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.
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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
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