BY Oleksandra Osadcha POSTED 19th of June 2018 11:00 GMT
"To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it." Elizabeth I
Power is one of the trickiest phenomena in the whole world. It is alluring, associated with the eternal possibilities of changing the world, expressing yourself and satisfying your needs (both material, and spiritual). Since the very beginning of our history, people have been aspiring to get power, often at any price, and worshipped those, who managed to get it. Yet, they used to miss out the flip side of being among those, who decide the destinies of the world. As the American actor Scott Haze once wisely noticed, “A lot of people want the crown, but they're not willing to bleed for it.” Great power unavoidably comes with great responsibility and moral pressure. That is why, when authority falls into the wrong hands, it is the paved way to awful tragedies.
To discuss the problem of power in all its aspects, contemporary artist Gheorghe Virtosu chooses the symbol of Crown as the leitmotif of the featured Crown Holder canvas. Being the follower of Abstract art, the painter doesn’t depict any recognizable image: he attempts to put himself and his viewers into the shoes of those, who is in charge of taking global decisions. Due to its intuitive nature, the language of non-figurative art occurs to be ideal for showing the emotions that can be hardly verbalized.
Shine of gold
The artist is distant from thinking of the people, who have the ascendancy, as of the ‘lucky ones.’ He knows the shine of gold is just a cover that hides numerous obstacles, doubts, and dangers of such a position. To express that dark side of power, the painter applies the obscure and vigorously textured background. It seems to be absorbing the joyfully sky-blue, yellow, gold, red used by the painter in the wavy geometric forms. Such juxtaposition can be paralleled with the drawbacks of having the power, which overshadow its bright sides. The twirling lines collide with each other, leaving bizarre trajectories, and eliminating the sense of instability. Instability - what can be more opposite and incompatible with the authority itself, which is based on the idea of constancy and solidity? Along with that, isn’t the ability to courageously face and overcome the toughest problems one of the main qualities we expect to see in leaders? From that angle, the dramatic tonal contrast of colors represents the stamina those in power need. The sense of strain, left by the Crown Holder 's painting palette, gets even clearer with the increased linearity and accent on the facets of forms, that are slightly highlighted or accentuated with the darker shade. In this work, the author finds the balance between drawing and color. As a consequence, he reaches the synthesis of lyrical (Kandinsky’s line) and geometrical (Mondrian’s line) abstraction, creating a structured piece that provokes empathy at the same time.
Gheorghe Virtosu knows the pursuit for glory is never-ending. Yet, with his painting, he suggests not to get tempted by its shine. It is not every neck that can handle the weight of the crown.
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