Bogdan Rata, born 22nd January 1984, currently lives and works in Timisoara, Romania and teaches at the West University of Timisoara, Faculty of Arts and Design, Sculpture Department.
An artist I feel should have been mentioned, or found earlier, is Bogdan Rata. His work features subjects like deflated of beheaded bodies, or dismembered limbs entwined together. He uses new materials as polystyrene, industrial paint, plaster and synthetic resin.
Based in a “forgotten future”, his work reproduces “replicas of reality” reminiscent of the virtual world in the film Blade Runner. Rata multiplies human parts (fingers, ears, and so on) and combines them into new life forms. The newborn creatures seem to result from strange experiments with the human body in an esthetics lab.
Rata’s works forge a contextual change of the anatomic detail through its obsessive multiplication. The materials used, and the resulting industrial look, question the assault on individual personality in a climate of commercial branding uniformity. The concept of “hand-foot” and the “unsuccessful blessing” symbol strengthens the idea behind the work, delicately propelling it into the realm of grotesque. The torso also evokes a twist of reality, the socially provocative themes of sexual identity and the hermaphrodite.