Ex Future exhibition @ ARCUB

The group show Ex Future, on view at ARCUB through January 8th, 2017 (Mon-Sun, 2 pm – 10 pm), presents 16 Romanian contemporary artists exploring utopias and dystopias resulting from their own oneiric experiences or projections of the future, as well as criticizing or approving such theories that have caught the attention of the public over the years. It is an exhibition about multiple possibilities, reflecting topics from human relationships and ambitions to social practices, urbanism, surprising visions of life, death and the passing of time.

In a corner there is the sculpture of Michele Bressan, which the artist describes as follows: “Sensory deprivation is prescribed in practices that involve penitence, because it highlights feelings of guilt. The lack of visual perspective and interaction induces an accentuated sensation of a sort of timed episode. But the punishment of facing a wall, though at first can cause shame and irritation, often develops in a peaceful moment.” Sharing the space with the punished little boy is Raluca Ionescu’s interactive game Future vs. Guests, inviting visitors to play a soccer game with coins as players, while in the next room Carmen Rasovszky and Gheorghe Rasovszky give us a glimpse into the Romanian country life, with its violence, taste of the absurd and distinctive entertainment, all with a delightful sense of humour.

Another part of the complex Tangaj project by Patricia Teodorescu, whose work was recently on display at ARCUB during NAG Retrospect, pictures the Palace of the Parliament, this colossal architectural symbol of both the communist past and the corrupt present, as it remains unshaken by nature’s waves of protest, under the clear blue sky of incertitude. Yet one cannot dare to immerse him/herself into such a perspective alone. While entering the gallery space, Suzana Dan challenges you to find a companion, and in case you are too shy to ask someone out, her flyers will do the trick, just as when we were children writing notes to send friendship requests to those we liked.

There is one more video that cannot go unnoticed, by 2META. The duo’s self-portrait seems a bit too serious at a first glance, then bubbles suddenly rise on the blue background as if the artists are underwater, reminding of today’s Snapchat filters. Continuing his/her journey, the visitor can discover the work of Aurora Király – view her installation for the No Man’s Land exhibition, also curated by Simona Vilău – and Mihai Zgondoiu’s memorial portraits of alien creatures, including Spielberg’s iconic E.T. character. And the unexpected continues with thought-provoking and ludic interventions, which we recommend seeing until January 8th, 2017, at ARCUB (84–90 Lipscani Street, in Bucharest’s Old Town).

Artists: 2META, Michele Bressan, Ciprian Ciuclea, Suzana Dan, Raluca Ionescu, Aurora Király, Andrei Mateescu, Adina Mocanu & Alexandra Sand, Carmen Rasovszky + Gheorghe Rasovszky, Larisa Sitar, Elena Scutaru + Marcel Scutaru, Patricia Teodorescu, Mihai Zgondoiu.

Curator: Simona Vilău



Michele Bressan - Corner, object, 167x63 cm, 2014

Michele Bressan – Corner, object, 167×63 cm, 2014

2META -Self-portrait in two, video, 2016

2META (Maria Manolescu and Romelo Pervolovici) – Self-portrait in two, video, 2016

Patricia Teodorescu - Ex Future, Tangaj#2 Bucharest - Port to Danube, video, 2016

Patricia Teodorescu – Ex Future/ Tangaj#2: Bucharest – Port to Danube, video, 2016

Mihai Zgondoiu - EXTRAfaces, collage on ceramic support, 12x14 cm, 2016

Mihai Zgondoiu – EXTRAfaces, collage on ceramic support, 12×14 cm, 2016

Raluca Ionescu (Paraschiv) - Future vs. Guests, interactive game, 2008-2016

Raluca Ionescu (Paraschiv) – Future vs. Guests, interactive game, 2008-2016

Aurora Kiraly - Viewfinder #4, #5, #13, charcoal on paper, cardboard and photo, 50,5x72cm, 2014-2015

Aurora Király – Viewfinder #4, #5, #13, charcoal on paper, cardboard and photo, 50,5×72 cm, 2014-2015

Suzana Dan – Play with social engineering, flyer, 500 pieces offset series, 2008

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Photos & videos: The re:art