Lea Rasovszky @ Bucharest Art Weekend
The solo show ‘From Stars to Steroids. Two Short Stories About an Almost Metaphoric Bestiary’ by Lea Rasovszky, open at Anca Poterașu Gallery until the end of November and part of Bucharest Art Weekend, is a presentation of the artist’s last series of drawings and paintings, curated by Anca Verona Mihuleț.
Each series has its own story, but the two perfectly intersect in the exhibition. Upstairs we are invited to experience what seems to be, at first sight, a heavenly and luxuriant world, with grass on the floor and with a few starry lights shining upon the works on the wall, where Lea’s characters playfully hide or solemnly gaze at you behind and among exotic flowers and plants.
When descending, downstairs, we meet these brawny males, revealing Lea’s interest for a certain category of individuals and their existence in today’s social context. If the first ones were rather silent, these new ‘hosts’ are either smiling or confront you directly, excessively and proudly showing their body, in various postures. The fun part is that you have the chance to exercise with them live, to work out those muscles inside the gallery (no personal trainer provided, though).
Here’s a short introduction: ‘I talked to my doctor today about DNA configuration; she told me the theory about the last common ancestor and how the age of my DNA could be older than 3,5 billion years. Oh my God, we are so old! Coincidentally, I was reading in a magazine these days that if you, let’s say, gather the DNA from all the ten trillion cells in your body, you would have enough to span over the 149 million kilometers between the Earth and the Sun, for hundreds of times. And the DNA taken from a few thousand people, joined together in one chain, could reach the nearest star. This wondrous spiral contains all the secret codes of our origin; it can be the answer to all our questions about who we are and why we are here. Yes, especially why we are here’ (read more).
… to Steroids
In parallel with Bucharest Art Weekend, there was also the project ART ON DISPLAY, where Lea participated with the series ‘Home is where my tired eyes meet the starry night’ in a commercial space in downtown Bucharest (@Musette). The project consists in a series of phantom-portraits of people who are alone, with no certain past and hope for the future, in search of a better tomorrow and only hoping that the next night will be a starry one.
Photos by The re:art.
More info about the organizers of Bucharest Art Weekend (October 18th-19th, 2014, Sat-Sun, 11 am – 8 pm) and ART ON DISPLAY (October 16th-26th, 2014) on their website and Facebook / Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
View Bucharest Art Weekend + ART ON DISPLAY recap.