With this exhibition, Lea Rasovszky returns for the first time to her older drawings and watercolours, seen as primary sources for other paths possibly taken by her works. The portraits in ceramic do not transpose the artist's drawings into solid matter, but continue them in a relentless attempt to discover a new life for them. Every splash of colour transforms into topographical indices that place the character in a diorama of solitude. Every drawn line becomes a fold in porcelain imbued with sleep, silence and peace. The Albino enters into a trance state in dialogue with a disco ball, Hashimoto imagines the perfect paradise in a naive landscape, while Mr. Vio keeps staring at the night sky and continuously counts every star.
The visual discourse proposed by the exhibition is made up of small cells that can be read together, but also separately. The space cut out by each portrait is an isolated room, but also an attempt to get out into the big world. Where exactly is the border between us and others, where does the body end and the landscape begin, where is the fresh air or the sculpted void of the artist? Because the beauty of solitude is something we don't talk about enough, one must carefully observe the moment someone's face blooms in isolation as a rare endangered plant.
Lea Rasovszky (b. 1986) is interested in marginal cultural subjects, from areas such as kitsch, cartoons, “manele”, bodybuilding and other stories or “psychological peripheries” that are not purely social. Her artworks are, most often, portraits in motion of people, situations, and emotions filtered through an ironic and rough drawing style. Selected exhibitions: Out of the Blue, Mobius Gallery, Bucharest (2017); FLIRT, Im Hinterzimmer, Karlsruhe (2016); Inventing the Truth. On Fiction and Reality, the 56th edition of the Venice Biennial (the New Gallery of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Venice, 2015); Building Modern Bodies. The Art of Bodybuilding, Zurich KunstHalle (2015); Din Dragoste. Fapte morale III [From Love. Moral acts III], Cyclops Garage, Bucharest (2015, solo); Inner Wimp, Lateral ArtSpace, The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca (2014, solo); PASAJ, MNAC Annex, Bucharest, Romania (2014); De la stele la steroizi [From stars to steroids], Anca Poterașu Gallery, Bucharest (2014, solo); The Savages, Atelier 35, Bucharest (2012, solo).