Black Swan / highly unexpected @ Art Yourself Gallery
The exhibition explores the Black Swan metaphor, first used by Nicholas Taleb to describe the financial world, where the term defines events that come as a surprise to the observer, with a major impact, but which could have been prevented if all risks where taken into consideration. Thus, the exhibition challenges 17 artists to change their perspective to a highly unexpected new vision, as a meta-surprise for themselves and the viewer.
Aitch, Felix Aftene, Gabriel Caloian, Codruţa Cernea, Mihail Cosuleţu, Cristian Crisbăşan,Suzana Dan, Amalia Dulhan, Andreea Floreanu, Cornel Lazia, Ileana & Cătălin Oancea,Dragoş Pătraşcu, Tudor Pătraşcu, Radu Rodideal, Adrian Sandu, Bogdan Teodorescu, Ioana Ursa.
© Aitch – Downunder / “My corner of hell”
Ioana Ursa – Hollywood ending / “In this work I tried to highlight the fragility and permutation of the idea-vision. At the beginning, you have an idea or, more comprehensive, a vision. You see an image, then you attach an idea to it – at least this is what I do. But during the process of execution, and rather frequently, in a surprising and playful way, as an artist, you feel the need to paint something else, there seems to be something more attractive tonight. Anyway, it inspires you more than in the previous evening. Suddenly, the game and colour are more sincere than the ambition of the idea and concept, perhaps you recently watched a movie, saw a photograph, maybe you read something and would like to add a comment about it in your work. Especially that this way the initial idea is completed/ criticized by the new one – offering a more complex vision. The act of creation is alive, in continuous transformation/ transcendence and infinite in the possibility of adding, changing – migrating to a new plastic form or idea-concept.”
Felix Aftene – Climax frame / “The work is conceived as the most important and challenging frame of a film which you have to compose starting from this image”.
Bogdan Teodorescu – The First Post-Modern Day of Marilyn Monroe / “The seductive image of the star generates a unique complex of archetypal contemporary formulations”.
Dragoş Pătraşcu – Without Words/ “The vanguards are dead. Return to your inner selves” – Ben.
Suzana Dan – Dying alone – “Black Swan/ Pluck out your feathers/ Until they bleed/ Dance until you are set free/ Let go when you feel your heart wanting with need” – “Swan lake collection”, Little Wolf.
Ileana Oancea – The Butterfly Effect
Gabriel Caloian – Untitled / “The ax in the horse was red/ And the years were blue/ From the clock ran beads/ And you make me luminary tea” – Lights.
Amalia Dulhan – Sarcophagus / “Your eyes hurt, and there was a metal taste in your mouth. Those are the two things you felt, and once you felt that, you knew you had gotten more than your dose.”
Cornel Lazia – Graceful Transfer / “Two distinct personalities, who at a first glance have little in common, but together create an entity which for me perfectly identifies with the theme of the exhibition, Black Swan. The two characters, the artist and the metropolis, intertwine and complete each other. A dream, an utopia or simply highly unexpected?”.
Codruţa Cernea – The Observatory (detail, part of the Stellar Collage work) – “The work focuses on the image of the Hubble telescope. Put into operation in 1990, and adjusted three years later, the telescope is orbiting even today outside the Earth’s atmosphere, as a profound look in time and space. The images recorded by Hubble helped to clarify several assumptions in astronomy, but have also raised questions. Some of the most revolutionary discoveries are related to the presence of Black Holes in the center of the galaxies, observing the collision of a comet with Jupiter [event which occurs once every few centuries], and the study of final explosions of massive stars [the supernova phenomenon]. If we consider one of the possible revelations of quantum physics experiments, saying that the viewer creates reality, that observation does not only influence what must be analyzed, but can even produce another result, the telescope becomes a key tool in discovering and defining the Universe and its laws”.
Photos & translation by The re:art / Original texts here.