Robert Lardus Humanography exhibition.
Different density of paint is applied each time, which in the process of drying, is partly rinsed. Just like in communication between people – what we say is not what we perceive. Communicating is the essence of our life. It is a skill that is constantly formed. We have to communicate to play different social roles, to articulate what we think and what we see, to express see what we want and what we feel. We use a variety of signs and symbols for this. Coding and decoding individual or entire social groups messages is our whole life. Images of this series are created by a unique technique of leaching.
Human figure as an icon, symbol, sign. Humanography performed by Robert Lardus refers to the art of calligraffiti. It is true that the artist does not use typical calligraphy, typography and graffiti. He creates new symbols based on simplified drawings of the conventional figure of a human being: Calligraffiti in Robert Lardus Humanography, by using simple iconic forms referring to letters. In this way, the artist obtains a completely new, wider message. The figures have been changed aesthetically, they go beyond the literal meaning of human drawings. The characters or their groups form complex visual compositions. For Robert Lardus, the reference to calligraffiti is an aesthetic and intellectual experience. It allows him to express himself uncontrollably. This is definitely more than the traditional use of icons and signs. It is a way to create a completely new symbolism.
Symbols become an image and further an abstraction. On the other hand, the shapes refer to complex letters. “Humanography” is in a sense pseudo-calligraffiti: it is a complete abstraction in which the characters do not create an unambiguous record. The content of the message is left to the recipient’s free interpretation.