In a new series of paintings by Razvan Boar, a cast of characters are layered amongst geometric patterns of circles, diagonals and framing devices. Fading in and out of the abstract ground of the canvases are fantastical scenes from an imaginary park or reservation inhabited by holiday makers, animals and elements of the landscape.
The title of the show, STUMP LUNCH, suggests an ad hoc picnic spot – a place of quiet contemplation while walking through the forest. At the same time the tree stump doubles as the site of playful activity – a table, stage or treehouse. But the park which Boar imagines is far from innocent, as his drawing style might suggest; in the paintings there is a sense of genuine sexuality, as if witnessing a fetishistic display. Feet are a frequent theme as well as people who get naked.
In his new body of work for Ibid, Boar has recreated the environment of his studio inside the gallery, with images filling the space like sketches and drawings fill a studio. Boar’s work enters into the dialogue within contemporary painting without being tied down by its constructs. It also engages with more ubiquitous questions informing Surrealism, fantasy and the uncanny. By creating neoteric modes of expression, he subtly introduces a new dynamic into a frequently static arena. Boar’s canvases set forth a mythology that invites mystery and allegory into play.
Contribution by Domenico de Chirico.
Razvan Boar - STUMP LUNCH
Ibid. London, September 4 - October 3