Lea Rasovszky – Dig the Inbetween book launch
On March 17th, 2017, Lea Rasovszky launched her book Dig the Inbetween, a collaboration with graphic designer Larisa Sitar and curator and art critic Diana Marincu, together with a one-night only exhibition at Mobius Gallery in Bucharest.
If you’re expecting a classic overview of her work, you’ll be disappointed. Published in a limited edition and comprising works from 2009 to 2016, some of them discussed with the artist herself in our previous interview, the book offers insights about Lea’s diverse, bold, naughty and thought-provoking art in the form of a narrative performance, an inner dialogue devised with Diana Marincu (in both Romanian and English). It begins with the dark, “a landscape from your nocturnes where the stars are at our feet” and where “there can be everything or maybe it’s just you”, an introspective journey exploring the tropical forests of the mind to become conscious of life beyond known time and space.
We step in the dark with the confidence of the first man to step on the moon.
The other, the one “at whom we can point our finger, and negotiate balance”, is a theme that Lea has constantly returned to. For years, the artist has been fascinated by the man of the periphery and the poetic life of the common and the anonymous, as well as man’s perception of/ faith in/ relationship with divinity, with ironic representations throughout her work – for instance, the name GOD, with the O formed by a fifty-bani coin, written above a neon light, perhaps shining in the kitchen, the “meditative space” of one’s home, as Lea playfully points out in her book.
As the other is usually perceived through all sorts of filters, so are the realities we built or connect with.
Actually, there is no big difference between truth and lie when you are a child. They all blend in the waterfall under which a blue-eyed storyteller controls the taps. (…) While you are a child, you know only the reality of instant thought. The world is taking shape before your eyes and there can still be added rooms, trees, some stairs that lead to nowhere… Then we discover the top from where the waterfall of subjective realities starts.
Also inhabiting her universe are bodybuilders, the “big self-conscious boys” side by side with the shy ones confronted with puberty, the dreamboys and the dreamless men, the “imperfect and broken” mentors with fading auras, “peculiar spores, invasive peaches, (…) translucent bruises”, Joseph Beuys and a tough tattooed guy wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, men with animal costumes and masks, romantic wolves flirting with the moon.
Finally, Lea’s cartoonish characters, reminding of the beloved Disney characters that most of us grew up with, show that “anything can be beautiful after all”, even “the clumsiest drawings, the most hesitating lines, the greatly deformed shapes.” It is both a commentary on the art world and especially highlights the need to be permanently in control of our lives, which should be perfect according to some unquestionable rules we blindly follow in order to fit in. Yet will we ever accept that “we are our own left hand”?
There is also a reflection on the apocalypse in the last pages of the book, which is itself a kind of personal bible and artistic purgatory oscillating between an absurd heaven and a cute hell, but in this case emptying the term of its tragic sense to denote a purification and new beginning, a detachment from all the noise while envisaging the People’s House as “a temple of the cuddly toy inferno,” inspired by a random talk with a taxi driver exceeding the limits of his own imagination.
Dig the Inbetween | the book
A state of inbetween. The state of inbetween. It could also be a place. It usually comes down to places because of the constant need to belong, to have a reference point. Inbetween is abstract, it’s neither here nor there.
Authors: Lea Rasovszky, Diana Marincu
Book concept & design: Lea Rasovszky, Larisa Sitar
Project coordinator: Mihaela Cîrjan
Translation: Ioana Șerban, Carmen Dobre-Hametner
Photo credits: Gheorghe Rasovszky, Alexandru Paul
Vellant Publishing House, 2016
Dig the Inbetween | the exhibition
Photos: The re:art