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Take 2

Anca Pedvisocar

February 24 through April 5, 2013
Opening Reception, February 24, 2-4pm


The Question, Oil on canvas, 60" x 80"
The Way Home, Oil on canvas, 48" x 48"
46G, Oil on canvas, 48" x 48"
Teasers, Oil on canvas, 40" x 60"
Mates, Oil on canvas, 48" x 72"

Anca Pedvisocar's exhibit "Take 2" is about second chances given to forgotten moments in forgotten lives of forgotten people, to be re-lived in a different way by people of our time. For this artist, the most difficult part in her work is choosing what to do next and why. Anca will look over the many black & white snap shots she has collected of the last century before choosing the most significant "insignificant" moment in time worth painting. The central theme of Pedvisocar's paintings is a mixture of tension and solitude that seems to bring people together, while simultaneously pulling them apart. This conflict makes itself visually apparent in people's most inconsequential and mundane actions and postures, glossing their figures with an unmistakable varnish that makes them impervious to one another and to themselves. "I find this captivating and let these traits reveal themselves when I represent people as I find them in the photographs, which are often my point of departure. I start to turn and twist these photographs until some of the subjects ephemeral presence in the world (and on my canvas) is affirmed, and their vulnerability becomes solid. Only then do I consider that the image made its transition from the conventionality of a casual photograph to the compelling, almost archetypal power of an old film poster, which I feel my work is most related to." The treatment of the figures in her paintings are restrained, as in a black and white movie, while exalting the color of the background, evoking the presence of an old, skipping soundtrack and a narrator's voice starting to tell their story.