Golfer II and Golfer III are exciting studies of body dynamics that explore the balance between nature and human scale. Setting himself against a postmodern tradition that tends to view the human body as a form to express in reduction and abstraction, Nuta argues for a revival of a more classical treatment of the human figure – a revival of the Rodin-esque sculptural presence that is nonetheless filtered through a contemporary lens.
Doru Nuta’s bronze sculpture “Grace” is classically rooted, but beautifully contemporary. Captured in a natural, un-posed moment, Nuta’s figure perches on a small stool. With her legs tucked up underneath, she grasps the back of the seat to balance herself – creating a delicate contrast of vulnerability and strength of gesture. Contemporary in spirit, but with a precise classical mastery, Nuta captures both the solidity and the gracefulness of his subject’s form.
In “Repose”, Doru Nuta’s bronze figure stretches luxuriantly, eyes closed, totally absorbed in a private moment of relaxed bliss. Almost meditative in her self-assurance, the woman radiates a sense of peace and utter freedom. In this expression and through the undulating lines of the figure’s body, the artist captures both a strength and profound gentleness, celebrating the nobility and beauty of the female form.
Though cast in bronze, the figure, “Hudson River” seems to flow with a sinuous liquid verticality. Her arms reach up and are swept into the fluidity of her hair; the lines of her elongated form pour down to beyond the stretch of her toes. She drifts back and forth in a space that is both classical and organically abstract. Celebrating the classic elegance of the female form while giving a slight nod to surrealism, “Hudson River” crosses into a dreamlike space and causes the view to encounter an ethereal essence within.
Doru Nuta’s sculpture, “Youth,” is the realization of a state of transformation. The sculpture, energized with the tension of impending explosive release, evokes an incredible sense of motion – transmitted even within the material of bronze. Rather than static, the subject is poised in mid-air at the moment of take-off. She is a literal and symbolic image of the potential energy and joyous spirit of youth about to take flight.
A master of capturing the human anatomy, Nuta casts his subject in a dynamic pose – her body twists as her arm is outstretched to offer up the proverbial apple. The supine woman seems to emerge from her temporal Earthly binds as though captured in the moment of biblical creation. Both an idealized aesthetic form as well as a symbol that transcends reality, “Eve” is an image of man’s struggle to free himself from the spirit and physical trappings of the material world.