Portals

“What are portals? Frame-entrances with clear outlines; towards what?”

Artists: Oana Coșug, Miron Ghiu,
Adelina Ivan, Elena Pîrvu,
Doina Simionescu, Zoltán Béla

Curators: Daria Ghiu, Cristina Stoenescu

22nd June – 15th September 2017

The title of this exhibition defines a reversed trajectory, an entrance from an ineffable world into a possible one, but by maintaining an eternal “between territories”, a backwards journey, a pendulation without time between
mechanical and manual, between non-defined forms, pale and undecided apparitions and obvious forms, barely sketched, from the tip of the pen.

“We are trying to build an exhibition of contrasts, of vulnerabilities..”

What are portals? Frame-entrances with clear outlines; towards what? The title of this exhibition defines a reversed trajectory, an entrance from an ineffable world into a possible one, but by maintaining an eternal “between territories”, a backwards journey, a pendulation without time between mechanical and manual, between non-defined forms, pale and undecided apparitions and obvious forms, barely sketched, from the tip of the pen. We are trying to build an exhibition of contrasts, of vulnerabilities, of feverous work in a certain environment (drawing, collage, assemblage, painting, electronic music), an exhibition without power games, one full of search, of frailty, of seriality: the frailty of delicately imbedded textures, which let natural light to be seen through, the frailty and the paper deformation in contact with watercolours and more or less water, the sensitivity of the white surface of paper, when the drawing takes really very little space and clears out the rest of the space, the abstract, barely sketched, yet hyper-gestural sounds. A contour that searches the ephemeral perimeter of the shadow, a geometry of things that
pass. An exhibition of more or less imprinted fingerprints. “Portals” since the works set up into a dialogue, and sometimes into conflict, shape traversing areas: the figurative shadows nullify themselves under your eyes, the subtle details of the exterior world become the wall for the interior of the gallery-space, the indecisive shapes transform the paper surface into an embossed form, the repetitive obsessive motif maintains that atmosphere of new at every
touch of the brush. Yet we are also discussing on passages in a generational sense: the mysterious presence of Doina Simionescu (1947 – 2016) becomes within the exhibition a possible resource for young artists: Oana Coșug, Adelina Ivan, Zoltán Béla or the newly graduated Elena Pîrvu. Their searches appear in overlapping time-lines – there is the perspective of the differentiated repetition of a horizon line – in image, in sound. An exhibition that captures a contemporary sequence: of passages, sometimes visible on the same work-surface, from the clear drawing, the controlled, correct work, to the mechanical, the repetitive, the continuous, a result of an unconscious unfolding of the mind

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