DESIRE

September 11, 2019
DESIRE

10-20 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

 

Victoria Gallery, Iasi
Curator: Maria Bilasevschi

 

 

What is the definition of desire? Is it a feeling of physical attraction or missing someone or something, is it a certain aspiration to something, someone or to a given ideal state of fact? 

What does it mean when we desire something and how can we express through our actions an idea that is as abstract as it is omnipresent? Claudiu and Marilena Ciobanu show us how, in the absence of a `body` of such desire, the latter takes the shape of each individual carrying it, often in silence, being an intrinsic, singular attribute of the very character. A `desire` cannot be identified, and yet it can be shared by joint common experiences, by the thoughts one infers from various instances, by the very subtlety of unwinding. Quite distinct from the majority of representations revolving around this topic, the two artists point out, through the absence of classical benchmarks, their very own perception of the human being, seen as the receptacle and not as individuality. 

If water stands for the space where our body which is partially sunk is capturing and deflecting light, in front of one infinite sky, the artist covers the body by a waterproof coat (and this is an allusion to one eventual new diving into the abstract), the desire being assumed from the instance. Seen from behind, the very same character, having his head covered, seems to be spinning around his own ego, everything happening in just one millisecond. The subtle raising up of the arms, the partial turning of the body standing for the continuation of one action – thought, of an introspection. Taking the head out of the hood, releasing the hair, releasing the integrality from the restraints of context, all these make the viewer feel that the situations – places that the artist carries us through, may be possible travels to one’s own self. From the relevant technique perspective, Claudiu Ciobanu introduces a set of works that are carried out by cyanotypes, and this is one versatile technique in terms of the said work life cycle. The very work is subject to an entire re-inventing process, subject to the environment it is exhibited, it can easily deteriorate (when exposed to strong light), and it can regenerate in the dark.

GOLDEN LEAF

June 12, 2017
GOLDEN LEAF

12-20 JUNE 2017

 

 

Tonitza Gallery, Iasi
Curator: Maria Bilasevschi

 

 

Claudiu and Marinela Ciobanu present two projects which are different in form and yet united in terms of discoveries, under a brilliant semantic hat deriving from the getting together of keywords laying the foundation of searches such as `Gold` and `Leaf`. The action initiated by Claudiu Ciobanu, where the central motif is `gold`, starts from challenging everything that means preciousness, glamor, and opulence. Gold, under its form of a crust covering the face, ornamenting or hiding bodies, no longer serves as symbol of a given social standing, yet in fact it is something that blinds, hides and literally suffocates the character. This precious material becomes for the artist a sort of manifesto of shallowness, in terms of the veil masking the contents and substance, being subject to an entire demystifying process which reinstates man in the forefront. 

LOGOS

March 07, 2016
LOGOS

07-31 MARCH 2016

 

 

Dana Gallery, Iasi
Curator: Maria Bilasevschi

 

 

Marinela and Claudiu Ciobanu who are currently exhibiting in Dana Galleries, are two `inspired` artists, within the classical meaning of the word. Their search is not first and foremost for the emotion brought by their work, but for the blinding light of truth and when and if applicable, they attempt to reach the final merger, that almost impossible synthesis in-between metaphysics and art. 

They exhibit a personal logos of the soul, of consciousness, in an overall picture out of which each canvas springs out revealing its own distinct personality, getting its substance from its very self. Each work focuses on a given symbol, perceived by the eye – such as fire, the circle, hand, mirror or by the soul – such as self-discovery, transformation, ascension, becoming. 

The ever-persistent motif of evolution sustains artist’s intervention; the cold and warm grey colors, unifying in any range, give an introspective note to the exhibited pictures. Self-portraits require a given pace and take up a hieratic attitude and physiognomy in order to unravel the very journey to one’s interior side. In the universal dark, the delicate flame of the human being finds its way towards its own survival: exploring its very own interior amongst the shadows lost in space. The artist intercalates various portraits, of a ravishing emotional load, with landscapes from his own natal areas, setting his own stamp amongst the refined chromatic contrasts. 

 

Claudiu Ciobanu denies any preset narration as well as any traditional storytelling method, and he sets forth towards one non-guided imagery, that triggers its own narration by itself. A first element, namely that of elevation, of the ascension, evokes a state that transcends the earthly power of knowledge, where limits between self and the exterior world are overcome, standing for a symbol of enlightenment, as associated with meditation and mysticism, as well as of time itself.