THREAT TO THE EYE
Artists | Anca Bodea, Mathias Bar, Taisia Corbuț, Teodora Cosman, Felix Deac, Ana Maria Micu, Ada Muntean, Răzvan Neagoe
Curator | Ada Muntean
Opening | Saturday, 8 April 2023, 18:00
Venue｜Indecis artist-run space, Coriolan Brediceanu 2 St., ap.6 (interfon 08), Timișoara
The concept of the Threat to The Eye exhibition starts from artist’s Barbara Kruger’s statement in the video „Barbara Kruger: in her own words”, in which she argues that her words represent a “threat to the eye”, because they change the viewer’s perceptions and stereotypes regarding their connection to reality as relation between object and the meaning given to it by mass culture.
I think I have done a number of works which represent a threat to the eye. One of the reasons they’re powerful and effective is that they present a danger to our relationship to the seen world. I think that in a culture based on imagery and the collision of looking and being, the collision of narcissism and voyeurism, the eye is the major player. So, a threat to that eye is a threat to what it means to live another day.]
Extrapolating the meaning that Barbara Kruger infuses to her artistic approach, contemporary art as a phenomenon can be regarded as a “threat to the eye”, due to its unpredictability and unfriendliness towards the viewer: it is not just a painting, it is not necessarily beautiful or put up on a wall. However, it can be all of that together and still become a “threat” to perception by subversively sending an antithetical message to the image it shows.
— excerpt from the curatorial statement by Ada Muntean
MNAC INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY
Thursday, 16 March 2023, 17:00 - 18:30
MNAC Bucharest - Palace of Parliament, Izvor 2 - 4 St., Wing E4, Acces from Calea 13 Septembrie (B3 Gate), Bucharest, Romania
Before the opening of the exhibition HEARTBEAT 22 | 192 new artworks in the MNAC Collection, the first edition of the MNAC International Academy public debate takes place, with special guests Frances MORRIS - Director, Tate Modern, Dr. Zoran ERIĆ - independent curator, former Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (both jury members in the public art acquisition session, MNAC 2022) and artist Ana Maria Micu.
“MNAC International Academy is a hybrid event concept, bordering between academic colloquium and informal professional meetings, combining artist talks, discourses on curatorial practices, critical analysis, travelogues, and so on. A session lasts 90 minutes and has a fixed number of three speakers, each representing a different discipline, generation and country."
— Călin Dan, MNAC Bucharest Director
“When we mount exhibitions and we have this tendency to offer a painting a white space around it, it is not because, I think, the white is beneficial, but because we want to accommodate what the painting is manifesting. And my assumption was that what spreads around an image is another image. And I started to make these experiments with picture-in-picture types of collages, that I reproduce in drawing and painting, and then, as I was working, I noticed that my works on the wall interact with the way my studio looks, and I made a point of capturing these situations that happen in my apartment.”
— Ana Maria Micu, during MNAC International Academy, March 16th, 2023; photo credit: Gabriela Pană / MNAC Bucharest
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THIS IS NOT AN ARTSPACE. ANA MARIA MICU
Curators: Alina Șerban and Ștefania Ferchedău
Opening | Thursday, 2 March 2023, 18:00 - 21:00
Visiting schedule | 3 March - 1 April 2023
Wednesday - Friday, 16:00 - 19:00 (& by request)
Venue｜The Institute of the Present, Erou Ion Călin 19 St., Bucharest
Otto Felt: Drawing is just one step away from animation. And it seems to be an important one for you, although your work is often read in the light of painting. How did this transition happen? And what was important for you to notice, and to portray, other than the canvas or paper?
Ana Maria Micu: It’s not an obvious transition, and it took me many years to do it. The first observation that led me to animation is that when you draw, from the very beginning, when you mark the paper with the first dot, the image begins its process of emergence with a certain degree of independence that you cannot control. That first dot already has a role in the final image, but even though you have drawn the dot yourself, you cannot yet determine what that role is. The image is always ahead of you, and that has fascinated me for years. I wanted to document exactly what I was drawing, in real time, so I could then look back and see what was happening. If you have the patience to look, the animation unfolds in front of you which, to me, is absolutely charming, but it can also be boring if you are not interested. And to overcome this boredom, I have found a few formulas, and after several experiments, and I have worked some of them out. While documenting the appearance of a particular image, I now want to introduce moments of delight and reward for the viewer, who is given the opportunity to recognise moving characters, abstract signs suggesting figuration, or glimpses of narrative.
There are animations hidden within any painting or drawing, or any work of art. And I am referring to a processual, not to the concrete meaning of the term ‘animation.’ I use this medium in a different way to other artists. Linguistically, the correct form would be ‘moving images.’ The way I see them is without sound, always accompanying a static image, and displayed as close to the image as possible.
My animations are evidence that something happened.
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LEFT HAND TO DISTANT VIEW
Solo Show by Ana Maria Micu
The 4th floor of The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest
Curator: Simona Vilău
Opening | 8 December 2022, 19:00
Dates | 8 December 2022 - 16 April 2023
Location｜MNAC Bucharest - Palace of Parliament, Izvor 2 - 4 St., Wing E4, Acces from Calea 13 Septembrie (B3 Gate), Bucharest, Romania
Visiting hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 - 19:00
An existential crossroads, a relocation and a new life, re-constructed seven years ago, define the exhibition signed by Ana Maria Micu, Left Hand To Distant View. In the museum space, where she works site-specific, one discovers an entire universe, built step by step, with great discipline, by the hands of an attentive and courageous artist, according to a list of needs very well identified by herself.
The working process is subsidiary to introspection and analysis and aims to create a seemingly impenetrable habitat, like a protective womb, rounded off in successive layers of memory and translucent images, from which grow the roots of a new world and an expanding organism (oeuvre).
― Simona Vilău, Life from Zero to Far
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