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Baroque Resurrection

Artist: Gheorghe Fikl

Curator: Diana Dochia

20.11.2014 – 20.02.2015

Opening: 20.11.2014, at 07:30

How a visitor from Baroque period would perceive a work of Fikl?

Art, blasphemy?

Fikl preserves the feeling of grandeur and magnificence of Baroque art, by inserting the action within sumptuous spaces of churches or within the profound austerity of black; however, he shifts the paradigm by introducing elements that at a first view seem unnatural. On a more careful look we see that everything start to articulate like threads of tale. Because, these are the images painted by Fikl, tales about places and times, of which ages and times aggregate and overlap as in the novel of Gabriel García Márquez “One Hundred Years of Solitude”.

If “Baroque is the last calling of the Occident towards sky that clears away”, then the works of Fikl are a last calling towards contemporary man that draws away more and more from mystery and symbol. Fikl’s works may be read thorough a refined remark addressed to contemporary society that has lost its affinity towards archetypal ancient beliefs. It is very interesting to remark here the opposition between the Baroque churche – chandelier scenery, because to the countryside, full of spiritual meanings, is added an element of certain modernity, the chandelier, which makes references to a society full of riches wherein one can hear clangs of crystals.

Human presence is rather induced than physical in Fikl’s works. And when it appears, the feminine character is often full of mystery and hidden behind black lacery that offers to the viewer a distinctive touch of sensuality. However, the presence of animal and bird symbols is quite obvious.  The series of bucks, sheep and goats on the background of red curtains imitating brocart or in front of altars that make reference to the mystic lamb, send us to the idea of supreme sacrifice havingeschatological meanings.

The work “Peacocks”, bird symbolizing immortality is often used in delivering a subtitle message to the viewer within Renaissance and Baroque periods becomes within Fikl’s creation an anti-symbol. Peacocks are birds that present a sexual dimorphism, namely peacock presents a feathering ornamentation much richer to dazzle and smite the peahen, however, due to this ornamentation is hard to hide and for this reason is an easy prey for other animals. Another bird that appears in the works of the artist is the roster. Solar symbol, full of light and fighting against darkness, roster, this time sits on the shoulder of a women wreathed in black lacery. In this context, it may refer to biblical roster that sings three times before Saint Peter cast of Jesus.

Various material combinations, ample pictorial surfaces speak of a civilization long time bygone of which one keeps only disparate elements. A puzzle that cannot be done anymore and whose nostalgia we are still longing for. A world where we do not belong anymore because, somehow, we ourselves expelled from, forgetting its laws and its rules.

Curator: Diana Dochia

Press release – Baroque Resurrection – Gheorghe Fikl