Iulia Nistor | (i)... (ii)... (iii)... (iv)...
with a story by Manuel Niedermeier
Aiurart Contemporary Art Space | Bucharest
From the 17th of September to the 7th of November 2014
(…) In the street. No one. Besides her.
She had this funny feeling as she was walking by. She was looking downwards. She felt as if her feet – those feet down on the ground! – [were] moving ceaselessly, as if they were a step ahead of her.
Indeed! [They were] one step ahead of her. How could this ever be? How could one read into what had happened?
Yet, these were but her feet, after all – ever since she had been a little girl.
Thus: [it was] just her, walking in the street, grey skies above, closed doors behind. Not unwelcoming, just wide shut. Pigeons filling the alcoves, with their heads couched beneath their wings, dreaming –
If only she were to walk that little bit faster... Maybe that was it. Maybe, those legs could morph into her legs. (…)
i)... (ii)... (iii)... (iv)... is Iulia Nistor’s second personal exhibition in Bucharest and contains works which she completed in 2014. The Bucharest-born artist (b. 1985) lives and works in Nuremberg, has studied art and philosophy and was recently awarded with the Award of recognition at STRABAG ArtAward International 2014.
This exhibition superimposes two sets of works of art against a multitude of artistic investigation courses pertaining to composition. The first set, on canvas, follows the previous artist’s works yet, this time, in much grander scale, that appear to resemble a collage: composing on canvas where instances, visual impressions, memories and pieces of thought – either counter-narratively reassembled or arranged in a personal, instinctive narrative. The second set of works, this time on transparent plastic films, displays compositions that are produced in a manner similar to wood carving or to the décollage technique even. Thus, in the first instance, the artist proceeds to cover the image by using with one or more layers of paint that serve as a starting point in the image developing process. Subsequently, the image becomes apparent upon scratching and scraping the layers of paint that had been applied previously. The end result is that of a vibrant image, a virtual reality snapshot that has been rendered visible by the transparency of its underpinning. This will eventually set up as an immersive installation. The perception balancing between familiar shapes and the inability to identify them engenders tension and the counter-narrative in Iulia’s paintings contrasts with the fictional text written for this show by Manuel Niedermeier, in order to introduce us into and lead us through the exhibit, opening a new window of artistic research and connecting the two series of works on display.
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Ivan Gallery has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of Horia Bernea’s Acuarele / Watercolors show in which watercolor paintings and a sketchbook made between 1999-2000 will be exhibited. The event will take place on Saturday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m.
The artworks to be exhibited may be considered as a „series” even if their „seriality” is not as explicit as in the case of other series asserted as such by the artist Column, Garden, Church Interior). By including here occasionally motifs relating to these well-known series, Horia Bernea problematizes again and again, trying not only to set forth but also to „solve”. An oval figurative form brings together („constrains”) the bi-dimensionality and the citation of the perspectival construction, the plan drawing and the materiality, the sign and the representation. „It was about this: about trying to combine things impossible to combine and attitudes impossible to reconcile; a kind of retrieval through which a theme is pushed beyond any limit of bearing.” (Horia Bernea interviewed by Anca Oroveanu, 1997).
This first Horia Bernea solo show hosted by The Ivan Gallery will be open between September 23 and November 14 (Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.).
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