Cluj Calling Project

IAGA International Art Gallery Angels presents Cluj Calling Project
Saturday, February 7 2015
6 p.m. IAGA International Art Gallery Angels
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Saturday, on 7 February, from 6 p.m. at IAGA International Art Gallery Angels, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, opens to the public the group-traveling exhibition:
Cluj Calling_Vento da Est.
The exhibition project presents an attentive selection of young Romanian artists who work exclusively for the Gallery IAGA: Bianca Brisan, Vlad Capusan, Andrei Ciurdarescu, Sabina Dragomir, Elena Ilas, Florin Marin, Alexandra Muresan.   The exhibition, curated by Ilaria Bignotti and Walter Bonomi, is an important event for the international critics and collectors, confirming the will of IAGA to be lively cultural platform whose main objective is to develop and promote dialogue between the Italian and Eastern European contemporary art, looking at a possible future where cultural exchange and international dialogue is really the foundation upon which to build a long-term art projects.  
After being set up in the spaces of IAGA Gallery in Cluj-Napoca, the exhibition will move it in Italy, in the spaces of the gallery Arteatro of the Foundation San Domenico in Crema.   As the title suggests of the exhibition, the works on display, many of which are specially created by artists, intend to reflect on the origins and transformations of a place and a culture, such as that east-European, and on the dialogue with the contemporary international scene, through languages of painting and sculpture which analyze the tradition from the present perspective.
The basis of much research, the guiding principle is that of metamorphosis and the creative process, analyzed through the creation of the work, in the balance between the final solution and the potential transformation of language. The themes are those eternal of man and history: the analysis of identity in relation to the eyes of the other, the conflict between public and intimate dimension of lived space, the comparison between the technologies and tradition, in a tension never resolved between memory and forgetfulness.   From the refined pictorial poetry of Sabina Dragomir, who faces the metamorphosis of her own body first photographing herself in the water, then reproducing the photos with black and white paintings of great elegance, to the womb-cocoon of Bianca Brisan, who photographs herself within tissues enveloping, then reviewing herself through painting, in works where the tension is in the trauma of appearing.
Elena Ilas approaches the problem of identity through a sculpture leaking, changeable, experimental, where the return to the theme of the face unites herself to his immediate negation, designed to reveal other hidden aspects of the ego of the artist in relation to the history both individual and collective. Florin Marin works on the relationship between tradition and innovation, investigating the epic events of their land through a narrative sculpture of great majesty. Vlad Capusan expresses himself with a violent paint, emotionally charged, full of suggestions, at high temperature: the works by Capusan are strange urban views, where the man is in a perpetual state of transition and challenge with their anxieties and desires. Collects traces of man in the world Andrei Ciurdarescu, attentive investigator of places and spaces where human passage is translated into sign, mark, gesture, the scene of a story to remember: his works, from the deep blacks, warm and pregnant colors, compose an album of great urban intensity. Finally, Alexandra Muresan: her work is expressed through an ancient technique and precious, that of glass that the young artist shapes with the support of metal meshes, creating works germinating, where nature becomes artifice and vice versa, in a panta rei whenever surprising beauty.  
An exhibition that will overwhelm the public as an enveloping wind, full of promises. A wind full of potential and of interest for the international contemporary art market. A wind that opens the curtain to the art of Eastern Europe, in a fascinating journey and capable of touching the great themes of life, of relationships, of human presence in space in the world, of the time and its variations, of days and years, of the anxiety of living in the awareness of feeling.  
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog that it will be presented after the opening, with installation views and site-specific photographs.