After discontinuing sculpture and her previous abstract artistic activity, Dora Bendixen has devoted herself to painting and she does it with a great passion. With her authentic and original style, this Norwegian artist defines and elaborates the main subject of her works: the human being. Through painting, she promotes the return to human figures and bodies.
She goes back to the figurative art, between tradition and an original reworking. This painter can psychologically penetrate the characters that live on the canvas, giving off living emotions. It is an introspective and reflected painting. Dora Bendixen creates architectural compositions, often choral ones, with a photographic approach, where light enlightens characters, while the background is neutral, almost shaded, ethereal and foggy. Her paintings are invaded by a glare that forms special light-and-shade effects that focus your attention on some particulars and in turn favour a face, a glance, or a hand, all of them belonging to persons she loves.
This exhibition concentrates on “hombres”, that means “men” but also “shades”. In Castilian this word means “men” but in the Italian pronunciation it sounds like “shades”. It is the metaphor of a word that tells about a shape without shape, so changeable and elusive, and yet so definite. It is the visual projection of a solid figure that becomes important not only for its appearance, as it can be what a sculpture hit by a light projects of itself, and transforms it, but also important for its interior that scans the oneself and the human soul. From Dora Bendixen’s works on show you can point out the structural aspect of the compositions, that recall the mannerist painters of the 16th century, while the use of colour and light reveals the influence of Caravaggio’s School. Investigating the human figures, particularly the ones of her family members, leads the artist to study their gestures and movements and to make them interact with the surrounding environment. In the representation of the pictorial context, you do not find any pre-established position or a pre-set attitude, but only bodies that are free to move and interact among themselves.
Sometimes you see figures with closed eyes or even without eyes, as if they did not want to scan the scenery around them, but the most concealed and deepest areas of themselves.
– from a review by Elena Orlando
The opening reception is this Saturday, the 12th of October, 2013 at 5:30pm
Visit the artist’s website, linked here.
From the 12th of October through the 27th of Decemeber, 2013
Gipsoteca Libero Andreotti
Piazza del Palagio, 7
For more info: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tues and Thurs: 3pm to 6pm. Weds, Fri, and Sun: 9am to noon and from 4pm to 7pm. Sat 4pm to 7pm.
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