The Presence of Objects

Simona Runcan

30.09.2016 – 05.11.2016

Opening: Friday 30 September, 7pm
The Presence of Objects is the first exhibition project to revisit inside Ivan Gallery a chapter from the beginning of Simona Runcan’s (1942-2007) artistic path. This exhibition lies in direct descent to the extensive retrospective dedicated to the artist between April-May at the Cultural Centre “Palatele Brâncovenești Mogoșoaia (curated by Patricia Bădulescu and Cristina Cojocaru), which designed and facilitated an integrated and coherent view on Simona Runcan’s practice, through an effort of recovering and re-putting into context her artistic presence, relevant in Romanian contemporary art’s recent history.

The Presence of Objects is the title of a series of works developed by Simona Runcan between 1969-1972, representative for the beginning of her experimental graphics’ endeavour, focused on unusual “still lifes”, renderings through drawing, aquatint and metal etching of some lifeless elements from the urban domain – various signals or street marks, parking meters, etc. – and more, with an approach that turns objects into almost abstract or descriptive motifs with formal features that generate stylised, geometric or pop-minimalist compositions. These works pay homage to her acknowledged option towards “using some neutral elements, ambiguous, which avoid a literary reading of the subject, but are arther fit for mystery, because through their mentioned unclarity the objects are taken out of immediacy, so they can receive a magical, mysterious presence.” (Simona Runcan)
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