GALLERY 49 is pleased to announce the opening of BARDA’s second
solo exhibition at the gallery on June 6, 2000. The show will present
a selection of recent bronze, lucite and cast marble sculptures as
well as a new series of mixed media drawings of the "Zodiac Collection".
The exhibition will be on view through June 26. In his most recent
sculptures and works on paper whose subject is a thoroughly personal
vision of the zodiac signs, Barda reveals once again his lifelong
interest in the rendering of emotional and spiritual exaltation, as
well as his own painstaking concern with anatomical realism.
enthusiastic admirer of Classical Greek and Hellenistic statuary,
Barda adopts the concept of archetype, reinterpreting it in the Art
Deco stylistic vocabulary, and bringing it back into concretion through
a complex and highly imaginative creative process. Both, his sculptures
and drawings are powerful visual metaphors expressing mankind’s
spirit and energy. "My interpretation of the zodiac signs is
really an exploration of the human soul", says Barda. "I
see the horoscope as a twelve-faceted mirror reflecting the subconscious
self portrait of humankind evolved during thousands of years of experience".
his intensely expressive sculptures and drawings, Barda fuses classical
antiquity, Romantic sensation, and the swirling energy of Baroque,
transforming these models into intriguing compositions that are uniquely
his. Shaped by emotion and fantasy, Barda’s figures are eloquent
expressions of sensuality and mystery, displaying not only the artist’s
outstanding technical virtuosity but also his easiness at working
with very different kinds of materials.
Works " will be on display June 06, 2000 - June 26, 2000 at Gallery 49,
322 West 49th Street (Between 8th and 9th Ave). Opening reception
for the artist will be held Tuesday, June 06, 2000 from 6 to 9 PM.