Opening April 2nd, 2010 from 7-10pm
The varied and eclectic output of Toronto visual-artist Romas Astrauskas, is defined primarily by a strong interest in material experimentation and a keen interest in mediums which veer towards the humble and modest. His methods of mixing, combining and contrasting various elements are used in the service of creating solutions which provide form and substance to the simple visual poetics he strives to express.
Zanatarash offers a glimpse at the ritualistic approach Astrauskas employs in the studio. Repetition acts as the framework to the most recent series of paintings, allowing the alchemical combination of found objects, which in this case dictates shape, and considered colour choice and mark-making, to develop an aesthetic which reminds us of the pleasure of looking. Not only the pleasure a painter finds in the exploration of colour, but in the reminder of what can be made from humble discovery.
“I felt that these celestial hues indicated the presence of exquisite creatures who had been pleased to assume vegetable form and who, through the disguise of their firm, comestible flesh, allowed me to discern in this radiance of earliest dawn, these hinted rainbows, these blue evening shades, that precious quality which I should recognize again when, all night long after a dinner at which I had partaken of them, they played (lyrical and coarse in their jesting like one of Shakespeare’s fairies) at transforming my chamber pot into a vase of aromatic perfume.”
Marcel Proust’s In Search Of Lost Time