Enlightment in two quick steps

Ok art lovers who couldnt find the time lately to go check out the latest exhibitions in Bucharest(including me). I give you 3 more days to get updated. I’m only talking here about two exhibitions that end by 31 of October and that in my opinion, you should not miss.

1.”The ÉLÉVATION project@Hanul Gabroveni(ARCUB) is a unique and sensitive depiction of twenty-two Romanian artists realized by two photographers who explored Bucharest’s artistic scene.

For the two photographers, Pascal Gravot Haeberli (French-Swiss) and Franz Galo (French),“Bucharest Art” does not exist on its own. There are only twenty-two artists selected randomly,whom destiny incidentally brought together for a while, during a gentle exploration of the city. It is for this reason that we should appreciate ÉLÉVATION project, which is different from other initiatives that share the same theme, because the authors aimed, from the very beginning, not to judge artists’ value or influence, but to offer a glimpse into their evolution within a common workplace – Bucharest.”

Adrian Buga, art critic

My favourite work is the one with Ion Barladeanu but I’ ll let you discover that by yourself I won’t put a picture here, it doesn’t make sense if not seen in the space with the other works.

Another thing is that besides the exhibition you get to see , if you havent already, the amazing architectural space of Hanul Gabroveni (an old historical building) reinvented by ARCUB (The Cultural Centre of Bucharest).

(Nevertheless, if you just absolutely can’t make it to this exhibition you still have the chance to buy the Elevation  catalogue with all the works, and you can always visit Hanul Gabroveni if walking in Centrul Vechi, on Lipscani)

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Stairs towards the exhibition
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One of the works in the exhibition. Artist: Ioana Sisea
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Artist Adrian Preda

2. Expanded space@MNAC (Str. Izvor nr. 2 – 4, The Palace of the Parliament, wing E4)

This one I havent seen yet but I will by the end of the week. Several artists take their view, through different mediums, on the city in continuous transformation. The exhibition is part of a project called Expanded Space, organised by Volum Art  association, and already at its fifth year of existence.  Expanded Space proposes the activation of the public space through temporary artistic interventions, be it sculpture , installation, performance or other.

Artists: Mihai Balko, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Tudor Bratu, Candidatul la Președinție, Iosif Király, Marilena Preda-Sânc, Studio Basar, Vlad Nancă, Vlad Petri & Gabi Basalici.

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May art enlighten you!

Mickey Mouse is dead. Welcome to Dismeland.

It has already been all around the news. Disneyland was dead, buried and then zombified in a less mainstream but way cooler version version called Dismeland. And this ugly cousin of the wildly popular amusement park has got some other “fairytales” to talk about rather than princesses and happy endings.

How about apocalypse, anti-consumerism, social critiques on celebrity culture, immigration, and law enforcement? Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK,  you can now find it all, under the rough of an artsy themed besmusement park that seems to be taken right out of a Tim Burton movie. This”UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction” is the the work of more than 58 global artists including  Bansky, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty, Bill Barminski, Caitlin Cherry, Polly Morgan, Josh Keyes, Mike Ross, David Shrigley, Bäst, and Espo and an alternative to the mundane and the mediocre, as the organisers put it:

“Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well.

Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park who’s big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes…

This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.”

Dismaland is open to the public from August 22 through September 27th, 2015 and information about pre-booked and at-the-gate tickets is available here. There’s also a series of events including  shows by Pussy Riot and Massive Attack on September 25th.

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Thank you for inspiration http://www.thisiscolossal.com/!

Photo credit: Christopher Jobson for Colossal

Dick Owens, the resigner…

As a friend said ” Rick Owens is so fucking cool that he even did that”. That is, designing a collection for men, tailored to let the “head” breath.

About this liberating act of courage  the designer said for style.com: “Boys with their dicks out is such a simple, primal, childish gesture.”

Why not? Afterall, let’s all embrace “a bit of cheerful depravity,” as the designer himself put it.

 

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Photo: style.com

Here is more: http://www.style.com/fashion-shows/fall-2015-menswear/rick-owens

 

 

 

Meet Vladimir

I’ve been recently to a very nice  exhibition held in Bucharest, in a temporary art space called Go Art Project. Read below what it was about and feast your eyes on some shots of the works and people attending. There was also good music by Momentdat.

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For Leonard Zarnescu, the psyche is always related to art. One can easily observe the two tendencies expressed in his artistic practice. The first is negative and related to the critical philosophy and interpretation applied to his work and the second is positive reflecting the distinction of his mind and knowledge. Although he is extremely pragmatic and always finds himself on the intellectual territory when looking at the world he would sometimes fall into a sort of mental captivation and give life to the most absurd and macabre characters and ideas. 

Vladimir is one of those characters; part of the lucid world that the artist finds impossible to correct. He lives at the vertex of illusion where the truth, the evil, the beautiful frost in time. He irritates more than he seduces, he is somehow aggressive but elegant; rough yet childish, furious and imposing. Vladimir lives in a perpetual paradox that he cannot escape so thus all his refinement is condemned to fragility.

Leonard would go further and state that “I empowered my body of work by creating a character outside the social indulged peculiarities, my mirror friend. I detached his human features and I wrap him with a massive cloak so as to be able to let myself into my deepest me, without any fear of being judged. He is defined by darkness and secrecy. In him I indulge shame, guilt, rage and despair, yet still express triumph and survival. What awes me is the very moment when one identifies with my initial impulse. It has to do with that found common ground between two inner selves, translated through my character.”
The artist is bringing to life the silhouette of Vladimir for the exhibition in a sensual, dark, dramatic lyrical expressionism refusing any type of interpretation or transformation.

Then something unutterable happens to the viewer and thus, in order to end the cycle and see beyond the shadows we turn on the light: the universe of Leonard Zarnescu is brought into the realm of tranquility. Silence becomes therefore the only tool to look at his works.
Curator- Alina Bucur”

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