Contemporary Art Romania

10 March 2006

OFFSET [2005]


COMUNICAT DE PRESA
http://offset.underconstruct.com

CUVINT INAINTE
Acesta e al doilea an in care offset foreaza dupa proiecte importante ale tinerilor artisti romani. Si speram sa fi reusit sa va oferim o selectie buna, o selectie pe care orice curator o poate folosi ca punct de pornire al propriilor proiecte. Pentru ca, in primul rind, Offset e facut sa fie un astfel de instrument. Ideea de baza in Offset e punerea laolalta a proiectelor artistice din 2005. Si apoi, a le face cit mai vizibile in lume. Selectia a fost facuta de echipa Offset, bazindu-se pe acest argument si pe calitatea lucrarilor (aici puteti spune ca acesta e un criteriu foarte subiectiv, dar va asiguram ca singurul filtru aici a fost bunul simt). Offset nu pretinde a fi exhaustiv. Ceea ce vedeti aici e in parte rezultatul unei selectii, in parte cel al unei dinamici uneori independente de vointa noastra.Anul artistic 2005, asa cum il vedem in Offset 2005 e unul politic-social. Artistii si curatorii se leaga de probleme de interactiune si comunicare intre societate, biserica si stat. Duo van der Mixt si Alexandra Croitoru studiaza transformarile la care duce schimbul de putere religioasa. Casa Gontz va ofera un safari prin agentia sa de turism politic. Vlad Nanca ride de mult prea discutata Catedrala. Dupa ce se opreste din ris, se joaca cu mult prea umflatul "terorism", la fel ca si Cristi Pogacean in remake-ul unei opere clasice a kitsch-ului. Gorzo il transforma pe Domnul Presedinte in star si Mona Vatamanu/ Florin Tudor isi continua studiul asupra mutatiilor politice din spatiul urban. Mihai Gongu e optimist in legatura cu societatea romaneasca in seria lui de bannere pentru web, insa optimismul lui e construit pe o critica dura si ironica. Irina Botea transforma locuinta opulenta a lui Ceausescu de la Arcus intr-un decor al video-urilor ei jucause, destinate unui exorcism al locului. Dina Dancu studiaza dimensiunea sociala a artei, in interviuri transformate in instalatii.O alta directie a preocuparilor tinerilor artisti e cea a introspectiei si recuperarii experientelor de viata. Miklos Szilard insceneaza jocul pe care toti l-am jucat, tubermanele, ca un 1st person shooter real. Delia Popa isi transforma bunica ("Mamaia") intr-un simbol al unui stil de viata pierdut si intr-un instrument mental de recuperare a acestuia. Maria Draghici vorbeste despre comunism folosind arhiva de fotografii a familiei ca vehicol al interpretarii. Ioana Nemes se concentreaza asupra vietii ei zilnice, intorcind-o pe toate fetele in cautarea unor intelesuri intime. Liliana Basarab ii forteaza pe ceilalti la introspectie, provocindu-i sa defineasca "adevarul" si sa-i comunice definitia fara a rosti un cuvint. Victor Man si Gili Mocanu sunt apostolii unei picturi noi, redefinite, care reimprospateaza scena artistica si vederile asupra acestui medium clasic. Luind pe sus scena artistica prin arta hypermedia politica, Alex Dragulescu foloseste cinic date din blogurile soldatilor americani in Irak intr-un roman grafic pe web.Subculturile tinerilor, sub semul interdictiei sunt miezul proiectului lui Stefan Tiron - o saptamina de anarhie digitala, file-sharing, muzica electronica si nesfirsite partide de Counter Strike la Galeria Noua - si cel al interventiilor urbane al grupului de street artists This.ro.

CE ESTE OFFSET?
Offset 2005 este o platforma expoziţionala/ arhiva electronica ce promoveaza atit pe plan national cit si international o selectie reprezentativa a proiectelor realizate de tineri artisti romani in anul 2005, continuind directia propusa de Offset 2004.

CUI SE ADRESEAZA OFFSET?
Offset se adreseaza in principal curatorilor de arta contemporana – fiind o selectie perfect utilizabila ca baza a unor alte proiecte curatoriale si care ofera o imagine reala a tendintelor scenei - dar si artistilor , publicului amator de arta contemporana si publicului larg.

