EIGHT AND A HALF NEW WORKS
13 december 2011 –
29 january 2012



Artists:
Marina Albu, Alexandra Bodea, Răzvan Botiș, Claudiu Cobilanschi, Mihai Iepure-Gorski, Cătălin Ilie, Alexandra Pirici, Veda Popovici

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The exhibition features the works produced following the Open Call initiated by Salonul de proiecte. This is the first event out of a series of projects aimed at introducing works produced by young artists at the beginning of their career. Starting with the premise that in Romania the production possibilities in contemporary art are almost non-existent and that artists from newer generations are constantly challenged when it comes to the realization of their projects, Salonul de proiecte acts as a platform for encouraging artistic practices that address current social and political issues.

This exhibition showcases an eclectic, heterogeneous body of works, focusing on the role of the artist in the contemporary context and highlighting the importance of discursive practices and of communication systems. The projects make use of various media – from textual works and drawings to sculptural installations and the documentation of interventions in the public space.

Mihai Iepure-Gorski recycles the symbolism of pacifist movements by dividing the visual pattern into a succession of abstract compositions. Alexandra Pirici documents a series of public actions that deconstruct the ideology of symbolic landmarks in Bucharest, emphasizing the disproportionate relationship between the grandiloquence of monuments and the precarious condition of the individual and local institutions.

In the same spirit, Veda Popovici meditates on the status of the artist in both the artworld and the society, foregrounding his/her oscillation between activism and helplessness. Giving an active role to the spectator and transferring the information from the art space to the real world are distinctive features in the exhibition that also emerge in Răzvan Botiș’s proposal, who distributes an invitation to an exceptional event that will never take place. At the opposite end, Claudiu Cobilanschi documents the production of utilitarian objects relying on sketches published in the handbooks of the FRR collection (The Fan Club of Romanian Achievements) which feature various types of bricolage, widely encountered before 1989, but which, in today’s consumerist age, is a rare and almost absurd activity. Marina Albu’s interventions comprise a range of concrete actions by transforming the exhibition space into a waiting room that provides access to a separate space where a series of “Mind, Body & Spirit” services are offered to the public during the entire duration of the exhibition according to a weekly program. Cătălin Ilie focuses on the “process of searching” through a site-specific intervention whereby public is invited to decode Samuel Beckett’s poem What is the Word, which is recorded on a magnetic tape whose content is revealed only fragmentarily. The transfer of textual messages into a new linguistic code also appears in the work of Alexandra Bodea who illustrates a hybrid universe of tabloid press clichés filtered through the her own imagination.




http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_1_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_2_ Mihai Iepure-Górski - Peace to Everyone (7 variations), 2011 - Intervention on the facade - silk, 110 x 110 each.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_3_ Mihai Iepure-Górski - Peace to Everyone (7 variations), 2011 - Intervention on the facade - silk, 110 x 110 each.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_4_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_5_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_6_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_7_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_8_ Alexandra Pirici - If You Dont Want Us We Want You, 2011 - installation.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_9_ Veda Popovici - 4 Manifestos of an Innofensive Nature, 2011 – Installation - wall texts, A4 prints.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_10_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_11_ Claudiu Cobilanschi - FRR, 2011 – Installation.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_12_ Claudiu Cobilanschi - FRR, 2011 – Installation.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_13_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_14_ Claudiu Cobilanschi - FRR, 2011 – Installation.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_15_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_16_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_17_ Claudiu Cobilanschi - FRR, 2011 – Installation.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_18_ Cătălin Ilie - Where is the Word, 2011 - Audio one channel instllation - magnetic tape, speaker, audio reader, amplifier, text.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_19_ Veda Popovici - 4 Manifestos of an Innofensive Nature, 2011 – Installation - wall texts, A4 prints.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_20_ Eight and A Half New Works.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_21_ Cătălin Ilie - Where is the Word, 2011 - Audio one channel instllation - magnetic tape, speaker, audio reader, amplifier, text.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_22_ Răzvan Botiș - Sketch For an Invitation, 2011 - Interactive installation - 3 copying machines, engraved.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_23_ Răzvan Botiș - Sketch For an Invitation, 2011 - Interactive installation - 3 copying machines, engraved.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_24_ Răzvan Botiș - Sketch For an Invitation, 2011 - Interactive installation - 3 copying machines, engraved.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_25_ Alexandra Bodea - Frieze (From Tabloid to Apotheosis), 2011 – Installation - gypsum plates, foamboard, ink.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_26_ Marina Albu - Investment, 2011 – Installation - flowers, tables, chairs, magazines, water supply.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_27_ Alexandra Bodea - Frieze (From Tabloid to Apotheosis), 2011 – Installation - gypsum plates, foamboard, ink.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_28_ Alexandra Bodea - Frieze (From Tabloid to Apotheosis), 2011 – Installation - gypsum plates, foamboard, ink.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_29_ Alexandra Bodea - Frieze (From Tabloid to Apotheosis), 2011 – Installation - gypsum plates, foamboard, ink.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-44_30_ Marina Albu - Investment, 2011 – Installation - flowers, tables, chairs, magazines, water supply.jpg