Art Yourself, Bucharest: New Location / 88 Clucerului Street

Art Yourself’s New Location / 88 Clucerului Street

Inaugural exhibitions:

The Uncanny – 11172014, October 

Love, Skin & other Fairytales – Amalia Dulhan 

Commissioned by Petre Modolea, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the era of the monarchy, and designed by the renowned architect and professor Tiberiu Niga, the house at 88 Clucerului Street is rooted in the aristocracy of the 1940s. 

Tiberiu Niga was shaped by the zeitgeist of the 1920s-40s, belonging to a period of social complexity and fervent cultural creation. Conceptually, as a follower of the Bauhaus School, of the International Style, Niga subtly distanced himself from the Neo-Romanian architectural style and other eclectic trends of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. He thus sought to assert a personal re-interpretation of traditional Romanian architecture.  

Throughout the years, the sculptor Ion Vlasiu and the orchestra conductor Iosif Conta, deputy director of the public Radio station and conductor of the National Radio Orchestra, lived here. The latter brought slight changes to the building, setting up a small concert room on the ground floor. 

Art Yourself is situated in the centre of Bucharest, near Parcul Kiseleff, Manastirea Casin and Arcul de Triumf. 

We have chosen this space, reminiscent of Bucharest’s inter-war period of cultural fervour, to bring together artists that are either already major or emerging players on the contemporary art scene, in the hope of contributing to the revival of the city’s artistic vibrancy.

 

The Uncanny – 11172014

Aitch  ·  Felix Aftene  ·  Gabriel Caloian  ·  Codruţa Cernea

Mihail Cosuleţu  ·  Cristian Crisbăşan  ·  Suzana Dan

Amalia Dulhan  ·  Andreea Floreanu  ·  Cornel Lazia

Ileana & Cătălin Oancea  ·  Dragoş Pătraşcu  ·  Tudor Pătraşcu

Radu Rodideal  ·  Adrian Sandu  ·  Bogdan Teodorescu  ·  Ioana Ursa

The Uncanny (Das Unheimliche) describes the unsettling feeling triggered by something that is strange, alien and unknown, but at the same time, surprisingly close and familiar. It is a bizarre mix of the unpredictable, memory and uncertainty.    

In his essay, The Uncanny, published in 1919, Sigmund Freud wrote about the strange manner in which this concept is associated with shedding light on what is hidden and secret, defining it as “that terrifying thing that brings us to something that has been known by us for a while; something highly familiar”.

Freud’s aesthetic examinations regarding this psychological phenomenon have sparked artistic interest ever since its publication. The Uncanny is a recurrent theme, explored in cinema, literature, architecture and visual arts. It appears to be both a characteristic of the contemporary as well as an essential tool for contemplating it, especially with regards to issues regarding family, trauma, space, subjectivity and reality. 

We invite you to the ninth exhibition within the 11172014 project, to take in the visual experience created by the 17 artists, based on this theme. 

Love, Skin and other Fairytales reveals a mysterious and striking aspect of Amalia Dulhan’s work. 

“Reality is a personal perception, a subjective understanding that allows categories or universal concepts to emerge and either become a form of group expression (an instance in which individuals form a whole, an organism that is indifferent to the individuals’ fairytales), or a means of personal expression to assert one’s existence (an instance involving fairytales which the individual uses to hide one’s fear of the Void from oneself). 

‘Love, Skin and Other Fairytales’ is composed of two distinct bodies of work, two “volumes” depicting a fairytale about the ending of pure youth.

Volume II explores different phases of the Self narrated/narrator in a seemingly never-ending carousel of portraits thematically fearful but lacking in horror. The natural, biological journey leads to the castle of Fears, surrounded by the rivers of Understanding, and inside, reflected in astrological-psychoanalytical mirrors, in which the character sees herself. Little Red Riding Hood is actually the Bad Wolf.

Volume I contains various illustrations about love, beautifully bound in skin, revealing the last contemporary believable fairytale. Here it is presented in a surreal, personal manner with the flavour of tatoos found in chewing gum packages and the transience of plastic toy engagement rings. In this volume, reality is also altered by the Self. Incapable of meta-physical objectivity, the fairytale about love is one of the Self’s most beautiful creations, underscored by the similarly beautiful concept, cynical-poetic, of the invention of airplane crashes at the same time as airplanes themselves were invented.”   To D – my rainbow/ Amalia Dulhan. 

“ Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”, Edgar Degas                   

 Art Yourself Gallery, Str. Clucerului nr. 88 

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