Aaron Formosa exhibition is a painted account of a spiritual experience
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Next Friday – Intimations – a Sacred Art exhibition by Gozitan artist Aaron Formosa, opens at the Banca Giurtale, in Independence Square, Victoria.
Intimations is Formosa’s fourth personal exhibition and its main theme is human existence in the light of faith, or in the light of Christ – the spiritual light which enlightens the human predicament, the artist said.
“This condition can be enlightened,” Formosa said, “only if man, through his own free will, lets this light illuminate upon the darkness of his existence.”
Through this collection the artist said he intends to offer a new conception of sacred art; a personal interpretation of Biblical and religious narratives – an interpretation somewhat different from those with which we are normally acquainted in our local churches.
Christ and the sinner who washed his feet is the subject of the poster. The artist explained that the episode occurs in a rather dark room. Apart from Christ and the woman there are the Pharisees who are witness to what is going on.
“This somber interior basically represents the human condition which will remain in darkness unless one accepts the Divine help or Grace (which is represented by the incoming light),” he added.
In the collection visitors will see paintings depicting the Nativity of Christ, Christ and the children, Christ raising the daughter of Jairus from the dead, Christ as the Good Shepherd, Marian themes like the Marriage of the Virgin, Mary’s Assumption into Heaven and others like the Call of Karmni Grima.
Formosa said that he wants to generate an atmosphere of deep spirituality. This is done by creating an intensity of light and shade through the use of particular colours (red for example, but not only) and by delineating the figures vaguely and indistinctly.
The intention is that of giving hints – or intimations – of a spiritual experience and profound emotions. Formosa said that “put together, one near each other, the paintings will hopefully transmit this general feeling of a deep spirituality which the artist hopes to be absorbed by the public.”
The artist said that this exhibition “is a search for the self which is the stepping stone for the sublime.”
The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, next Friday, the 2nd of November. The exhibition will remain open to the public until the 25th of the month.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 2.30pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00am to 12.00pm.