Dulce et Decorum by George Anghelescu

We visited George Anghelescu’s solo show “Dulce et Decorum”, currently hosted by H’art Gallery, Bucharest, and initially open until October 31st, but extended for another week, so we strongly recommend you not to miss the opportunity of seeing the works live for a powerful thought-provoking experience.

We perceive the themes that the artist often approaches as uncomfortable truths and precise observations of a reality that we choose to define through absurd social structures, fanatical behaviors and conflicting actions, with a direct and unconscious impact on the individual identity and the collective mindset. In the bloodshed of our own selves, willingly sacrificing the principles of our own existence as individuals and the other in a bizarre and already chronic celebration of the ego, sometimes in the name of unknown forces and sacred entities, we engage in a self-destructive path that may become irreversible.

The show captures the stillness following, preceding or present in the moment of destruction. However, the works are dynamic and although giving the impression of immediate reality, as you can almost feel the threat, the despair or the haunting silence, they are in fact constructed meta-realities, with psychoanalytic and symbolic meanings. Some works are, indeed, inspired from reality, however, others, perhaps the most profound ones, are built from memory or by juxtaposing certain features and elements.

With this personal exhibition, the artist questions and challenges Horace’s “Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori” phrase, that, in his vision, was and still is a justification for past and present wars. All these instances of war, personal, man or god-driven, along with an extraordinary diverse representation of society’s lack in understanding the essence of its time and space, as well as the violent relationships that divide humanity, are gathered in one place for you to confront.

 

Dulce et Decorum by George Anghelescu

Dulce et Decorum

Dulce et Decorum

Dulce et Decorum

Dulce et Decorum

Dulce et Decorum

Works

MORI, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 70 cm

George Anghelescu, MORI, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 70 cm

THE GENIE, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

George Anghelescu, THE GENIE, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, detail

IMPERMANENCE, 2013, oil and scalpel on vinyl banner, 120 x 180 cm

George Anghelescu, IMPERMANENCE, 2013, oil and scalpel on vinyl banner, 120 x 180 cm

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Images © George Anghelescu

Find out more about the artist on his website.

More info about the gallery on their website and Facebook page.

The event was also part of Bucharest Art Weekend. Read more about this project on NAG’s website and Facebook / Contact: noaptealba@gmail.com.

View Bucharest Art Weekend + ART ON DISPLAY recap.