CRITICAL REVIEW


          He is an important sculptor, with an extensive activity ever since the ‘80s. His career, both as an artist and as a professor is linked to the University of Arts from Cluj, where he studied and where he became a teacher and director of the Sculpture - Conservation Restoration Department.
          In his artistic evolution he migrates from bronze figurative sculpture, small statuary inscribed in a Neoexpressionist approach, which he practiced in the ’80s, to types of metaphorical interpretations of the outer reality’s figments. To this process it is added the contextualization in the spectrum of contemporary aesthetics of some procedures and visions with archaic reference. Regarding the reasons and the plastic suggestions he works with, his repertoire is extremely wide, evoking equally a symbolic dimension and a ludic one. The column, the tower, the pillar concentrate in their vertical structure the idea of the connexion between sky and earth, of the primordial state. To this kind of symbolic objects the artist devotes an important role in his creation: The Blue Column, Column, Tower with Red Windows. Another symbolic dimension, yet from another perspective, is attributed to the book as a bearer of culture and knowledge. The artist sometimes resorts to formal allusions, to mundane objects which he transforms in prerogatives of a situation or a mood. The Luggage for a Trip between East and West is broken in the middle, proving its ineffectiveness. The same happens with the pillows from Insomnias. Their shape invites to their usage, however, they remain, through their material nature, objects that abnegate their function. From a technical point of view, in Alexandru Păsat’s work stands out the preference for using wood that he covers often in metal. He also works monumentally, in stone, defying the rigor of the rigid geometric shape he starts from through a moulding that provides the sensation of the soft and velvety materiality, just like heavy folds. (The Square Sleeps).


Maria Orosan Telea (2014)
 


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