The Keen Observer
Works by Cornel Brudascu and Alin Bozbiciu
Curated by Maria Rus Bojan
Exhibition dates: 12 June – 20 July 2015
Galleria Doris Ghetta
9046 Ortisei (Bolzano)
The Keen Observer is the first presentation in Italy of the renowned master of the Cluj School of Painting, the 78 years old painter Cornel Brudascu, in dialogue with the 26 years old artist Alin Bozbiciu, represented by Doris Ghetta Gallery.
This exhibition aims to explore the relationship of trust and mutual admiration between the master and his young disciple that is based on their common passion for painting, and also, on their deep affection for their canine companions.
Investigating the complex mechanisms of identification of the young artist with the master, and also of the master with his youngest student, this dialogue searches for the common features that underlie their decision to portray each other in their work, often accompanied by their dogs.
A source of inspiration for many artists of the Cluj art scene, such as Victor Man and Mircea Cantor, master Brudascu is known for his highly painterly and poetic canvases. Choosing simple themes as flowers, landscapes, and portraits, Brudascu’s paintings wrap his compositions in an aura of mystery that subtly refer to the painting of old masters.
While Alin Bozbiciu’s works address scenes of everyday life, his works never fully reveal themselves to the viewers. While the painterly technique bares clear references to the one of the master, by occulting intentionally the subject, Bozbiciu’s works become specifically contemporary. Focusing on a close study of the relationship between people and animals, his canvases instill a strong feeling of intimacy, revealing to the viewer to a new type of sensibility.
The selection of works that compose the exhibition aims at underlining that the relevant and beautiful things in life are very close. To reach them one should only become a keen and patient observer.