Thursday, June 03, 2010

“Unmoorings” by Bogdan Luca at “LE Gallery”, in Toronto - June 2nd to June 27th, 2010

 A painting from "Unmoorings": "Bridge"

The visual themes of “Unmoorings” – Bogdan Luca’s art exhibition at the “LE Gallery”, in Toronto, from June 2nd to June 27th, 2010  - converge in a  symphonic and criss-crossed harmony to  provide us with a view into what might be defined as the aftermath of sight and vision.

It’s by no means a safe viewpoint – rather, its author confronts us with a fractured and continuously shifting visual mood, in which planes of shapes move toward the viewer in a gallery of mirrors, funneled through doubts, de-constructing and re-constructing moments and narratives.

“What remains is the subject of "Unmoorings": an infinite negotiation of subjectivities, suggested through works that trundle between abstraction and figuration, image and material, documentation and indeterminacy.” - a quote from the presentation of  “Unmoorings” printed on the  post-card issued on the occasion of the exhibition.

Throughout the paintings, however, a pervasive sense of balance unifies the uncertainties that hold a harsh mirror to reality and self in Luca’s works.

This balance, rooted in the rhythm and sense of purpose of his paintings, provides us with catharsis and levitates us from grief into an emotion of new and original overtones.

Such is the hallmark of great art, and in  “Unmoorings”  Bogdan Luca, takes us into a new realm at the frontier of sight and sign, a realm that could be described in the words of one of  Ted Hughes’ poems: the  “eye’s cold quarantine”.

“Unmoorings” – June 2nd to June 27th, 2010
Opening June 4th, 7 -10 pm
Wednesday-Friday 12-6 pm
Saturday-Sunday 12-6 pm
1183 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1X3

The exhibition can be viewed on line at 

and if you click an image, you can view the whole painting.
I look forward to the opening of this exhibition, whose author is one of the up-and-coming young Canadian artists.

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