Me in the Garden. Andrei Ciurdarescu’s exposition at Boccanera Gallery in Trento. From 1/10

1-andrei-ciurdarescu Vernissage Saturday 1st October from 6 pm to 12 am
2d October - 30th november 2016

Boccanera Gallery is pleased to inaugurate its project room in its new space in Trento with a solo show by Andrei Ciurdarescu, Me in the Garden. The show, curated by Daniele Capra, presents intense figurative painting that analyse the constructive/destructive interactions between anthropic elements and nature in gardens: a metaphor for the conflict between opposed social, economic, and political trends. It is being held at the same time as the solo show by Linda Carrara, Il pretesto del Lotto, which is in the main exhibition room.
The Me in the Garden project examines the proscribed space in which botany, aesthetics, and natural spontaneity collide and continuously adapt to each other. For Ciurdarescu, what is decided by the context, the limitations imposed by the location, the climatic and meteorological variables, and also the visual taste and culture of those who cultivate and tend gardens, are the triggers for an intense dialogue between different kinds of brutality: the voluntary and authoritarian one sparked off by humanity, and the random and necessary one determined by nature itself. With a carnal and tactile painting, the artist in fact reveals the marks of the conflicts and insults that the passing of time has inflicted on both aspects. Grass grows and agaves, with their pointed leaves, lushly proliferate, lapping the stone paths, the crumbling ancient sculptures, and the boxwood hedges, all modelled with the firm hand of a lover of ars topiaria. Among the prickly pears painted by the artist, however, there crop up heads of divinities and philosophers, the busts of Roman emperors, even more sensual in the lustful abandonment caused by time: the seemingly incorruptible icons of an ancient and all-too-human world that fights in order not to die completely, not to be swallowed by history. Beauty, however, symbolised in some of the paintings by the presence of a sensual Venus, is only a fragmented prisoner of the past, a shred that is unable to oppose the power of change.
andrei-ciurdarescu Ciurdarescu’s is a philosophical kind of painting that shows the anxieties of existence and the human desire to outlive ourselves, testified to by the remains that archaeology has given to us. And it is also a warning not to overestimate the constructive strength of our acts, not to endlessly trust in those of our actions that are aimed at glory.

The art of Andrei Ciurdarescu (Orastie, Romania, 1984) is characterised by a painting that questions the constitutive matrices of reality by way of an analysis of memory and details. He graduated and gained his doctorate at the Cluj-Napoca University of Art and Design (RO), where he is now assistant professor. He was awarded a scholarship for the Romanian Academy in Rome in 2015.
Among his shows mention should be made of 4 Spaces – Common Ground, the Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice (I); Luc Tuymans în dialog cu Călin Dan at Spațiu Intact – Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj; Vanguardias y periferias at La Neomudejar - Centro de Artes de Vanguardia, Madrid (E); Cutting Edge II at the Cluj Art Museum and Nationalismus at the Visual Kontakt gallery, Ulm (D).
He lives and works in Cluj.

Boccanera Gallery
Via Alto Adige 176
38121 Trento (I)
Wednesday - Saturday, 2 pm - 7 pm
or by appointment


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