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From a Dream Collector's Catalogue - Solo Exhibition
Paintings by Asta Caplan in Nordic Art Gallery & Café, Antibes
In this collection of paintings through voluptuous blossoms and delicate china I’m entering the realm of aesthetic revelation when our reality seems to liken itself to one’s dreams filled with curiosity and awe; Even with desire to posses and hold -hold with the dedication of a devotee or collector. As blossoms the peonies embody the study extended in time as well as the delightful and nowadays rare expectation of seasonal. Blossoms which only show their full range of beauty in few short weeks in Spring, keep one waiting. To observe these short lived, mesmerisingly manifold and constantly changing flowers is enough - I believe - to capture something deeper in human intellect and wonder. Of our reflective power; Like the gilding or glaze that throws light and expands beyond it’s original form. Thus my paintings join in a continuum of flower and still-life studies and flower-portraits in particular: This genre of meticulous catalogue-like portraiture rose in popularity from 17th century onwards among collectors of particularly rare, beautiful and curious blooms and which took place of the real flower outside of their time of flowering. These pictures, just like their subject have the appeal of exotic, intricate and exclusive. Paintings of this kind merge many complex social ambitions and pleasures and imply a culture of acquired tastes. In my mind in these precious, carefully composed windows to ephemeral, never attainable apparent perfection are like a dream one is given an opportunity to stroll into, a space of improbable and to behold the time standing still. In paintings the subjects reach beyond their natural size and lifetime. In the heart of each enthusiast is flame of infatuation - Manifestly insatiable curiosity to research and collect. To me it seems very human trait in our ambivalent potential for positive and negative to equal measure embedded in an individual. To me to study and appreciate any subject - like a flower, a space or a face - in depth is an expression of devotion: Interest beyond one’s immediate self broadens the subject’s horizon of understanding and sensitivity. This contemplation leads to an expanded capacity to relate and sympathise. One might criticise the human desire to possess and dictate the un-controllable, but on the other hand the results in arts have created a rich language in metaphors, patterns and completely new independent and unexpected forms. And as the original subject takes a new guise, the realities start to shift - Dreams and the daylight will shake hands.
at Müllerstr. 146-147
Thursday 17 January 2019 at 17:30h
at Stauffenbergstr. 1
Thursday 17 January 2019 at 19:30h
at Prinzessinnenstraße 29
Friday 18 January 2019 at 18:00h
by Gropius Bau
at Niederkirchnerstraße 7
Friday 14 September 2018 at 10:00h