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Outset Residency has supported “Gaining in a State of Debt”, Alex Mirutziu`s first solo show in Israel

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Alex Mirutziu (1981, Romania) was a guest of Outset Bialik Residency during March 2019. During his residency Mirutziu prepared his solo exhibition “Gaining in a State of Debt”, presented at The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, curated by Nicola Trezzi.

“Gaining in a State of Debt” is the first solo exhibition by Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu (1981, Sibiu, Romania. Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania).

Mirutziu’s practice extends over a wide range of media and activities, including sculpture, drawing, poetry, and performance, as well as critical and curatorial projects. In his work, which is both highly intellectual and deeply physical, he expands the notions of approximation and proximity in connection to time, presenting “dislocated modes of arrival at meaning.” In his modus operandi, he seeks to facilitate the understanding of the body as a “turbulent performative occasion” – drawing on the poetics of homelessness and invisibility. Through his artworks, he looks at ways of suspending the set-ups of doing and un-doing, thinking and un-thinking. Alongside TAH29 (The Artist Himself at 29), he acts within a collective body whose modus operandi is “retroactive irony.”

His exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv features a new performative work, entitled Bottoms Know It, and a compilation of videos that contextualize the new work and at the same time open up new avenues of understanding. Conceived for CCA Tel Aviv and featuring three performers and three props, Bottoms Know It exposes what may come across as being implicit but unnoticed, which is not necessarily a feature of truth-making.

Through the combination of different streams of thoughts and informed by philosophical concepts that are always personalized and freely interpreted, the artist is capable of creating time-based and durational experiences between himself and the viewer, using the artwork – whether in the form of an object or a body (his own or somebody else’s) – as a channel, a catalyst, a sort of remote controller that is linking two individuals, himself and the viewer, possibly located in two different geographical and time zones. However, all the aforementioned notions never come as we usually expect them: “time-based” should be considered according to an unusual notion of time; “durational” should be perceived according to a larger scope of perception. The work of Alex Mirutziu not only makes us think, it also makes us think about the conditions allowing us to think, and un-think, to do, and un-do.

Alex Mirutziu in comprehensive survey of queer art publication

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“In the work of Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu the self portrait expresses his view of social reality in all kinds of symbolic ways. In Self-portrait at 32 (2014) two video screens show footage of abandoned buildings covered with vegetation. The artist regards this work as a metaphor for homosexuality in his country and had dedicated it to outcasts. His work reflects his love-hate relationship with his country of origin, but this is provocative when one considers that in his opinion history "has been muscled up and hijacked for generations until it became a monster, especially in post-revolutionary Romania. Art is therefore a protest for Mirutziu.”

Notes:

  1. Roxana Sima, 'Pessimisms for Export', 26.8.2015 revista artă.ro/pessimisms-for-export

  2. George Robescu, 'Alex Mirutziu is not your personal art Taylor's, 24.6.2013 artsy.net/article/georgerobescu-alex-mirutziu-is-not-your-persinal-art

Fragment taken from “Queer!? Visual Arts in Europe”, Anton Anthonissen, Evert van Straaten, Publishers Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle [catalogue], 2019, p. 315

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‘The Unnerving Inches of Being’ - Alex Mirutziu's Solo Exhibition at SABOT Gallery, Cluj

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The Unnerving Inches of Being

May 31 - July 10, 2019

Opening: Friday, May 31, from 7pm

SABOT

Centrul de Interes  [4th floor]

Str. Fabricii de Chibrituri 9A, Cluj-Napoca

Opening hours: Tue – Sat, 4pm - 7pm

Photo: Alex Mirutziu

Photo: Alex Mirutziu

Photos: YAP Studio

‘The unnerving inches of being’ concludes few years of research on the work of novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch and the different methodologies she employed to create meaning. Preceded by Between Too Soon and Too Late, which took place at Delfina Foundation in 2018 (Mirutziu’s first solo exhibition in the UK), ‘The unnerving inches of being’ brings together a series of works informed by Murdoch’s writings and further reflects on the notion of time and space in relation to meaning.

Extending over a wide range of media and activities, including sculpture, drawing, poetry, and performance, as well as critical and curatorial projects, Mirutziu’s practice questions the way we create meaning to interpret the world around us. Highly intellectual, inspired by philosophy, literature and design, the artist explores the inadequate use of objects, language, and the body as tools of communication, confronting us with “dislocated modes of arrival at meaning.”

Taste-Art! A Multi-Sensory Evening of Eastern European Gems

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When: Thursday 16 May 2019, 7-9pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Where: Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH, London, UK

Free entry. Please confirm your attendance on EVENTBRITE.

