DENIS KAPLAN - "SPACE LANDSCAPES 11 & 15"
In front of the works of Denis Kaplan we find ourselves overwhelmed by a real explosion of colors. Far from any form or subject that can lead the observer
back to reality, the color is the only protagonist of his works; power, dynamism and intensity of the latter are transformed into the instrument through which the Croatian artist manages to express «the strength and richness of his interior colors».
This is what happens, for example, in Space Landscapes 11: a 100x150 cm acrylic painted canvas. The fulcrum of the work is a large deformed stain with an intense color that, enhanced by the complementary green-lemon which lies nearby, emerges in all its liveliness.
This is a liveliness that, as a "primordial energy", becomes the center from which the colors are born: as vortices on the shades of violet, blue sea and blue, they almost completely fill the surface of the canvas. Through their harmonious and soft forms,
they bring the observer into an abstract dimension. The colors turn into emotions, feelings, dreams and thoughts that reside in the deepest part of the artist; it is an inner world that springs from the combination of love for art and music, considered by
the painter as his inspiring muse. Denis, infact, whenever he paints his works, lets himself be carried away by many different musical pieces that from different genres, from classical music to jazz and rock, to a popular and evergreen melody. Space Landscapes
11 is the result of the emotions felt by Denis while listening to Wave, by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Herbie Hancock, whose notes have been transformed into the tool with which the artist could make his own spirit come to surface, as well as the inspiration
to paint his canvas with harmonious wavy strokes. The same thing happened for the work Space Landscapes 15, a canvas of 150x100 cm, that took form while Denis was listening to Transcendental Studio n. 4 , by Franz Liszt: it is one of the 13 symphonic poems
with which the Hungarian composer tells the story of Ivan Mazeppa. Space Landscapes 11, fully reflecting the Liszt’s composition, is colored by chaotic and nervous lines that overlap the prevailing tones of violet, acid yellow, pink and black. The result
is a dense tangle of trails that, following vertical, oblique and horizontal trajectories, has allowed to evoke «the artist's creative dance». It is a succession of brushstrokes with «the explosive and furious energy of colors». This
is how Denis make the colors dance on the canvas, emanating, as sounds, the soul of the artist with all their power.
This is believed by the great Kandinskij as well, that in “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” of 1909 wrote:
They (the painters) finding in Music the best teacher. With few exceptions music has been for some century the art which has devoted itself not to the reproduction of natural phenomena, but rather to the expression of the artist’s
soul, in musical sound. A painter, who finds no satisfaction in mere representation, however artistic, in his longing to express his inner life, cannot but envy the ease with which music, the most non-material of the arts today, achieves this end. He naturally
seeks to apply the methods of music to his own art.
Chiara Valaguzza, Art Curator D.ssa