Vienna’s Sous-Bois Cafe is hosting a new exhibition of work by Ana Popescu, featuring colour- and light-drenched drawings that evoke the best bits of the holidays.
The show, entitled Les Vacances, is described by the artist as a ‘visual diary’ of her summer trips this year and includes depictions of sunlit architecture, sunburnt tourists and unending expanses of blue sky. Popescu describes the series of images as an instinctive mix of ‘colours, shapes and light’.
‘There is so much blue and other bright colours in the drawings so it directly feels like summer,’ she tells The Spaces. ‘A lot of scenes have something melancholic about them, time passes by and summer is usually so short – at least that’s how I feel it. “Les Vacances” was, for me, the perfect title to express this. I wanted this feeling of school holidays from the 1990s.’
Popescu says she was drawn in particular to the more ephemeral moments – shadows falling on a deckchair, a particularly fluffy cloud, or light-dappled walls and trees. She used pastels to capture these, staying close to the original colours but exaggerating them in places.
‘Les Vacances’ is on show at Sous-Bous Neustiftgasse 33, 1070 Vienna