Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, ALB, Roberta Curca, Mihai Iepure-Gorski, Robert Koteles
Curated by Silviu Padurariu
23 September – 06 October, 2016
Opening 07 PM
The selection documents and integrates the multiple dialogue between artists of different age, having different experiences and intentions who lived and created in the same air for some time. The unifying idea that should govern our relationship with this visual assembly would be the communication and the influence of communication technologies on the production and creation of art. This aspect is being investigated from the perspective of several media and working environments – oil painting, Robert Koteles, performative acrylic painting, Andreea-Lorena Buțincu, conceptual drawing, Mihai Iepure Gorsky, conceptual and installed painting proposed by Roberta Curcă, and installation and video art, Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu. From the curatorial perspective the concept does not superimpose or juxtapose other meaning or direction for the images selected and the assembly, but it proposes a documentary narrative framework taken from the artists’ practice during the residence. Theoretically, the broad topic of dialogue invites to puts forward the awareness of the differences and similarities in art and in creative industries.
If a century ago photography, cinema and television were a turning point in the production of art images, nowadays communication technologies and industries influence the production and reception of contemporary visual arts, as we knew them since the 60s until 2000. The influence of cinema (W. Benjamin) or television network (M. McLuhan) are minor compared to the mutations in behavior, creation and reception caused by ”world-wide-web”. We are talking about energies of megatons of TNT generated by the communication explosion. The WWW phenomenon is subtler, more radioactive and more manipulative than the former analogous forms of image and sound reproduction. What is called trans-humanism could be traced down in this transcendence of the idea of image, from the confidential world of letters (P. Sloterdijck), to a democratized world of live interactive images.
Today a screen has tens of various visual media that can be activated by a simple touch. This new grail, the Network, offers meta-access to consumption, production and reproduction of visual information. From video-clip, to show, to live TV, to GIFs and photo-video manipulation, visual data circulate and are processed and distributed in the homes of more than 3.5 billion users around the world. The number is increasing and the mission, simple and enjoyable, is to communicate, namely to reproduce and multiply the image. Thus, what is the relation between the creation, conception and production of art and the mass of art consumers? Does art choose to become elitist and to select its viewers? Or is it getting lost among design and social creativity items?
Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu are a couple of artists who live and work in Iasi. In 2013 they graduated the Faculty of Visual Arts and Design and in 2015 they got a master’s degree at “George Enescu” University of Arts, Iasi. They work within the conceptual framework of the new media and have professional training in the traditional media of artistic expression, namely Mural Arts (Silvia) and Painting (Bogdan). Their practice attempts to cross the physical and discursive borders of object and work with a view to opening perspectives for getting out of the comfortable but comforted zone of global socio-cultural policies.
Adreea-Lorena Buțincu (ALB) studied painting at the University of Art and Design in Cluj and at the Academy of Visual Arts in Karabuk (TR), in 2012 she obtained her master’s degree in painting at National University of Arts Bucharest. Her artistic projects fall within the area of image critique. Her painting is based on manually modelling and remodelling stuff, on the absence of pictorial intentionality and on defining visual formulas by reference to the plastic medium and not the subject.
Roberta Curcă lives and works in București. In 2013 she graduated National University of Arts Bucharest and studied at the Academy of Arts Prague. Between 2013- 2015 she pursued a master’s degree in graphics at UNA and frequently has exhibitions within the mobile group Nucleu. Her topics of interest are urbanity and nature, easily mixing graphic study with architectural, design and sculpture elements.
Mihai Iepure-Górski lives and works in Cluj-Napoca. He is a renowned figure in the field of critical and conceptual art. His works such as ”Artists are no big deal - insult” (2016) or ”Generation Piece” (2015), M.I.G. place him on a position of outsider in the relationship with the artistic act: ”I like considering art from the outside. Outside you are safer, you have a higher chance to get off once you make a mistake; or a higher chance to get away with it. I work with anything that is accessible and allows me to do something as quickly as possible, to easily get rid of what is in my mind so that something new could come up…My mind needs to be clean and always ready!”
Robert Pal Koteles lives and works in Salonta. He studied painting at the University of Arts of Timișoara, professor Constantin Flondor. His art, totally detached from any medium trend is based on strongly subjective identity components; the classical painting techniques are subject to research and production. His painting witnesses his own individuation with the aid of the image obtained by the old laws and tools of painting.
Silviu Pădurariu works in communication since 1999, and since 2013 he studies at ITA/ National University of Arts Bucharest and is the author of a website that archives, promotes and researches contemporary art,UnrestBucharest.com. He curates art exhibitions, publishes interviews in Dilema Veche and reviews in ContraPunct and Arta. His general intention is to intersect contemporary mechanics of communication with art history and theory to produce actions, context and discourse for the contemporary Romanian painting.