When asked to think of “sacred spaces”, places of religious worship will spring to mind for most who were brought up of faith, whether that may be a temple, mosque or church. But to ravers, it could be the club. To football lovers, the stadium. And to art lovers, the gallery space.
Contemporary artist Mario Cassar has merged both senses of spirituality in his latest solo exhibition ‘SACRED RUBBINGS’, which opened to the public on Wednesday under Covid restrictions at DESKO gallery in Valletta.
Now with “real life” exhibitions popping back up again, we can indulge in being in the presence of fine art in the gallery space.
“Power exists only when it is put into action” reads ‘Untitled XX’ on closer inspection of the annotations that wrap around the square of tangled mark-making, manifested in Cassar’s Gozo studio.
The “love-heart” motif and the sacré-cœur are recurring symbols appearing in SACRED RUBBINGS. A red heart is a double-edged sword, representing both love and sorrow. The artwork ‘Untitled XI’ in particular bears resemblence to the the drawings of Tracey Emin, also known for her use of text within her often heart-wrenching work.
Both conceptual artists question the world and its mysteries. War, religion, money…