”We join forces with Romanian Cultural Institute in London for a sensational evening of immersive art and music to celebrate Contemporary Lynx Magazine’s latest issue. The event brings together Romanian performance artist Alex Mirutziu and Polish visual artist Piotr Krzymowski, who will be presenting their latest projects. The evening will be rounded off with a live DJ set offered by Adrian Magrys of Lanquidity Records, who will be playing Eastern European vibes from vinyl.

The event is organised jointly by Contemporary Lynx and the Romanian Cultural Institute, with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London and the Polish Cultural Institute. Part of the Polish Heritage Days Festival.

The new issue of Contemporary Lynx Magazine – 1(11)/2019 – focuses on art that impacts all our five senses and its interaction with the viewer. The first step into sensory experience is the lenticular wobbling jelly cover, designed by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr. The issue also includes an article written by Alex Mirutziu, about the vibrant art scene of Cluj-Napoca – a city in central Romania.”

”Gaining in a State of Debt”: Alex Mirutziu`s first solo exhibition in Israel opens at CCA Tel Aviv

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Gaining in a State of Debt

Curated by Nicola Trezzi

Dates: March 14 – April 18, 2019

Opening: March 14 at 8 pm

Performance schedule:

March 14, 8 pm (opening)
March 19, 6 pm
March 22, 12 am
April 1, 8 pm
April 10, 8 pm
April 13, 1 pm (closing)

Performed by Oran Barak, Harel Grazutis and Nunzia Picciallo

The Center for Contemporary Art

Tsadok HaCohen 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

The Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) presents “Gaining in a State of Debt”, the first solo exhibition by Romanian artist Alex Mirutziu (1981, Sibiu, Romania. Lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania).

Mirutziu’s practice extends over a wide range of media and activities, including sculpture, drawing, poetry, and performance, as well as critical and curatorial projects. In his work, which is both highly intellectual and deeply physical, he expands the notions of approximation and proximity in connection to time, presenting “dislocated modes of arrival at meaning.” In his modus operandi, he seeks to facilitate the understanding of the body as a “turbulent performative occasion” – drawing on the poetics of homelessness and invisibility. Through his artworks, he looks at ways of suspending the set-ups of doing and un-doing, thinking and un-thinking. Alongside TAH29 (The Artist Himself at 29), he acts within a collective body whose modus operandi is “retroactive irony.”

His exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv features a new performative work, entitled Bottoms Know It, and a compilation of videos that contextualize the new work and at the same time open up new avenues of understanding. Conceived for CCA Tel Aviv and featuring three performers and three props, Bottoms Know It exposes what may come across as being implicit but unnoticed, which is not necessarily a feature of truth-making.

Through the combination of different streams of thoughts and informed by philosophical concepts that are always personalized and freely interpreted, the artist is capable of creating time-based and durational experiences between himself and the viewer, using the artwork – whether in the form of an object or a body (his own or somebody else’s) – as a channel, a catalyst, a sort of remote controller that is linking two individuals, himself and the viewer, possibly located in two different geographical and time zones. However, all the aforementioned notions never come as we usually expect them: “time-based” should be considered according to an unusual notion of time; “durational” should be perceived according to a larger scope of perception. The work of Alex Mirutziu not only makes us think, it also makes us think about the conditions allowing us to think, and un-think, to do, and un-do.

Video program (not on view during the performances):

Doing Sub Thinking, 2018. HD video, video documentation of performance, 10:51 min. Performers: Ekin Bernay, Rowdy_SS, and Jenn Vogtle. Commissioned by Block Universe Festival in collaboration with Delfina Foundation and European Art East Foundation, London. Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich. [video]

But as a document, 2015. HD video, performance to camera, 12:01 min. Performer: Pär Andersson; director of photography: Michael Tomescu. Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich. [video]

Dignity to the unsaid, 2017. HD video, 17:42 min. Word workers: Alex Popa, Irina Sibef, and Cosmin Stănilă; director of photography: Alexandru Don; camera assistant: Victor Merca. Commissioned by Marie-Laure Fleisch Gallery, Brussels. Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.

Stay[s] against confusion, 2016. HD video, 14:53 min. Performer: Joshua Hubbard; director of photography: Kassandra Powell, Loukas Elark. Commissioned by Delfina Foundation, London. Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich. [video]

The gaze is a prolapse dressed in big business, 2018. HD video, 14:37 min. Commissioned by Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou (France). Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Sabot, Cluj-Napoca, and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich. [video]

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“Alex Mirutziu: Gaining in a State of Debt” is curated by Nicola Trezzi in close collaboration with the artist. The exhibition is supported by Invitro, the OUTSET Residency in Tel Aviv, and the Romanian Cultural Institute – Tel Aviv. Additional support provided by Galeria Sabot, Cluj-Napoca and TAROM.