle which ended on that very night just so a new one can be born. We have never expected to be able to work closely with so many amazing artists like Aldo Requena who have embraced the Vortex Installation cause to a level we have never thought to be possible. Aldo proved himself to be one of the most interesting artists we have ever spoken and worked with. A true Vortex Ambassador which will remain in our core for the next years to come!"
PORTUGAL, Nov. 12, 2021 /Hardclub/ — A major exhibition of works by celebrated artist Aldo Valgorth Requena was presented at the Vortex Exhibition, as a premiere of The Fifth Supper event to celebrate 5 years of music history of the Black Metal band, GAEREA. This first exhibition in Europe of Valgorth’s art revealed compositions of grotesque figures and disturbing atmosphere in photorealistic format.
This exhibit in the Hard Club corridor was the largest of the artist’s works ever presented worldwide so far, featuring almost 20 paintings – many never displayed for the public before. Valgorth’s artwork was on display among prestigious artists from Holland, Germany, Sweden, and of course, Portugal who, with complete freedom with the band concept, explored the confines of their minds and created fantastic pieces.
The Vortex Exhibition was followed by GAEREA live concert divided into three moments, relating to many other titles in the group's career. It was a two-hour show where the band played their full discography chronologically. Three different albums, three different sets. This show presented to the audience the band's most ambitious performance to date, The Fifth Supper Event.
Valgorth presented for the Vortex Exhibition a two-set series of sacrilegious paintings specifically curated for the occasion baptised as “Limbo Reflections From The Void”. The first part is artworks explicitly commissioned for the exhibition, while the second part is a selection from his previous works depicting sin and human horrors. This complete collection of images represents a fusion of forms that contemplate the human emptiness inherent in the subconscious, a reflective disintegration of reality evoking the will of existence. The concept of The Limbo and The Void has a significant presence in these images. The manifestation of nothingness is closely associated with the contemplation of emptiness, and with human attempts to identify and personify it.
Moreover, Valgorth’s idea for this project is a direct continuation of his examinations for the masterpieces of old master authors and personal visions. His previous projects "Necronomicon" (a Barakacine film) and "The Ancients" were the direct inspiration for the aesthetics created for the "Limbo" series. On these paintings, the artist aims to instigate emotional reactions in the audience by mixing images of psychosocial conflict and surrealism with the unsettling message from GAEREA.
The artist says: "Art, especially if ominous, must incite the human psyche, and each individual, regardless of their origin or culture, will have their interpretation of the work. Dark art impacts us on a profound level because it connects us to our primal roots and phobias, pushing our boundaries to darker horizons and creating against the norms. I am deeply honored to conspire with GAEREA and colleagues a massive day of darkness consumed into THE FIFTH SUPPER event, branding our faceless identity with chaos and catharsis. Limbo Reflections from the depths of our hearts to bring reality to ash."
Something rises in the bleak and blackened skies of society as we know it. Vortex community GAEREA are about to bestow their Undying Sigil to the masses, with their brand-new full length ‘Limbo’!
GAEREA is a black metal quintet from Portugal. Emerging in the beginning of 2016, the band released their first (self-titled) EP on November 11, 2016 through Everlasting Spew Records. The EP received many praises from the worldwide press, and it was not long before the first full length “Unsettling Whispers” (2018) was presented.
With that, GAEREA had the pleasure to perform and tour festivals in Europe and China, including performances with Jupiterian in April 2019 and a headlining Chinese tour in May 2019. The band already performed at festivals like SWR Barroselas Metalfest (PT), De Mortem et Diabolum (DE), Throne Fest (BE), Frantic Fest (IT), Eresia Metal Fest (IT), Amplifest (PT) and many more. During the fall of 2019, the band did an extensive tour with label mates NUMENOREAN under the Doomstar Bookings wing throughout Europe.
Are you finally ready for the tale of the Fallen Society and the journey to the vast Void, the only good in Life? Let us begin then. In the first hopeless circle, on too great and Undeniable Nothingness. WE ARE GAEREA.
ALLAN "UNCLE" LARSEN
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