Turning Something Plain into a Circle

Raluca Popa

30.06.2015 – 05.09.2015

Ivan Gallery has the pleasure to invite you Tuesday 30 June, 7 PM, at the opening of Raluca Popa’s exhibition, “Turning Something Plain into a Circle”.
“Turning Something Plain into a Circle” is Raluca Popa’s first solo show, presenting new, site-specific installations made of personal history items, revisited in this context through the means of her artistic practice. Raluca Popa works drawing, photography, video and animation in projects that render volume and time to static, 2D media, such as etching and drawing.
Her present approach diverts the meaning and status of past exercises through simple gestures that revert perception and generate unexpected perspectives. The artist connects in time and space anachronistic fragments through an intimate self-reflexive process: a 1998 self-portrait, a 2001 monotype, the tree from her 2015 studio’s window. Popa appropriates her own works, questioning the general criteria for artistic selection through her decision to resume and show apparently insignificant, clumsy attempts, that are at the same time relevant for her artistic “training”. She chooses to make visible the traces, the remains, the clues of some inexistent or absent projects, through a counter studio practice that conveys the thine line between original and projection, aim and outcome.
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Raluca Popa (b. 1979) studied at Byam Shaw School of Art / Central Saint Martins (London) and University of Art and Design (Cluj). She lives and works in Bucharest.

Recent exhibitions: Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016, MAK, Vienna Biennale; Une autre cité, Tranzit Bucharest (RO); Other Rooms, Galeria Plan B, Cluj (2015); Dispositions in Time and Space, MNAC, Bucharest; And Yet There Was Art!, Leopold Museum, Vienna (2014); Dear Money,Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest/Viennafair (2013); What We Destroy and Celebrate at the Same Time,Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (2012); The Garden View, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest (2011); As You Desire Me, Gallery of Contemporary Art of Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania (2010).
The exhibition is open between 30 June and 05 September 2015, from Tuesday to Saturday, 11-19, at Ivan Gallery’s ground floor. The Paul Neagu “Blind Bite” exhibition can be visited at the first floor of the gallery.

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