Alex Calinescu’s paintings are never simply about appearances. At first glance they are pleasing patterns of abstract marks. Closer inspection reveals them to be emotional equivalents: precise yet mysterious analogues of a world of feeling, communicated in Calinescu’s distinctive and evolving language of hooked and overlapping lines against monochrome backgrounds.
Her new work, shown here for the first time, is tonally simpler, purer in its repertoire of marks, and more complex in its interrelation of parts than anything that preceded it. Until this point Calinescu had progressed by stages from representation, through expression, to greater abstraction and purity, simplifying forms and lines. Now the complexity of the relations of parts is increasing.
2004-8290-4 charcoal and acrylic on canvas 208 x 228cm 2004
2004-8290-3 charcoal and acrylic on canvas 208 x 228cm 2004
The best have a kind of vividness, the authenticity of images discovered during the process of making things happen. Within their formal confines and muted tones they show with great eloquence that a mark upon a surface, a line, can suggest closure, openness, outside, inside. They prove that the simplest of elements can carry an emotional charge.