The brilliant hues dance with an unexpected weightlessness. There is this feeling of reconciling opposites: heavy metallic media with light fluttering subjects, sobriety with gaiety.
Nowadays, artists tend to produce anguished pieces on the meaning of life. It is gratifying to see joyous artworks. To see bits of floating colours.
|David Kracov's Book of Life|
There are so many ways to interpret this work. We can see this as a celebration of knowledge, a representation of the colours of knowing, a tribute to the advancement of ideas. We can see this as the fusion of animate and inanimate subjects.
If we know more about David Kracov, we will understand that butterflies are personal motifs of children's innocence, delicacy and spirit. Book of Life may stand for an effusion of young souls after the Holocaust.
Being Chemistry-trained, I noticed that Kracov used permanent markers to write scripts on the metallic pages. Any organic solvents - acetone, ethanol, n-hexane etc - will remove these writings in a jiffy. Permanence may not be that permanent.
|David Kracov's Butterfly Effect|
The name of this artwork is witty and poignant with meaning. Butterfly Effect literally means that there are many butterflies. On another level, it refers to Edward Lorenz's theory - a flap of a butterfly's wings may initially cause tiny changes in the atmosphere and ultimately alter the path of a tornado, or delay, accelerate, or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another place.
This vibrant art seems to suggest the limitless potential for kindness, generosity and peace, how one decent act begets another.
It is rare to see such happy works now. David Kracov's art - an extremely satisfying visual treat.