VLADIMIR GAZOVIC'S CAROUSELS OF LIFE
Vladimir Gazovic constructs fantastic realms to elucidate our understanding of the real world. The seemingly unreal visuals of phantasmal imagery and unsavory figures manifest from the artist’s astute observation of life. Through his stunning color lithographs embellished with a kaleidoscope of colors, Gazovic delivers a sharp taste of humanity seasoned with irony, sarcasm, hyperbole and ridicule. This Slovak artist’s efforts to reveal the truth have yielded a unique body of work—one that exhibits intense emotional character and transcends conventional fantasy art.
Out of Vladimir Gazovic’s many prints, perhaps the title of one piece, Regarding the Need for Fantasy (1968), provides the best clue for understanding his oeuvre—as an expression of imagination used to elucidate our worldly existence. At the same time, his imagery seems to alert viewers that art goes beyond the mere depiction of the surrounding world. From Da Vinci to Bosch and Goya, along with the artists of the great periods of Symbolism, Expressionism and Surrealism, various figures throughout history have deviated from the traditional perceptions of art as an illusion or imitation of reality. The element of fantasy has appeared and evolved throughout numerous phases of art development, with the visual language and content of different works reflecting their era of creation. Several individual movements of modern art, like Metaphysical Painting, Cubism, Surrealism, Magical Realism, Pop Art and so-called fantasy art, employed imagination in myriad means.
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