July 1 – August 28, 2010
Opening Reception: July1, 6 – 8 pm
Anghelescu combines classical techniques of painting, engraving and drawing with collages, stencils, and graffiti in an ironic way.
Through painting Anghelescu creates a distorted copy of personal reality, a sort of mirror that reflects and traps his fears and desires.
“Using raw colors, free mixes of medias and a simple, primitive narrative form, I try to “annoy” the viewer, share and pass onto him my “existential dilemmas”, thus transforming my work into an universal mirror and my issues into the background fabric of humanity. This is my catharsis.”
In her paintings, Joa isolates bodies from the waist down and follows their steps of into the urban
common-place with a poetic simplicity that rises above casual observation. An intricate lattice of stories exudes from Joa’s proposal for portraying the contemporary man as a part of the whole.
“An image that allows one to see more than it shows, in my opinion, is a complete image”.
The title of the series refers to the side effects – collateral consequences – of fear inspired social and political agenda, which produced these recognizable avatars of diverse social strata, ranging from the mythical anonymous “background” businessman to prisoners devoid of any basic rights. The series captures the glamour of traditional sculptural glorification, appropriates its aesthetics and adds a twisted dark humor to it, creating the world of nameless anti-heroes captured in their moment of glory.
This body of work is generated by the concept of “construct of understanding” as a metaphorical view on how humanity witnesses, analyses and understands it’s accomplishments, through virtual reenactment or through a scaled build-up of a certain environment or mental realm, the main context for this being how man changes/shapes/reshapes matter or concept (as a virtual matter) to better suit humanity.
The works are meant as a virtual space of involved witnessing of live/dynamic dioramas in which the present time of the audience precedes the time of the subject, the point of view works from past to present in contrast to how analyzing and classicizing a certain issue happens.
SLAG Gallery specializes in contemporary American and Eastern European art and is operated by owner and director Irina Protopopescu.
SLAG Gallery is located at 531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, suite 10.
(Between 10th and 11th Avenues).
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm.
For press inquiries and reproductions contact Irina Protopopescu, 917 977 1848.
For general inquiries, contact the gallery at 212 967 9818.