Bucharest, 00:12 am

There’s a sense of safety at this late hour of the night that brings me confort. After midnight, the phone isn’ t ringing anymore, I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. I stop, breath and listen.  My dog is snoring, the crickets are doing their usual routine, and some billiard balls are rolling in a computer game.

These are not stressing sounds, my brain is relaxed.

Some one told me the otherday that our species is not used to speed and nevertheless, we speed everyday  in our cars, bikes, planes. I could add that our brain is not used to sounds made by honks and sirens, either. Stress is gathering from every corner…   until it gets dark and it melts into this thick, muddy silence that makes eveything happen in slow motion…

My eyes are the balls in the billiard game and they start rolling… Sleep and forget.

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Meet Vladimir

I’ve been recently to a very nice  exhibition held in Bucharest, in a temporary art space called Go Art Project. Read below what it was about and feast your eyes on some shots of the works and people attending. There was also good music by Momentdat.

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For Leonard Zarnescu, the psyche is always related to art. One can easily observe the two tendencies expressed in his artistic practice. The first is negative and related to the critical philosophy and interpretation applied to his work and the second is positive reflecting the distinction of his mind and knowledge. Although he is extremely pragmatic and always finds himself on the intellectual territory when looking at the world he would sometimes fall into a sort of mental captivation and give life to the most absurd and macabre characters and ideas. 

Vladimir is one of those characters; part of the lucid world that the artist finds impossible to correct. He lives at the vertex of illusion where the truth, the evil, the beautiful frost in time. He irritates more than he seduces, he is somehow aggressive but elegant; rough yet childish, furious and imposing. Vladimir lives in a perpetual paradox that he cannot escape so thus all his refinement is condemned to fragility.

Leonard would go further and state that “I empowered my body of work by creating a character outside the social indulged peculiarities, my mirror friend. I detached his human features and I wrap him with a massive cloak so as to be able to let myself into my deepest me, without any fear of being judged. He is defined by darkness and secrecy. In him I indulge shame, guilt, rage and despair, yet still express triumph and survival. What awes me is the very moment when one identifies with my initial impulse. It has to do with that found common ground between two inner selves, translated through my character.”
The artist is bringing to life the silhouette of Vladimir for the exhibition in a sensual, dark, dramatic lyrical expressionism refusing any type of interpretation or transformation.

Then something unutterable happens to the viewer and thus, in order to end the cycle and see beyond the shadows we turn on the light: the universe of Leonard Zarnescu is brought into the realm of tranquility. Silence becomes therefore the only tool to look at his works.
Curator- Alina Bucur”

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