THE PHANTOMATIC NATURAL HISTORY

Solo show Mirela Ivanciu

May 06 – June 13, 2019

Halucinarium Gallery introduces a new art project: “Fantomatica Istorie naturala”, drawings and graphic installations by Mirela Ivanciu. The exhibition will be on view until 13th of June.
The exhibition’s concept is interpreting in a contemporary key the atmosphere of the old cabinets of curiosities, transposing the viewer in a misterious and bizarre world. Very fashionable during XVIII and XIX centuries, the cabinets of curiosities were displaying all sort of exotic animals, abnormal or simply extraordinary, miniature botanical gardens where rare species were acclimatised, mechanisms and strange objects. An ecosystem kept alive and displayed in an artificial mise en scene, turn apart from their organic context. A peculiar atmosphere, unnatural, an imaginary garden with unusual, rare creatures, birds, animals and plants, all living an illusive artificial life, that somehow seems common, familiar.
Mirela Ivanciu’s exhibition is similar to a contemporary cabinets of curiosities. Large drawings and graphic instalations picturing birds, animals that you might recognize, exotic luxurious gardens. A misterious and bizarre feeling of unorganic, abnormal. An artificial, improvised space. The exhibition creates a unique visual ecosystem where the viewer is guided on a path that takes him out of his comfort zone.
Extrapolating, this process of collecting, of “saving” is also happening these days. Due to pollution and environmental local/global crises, some species and places are directly threatened, many already dissapeared. To keep this ecosystem alive, we sometimes need to create artificial ones, generatig a new concept of cabinets of curiosities. If we do not act, soon, our world, the way we know it, the way we enjoy it now, will charm us only in photos. In cabinets of curiosities.

Curator: Ana Negoita

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On view: 06 | 05 – 13 | 06 | 2019
Friday: 14:00 to 19:00  |  Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 to 16:00

WHEN YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE LIGHT

Author: Mirela Ivanciu

“Happiness is not to be taken for granted. It comes from our own actions.” (HH The Dalai Lama – The Missing Peace)

When you are away from the light, the darkness is teaching you about the nuances of your inside space. It is a story about a kind of loneliness, deeper then the one in the daylight. However, motifs, rhythms and patterns that remind you of the world with light are there. The shades of the color are shades of black – and codes for an emotional palette, that speaks mainly about negative emotions: lust, frustration, violence or aggression.

The exhibition Phantomatic Natural History is similar with a book with text and images. It resonates with Sebald or Edmund de Waal inserting visuality and text in color codes.  The images are in fact similar with writings, from which visuality gradually appears. The focus is on negative emotions because only when we consider the extent and depth of our problems, we decide to do something about them.

We need to be our own refuge. What does this mean ? To avoid falling into two common traps, about which talks Geshe Tashi Tsering: of self-indulgence or of self-denial- both lead by the ego. (Geshe Tashi Tsering: The Four Noble Truths; p 23)

The merit of the exhibition is that the empathy of the viewer with the presented material of the works, may make him aware of his own suffering- even when it is part of the common daily life context. It does not mean we are condemned to suffering. The problems are always temporary and they always pass, and, as Geshe Tashi Tsering says, this awareness will give us more space to find the proper ways of solving them. ” This is the beautiful part of impermanence: as the things we love do not resist forever, neither the things that create us problems do not resist.” (Geshe Tashi Tsering; 52)

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