Windows, Craig Kucia
3- 7 pm at Holland Park: 10 Portland Rd, W11 4LA
The word window is believed to have first come into use around the 13th Century, derived from the Old Norse vindauga, meaning window-eye. There is the obvious overtly physical capacity of the window to provide protection in partnership with natural light, but it is the less tangible, more metaphoric context that Kucia seeks to explore in his latest series of 20 paintings.
Kucia is interested in the renaissance idea that painting is a window into the world and a medium that can blur the boundaries between the real and imagined. In Kucia’s paintings one finds colourful saturated skies, landscapes that are realised in pattern form, suspended objects that reference the uncanny and various other identifiable elements that have been interpretated in an extraordinary way. The playful explorations are bounded by an imagined painted window frame that crosses across the canvas and divides the painting into four sections. There is an additional note of intrigue to consider – as the painted frames are paired with a physical real life wooden frame that borders the four exterior sides of the canvas. Here one finds a unique interaction at play between the conceptually constructed frame and the tangible wooden one.