Lucca Torso 9

Windows Inside Out


Lazar Krum

Gallery 5

22 October - 9 November

Opening Wednesday 22 October, 6.30-8pm

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This current exhibition - Windows Inside Out - of recent paintings and prints comes from two main sources of interest and obsession.

The Lucca Torso series resulted from a glorious summer month spent in Lucca, Italy in 2010. While revelling in the traditional framing of windows and doors in this uniquely preserved medieval city, I was struck one evening by the appearance of a tailor’s dummy in a window.

Working in Lucca over this period I produced a series of handcut collages of the windows and figures which aimed to capture the rich afternoon light, colour and the essential shape of the human form. These were transformed over the next 2 to 3 years into a series of limited edition prints and paintings.

The Windows and drala* series came out of a further exploration of the window frame itself, without any overt subject. This search for the essential frame of reference was informed by my ongoing health issues over the past 2 years and focuses on the infinite space in our lives.

I believe it is our ability to simply look without thought, words, or expectation that changes how we see and enables us to engage more fully with the world we live in.

*Drala –‘ ....in the Shambhala tradition sense perceptions are regarded as sacred.’

‘Perception here is not just what you perceive but the whole act of perception.’

‘In Tibetan, this magical quality of existence, or natural wisdom is called drala. Dra means ”enemy”or ”opponent” and la means ”above”. So drala literally means “above the enemy,” “beyond the enemy”.’

‘There are so many perceptions that they are beyond imagination.’
From Shambhala – The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa



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