Metamorphosis exhibition - The final works (part I)

Artists (in order of appearance): Cora Pojaru , Raluca Has, Claudiu Pop , Oana Stepan, Bianca Balaie (view part II)

Professor: Adela Gocan

Metamorphosis - Exhibition, “Romulus Ladea” Fine Arts Highschool, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Metamorphosis - Exhibition, Romulus Ladea Fine Arts Highschool, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

METAMORPHOSIS / SUSPENDED PAINTING

Why metamorphosis? Because metamorphosis is itself the life of art.

Why suspended painting? Because we want a live exhibition, where the spectator is invited into a journey through images, not just as an act of contemplation but also as an act of reconstruction, pursuit and maybe recognition of yourself.

April 28 - May 9
Exhibition Hall - “Romulus Ladea” Fine Arts Highschool / Cluj-Napoca / ROMANIA

Opening reception: Thursday, April 28, 5.30 p.m.

Artists: Bianca Balaie, Maria Boldor, Alina Cotisel, Raluca Has, Vasile Hirdo, Tudor Oltean, Cora Pojaru, Adrian Pop, Alexandru Bogdan Pop, Claudiu Pop, Vlad Rus, Andrei Sclifos, Oana Stepan, Ionut Serdean, Matei Tigareanu, Bogdan Turculet
Professor: Adela Gocan

Locatiion: 56 Dorobantilor Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (third floor)
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 09.00 - 13.00 / Sat - Sun, closed
Telephone: +40 264 431 449 / http://www.arteplasticecj.ro/

The exhibition is sponsored by Cora Romania. http://www.cora.ro/
Media partners: ArtClue, Modernism, Vernisaje, Neaparat, TATAIA, Vice Magazine, Citynews Stiri, Ziua de Cluj, Flip Flop, Welcome 2 Cluj, 24Fun

+++ View the Facebook page of the event (in Romanian).

I fought the X and the X won - Exhibition, National Museum of Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

I fought the X and the X won

Artists: Dimitrios Antonitsis, Vince Briffa, Gabriel Brojboiu, Austin Camilleri, Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Radu Comsa, Baptiste Debombourg, Sharon Engelstein, Petra Feriancova, Ry Fyan, Helidon Gjergji, Gabriele Grones, Ewa Kuras, Eva Mitala, Michal Moravcik , Tarohei Nakagawa, Adrian Scicluna, Artan Shabani, Katharina Swoboda, Dimitris Tataris, Raphael Vella, Siebren Versteeg

15th April - 15th May 2011
 National Museum of Art / CLUJ-NAPOCA / ROMANIA


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 16th, 7-10 p.m.

A large group show with over twenty artists from several countries opens on 16th April, 2011 at the National Museum of Cluj in Romania. Organised by artists Dionisis Christofilogiannis and Adrian Scicluna and curated by artist-curator Raphael Vella, the exhibition is called I Fought the X and the X Won and is inspired by a rock and roll song called “I Fought the Law” with many cover versions, notably one by the band Bobby Fuller Four in the 1960’s and another by The Clash. The show proposes different situations in which one is faced by antagonistic forces and defeat or failure, and the work is extremely varied, with media ranging from video to drawing, painting and sculpture.
The work included in the exhibition I Fought the X and the X Won rewrites assumed frames of reference, asking questions rather than providing answers. Some of it, like Helidon Gjergji’s, Petra Feriancova’s, Siebren Versteeg’s and Adrian Scicluna’s pieces, plays with contemporary information and communication technologies and their predicaments: translation, distance, coding, and dislocation. Katharina Swoboda’s and Vince Briffa’s videos struggle against time: they simulate, respectively, a three-minute boxing round and a race, but their time is fractured or fading away, like that of a boxer who gets knocked to the canvas, or a retired athlete, too old to be effective on the track of life. Gabriele Grones’s painting haunts us as it also maps out meticulously the traces of time on a face, while Tarohei Nakagawa’s black and white photographs and Austin Camilleri’s small sculptures are the antithesis of the portrait: they hide rather than reveal identities and make us wonder whether the hidden face belongs to a representative of power or a victim.
Understandably, the effects of the media and other globalising and political forces, advertising campaigns and stereotypes also play a central role in the works of a number of artists in the show, particularly Ewa Kuras, Gabriel Brojboiu, Michal Moravcik and Dimitris Antonitsis. Embattled political histories, art-historical references, cinematic and internet-based references merge in the images of Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Radu Comsa and Raphael Vella, while Ry Fyan, Artan Shabani, Dimitris Tataris, Sharon Engelstein and Eva Mitala direct their attention to personal and collective memories and occasionally uncanny situations and anxieties.

 
Exhibition space: 30 Piaţa Unirii, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Opening hours: Wed – Sun, 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. / Mon, Tue – closed
T.: +400264 496 952 / http://www.macluj.ro/


A project supported by The Malta Council for Culture & the Arts, Bank of Valetta, ARTACT and Vodafone Romania.
Media partners: FlashArt SK/CZ, ArtActMagazine, Radio Cluj, Skylife, Modernism, TVR Cluj, Radio Romania Cultural.

I Fought the X and the X Won will also travel to the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, Malta in mid-July, where it will be one of the major shows this summer. http://www.heritagemalta.o
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Winning and Losing in Art, text by Raphael Vella

Exhibition: Artists by Artists: Marsha Kennedy and Carole Epp

Artists by Artists: Marsha Kennedy and Carole Epp

the politics of innocent dreams
April 15 to June 12, 2011

Carole Epp creates provocative ceramic sculptures that reference kitsch figurines, lowbrow art and consumer culture. These figurative tableaux explore human experience — death and love, hope and failure, family and social pressures — and seek to stimulate conversation, thought and action.

Epp lives and works in Saskatoon. She has exhibited her work locally, nationally and internationally and is editor of the popular ceramic arts blog, Musing About Mud. Her mentor, Marsha Kennedy, is an artist and educator based in Regina. Kennedy teaches painting and drawing at the University of Regina while maintaining an active studio practice.

Opening Reception - Friday, April 15, 8 p.m.

Location:
950 Spadina Crescent East, P.O. Box 569
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7K 3L6 Canada
Phone: (306) 975-7610 Fax: (306) 975-7670

Find the Mendel Art Gallery Website here.

Visit Carole Epp's profile on Ceramics Now Magazine and read her interview as Artist of the month.

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