Visions of Cubism – Gordon Borg
4th January – 31st January

It is always difficult and, at the same time fascinating, to talk about art. Art comes in so many different genres, permutations and forms and the way we view an artwork is so subjective to each one of us. The country we have been born in, our relatives, our education, food, lifestyle and many other factors influence and condition us in a myriad of directions.
Our familiarity with the depiction of natural scenery and urban views is owed to the fact that the genre of landscape painting is one of the major ones in Western Art and, although the origins of its evolvement date way back, it remains popular even nowadays. Gordon Borg’s upcoming exhibition is very much a representation emerging through this genre combined with his own adaptation of the cubist style. Indeed, Cubism can have many facets, and Gordon has created his own. The outcome is perhaps slightly further away from the traditional and revolutionary idea of portraying objects and figures through different viewpoints, yet, it is easily identified: it is through his distinct style that Gordon has obtained an artistic presence in Malta.

These works follow the artist’s earlier works which were primarily composed of portraits, representations of the human figure, and nudes. This is where cubist ideas were first applied, and Gordon has now taken his influences a step further through this set of works. Executed primarily in pencil colours, these works are the result of different influences ranging from masters like Picasso and Braque to a mix of personal interests: photography, and local natural and urban scenery.
Looking at Gordon’s work, one can see his passion as well as evolvement. His work sometimes touches on Impressionism, at other times at studied Cubism whilst at times; it imbues the fresh feeling of Naïve art. Although Gordon’s work has developed into an unmistakable personal style, he is not afraid to venture out of his comfort zone to adapt and modify his work. Versatility is a good skill for an artist to possess. Going deeper into Gordon’s work, one can notice a delicate maybe somewhat hesitant touch with the use of mostly unsaturated, very light toned colours. His composition sense is evident and his art entices viewers to engage deeper into the sensitive feeling and mood that his work induces.

Gordon’s work, like that of other very dedicated artists, seems to suggest that the artist himself is on a journey of self-discovery and exploration; an elusive journey which never ends during the lifetime of an individual.

Kevin Casha
Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts (UoM)

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