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[Art-Hoc] ARANTXA ETCHEVERRIA | INTERIORS

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Interiors is about an interior space that is both physical – i.e. my studio -, and psychic –the artist’s inner space, in general. Hence, the plural. (Arantxa Etcheverria)

Arantxa Etcheverria’s Interiors invite to a subtle and metaphorical journey into the space of her studio itself and the metaphysical realm of the artist’s self alike. Room by room, the itinerant structure of the exhibition unveils and deconstructs the stylistic rapport between Etcheverria and space and spatiality. She graduated from the department of scenography and history of costumes at the National Theatre of Strasbourg after she had previously completed her studies in visual arts at the famous Villa Arson in Nice. Etcheverria had worked as a set-designer in France before she moved to Romania 11 years ago. To accustom herself to Bucharest, she started documenting its architectural details photographically building personal archives while wandering the city streets and neighbourhoods. The old doors and window grills in modernist style exerted a special fascination. This perpetual exercise of framing the reality led to a particular interest in frames – which became a recurrent motif in her artworks. Keep Reading

POETRY ROOM | Curator Doru Radu

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The Traveling Circus
by Russell Edson

A white-faced clown lying in the gutter like an old

tennis shoe. The circus has left town…

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[Profile] MARIUS BERCEA | AN ODYSSEY (FROM GHOST TOWN TO #TRANSYLFORNIA)

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TRANSYLFORNIA p.n. (etym. < Transyl-(vania) + (Cali)-fornia); origin > the right cerebral hemisphere of a creative mind; cca. 2008) a coinage by visual artist Marius Bercea designating the fascinating utopian hybrid realm resulted from the ongoing painterly entwining, juxtaposition and merging of various distinct elements of the two transatlantic regions forming the etymological base of the name.

TRANSYLFORNIAN adj. characteristic of or relating to Transylfornia, whether inhabitants, mood, colours, light, atmosphere, landscape, architecture.

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POETRY ROOM | Curator Doru Radu

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I Feel My Best when Doing Laundry
by Mariusz Grzebalski

for Dorota

Because, you see, she’s asleep,
and there – a mixed load of
whites, blacks, colored.

I drink wine,
read Tao Te Ching
and hear the drum of our love
spinning in the background.

Translated, from the Polish, by Doru Radu

[Art-Hoc] JORGE PERIS | LOS PIES DE JUDAS

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The possibility of accidents – of errors – stimulates me. I like to learn from mistakes. The confrontation with the laws of physics and nature can place you in a very humble position. It can push you to a stress breaking point. (Jorge Peris)

Spanish artist Jorge Peris is known internationally for his site-specific installations that engage in intense conversations with the space or manipulate it through skilful choreographies of seduction. The gestation of ideas and concepts for his œuvre is often a time-consumming process given the immense amount of research and studies he needs to document it. He contextualises them after an insightful evaluation of the space like an architect assessing the site of a future project. In fact, many of his works acquire an architectural dimension, often dramatic, theatrical, overwhelming, imposing. It is also the type of work that involves your entire body – extreme physical effort, at times –, and this channels a certain personal energy into it.

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[Profile] CRISTIAN RĂDUȚĂ | SPACE, VARIABLE DIMENSIONS (ARCHIVES OF FAILED MISSIONS AND GOLDEN RECORDS)

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When Richard Serra jotted down the series of active verbs as a list of instructions to re-enact in his work process – thus preceding the actual gesture and generating the action – he most probably did not imagine it would become an iconic episode in the history of art. A guide for many other tri-dimensional artists. To roll, to crease, to bend, to fold, to twist, etc. – the linguistic epitome describing the work gestures of such creators. Cristian Răduță – an artist situated at the ever difusing border of sculpture and installation – rolls, creases, bends, folds, twists, etc. every day.

           

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[Interview] DAN PERJOVSCHI BROUGHT THE WORLD ATTRACTIONS TO SANDWICH, BUCHAREST

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This spring, the mailbox at Sandwich – the atypical art space located in the former Combinatul Fondului Plastic*, Bucharest – kept overflowing with envelopes from all over the world. In each envelope, at least one fridge magnet. The postman had a busy time delivering. The name of the space sparked a little joke in him. He’d say: “Here, yet another sandwich for Mr. Dan!” “Sandwiches” sent by prestigious art institutions, museums, galleries, kunstvereins around the globe following his request to be part of World Attractions – the unique, interactive, exhibition that Dan Perjovschi conceived also as a means to bring the art world to Sandwich and, vice versa, to put Sandwich on the map of the international contemporary art. Opened in May 11th, 2017, the exhibition expanded continuously with magnets. Even after the finissage of the exhibition – June 24th, 2017 – the magnets continued arriving. The artist plans to install the project in Sibiu, too. 

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