Andrei Ciurdărescu has researched from a theoretical perspective the interest in the accumulative and cumulative behavior of various forms and manifestations, as well as their reflection in the Visual Arts, especially in environments of painting.
The ”Acumulare” project belonging to Andrei Ciurdărescu, brings together a selection of works which are subject to the artist’s concerns and results in relation to the theme of the archive and Memorial, from the visual perspective; his collection of works are the result of research that took place between 2009 and 2014 for the PhD Degree in the Department of Painting at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca.
In the setting of the exhibition, held at Casa Matei Gallery, were recreated different fragments of the intimate space of the workshop gathered in the form of installation consisting of different series of cyclical works, leading toward an intimate personal archive of the author.
By how the works were exhibited in this project, the artist’s claim was to underline the Babylonian character of behaviour and of contemporary visual directions, closely related to their roles and to their forms and functions within the environment.
Vanguardias y periferias
Andrei Ciurdarescu gave his own vision from his artistic language on peripheries and vanguards in these times of crisis.
The aim of the initiative is not that of looking at the peripheries as spectators, but to invite them to question us. It brings forward the little one, the forgotten one, the oppressed and the excluded one. The one who transmits restlessness, the disturbed, the borderline…but magnified and transformed by human genius and creativity, matured over time. Visitors, will be surprised by the technique and proposals of artists. Disciplines such as street art in a school, hyper-realism, light installations and many other, all gathered in the atrium and cloister garden – video art, sculpture, painting, installations and more.
Formatos Senti II
Map of the world – the artwork of Andrei Ciurdarescu, is a modular collage built by fragments of collective and individual stories. The experience in the confluence of two different cultures was the basis and the central core of this project. The main idea is that, although apparently with large differences, two cultures can generate an idea of unity. World map parts can be joined by creating a new harmony.
Formatos Senti2 wishes to assemble different forms of expression, combining varying methods of technique each with their particular traditional and contemporary influences, linking all of them to a unique cultural and creative element within Art History: The book.
This collective exhibit pivots around the idea of establishing a dialogue between 11 artists. Each of them is to present two formats one of them being highly diverse. The other is to be shared by all eleven: mainly to produce an Artist’s book. The choice of this form as a complement functions as an epicenter which metamorphose into a tool for dialogue, fusing the necessity for creative expression with a search for the spoken or written word. This vortex is relevant here from multiple points of view. From today’s point of view this theme can be understood as a tribute to one of the few objects which in our daily life does not represent a technological novelty. Among cell phones, tablets, digital cameras this unchangeable object stands out in our travel case. It remains loyal to its ancestral nature. Stronger than the others it stands out independently, without the necessity of electric power, batteries or outside impulses all foreign to the mere curiosity of the reader in his quest for self discovery.
The book is a meeting point for establishing a link which leads to the need of developing an alternative language where the work offered by each author is an unrepeatable sign.
The walls of the Casa de Vacas are being transformed into pages of a book signed by multiple authors. In many instances, the two works which each artist presents, use different forms or materials, passing from collage to glass or from paper to felt, yet always sharing a unique sense, a common language, which translates itself into the personal anxiety of each author. A general level vastly varied establishes a dialogue with its silences, outbursts, doubts and cadences.Each creator represents a tendency, a moment, a corner of the world and each finds in these varied manifestations a way of telling and sharing his own story.
World created by Andrei Ciurdarescu is a contemporary fable in which we easily find substitutes designed to maintain the illusion that human is in control.
Andrei Ciurdarescu motion an extensive pictorial project which ironically reconfigures an artificial world, transformed, a world projected by contemporary human obsessions which comes to replace the natural.
Andrei Ciurdarescu’s painting, the more refined, the more unsettling atmosphere makes. Stuffed animals with flaws, plastic flowers, icons, kitsch – all put together in a more or less discreet manner. Sometimes are violent signs of conflicting, other times are naturally integrated into the overall with refinement. Delicious humor contrasts sharply with what might be taken as macabre and remains subtle at the association level.
Morbid world is a translation of the beautifying desire which is manifested by contemporary world in close and sometimes hilarious connection with functionality: the forest is beautiful if this thing could be translated in terms of possession (trophy, interior setting, etc.), photos are not personal memories but a status.
Psychotic substitute is narrative but in a sense of absurd, neurotic narration in which levels come to overlap, registers to interfere: thus is created a coherent structure of a preposterous world, tragic and hilarious in the same time. Cultural patterns, recipes and painting techniques are spectacular recontextualized along with almost metaphorical characters. World created by Andrei Ciurdarescu is a contemporary fable in which we easily find substitutes designed to maintain the illusion that human is in control.
Alina Staicu – Curator
Visualkontakt LAB Gallery, Oradea
The theme is open and loose, each work focusing on a different and singular approach to the given subject.
Visualkontakt’s opening exhibition “Nationalismus”, by Andrei Ciurdarescu presents itself as a collection of painting, installation and objects. It focuses on the transformation of collective memory and behavior from constructive foundations for a society into toxic phenomena. The works treat various aspects of personal and collective memory.
Besides the paintings, Nationalismus exhibits a temporary organic installation; the over-expansion of the bread dough used in it is a parallel to the mutation of ideological goals from a positive impulse to a haunting obsession. The theme is open and loose, each work focusing on a different and singular approach to the given subject.
The spatial concept and display reflect a superficially clear and strict order which, closely examined, reveal chaotic and improvised compositions. These help better understand individual frustration and confusion, multiplied to a social level. The public is invited to discover a figurative painting embodying powerful contemporary approaches and visions of eastern European and Balkan art.
The intention of this project is to make the audience face to face not with the artworks but rather with their own personal feelings and memories recovered directly through the mirrors used as elements of the ensemble
The works presented in the Gallery aim to rebuild with the audience a state of intimacy. The presence of a common object both in artworks and in gallery space, the sofa generate an analogy between the audience and artist’s aim.
A room corner filled with scattered elements results in a multitude of experiences and results attached to an extremely personal situation. The faceless character shown in one of the artworks, become a stereotype of seclusion and remembrance. Chaotic adjoined constructs, strictly subjective, tend to cause a visual result that leaves a large opportunity for acception and enable multiple analysis directions.
Red Sofa is formed of two clear categories of artworks, one of an objectual traditional nature, the other of artworks made directly on wall surface which ceases to exist after closing of the exhibition. The role of the second category is to complete the exhibition atmosphere and to support once again the ephemeral aspect of personal feelings.
The intention of this project is to make the audience face to face not with the artworks but rather with their own personal feelings and memories recovered directly through the mirrors used as elements of the ensemble.