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Liviu Bora and wood carving

by Alexandra Furnea http://www.romanialibera.ro http://www.casamea.ro/inspiratie/arta/artisti/liviu-bora-si-sculptura Bora Liviu
http://www.Bora-Liviu.com - October 2 2011

There is no man who has not been touched by the dramatic   start of the chess  game between  Antonius Blok and Death in "The Seventh Seal" of the famous Ingmar Bergman.   The art passionate, however, will see more than just  the ultimate significance of the two players gesture and the atmosphere of a bleak poetry. It is about the splendid chess pieces handled by  the characters,  pieces that are so  expressive that they seem alive. Was the sculptor Liviu Bora inspired by the abyssal confrontation  between Antonius and the inexpressible  when he created his stunning set chess?
All that can be said is that the artist has made some pieces that go far beyond conventional order and usual expressiveness of the conventional  queens and shabby kings. Tellingly entitled "Dracula’s Warriors" the pieces  gets a life and an identity of their own,  becoming real characters. Thus, each  game becomes a land confrontation between two rival individuals and players can deceive, even for an hour, they are engaged in a action that can change the course of ordinary life. In this respect,  Bora Liviu's sculptures  get  involved you in a complex set of spells, revealing the magical valences of everyday objects.
The chess set is just one aspect of creation sculptor whose favorite material is wood (of walnut, linden, yew, patinated, polished, stained, passed through skilful hands of the artist-craftsmen). Author of some fascinating series of masks  as well as various statues, but also of some furniture, the artist is distinguished by cultivating an original  aesthetics. Using a complex plastic idiom, which is rooted in primitive imagery, in the  Gothic one and in the Baroque one, Liviu Bora gives birth of creations that have the power to cast spells. The  sculptor approach  topics with ancient touch  such as "Apollo and Daphne", various nudes but also theatrical characters like clowns. Addition, he collaborates  passionately with numerous theaters in the country,  making puppets or masks for different shows.
Liviu Bora is a unusual artist, follower of the most material and "sensual" of fine arts. The sculptor proves to be a skillful artisan of wood, treating it gently and took from it the spirit of the forms that manages to carve. The viewer of  Bora Liviu’s artworks can’t remain indifferent to their enormous expressive power. Whether masks, chess pieces or themed sculptures, the creations of the artist  are testimonies of the ability of the substance to animate  through mediation of human touch. The shapes  dress in various masks which  the creator’s  talent  can lay on them to give them a meaning that can be grasped by the human eye. Liviu Bora is an inventor of chimeras, or truths, made tangible through the artist's desire to shape representations of the world he has inside.

 Masks culture Kanyo   Cluj-Napoca december 1, 2011 Liviu Bora

 Plastic. Maitresse Maison, January-February: The Story of walnut   by Demostene Sopfron, January 26, 2011

 Liviu Bora and wood carving   by Alexandra Furnea http://www.romanialibera.ro http://www.casamea.ro/inspiratie/arta/artisti/liviu-bora-si-sculptura

Artworks Styles : Sculpture
Artworks Media : Hand Crafted - Mixed Technique

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