Ge­orges Mazilu: La Voy­ante

Pasatiempo - - IN THE WINGS -

2017, acrylic on can­vas

Turner Car­roll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road, 505-986-9800 Un­der the reign of Ro­ma­nian dic­ta­tor Ni­co­lae Ceaus­escu, a young Ge­orges Mazilu was en­cour­aged by his mother to keep a low pro­file, stay­ing in­doors and let­ting his imag­i­na­tion run wild while he, him­self, could not. In the at­mos­phere of fear and sus­pi­cion in which he was raised, he stud­ied art his­tory and taught him­self to draw. His paint­ings em­brace the fan­tas­tic within the con­fines of rep­re­sen­ta­tional forms. He brings a sense of nar­ra­tive and ab­surd ac­tion to his works, which are rife with the di­chotomies of light and shadow, ab­stract and fig­u­ra­tive im­agery, and other seem­ing con­tra­dic­tions. A se­lec­tion of his paint­ings and draw­ings from the past two decades opens Fri­day, Sept. 15, with a re­cep­tion at 5 p.m.

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