PEOPLE BEFORE CLOUDS
If we were to experience our recent past in reference to our virtual identity what would that be like? A blur, content not found, a cloud, a friend, a random image of us taken by somebody else, a redirect, a deadline or just a 404. Is the name windows, operating system by Microsoft a metaphor that allures the idea of openness to new horizons or it is more likely a mirror were we see how superficial we become. Are social networks as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter taking over our memories?
This project is an invitation to a more incisive journey in to the past, one in which the presence of the artist has been recorded trough drawing in different moments of time since almost the beginning of 20th century, until and even further than today. The show is offering a glimpse of what it would be if we where to appropriate the past and the future space trough images. By bringing these entities together (past and future), will that give us the present? Or the present will be overlooked as in most cases.
The exhibition compiles together three different generations of artists that were born in the same town (Braila, Ro.). Their practice evolved in separate directions although sharing a common feature such as using drawing as a primary way to capture the conversations of their time. The material that made this event possible comes from a private collection, the works; most of which are drawings on paper and canvas are being attributed to the following: Gheorghe Naum (1907-1968) Ro; Gheorghe Gh. Naum (1946-1998) Ro; Gabriel Stoian (1985) Ro; \
Gheorghe Naum. (1907-1968)
Was born on April 17, 1907, in Braila, in a family of Aromanians. He starts school in the same city, where he undertakes primary classes after continuing his studies in Galati. He returned to Braila, followed «Nicoale Balcescu» High School, and then in order to finish his studies he goes to Bucharest at the Academy of Fine Arts. Here he joins the classes of Frediric Storck, Constantin Artachino for drawing, Camil Ressu, George Demetrescu for painting and Gabriel Popescu, engraving. Also, at the same time, until the third year, he also joins the sculpture department, having as a teacher the well known sculptor Dimitrie Paciurea.
Primarily known as a painter and engraver of high expressive force, Naum was recognized by contemporaries through the five awards he obtained between 1931 and 1940 at the Official Salons of the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Gheorghe Naum can be seated, at least in the first period of his work, alongside the group that illustrated the German aesthetics of Modernist of essence called „New Objectivity".
Gheorghe Gh. Naum. (1946-1998)
Naum was born in Braila in 1946 and attended primary and secondary education at School no. 7 in the hometown. He studied at the «N. Tonitza» High School in Bucharest, followed by the Faculty of Drawing of the Pedagogical Institute, in the class of Professor Mihai Rusu. He was then a professor of fine arts at the general schools and the Art High School in Braila. He has works in private collections in the country and abroad, seven personal exhibitions and several participations at group exhibitions.
Gabriel Stoian. (1985)
Graduate of the doctoral program at the University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca in 2014, Gabriel Stoian debuts as an emerging artist in the same year.
The first personal exhibition takes place in Bucharest studio ALERT (White Code), followed by a large number of participation on the local scene and international art including: ALERT Studio Art Fair Vienna, Vienna, 2014; Bucharest Biennale — Bucharest International Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2014; Lateral Art space s, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca 2015; Multimedia Center for Visual Arts, Bucharest 2015; group exhibition, Expo Center Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2015; Videozoom: Romania, group exhibition, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome, 2015; Supermarket Art Fair — Lateral Artspace, Stockholm, Sweden in 2015, etc. Stoian Gabriel currently lives and works in Frankfurt and Bucharest focusing on interdisciplinary experiment and personal research in the field of visual arts.
The show marks the opening of NEW NOW in Frankfurt am Main, artist run space, led by Gabriel Stoian.
NEW NOW art space is dedicated to promoting primarily young emergent artists, showcasing contemporary art trough alternative approaches on curating, offering a less sterile environment opened to a broader community. The gallery program draws directly from need to connect art to the public in a simple and direct way following the believe that we should focus on the artist’s work more by addressing content and cultural value before looking at its market potential.
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