Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Bogdan Rata

Monumental Sculpture of Bogdan Rata in front of St. George’s Hall within Independents Liverpool Biennial

June 2014

A monumental sculpture made by the young artist Bogdan Rata is being placed in front of St. George’s Hall within Independents Liverpool Biennial 2014. The sculpture is 3,5 metres high and it is called ”The Middle Way”.

Bogdan Rata is one of the most intriguing sculptors from his generation. His new hybrid realism is finding new genetic forms of human anatomy in search of a new posthumanism.
Rata multiplies human parts (fingers, ears, and so on) and combines them into new life forms. The newborn creatures seem to result from strange experiments on human bodies in an esthetics lab.
Rata’s works forge a contextual change of the anatomic detail through its obsessive multiplication. The materials used, and the resulting industrial look, question the assault on individual personality in a climate of commercial branding uniformity.
Bogdan Rata is particularly interested that his works surprise fear, confusion, uncertainty and corporal disorder. ”I work with human fragments which I combine in order to create images with a strong emotional impact: frustration, fright, shame. I reinterpret the human body precisely in order to induce a state of confusion to the reader and to in a way force him to understand, from a different perspective, the contemporary human being. A finger can be stronger than a rifle, an ear more frustrating than an interrogation.” (Bogdan Rata)
He uses new materials as polystyrene, industrial paint, plaster, synthetic resin.

Bogdan Rata is an artist, PhD at Timisoara West University (Romania), with a thorough research on new materials in contemporary sculpture. Rata lives and works in Bucharest and Timisoara and is represented by Nasui collection & gallery (Bucharest, Romania). He was exhibited in many prestigious spaces and events, among which Moscow Biennale 2011 and Venice Biennale 2013.

Bogdan Rata, ”The Middle Way”, courtesy Nasui collection & gallery
Materials: polyester / polystyrene, synthetic resin, fibre glass, paint
Size: 3,5 m height x 1,5 m x 0,6 m
St. George’s Hall Liverpool (UK)
July 4 – October 26, 2014
Independents Liverpool Biennial 2014