V.I.C. (Very Important Chair)
Dates: 19 September - 5 October 2014 (closed on Saturdays, 20 and 27 September)
Opening and Cocktail: Thursday, 18 September 2014 from 6 pm
Address: domain de Pont Chevron, 45250 Ouzouer-sur-Trézée, France, www.pontchevron.com
Very Important Chair is a collective itinerant project initiated and curated by Alexandru Popovici. It is about a chair seat with a specific history that is multiplied and offered to various artists to be personalized. The chair's prototype has been recovered from the debris of the abandoned Simerom factory building in Sibiu, Romania. The last V.I.C. show was hosted at Baril Gallery in Cluj, Romania. (...more)
"En réaction au communisme, au fascisme, à la croissance démentielle, à l’oubli de l’homme, le projet V.I.C. (Very Important Chair) a l’ambition de réunir quelques 2200 artistes et intellectuels internationaux, invités à imaginer un avatar personnalisé du tabouret V.I.C. pour manifester en faveur de la dignité, la diversité, l’identité et la liberté." Alexandru Popovici
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.
The residency is organized by my art with the support of Austrom/ Österreichisch-Rumänische Gesellschaft.
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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