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Wond’ring aloud

Artist: Alexandru Rădvan

Curator: Diana Dochia

12.06.2009 – 10.07.2009

Opening: 12.06.2009 at 08:00 p.m. (White Night of the Galleries NAG#3)


“Wond’ring aloud” is about Eros and erotism. The drawing series presented by Alexandru Rădvan outline a world full of contradictions and tensions. The drawing extremely sketched in the beginnings works, receives contour and well defined lines in the last works. The series propose an ensemble of drawings that belongs to different cycles and creation stages. Conceived as a retrospective, the exhibition Alexandru Rădvan proposes a relooking of some drawings from 2001 until now: Heros 2001, Song of Songs 2001-2002, Drawings for Petronius 2002, Erotic 2003-2004, The Monument of the Common Woman 2005, Wond’ring aloud 2007-2008, Gods 2009. A “possible world” born as a result of the “deconstruction of the great stories”, as Jean-François Lyotard asserts.

The erotism from the Alxandru Rădvan’s drawings represents more a pretext than a mean putting in discussion the way in which we look and we perceive a subject considered often inconvenient and controversial.

In the contemporary art the nudity of the corporality as a whole it will be replace it by the fragmentary nudity. Rosalind Krauss talks about the “partial object” logic that Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari will analyze in the first chapter of “Anti-Oedip”. The individual will be replaced by a series of dislocated elements, fragments – breast, mouth – that will be named by Deleuze and Guattari “desiring machines”. In this moment the desire, the phantasm it will be not anymore a thing that it will be produced in the subconscious, in dream, but in reality. It insists on the real character that will lead to a disposal by the pure symbolical activity sustained by Freud and Mélanie Klein.

Frequently a controversial subject, seen with daring by some ones, and with shyness by the others, the erotic in art it was present even by the beginning, it became a constant in the frame of art, revolutionized each time the ways of approaching and understanding, bringing often a renewal at the perception level of the phenomena, and opened multiple ways of reinterpretation in the contemporary art.

Curator: Diana Dochia

Press release – Wond’ring aloud, Alexandru Radvan