After the exhibition of “Energitismo World” at Villa Tacchi near Vicenza, a painting by Gjergj Kola appeared on the web: with the painter portraying himself (and one of his paintings) while doing a portrait of Daniela Racconello (who glances at his portrait), They are surrounded by a crowd of spectators in a multicolored background.
The scene is vibrant, a real snapshot that captures the excitement of the moment, the characters are defined by a few quick strokes of the brush and following the looks are reliving their feelings. Gjergj is concentrated in the creation and “dialogues” with the canvas he has before him: Daniela stops posing for a moment too curious to spy on his portrait, Gavin enjoys the relaxed scene while Antonella gives him a sly look, Nicoletta looks beyond the canvas, but it seems that Giampietro’s thoughts are elsewhere (maybe thinking about the silk?) while the look of Claudia brings us back to the center of the work, the portrait.
All these references and games of glances between reality and their representation on canvas remind me a book, “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. In the novel a painter portrays the protagonist, Dorian Gray, in the prime of his youth and beauty, and so the magnificent painting that Dorian holds is a “pact with the devil” to stay forever young and beautiful, as in painting. It happens so. However, the picture will change, grow old and ugly while our protagonist is dedicated to a life of pleasure, debauchery and crime.
In “Portrait of Dorian Gray” as well as in the painting by Gjergj Kola, the line between art and life gets thinner, and in the short (or infinite) space-time snapshot the roles are reversed: life becomes art and beauty.
Maybe that is what happened that night, as all together we celebrated the ‘cult’ of beauty and shared a profound aesthetic experience of life.
And perhaps the painting by Gjergj is the representation of one of the many aphorisms of Oscar Wilde:
“Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life. »