Radu Cioca / The state of self-awareness
Currently living and working in Cluj, Romania, artist Radu Cioca explores everyday details to create thought-provoking moments that reshape the big picture. He interrogates the given reality through a series of connections, thus challenging the viewer to question different ‘truths’.
The result is “a state of self-awareness in which the mystification of our reality is unveiled”. In order to reach this state and depending on the concept, the artist experiments with various approaches, using sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, video, computer animation or digital generated images. “I’m preoccupied with finding relevant ideas that take form in a spectacular and aesthetic manner”.
The artist is a careful observer of human behavior and current social lifestyle, dominated by time or the lack of it, the incertitude of today and our perception towards various symbols, events, objects. “I try to work mainly with ideas that are of general concern, despite one’s political or social affiliation; matters that resonate with anyone.”
Radu Cioca (b. 1982) studied at the University of Arts and Design in Cluj-Napoca and at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint Luc, in Liège, Belgium. His works have been exhibited in Madrid, Paris, Copenhagen, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Greece, Timişoara, Cluj and also at Venice Biennale – 12th International Architecture Exhibition, in 2010.
Inner song, 2010 – ceramics/ inox/ light box/ wood/ 63 x 30 x 115 cm
Superbia, 2010 – clay / wild cherry wood / velvet / bronze / earth/ installation detail
Corrupted symbols, 2013 – vintage carpet / resin / paint / steel / bronze / 275 x 146 x 126
Tool, 2013 – resin / paint / wood / inox
1 square meter of thank you notes, 2012 – marbel / lime stone / 100 x 100 x 5
Becoming object 5, 2012 – resin/ wood / paint / metal / 54 x 54 x 9
Earth stencil / Imitatio 3, 2013 – earth/ concrete/ metal / variable dimensions
Imitatio 4, 2014 – concrete / metal/ 74 x 18 x 9cm
The longest second, 2012 – hand carved stone / wood / paint / light / metal / 78 x 66 x 71cm. Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle / Warsaw.
The end [just happened], 2010 – -video installation / loop / sound / 100 x 100 x 2 cm black granite tile / paint. ARKEN Museum of Modern Art / Copenhagen.
Yellow triangle, 2013 – concrete / metal / paint / wood/ 74 x 74 x 30 cm
Golden shoes for golden routes, 2010 – engraved bronze, leather, rubber, lacquer, black glass / 20 x 55 x 55 cm
No name with color, 2013 – concrete / paint / wood/ 45 x 36 x 7 cm
Working table / detail
Tool II, 2012 – – concrete / glass / wood/ 70 x 140 x 73 cm
All images © Radu Cioca
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