FOCUS ON Mihai Zgondoiu/ THE ARTIST’S GOLDEN HAND

FOCUS ON Mihai Zgondoiu

THE ARTIST'S GOLDEN HAND

(video-performance, object, print) March 21– May 3, 2014

Project coordinator: Ana-Maria Altmann

Opening: Friday, March 21, 2014, 19.00, Five Plus Art Gallery, 41 Argentinier Str., Vienna

"Zgondoiu is an avid observer of cultural issues, political stereotypes but also of his own identity. Key words such as freedom, crises, communism, capitalism, identity, matrix and the critical use of social media are cornerstones of his conceptual approach. Part critical, thought provoking and ironic, part self-referential, his mix-media projects freely blend in different mediums, paraphrase various styles, tendencies, inter-disciplinary concepts, and figurative art approaches.

The best way to sum up this multi-tasking undertaking is through the phrase ‘the artist is not an island’, the banner under which poets, writers, philosophers are brought together to shape a new discourse, broadly contextualised through publications and theatre-actions, all bearing the artist’s concept signature.

Zgondoiu’s working manner is heterogeneous and disregards norms as he openly opposes Western standards as much as the politically informed thinking and formal expressions reflective of local Romanian history and society. This is how he marks his very own place as an artist in a strongly market-oriented, globalising cultural society."

Silvia Müllegger

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