Sweden Petru russu    

 

     

1. A Merchant
1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in.

2. A Monk

1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in

3. he Knight's tale
1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in

4. The Knight's tale 2
 1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in

5. The Knight's tale 3
 1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in

6. The Knight's tale 4
 1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in

7. The Miller's tale

1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in

8. The Reeve's tale

1998 mixed media (CG) 27x32 cm / 10x12 in


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While working, Russu also changed his technique. In the early plates, fine nervously vibrating lines crisscross the plate or run parallel. Over time, these sensitive lines give way to single, strong cords, solidly incised into the plate and solidly stacked on the paper, surrounding the aquatinted areas like a wall. DECIPHERING THE EROTICISM of the iconography was a challenge. One may even be tempted to reread Boccaccio’s tales. Russu provides an image of 14th century Italian life by weaving certain artifacts into his graphic tale. Checkerboard tablecloths, wine glasses, rigged sailing vessels, horsemen and horsewomen, the headgear of the period appear throughout the prints, in variations. Men and women are barely humanoid, heads, torsi, limbs are floating in space, disconnected, yet making sense and fitting together. Banquet tables with checkered tablecloths are overturned, wine glasses have fallen down, unbroken, the wine flowing out. A real orgy. One head with a Cocteau-like profile is barely connected to a necktie of the 20th century. Limbs terminate in stumps or clumps or geometric finials. The anthropomorphic shapes in prehistoric caves come to mind. RUSSU THE PRINTMAKER forces the viewer to return to his prints and try to interpret the meaning of their iconography. While they are immediately attractive visually, they ask for more attention in the long run.

( Ingrid Rose, Curator MoMA, New York )

 

Love, Sex, and Death – a grand tour of 14th-century English mores and morals in poetry: PILGRIMAGES /THE CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 - 1400) in 141 graphics interpretation. Original English Language (cca.1300), creative layout, 83 computer graphics, 58 drawings and paintings by Petru Russu. On the Eve of a Pilgrimage, sometime in the waning years of the 14th century, on a spring day in April 29 travelers from a London Cheap side Inn set out on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral to pay homage to the martyred St. Thomas a’ Becket. Among them, a Knight, a Prioress, a Merchant, a Miller, a Monk, a Plowman, a Clerk, the ever-entertaining oft-widowed Wife from Bath, and many others, are challenged by the inn's Host to a competition: to while away their morrow's journey by each telling a tale. On returning to London their Host will then decided the best storyteller a luxurious meal on behalf of that Pilgrim's fellows.