“I think of you, Pythia, proud prism of the divine, ablaze with countless torments, of your face floodedwith the radiance of the east… for the Muse has made me one of the sons of Greece”
Ancient art, Greek tragedies, Western and Eastern visual traditions take the viewer on a journey through time in this new exhibition by Pato Bosich. Intensely gestural, richly monochrome and merging with oxidating metals, the series “the Dying Pythia” is new interpretation of the Greek tragedies. Centred around the Delphic oracle and the Theban plays. McCaslin Art Advisory is delighted to once again be working with the artist, and showing his latest works.
Bosich imagines the Pythia (the Delphi priestess) visited by a myriad of shades (ghosts) including Oedipusand Tiresias. Some apocalyptic and foreboding atmosphere echoes contemporary waste lands around cities and post war ruins, as if Ancient sculpture had gotten back life by virtue of a radioactive silver metal shower, now gods and heroes are back wondering loose on earth.
Years of ongoing work with the collections at the British Museum both in situ and in the studio, come together with the dying Pythia series in the book 'the kidnapping horse', a roller coaster chase for the muse of creation across the underworld, antiquity, underwater forests and London, a bemoaning and shuddering for inspiration and merging with the divine.
“The Birth of Venus” gets a new life from the iconic Botticelli work by an interplay of Alchemical ideas, inan earthbound rebirth from a distant lunar world, the goddess copper planet appears at dawn, born out of the interaction between gold and silver, from the agitation of the waves foam, she is also Daphne of theancient romance, turning into a Laurel tree.
Ancient art has an evocative presence that is never merely visual and as a result the artist’s multi-sensory response to work directly from the antiquities give a tactile quality to every work in the exhibition.
Symbols are embodied to play and multiply with each other and new forms are reconfigured as the artist navigates these ancient narratives from the present. His drawings represent a form of artistic ‘time-travel’,a fusion of past, present, and future into a cohesive whole.
The exhibition continues until Friday 23 August, 2019; 97 Mount Street, London , W1K 2TD, 11am - 6.00pm