CE FACE OFFSET?
- Ofera publicului si curatorilor (romani si straini) o privire de ansamblu asupra tinerilor artisti activi şi a proiectelor artistice importante din anul 2005, precum si o imagine clara a tendintelor artistice din Romania.- Creste vizibilitatea artei contemporane intr-un peisaj cultural national in care publicul de arta nu detine suficienta informaţie clara si credibila. Offset suplineste inexistenta unei arhive electronice de calitate si usor de accesat.- Ofera tinerilor artisti romani o promovare globala eficienta atit printr-un canal media in ascensiune (internet, suport digital), cit si printr-o expozitie itineranta ce va vizita galerii din centre culturale rominesti si europene.


PRESS RELEASE
http://offset.underconstruct.com

FOREWORD
This is the second year Offset has been digging for outstanding projects of young Romanian artists. And we hope we have succeeded in offering a good sellection, a selection any curator can use as a starting point of his own project. Because primarily Offset is intended as such a tool. It's core idea is to gather projects from the year 2005. And then make them as visible as possible worldwide. The sellection was made by the Offset team based on this argument and the quality of the works (this you could question as a very subjective criterium, but we assure you the only filter we put forward is common sense). Offset doesn't claim to be exhaustive. What you see here is partly a result of a sellection, partly one of a special dynamic, independent of our will.The artistic year 2005, as we see it in Offset 2005, is a social and political one. The artists and curators are taking on issues of interraction and communication between society, church and state. Duo van der Mixt and Alexandra Croitoru are studying the transformations that the exchange of religious power leads to. Casa Gontz is offering you a political safari, through his political tourism agency. Vlad Nanca is laughing at the over-discussed Redemption Cathedral. After he stops laughing he plays with the over-inflated terrorism, as does Cristi Pogacean in the remake of a kitsch classic. Gorzo makes a star out of Mr. President and Mona Vatamanu/Florin Tudor continue their study over political mutations in the urban space. Mihai Gongu is optimistic about Romanian society in his series of web banners, his optimism being built on a harsh and ironical critique. Irina Botea transforms the oppulent suite of Ceausescu from Arcus into a setting for her playful videos, ment to exorcise the place. Dina Dancu studies the social dimension of art, in interviewis transformed in an installation.Another direction preocupying young artists is that of introspection and recuperation of life experiences. Miklos Szilard re-enacts the game all Romanian boys played,"tubermane", as a real-life 1st person shooter. Delia Popa transforms her grandmother ("Mamaia") in a symbol of a lost way of life and a tool for mentally recuperating it. Maria Draghici speaks of communism using her family photo archive as vehicle for interpretation. Ioana Nemes focuses on her daily life, turning it upside down and around, searching for intimate meanings. Liliana Basarab forces introspection on others, challenging them to define truth, and comunicating this definition without saying a word.Victor Man and Gili Mocanu are the apostles of a new, redefined painting, refreshing the scene and the views about the classic artistic medium. Storming the scene with political hypermedia art, Alex Dragulescu cinically uses data from blogs of the US troops in Irak in a web-based graphic novel.The young subcultures under the sign of interdiction are the core of Stefan Tiron's project - a week of digital anarchy, file-sharing, electronic music and endless Counter Strike battles at Galeria Noua - and of the urban interventions of the This.ro group of street artists.

WHAT IS OFFSET?
Offset is an exhibition platform/ electronic archive that promotes both nationally and internationally a representative sellection of projects made every year, starting in 2004, projects belonging to young romanian artists.

WHO THE OFFSET SPEAK TO ?
Offset is aimed especially at the curators working with contemporary art - for it is a perfect starting point for other curatorial projects and it offers a real image of the scene's trends - but also at the artists, at the art lovers and at a wide audience

WHAT DOES OFFSET DO ?
- It offers to the art public and to the romanian and foreign curators, a panoramic view on active young artists and the important projects of 2005, as well as an image of the artistic trends in Romania.- It rises the visibility of contemporary art in a national cultural landscape in which the art public doesn’t have enough clear and credible information. Offset fills the gap left by the inexistence of an electronic archive that is easy to access and of certain quality.- It offers an efficient global promotion to the young romanian artists both through a popular media channel (internet, digital media), and a travelling exhibition that will visit galleries from cultural centers in Romania and abroad

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