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Recent Mirutziu's solo show meets IDEA - Art+Society review

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Recent issue of IDEA - Art + Society, appointed Diana Marincu to curate a text on Alex Mirutziu's latest solo show "Each thought's an instant ruin with a new disease" which took place last December at art hub Paintbrush Factory's gallery Sabot.

Diana Marincu is a researcher on the curatorial narratives/discourses built in relation with political and geographical criteria and a Ph.D. candidate at the National University of Art in Bucharest.

Among the themes discussed are Mirutziu's attachment to language and text, the development of Pending Work series, Bureaucracy of Objects and the Artist and Himself at 29 (a hyperobject / collective he put together recently).

She states: "Alex Mirutziu does not explain, does not represent and does not demonstrate through his works something that, as soon as it reaches the public, would “close“ itself within an interpretation. The question that the artist uses as a point of departure is “what happens when the objects, bodies and all things from our surroundings stay silent?“ Their language is untranslatable, their background empty and their field of reaction fragmented in a multitude of different temporalities, desynchronized."

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Sabot gallery owner check-points her vision in C-Print

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_________With art spaces across Europe currently showcasing Romanian art and with a bunch of young artists, many of which are based in the city of Cluj-Napoca, are gaining notoriety internationally, C-print had a talk with Daria Dumitrescu, founder and director of Galeria Sabot, about running a gallery anything but conventionally under the keynotes of abstraction, collision and incongruence.

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C-P: Galeria Sabot has a very interesting statement on its website which I'm interpreting as an ambition to do things differently, beyond the traditional practices of a contemporary art gallery. In your words, how you describe the focus of the gallery?

D.D: Out of focus, divergent, and highly observant. Good peripheral vision and a third eye for overviews. Both thesis and antithesis... The product of a self-generated intellectual controversy. In one word, I would describe it as non-linear.

C.P: The gallery is housed inside an old factory, The Paintbrush Factory, turned collective space for contemporary art alongside a few other galleries such as the previously mentioned Plan B, as well as other art initiatives and numerous artist studios. I'm thinking it must be quite an exciting enivornment to be operating a gallery in. Could you tell us a bit more about the premises.

D.D: We found this rundown factory at the beginning of 2009. I needed a place for Sabot, and two artists (Ciprian Mureșan and Radu Comșa) were in search of studio spaces. After deciding to rent half of the second floor of this former factory, we teamed up for renovation. The most relevant part of the artistic community in Cluj joined us by the end of the same year – and this turned the whole thing into an exciting venture. Today I still believe this is the right place to run a gallery in Cluj.


C-P: You are currently exhibiting Alex Mirutziu with a show titled "Each thought's an instant ruin with a new disease". I read somewhere that Mirutziu has been labeled "l'énfant terrible of his generation". Could you tell us a about this current exhibition and what earns him this label?

D.D: Mirutziu was my first choice for Sabot. A brilliant, flamboyant mind, juggling an overdressed aesthetic and an exquisite imagery. At the beginning of his career, he was oscillating between being critically queer, performing gender, and questioning the power systems and their bearing on ideology, language, and discourse. Not difficult to imagine that the Romanian scene was not prepared to embrace this approach… And I’m wondering if things seem easier now, when Mirutziu pushed his long-term engagement with performance and media critical installations even further: into the Internet of things, high-end technology, post-language, and beyond. His current show is a mise-en-scène based on the artist’s philosophical notations. An artist book elaborating on his object-oriented research will be launched at the exhibition's finissage – compulsory reading for any ‘label designer’ around!


NEW WORKS by Alex Mirutziu on display at Sabot Gallery

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Exhibition on view through January 10th, 2014
www.galeria-sabot.ro


Off-the-wall outcome of the artist’s philosophy-driven research into the art theory and practice, Alex Mirutziu’s second solo show with Sabot is proving again the artist’s appetite for deconstruction and critical dissection. Informed by his ongoing series of Pending Works, the recentBureaucratic Objects are activated by Mirutziu’s rendering of the Reality of Never and its Design.


L’enfant terrible of his generation, Alex Mirutziu dynamited his way into the art world with frantic performances, resistant to monolithic definitions. His work is regarded as provocative and intensely philosophical to deeply entangled and juxtaposed, where closure and heartbreak seem always in need, of an unpalatable and constricted reality of each millisecond, as time itself might be a result of a violent and catastrophic event that needs re-establishment in history. He declares being influenced of writers rather than visual artists, voluntarily exiled himself in his hometown with which he has a love hate relationship masochistically overstated as nomadic existence. His affiliation to classicism is visible when drawing extensively from Adolfo Wildt and Jacob Isaakszoon van Ruisdael, reworking ‘The Jewish Cemetery’ among other romantic works, following a path that only Constable took seriously in 1797. A Romanian artist in his early thirties, Alex Mirutziu goes beyond his fragile frame and apparent shyness to fastidiously perform the unperformable, moments of silence to thoughts that die never looking like art as in his latest series of works called Pending Works.



Björn Olsen

independent writer and occasional curator, researcher at University of Manchester


Alex Mirutziu - Architecture for page turn, 2013

Alex Mirutziu - Architecture for page turn, 2013

Alex Mirutziu - Weight of sleep as temporary sculpture present in flesh of face, 2013

Alex Mirutziu - Where is the poem, 2013

Alex Mirutziu - Where is the poem, 2013

Alex Mirutziu - Weight of sleep as temporary sculpture present in flesh of face, 2013

Installation view

Installation view

Alex Mirutziu - Scotopolitic Objects #2, 2013

Installation view

The Artist and Himself at 29 - The urgency of the idea of closure in drawing (detail), 2013

The Artist and Himself at 29 - The urgency of the idea of closure in drawing (detail), 2013

The Artist and Himself at 29 - The urgency of the idea of closure in drawing (detail), 2013
All photos by Alex Mirutziu