EXHIBITION EXTENDED UNTIL 19 FEBRUARY 2021!
The exhibition opening will consist of a guided tour, offered by the curators Ciprian Mureșan and Șerban Savu, which will take place online on November 13, at 7 pm, on the Paintbrush Factory’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FabricaDePensule/
Due to the current health restrictions, for now, the exhibition is only available online.
The exhibition will be also available online on the following Instagram page: www.instagram.com/fabricadepensule/
We are not as naive as to believe that what we would call the new generation is something that can be in any way anticipated or evaluated by a certain language or in a key that is already academized and therefore dead. What interests us in this context is to draw the boundaries of a battlefield, of a fighting ring, to set the (impossible) framework for a revolution to come. For we are certain that it would do nothing else but end something that has not been yet started, or repeat that which is already well known. The artists we call established do not look for intelligible things or people but rather persevere in placing their finger on something that burns, even if it would do nothing but announce their own demise.
Artists like Ciprian Mureșan, Șerban Savu, Matei Bejenaru, Manuel Pelmuș, Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor, Monotremu (Laura Borotea and Gabriel Boldiș), Dénes Miklósi and Szilárd Miklós, Ágnes-Evelin Kispál and Attila Kispál are letting themselves be challenged by the curatorial team of the Paintbrush Factory and engaged in an act of working with the stakes and local communities, by selecting artists from younger generations and curating an exhibition featuring their works.
Răzvan Anton and Mihai Iepure-Gorski
We remember the Paintbrush Factory as a place filled with events, a mixture of exhibition spaces, artists’ workshops, spaces for performances. After losing this place physically, we try to preserve what we believe was left behind, namely the energy created by our communication, the interaction between us (those of us who want revolutions or recognition or just peace) independent of outdated and petrified structures, that are useless on the artistic stage. Therefore, Șerban Savu and I were invited, among others, to collaborate with several artists from younger generations, for an exhibition at the Magma in Sf. Gheorghe.
Trying to identify projects and works that have caught my attention in the last year, I focused on artists working in different mediums. Lucia Ghegu‘s projects, drawings of cage-traps that paradoxically evoke playgrounds, juxtapose the danger with that of the comfort zone. Lucian Popăilă‘s experiments regarding easel frescoes exploit uncertainty, achieved at the fragile but dynamic border between the sketch and the defined, perfected work. For Ioana Sisea, drawings and texts have an organic character, being nothing less but secretions of the metabolism that are eliminated from the body, onto the walls of a public bathroom, becoming a symbol for freedom of expression. Last but not least, we selected Paul Stoie’s sculptures, rediscovered after 13 years, in which he absurdly uses simple, thermal properties in order to model his work. The hot stone makes its way through a polystyrene block, the concept of entropy being used both in its aesthetic sense, as well as that pertaining to the field of physics.
The artists I selected for the Future Perfect #1 exhibition are part of the same generation, are friends and have all studied in Cluj, but that does not necessarily mean that they share a common vision of art, despite the affinities that exist between them. What attracted me to them, after following their work in recent years, is not the quest to be original by any means, but rather the need to be authentic, even if they drew inspiration from the artistic language of their predecessors.
Mircea But paints while thinking of Courbet, Corot, Andreescu or Whistler, artists who loved the landscape. His painting draws you into a 19th century atmosphere, imbued with romance, while the works presented in the exhibition are inspired by William Blake’s poem entitled A Poison Tree.
Camilia Filipov practices art as if she were on a playground, with playful innocence and a poetic approach to immediate reality. In the video Towards the Workshop, the daily routine of going to the workshop becomes an artistic experience, according to Duchampian’s idea that everything that is subject to the artist’s observation and intention turns into art.
David Farcaș‘s works reinterpret details of paintings created by Titian (Venus and Adonis) and Piero della Francesca (The Death of Adam). The result of these reinterpretations is very different from the original in all its aspects. In fact, the starting point is just a quote and a pretext for personal experiments using the language of painting.
Adela Giurgiu‘s works are difficult to catalogue, they are also quite different from each other. What they have in common, however, is a certain state of reverie, which invites us into the rich imaginary world of the artist. The fictional Portrait of a Woman alludes to the portraits of Gauguin’s Tahitian women, but the primitive and innocent face leads us to the idea that it is an alter ego of the artist that is seen from the standpoint of art history.
The exhibition was carried out by the Paintbrush Factory Federation alongside the MAGMA Contemporary Medium association.