Very Important Chair
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 and the next one is set to be presented on 18th September 2014 at Pont-Chevron in France.
Water for Avatar
My contribution to V.I.C. consisted in integrating the 2 chair seats that I received within my studio practice and personal life for a period of several months.
My routine involves talking documentary walks in marginal parts of the city. I find inspiration in the constant struggle between the urban and natural landscape that one can witness in such locations. There are a lot of abandoned dogs that I have been encountered and at some point I made a habit out of giving them some food and take photographs of them. By the time that I received the V.I.C. seats, I was in need of some sort of water bowl to carry with me in order to also give them water. I fashioned one from the first chair and while waxing it, I use it in my studio for a performance I filmed, in which I made a small wax statuette of a dog to materialized itself out of the wax cast I took from of a dog's paw print in mud.
I carried the water bowl with me for a couple of months and use it to give water to almost all the dogs I have encountered. The process was documented and combined with my studio performance to be edited as a 30 minute video entitled "Water for Avatar".
I used the second wooden seat to carve an image of a dog drinking water from a mud pool. With this plate I have manually produced a series of 50 xylographs of 42 x 29,5 cm. each, signed and numbered. For each one I made a paper folder with an original design involving straight graphite lines that connect perforated holes I applied through the paper, as to resemble the geometric representation of constellations. In order to close the series of printed images, I "destroyed" the carved model with one final constellation that is to remain visible on the black painted wood.
I collected all objects I used as tools during this project and put them together in a temporary studio installation. While the black seat can be exhibited in any manner, it is my intention to always exhibit the water bowl on the floor, filled with fresh water.