SACRED RUBBINGS- A Solo Exhibition by Mario Cassar
May 5 - May 19
DESKO is proud to present contemporary artist Mario Cassar’s latest solo exhibition SACRED RUBBINGS.
The art of the acclaimed Gozitan artist appeared in the art scene in Malta at the end of the 1990s, and has since been exhibited in Europe, Northern America and the Middle East. A visual art educator by training, Cassar uses painting, drawing, performance, sculpture, film and photography as part of his artistic research. His works are published in books and found in public and private collections in various countries around the world.
For the past three years, Cassar, b. 1975 has been working on SACRED RUBBINGS, a body of work created in Malta, France and Palestine.
The exhibition of 23 artworks will showcase Cassar’s technique and style honed throughout the series. Imbued with monumentality, the multi-layered contemporary pieces incorporate ink and graphite rubbings— the oldest of printmaking methods. Cassar’s search of the spiritual and the implications of memory as recorded in architectural spaces and inscriptions are evident.
Having experimented with text in his work since the early days, Cassar’s SACRED RUBBINGS compositions are bound by quotes and references to his favourite philosopher, Michel Foucault, whose work dealt with exploring the grounds of power, sexuality, education, madness and incarceration.
SACRED RUBBINGS investigates the concept of authorship as presented by the French thinker Roland Barthes, leading the artist to examine how the viewer ends up “owning” the work.
Cassar has been engaged with several research projects related to an exploration of meaning and form in contemporary drawing, and his latest exhibition will render the viewer pensive on spirituality and symbolism.
Up to four masked visitors allowed in the gallery at a time. Contact tracing details to be taken on arrival.
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We look forward to seeing you soon!