Plastic. Maitresse Maison, January-February: The walnut story
by Demostene Sopfron, January 26, 2011
It's a fascinating story, one that introduces us to into a world less known to us, more known by the specialists. Is the universe proposed by the sculptor Liviu Bora, a name with which we are already familiarize. We are because the main reference points of the artistic experiences are found in collective exhibitions (The Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery,Toronto,1990; Bastion Gallery, 1990),in personal exhibitions ('Alien Girl', Students' house of culture, 1994, 'Cube' Puppet Theatre 'Puck',1995, 'Sculpture', Tirgu Mures National Theatre, 1997, 'Mask', Maitresse Maison, 2010), prestigious collaborations with Puppet Theatre 'Puck' Cluj-Napoca (1994 - 1996; 2005 - 2006), Tirgu Mures National Theatre (the show 'Harlequin's happening, "directed by Mona Chirila), Odeon Theatre (' Saragosa - 66 days', directed by Alexandru Dabija), Hungarian Theatre Cluj - Napoca (show 'Cabaret Europe', 2005, directed by Aleksandar Dundjekovic; show 'Quartet', directed by Gabor Tompa, 2007), Baia Mare Municipal Theatre (show 'Harlequin & Co', directed by Gelu Badea, 2006).I mentioned this not by chance, I remembered that because Liviu Bora needs to be pursued through the prism of its rich and diverse artistic activities. Activity of which is not missing the classic approaches, and then we talk about commedia dell'arte’s masks, but also the forms, simplified and brought down to essences. A accession to the concepts of Brancusi, whith the embodiments that catch from the first sight.That is why I am convinced that the ranks written by Brancusi fits to Bora Liviu fit, quote, "Direct Carving is the real path to sculpture, and also the worst for those who don’t know how to walk. After all, direct or indirect carving doesn’t mean anything, it matter only the thing done." And the thing done means a fascinating story of which not missing portraits and allegorical figures - Igor, Goldfish, Snake Sax, Idol (Tapu), Venus from Kanyo, King, Clown, Little Venus, Girl with bird in her hair, Idol (Miki ), Caryatids, Cry, Flowers of evil, Shadow, Thorns, Green leaf - so many perfections of executions, symbols, references and messages clearly expressed.Overlapping man - artist offers by the sixteen works - important to recall the artistic images which accompanies and enrich the exhibition - relevant data about the walnut tree, rightfully considered the King of the trees by massive crown, strong trunk, smooth gray bark, large dark green and aromatic leaves. It is the Walnut story through the uses in furniture industry, automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, food, weapons, artistic uses (musical instruments) or medicinal, ecological, another reason to 'read' carefully walnut story. Written by an inspired, original, deeply artist.
Liviu Bora and wood carving
by Alexandra Furnea
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.