How to Mend Unbroken Things
by Ana Maria Micu and Cătălin Petrişor
Work-in-Progress Duo Show: 20 August - 2 September, 2014; daily 17.00 - 21.00
Finissage: Tuesday, 2 September, 19.00
Address: my art loft, Gaudenzdorfer Gürtel 43-45 / 4C, 1120 Vienna
Within its artist-in-residence frame, my art presents for the second time in Vienna the Romanian artists Ana Maria Micu and Cătălin Petrişor. Their project is a work-in-progress focusing on making art as a self-explanatory process, surrounded by a specially created type of exhibits that can be continuously repositioned. They refer to visual system related to Craiova, the city where they live, searching for ways to further develop apparently finalized works by submitting them to a different context.
The space is occupied with various art studio objects and materials, paintings, drawings, temporary installations and video footage. The visitors may look at the already installed works, the occurring changes and the overall working process. The artists will be available for talks and give presentations upon request regarding their projects. A finissage will mark the state the exhibition will achieve at the end of the residency.
One of Micu's work samples consists in gradually adding visual and structural elements to a spatial background best suitable to exhibit two of her paintings. Out of white self-adhesive vinyl cuttings pasted on floor and wall areas she creates a large-scale drawing whose purpose is to unify the assemblage and to stand proof of her daily activity.
Petrişor continues several outdoor sketches he made in Craiova during the project "Abstract Circle" by covering them up with new layers of paint while protecting some areas with masking tape, which he partially wants to keep as an integrated element of the painting surface. He is also presenting a video processing of the documentation gathered during the same project. These works are put in relation with a display of still life objects made in black colored ice which are drawing specific patterns on the paper beneath them while they melt.
Both artists are searching for a particular aesthetics resulted out of the improvisations one has to make when trying to adapt quickly to new conditions. They use available and discarded materials like plastic, paper, cardboard and wire for their reusable and ephemeral quality. This is put in contrast with painting as the art medium with the longest tradition and the finite character that the documentation of the project will acquire upon the completion of the program.
Ana Maria Micu (n. 1979) works with painting and related image transmitting methods. Her recent performance "Installing the Image" was a reconstruction of a minimal studio environment as an oversimplified optical illusion seen through a camera positioned aside. In 2012 she had the solo show "Tender Heart, Keep Still” at C-Space Gallery in Beijing. In the same year, together with Cătălin Petrişor, they presented “A Conscious Choice For Temporary Blindness” at Mind Set Art Center în Taipei. In 2010 one of her works was included in "Tales of the Unexpected”, curated by Maria Rus Bojan and Radek Váňa at Dek 22 in Rotterdam. Her online portfolio is www.anamariamicu.com
Cătălin Petrişor (n. 1978) works in painting, video, drawing, photography, installation and intervention in public space. His last project is "Abstract Circle" - an interactive mobile painting workshop conducted on streets with Ana Maria Micu with the support of Craiova - 2021 European Capital of Culture Association. Last year Petrişor was selected among the finalists of the Celeste Prize. His last solo show is “The Distance Itself”, a third collaboration with C-Space Gallery in Beijing. In 2012 he exhibited “Geometry of Human Nature”, a project curated by Maria Rus Bojan at Galerie Dix9 in Paris. His online portfolio is www.catalinpetrisor.com
The residency is organized by my art with the support of Austrom/ Österreichisch-Rumänische Gesellschaft.
For further information or appointments please contact Ana Maria Micu at firstname.lastname@example.org or +43 664 491 9204.
Gaudenzdorfer Gürtel 43-45 / 4C
Mobil: +43 676 603 6293
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Craiova - 2021 European Capital of Culture Association presents "Abstract Circle" - a mobile painting workshop initiated by Ana Maria Micu and Cătălin Petrişor, coordinated by Cătălin Davidescu. The project takes place between 22 and 29 July 2014 in different areas of Cultural Microcenter 1 (Brestei), with a daily schedule between 8-11 and 17-20. On Tuesday, July 22, it will be held on 194 Brestei Street. Further locations will be determined spontaneously and directions can be asked by calling 0720038766.
Cătălin Petrişor is working on a series of paintings in which he wants to associate abstract art movements with the geometric decorative motifs used on wrought iron fences and security bars that can be seen in urban areas. In this context he has come to identify the need to practice outdoor painting in front of the selected model. Thus, the performative act and the direct contact with reality are highlighted as the key conceptual components of the work.
Petrişor will install an easel and paint in places that will provide him with inspiring models and his work will be documented by Ana Maria Micu. Both artists will be available for discussions related to the description of their action and encourage passers-by to try by themselves to mix colors and apply them on provided canvases.
The collected documentary material will be used to create a video art work which it will be installed within the artists' next project - a finissagge exhibition meant to complete the residency program they are invited to attend between 1 August - 5 September 2014 by MyArt Vienna (www.myart-flener.at) with the support of Austrom / Rumänische Österreichisch-Gesellschaft.
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Longlisted for "Paint Like You Mean It" 2014
Interview Room 11, Edinburgh
The selection process for "Paint Like You Mean It" was finalized. My work "Manifold" 2014 is part of the long list, meaning that it will be featured in the catalogue.
"Paint Like You Mean It" is the inaugural painting prize and exhibition organized by Interview Room 11 through an international open call to any artist aged 18 or over. Artists were invited to submit one work that they deem to be "painting".
Interview Room 11 is an artist run gallery and project space in the heart of Edinburgh founded in 2013.
Congratulations to the shortlisted artists who will take part in the show.
The Gallery 2014
My video The Noise Turning the Sky Blue was showcased on 15 February 2014, from 4-6 pm within The Gallery Project held at C-Space from 11 January - 1 March 2014.
The Gallery is an interactive multimedia project initiated by Chinese artist Wang Xin. Anyone who is interested in showing at The Gallery may submit their work and exhibition proposals would be realised on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The idea for my application came to me after I read the statement of The Gallery Project, specifically from the practical aspect of the works submitted being destroyed after the exhibition. I correlated this with an art trivia: in 1972 Laszlo Toth gained international notoriety by vandalizing Michelangelo's Pietà statue.
Initially I wanted to paint the portrait of this man on a mirror and send it to be exhibited, only to ask the organizers to destroy the painting with a hammer after the show and film their action. The point would have been the fact that I consider such involvement from their part to be of high artistic significance, maybe higher that my painting of the image would have had. However, due to the difficulties of putting this idea into practice, I had to reconsider and actually make a home-made video in which I perform myself the gesture of smashing the projected portrait, an action which I am coating with secondary, less important, details and atmosphere.
For further information regarding this project, please visit the websites of C-Space or The Gallery
Celeste Prize 2013 - Finalist
My work One Day Reality has been chosen by Celeste Prize's selection panel for the final exhibition in Rome. I was voted second in Painting & Graphics Prize Section. Congratulations to the section's winner Noa Giniger. You can see the recipients of all the prizes at the link provided below.
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The Distance Itself 2013 - Solo Show
My last solo show is The Distance Itself, a third time collaboration with C-Space Gallery in Beijing. The project comprises one video and 8 paintings. A few small found objects and debris are scattered across the galley space, sometimes on the shelf formed by the depth of the paintings stretchers' top bars.
Follow this link for the project's portfolio