The Simultaneous Spaces of Absence

“Haire into leaves, her Armes to branches grow; ant late swift feet, now rootes, are lesse then slow”

Oana Coșug

Curator: Cristina Stoenescu

20.10.2018 – 30.11.2018

Anca Poterașu Gallery

The exhibition reveals an organically built universe in the artist’s expanding body of work, where phantasmagorical characters slowly emerge in-between frames and pages. Oana Coșug’s artworks conjure other-worldly sceneries of painful absence, longing explorations and manifestations of desire.

“The artist builds a story of conflict and silent despair in the midst of a continuous loop of mystery
and wonder.”

Oana Coșug’s latest drawings will be presented in her first solo show at Anca Poterașu Gallery in Bucharest. The exhibition reveals an organically built universe in the artist’s expanding body of work, where phantasmagorical characters slowly emerge in-between frames and pages. Oana Coșug’s artworks conjure other-worldly sceneries of painful absence, longing explorations and manifestations of desire. The materials employed in making the drawings are carefully chosen by the artist, from the different pigment powders to the paper surfaces unto which diffused shapes overlap into seemingly ephemeral images. The show will feature a rich selection, presented as a kaleidoscopic view of the paradoxical narrative infused into the artist’s recurrent visual characters and settings, reminiscent of William Blake’s complex mythology. Allowing the viewer to submerge into the would-be magical realism of her drawings, we explore imageries of yearning and solitude, intertwined in lyrical transformations. Unto the background of vegetal landscapes, outreached arms and twinned bodies alternate witch roots, cage-like constructions and
branches. The artist builds a story of conflict and silent despair in the midst of a continuous loop of mystery and wonder. There is no before and after in this narration, no linearity outside of the drawn contours that lead us from one page unto another and back again in a mysterious succession of events. Sometimes, silently, hidden from our sight, an elusive silhouette appears, covered in a mantle containing its whole world unfolded upon itself.

Mystery and wonder → Mystery and wonder → Mystery and wonder

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