Ștefan Botez and Răzvan Anton @ EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS
EASTWARDS ROSPECTUS hosts the first solo show of Ștefan Botez in Romania, “Between the forest and the sea”, and the exhibition “Mnemonics” by Răzvan Anton, running through March 22nd, 2015 (50 Plantelor Street, District 2, Bucharest / open Thu-Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun-Wed by appointment).
Ștefan Botez – Between the forest and the sea
The exhibition of Ștefan Botez highlights the contemporary perception of the male body by observing both mundane and irrational activities of his subjects, sometimes represented with fine irony. The artist’s choice to not interfere, his absence contributes to capturing natural reactions, gestures and behaviors that strengthen the visual impact of his works.
He also refers to the influence of myth and historical, cultural and social factors on the way we see and relate to masculinity. As with the socially constructed and often imposed image of the female body, the appearance of man is equally a result of prejudice, gradually and carefully molded by society. And it is this process of physical and moral transformation that interests the artist: “Like beauty, masculinity is pure plasticity, and thus subjected to change, to culture, to education, to exercise. But what really interests me is that specific moment, when boys become men and men become kings, when places become images and images fade into memory.”
In order to bring together the various aspects of this complex theme, the artist creates in the gallery space a universe of contradictions, where light and sound help reveal the ambiguity and trauma, as well as the dualism of the male body through oscillating between chaos and order, noise and silence, reality and fantasy.
Răzvan Anton – Mnemonics
In the vision of Răzvan Anton, drawing is mapping and a way to memorize Memory: “I work with drawing and memory. Drawing is for me the most direct path towards a possible image. Memory is not the subject but the medium and drawing is a conscious choice of a medium beyond mediums, a language that has the advantage of keeping a safe distance from the norms of the art world. It is a continuous and open research that eludes conclusion. It is a process that leaves a trace. It is the trace of a thinking process and the image is its proof. The speed at which I think and observe is also the speed at which I draw.” His work implies cleansing as process and result: “The same shapes and forms are drawn and drawn again till they reach a state of cleansing.”
In his works, ranging from charcoal drawings to animations, the heart becomes a central motif of the exhibition as both container of affection and machine, while the hands highlight certain gestures and concepts. Overall, the exhibited works reveal a constant concern about the way memory absorbs and preserves reality.
About EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS
Founded in 2014 by Andrei Breahnă, cultural manager, art dealer and art collector and Raluca Șoaita, architect and art collector, EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS is a Bucharest-based gallery focusing on the contemporary artistic production from (and upon) Eastern Europe.
“Our choice is inspired by the artistic potential of this multicultural area which reflects plural contexts, mentalities, histories and local artistic languages.”
Images courtesy of EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS