Galerie Zuger in Vail Village welcomes artist Antal Goldfinger
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What: Artist Antal Goldfinger.
When: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18.
Where: Galerie Zuger at Solaris, 141 E. Meadow Drive, No. 208, Vail Village.
Cost: Admission is free.
More information: Call 970-476-5619, visit http://www.galeriezugervail.com, or find the gallery on Facebook for the most up to date events and new works.
VAIL — It has taken many years for artist Antal Goldfinger to master the 400-year-old post-Renaissance master style and another three decades to declare that it is time to turn it upside down. Goldfinger has created a style that he can truly call his own, and his latest body of work will be on display at Galerie Zuger in Vail Village today and Friday.
Goldfinger’s new work is based on the teachings of the classical masters but breaks from the rigid social mores of their time, taking on an ethereal, dream-like direction with vibrant sensuality, meticulous use of chromatic color and composition balance, layered with a contemporary elegance that meshes with the precision of the old-world masters.
“There is no more structure in its traditional form. Structure is limit,” he said. “These paintings are deconstructed layers of emotions, moods or just visual sensations fused into each other, composed by using no compositions in the traditional aesthetic, or in fact a geometric sense.”
The new style is immediate, with objects melting into one another but with each object at the same time maintaining its identity or taking on the identity of another texture that is opposite from its own. This stream-of-consciousness approach allows Goldfinger to start implementing metaphors and ideas that were previously restricted by the classical canon.
“The greatest discoveries in human history have come from when, say, a scientist has learned everything he could learn about what has come before and then he approaches this knowledge in a completely unimagined way,” the artist said.
Goldfinger believes that stagnation holds back an artist from painting tomorrow’s classics today. It is better to fail at trying something unseen and novel than to stand still and stay safe.
“I am a classical painter. I always will be,” he said. “But I have felt restrained by the classical construction that is so synonymous with the teachings and practices of the post-Renaissance, so I had to break it. If I did not, I would not be staying true to myself as an artist.”
Galerie Zuger is located on the second floor at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village. For more information, call 970-476-5619 or visit http://www.galerie zugervail.com.