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Group show “What matters to us (today)” at Jecza Gallery

“What matters to us (today)” represents a first episode in a series of exhibitions that aims to conduct a research and a radiography (in progress) of the latest contemporary artistic narratives as they are articulated and written by Romanian artists today, some of them being at the beginning of their careers, others already going through important stages in defining their own artistic directions and practices.
The focus of these exhibitions is to investigate the motivations and the type of visual thinking that is shaped within the context of contradictory realities that are often subject to instability, conflict, fear, but which also develop new directions towards solidarity, civic commitment, and new attempts to redefine the project of modernity. How do artists respond to these challenges today, what legitimizes them in their approach and what type of autonomous territory do they depict?
The first episode is defined by a so-called ”progressive nostalgia”, marked by a return to the geometric form, evoking the premises of a new type of abstraction of a serialist nature, generated not in the way we would expect, by logical pursuits, but by certain implications of a social nature. Moreover, the present proposals are directly linked to everyday landscape, to individual experiences and to processes related to collective psychology. The primary elements (line, point, circle, square) involved in the construction /deconstruction process, formulate this time a field of research that does not marginalize a certain sensory and therapeutic side of the unions between volumes, colours, structures, materiality. Furthermore, color plays an important role in the separation of geometries, as well as their optical rhythm and, last but not least, their implementation with the help of materials that are less used or have to do with specific technological processes of an industrial nature. Many of the works included in the exhibition, although defined by their minimalist, abstract character, tend to acquire the status of relational objects, freeing the artistic object from the inertia of formalism.” Curator: Alina Șerban
Artists: Vladiana Ghiulvessi, Iuliana Grădinaru, Alexandra Satmari, Virginia Toma

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