Elena & Marcel Scutaru
July 26 - August 16, 2013
Curator: Raluca Baloiu
Placed in the vicinity, the images influence each other. They cohabitate, but are independent and make friends with their neighbours.The works lend one another certain figurative, sensitive and expressive elements, coming close to what the shape empathy means.
The exhibition starts from the idea that the art works in Elena and Marcel Scutaru’s studio do empathize. The more they stay closer, the more they assume the imagistic of their neighbours. The beholder meets a “route” of correspondences, on which the images, though belonging to different discourses,influence each other.
One of the elements linking the two discourses is the idea of collection. Elena collects the portraits of the beloved people, illustrating them literally, while Marcel shows habitation shapes, turned into archetypal houses.
Another common element is the bird. A man is related to his/her home the way a bird is attached to its nest. The two artists create around a mystical space, their home is always present – see Marcel’s works.
The bird in Elena Scutaru’s portraits adds beauty to the portrait.
Shape’s purified expression stands for another common feature. Taking its sap from the Egyptian art, the three-dimensional hieratic shape is Marcel Scutaru’s mode of expression. Elena assumes this model of archaic representation and transposes it.
The two artists belong to a definite place in Romanian contemporary art, a place one can easily recognize, as it bears Scutaru’s effigy.
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