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Eugen Florin Zamfirescu - Creative Process

Eugen-Florin Zamfirescu Creative Process

I am fascinated by time, old instruments, intricate machinery, the laws of physics and humankind’s connection to past, present and future. Common to all is my quest to unravel the stories within, to reveal the inner beauty of my subjects and capture their elusiveness.

COLLECTING

For many years now I’ve been collecting the different objects captured in my photos. Each object is a trip to an antique shop, a curiosity store, lengthy rummage through piles of stuff and conversations with shop owners. At times an object might come with a story. But more often, that story is unknown, lost somewhere under the dust of time. In some way, those are my favourite objects as they allow me to create and tell their story, to imagine their path through time and take the viewer on a trip along it.

PROCESS

With every object collected, ideas begin to form, to develop. And as time goes by I engage in a process of selection, of eliminating all concepts except one.

But is the remaining idea worth communicating? Has it been told before? How do I say it differently? How do I express it best? Is the story one that would resonate with the viewer? What medium should I use? What kind of light? Do I go for equilibrium or chaos? How much depth of focus should I have, what type of lenses? Should I print on paper or metal, small or larger scale?

For a long time, it all feels like a question and answer period. I go back and forth between one answer and another until I finally decide. The final equation needs to perfectly balance so the process requires lots of fine tuning.

LIGHT

I love light. It is always an important, central presence in all my work. Light is pure energy – photons at work – and I play with it the way I play with clay. I am thrilled at its flexibility, the fact that it can reveal a story, dilute or concentrate a message, make suggestions of things that are not really there. By slightly moving the angle, all magical proportions of light and shadow can change dramatically. Light can partially, or fully transform a subject. It can induce emotions, distract from the main message, create compositional relationships. The possibilities are endless.

In the Excerpts from the Book of Entropy series, one thing I decided was to allow for large areas of darkness in each photo, to mirror the fact that while we have some knowledge, most of it is still in shadows, waiting to be brought to light.

PHYSICS – THE LAW OF ENTROPY

I am deeply interested in philosophy as well as in physics and how the universe works. I study a lot and I feel more and more that philosophy on its own can no longer answer the deeper questions we have about the meaning of life, of our existence. So I bring science into my art. By under- standing the laws of physics and how the universe works we might, one day, while never fully reach it, come closer to an answer.

By far the most perplexing characteristic in the universe is Entropy. At the very foundations of the universe, time can go both forward and backward. Energy can become matter and matter can turn back into energy. Mind boggling! This is certainly not the way we perceive the world on a daily basis. Larger entities seem to be getting older, to develop “time afflictions”. Time is forbidden to flow in reverse. The law of entropy is forcing everything into one direction only, towards what we perceive as the future.

The exhibition Excerpts from the Book of Entropy is an esthetic reminder of this law.

Most of this process takes place in my head way before I press the shutter button and I hear it click.

 

Excerpts from the Book of Entropy

Search for the Perpetual Motion Machine of the Second Kind

Search for the Perpetual Motion Machine of the Second Kind   22"x34", archival ink on acid free paper edition of 8

EUGEN- FLORIN ZAMFIRESCU  - photography

September 6 -  October 4, 2014

Opening Reception:   September 13,   2-6 pm 

COLONIZING - a drawing exhibition by T. Pica March 29 to April 19

COLONiZING exhibition

 

 

 

Rafal Zawistowski - gallerie's new artists

November brings us a new solo show of paintings and a new artist in the gallery.

He is Rafal Zawistowski, a Canadian artist living and working in London, England.

Check out his "AURAS" exhibition arriving:

November 16 - December o7, 2013         Opening reception: November 16,    3-6PM

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RAFAL ZAWISTOWSKI

Watercolours by Gershon Iskowitz Sept 21-Nov 2

Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988) Untitled #709, watercolour on paper 1977

Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988) Untitled #709, watercolour on paper 1977

 

We are pleased to present an exhibition of 15 watercolours on paper by Polish - born  Canadian artist Gershon Iskowitz (1921 - 1988).  Iskowitz is a distinguished expressionist painter and one of the founders of the international modernism movement.
This particular series of works was inspired by the artist's memories of the northern landscape and its magical lights.

 

TURIA - Alchemies of the Mind - May 25 to June 9, 2013

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Exhibition: Impeccable   white   volumes   stand   for   the   human   self   in  a  suspended  state  of  self-­‐evaluation.  Personal  history  and  inner   journeys   are   inscribed   on   the   pure   surface   to   give   it   individuality.   Forgotten   details   resurface,   old   relationships   are   seen   in   a   new   light,   facts   and   faces   get   new   meanings.   A   nostalgic   feeling   underlies   the   process   of   remembering.   It   determines   a   certain   idealization   that   eventually   becomes   part   of   an   ensemble   that   helps   one   defy   time,   transform   the   transitory   into   permanence.   Each   piece   is   a   collage   of   memories,   voices,   musical   sounds,   answers,  pieces  of  life,  hope.

 

 

 

BELOW CHRISTCHURCH by Mary Wright May 2 - 18,2013

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LAKE   30x40   oil on canvas 2013

APRIL BLOOMS April 06 to 21, 2013

 

 

 

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Canadian Orchards - an exhibition by artist Emilio Pica

Opening:  Saturday April 6,  2013  3-6PM

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T. Pica - "Collectives" - February 16 -March 03 2013

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New Paintings by T. Pica

February 16 - March 03, 2013

Opening: Saturday,  February 16  2-5 pm

 

While T. Pica was learning about the cultural ecosystems and diversities of Ward 30, the Riverdale – Leslieville – Gerard neighborhoods in Toronto, she began to sketch those communities as collectives and as abstract entities defined by shapes and folk like markings. The drawings evolved into paintings and later into a body of works called “Bridging Communities”. Some of those works are part of the “Collectives” exhibition that opens this Saturday at T-ART. The selected paintings are imaginary descriptions of the shared relationships between such collectives. They each are set apart by detailed patterns, which inspire differences as much as communal bits, by large shapes that collapse into newer and smaller structures, and, by flat colored fields, isolating some groups and attracting others, linking graphic ecosystems that spawn thoughts of cultural mix.