Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Curator's Notes: Spotlight on Ioana Niculescu-Aron

Ioana Niculescu-Aron, Vertical 26, 2017

Ioana Niculescu-Aron has been impressively prolific for her young years.  Born in Bucharest, Romania in 1994, she has already exhibited internationally in numerous venues. Last year, she had two solo exhibitions in New York: one at the Romanian Cultural Institute in midtown and the other at Artifact Gallery on the Lower East Side. She has completed two undergraduate degrees in fine arts from The National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy, plus two master's degrees in fine arts from The National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania and the Haute √©cole des arts du Rhin (HEAR) in  Strasbourg-Mulhouse, France. She is currently living in Regensburg, Germany and working on a series that includes the work contributed to Bosom Bodies: Vertical 26.  

Ioana explains her digitally composed photograph: "This image is part of the project Constellation on the Skin, a project that contains over 30 such pieces  (44,5’ x 16,5’ each) on glass. As the project is still in progress, I’ve decided to present for this unique occasion one of the sketches I have already made.  What I do is draw a graphic 'constellation' from the beauty spots on my chest. The structure is the skin, the color is the pigmentation of it. The beauty is the complexity inside us, drawn in this case  as some 'vectors' of transition: broken lines connecting  two points. The points in question are plastic markings designed to lay down certain directions of interest and to streamline the composition. In this way it is built from the illusion of recomposition without an end, of a permanent search of ourselves."

Ioana Niculescu-Aron with her exhibition Equilibrium at Artifact Gallery, June-July 2016

Mingling the abstract with the experiential, Ioana creates work that speaks to our existential concerns.  In her works for the exhibition Equilibrium, she focused on a colorful, lyricism in abstraction.  Iooana is inspired by the various aspects of our urban environments.  They are, for her, a collage: "The city is an antithetical COLLAGE of thoughts that crowd coexist side by side.  Streets, structures, asphalt, pipes - are composition elements for air and color - are lines of force.  But the city is also the one that can rob you of a healthy, steady breathing.  Inspired by all these, I paint.  The way I do ti is splitting the points of interest into more [than one] canvas."

One of her most challenging works took place in the abandon seaside casino in Constanta, Romania, wherein she videoed its haunting interiors and her personal perceptions, as if in search of her own sense of self  and her humanity within the landscape of contemporary decrepitude. By exploring this magnificent Art Nouveau building (completed in 1910), she seems to record her awareness of time, touch, sight, smell and hearing in terms of its ephemeral qualities -- like the history of this forgotten luxury resort.  Hopefully, she will continue her project at the casino in the future. 

We are so pleased that Ioana accepted our invitation to exhibition with Bosom Bodies and we look forward to hearing more about her project Constellation on the Skin developing in Regensburg this year.

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Please join us for the Finissage/Closing Performance, Panel and Reception for Bosom Bodies on Sunday, October 29, 3 - 5 pm at SIA Gallery, 1 South Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566.
For more information, please contact the curator Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, at nyarts.exchange@verizon.net

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