Artist: Aurel Vlad

Curator: Diana Dochia

22.03.2013 – 10.05.2013

Opening: 22.03.2013, at 06:00 p.m.

The sculptor Aurel Vlad, an outstanding representative for the generation of the 1980’s, developed in the last decades one of the most coherent and major artistic project. Showing his interest regarding a careful investigation of human being behavior on the edge, Aurel Vlad’s sculpture develops an emotion and often anxiety that actively questions the viewer. When you view a sculpture made by Aurel Vlad you cannot remain indifferent, you cannot stop yourself to react, you cannot stop asking yourself who we are and where did we come from.

Jose Saramango in “Essay on Lucidity” wrote: “When we are born, when we come into this world, it is as if we have signed a contract for the rest of our lives, however there comes a day when we will ask ourselves who signed on our behalf”. Guided by the lucky star, Aurel Vlad’s “Pilgrims” seek divinity, but to meet it they must overcome their fears. Fear, nervousness, anguishes, weakness and anxiety moments raise in the human being the most unexpected reactions. In “Daedalus and Icarus”, Icarus wants to heighten, but he is stopped by the fear that overpowers his father. Daedalus’s arms stops Icarus, it is about that paternalistic fear of something bad happening to his beloved child.

The fear is for the human being one of the most common feelings and at the same time the most frightening. It is the fear given by the lack of knowledge in “Eclipse”, the fear of self-knowledge in “Narcissus”, or given by the power of mind in “Nightmare”. It is the fear to abandon yourself to the homicide instincts, the fear of letting the animal instinct to overpower you in “The Dog Man” or the fear of death that reconfirms the humanity through “Resurrection”.

The continuous enquiry is the one that triggers the human drama. Regarding that, “David mourns over Goliath” is one of the strongest comments in respect to the recent history of the Roman people. David being represented by the Roman people defeats Goliath, the beloved leader, but in less than two decades after the defeat Goliath is regretted by David. David’s fear raises from the idea that monster resurrects exactly form the hearts of those who destroyed it. Aurel Vlad questions in this work the darkness and the unexpected in human’s inmost beings, the unseen things.

The Expressionist gesture sculpture of Aurel’s Vlad disturbs and at a same time seduces the viewer. The genuine artist uses phantasms and metaphors full of magic and mysticism, searches and questions the ephemeral of human life. Aurel’s Vlad characters represent the world, a world without reference points, and a world that only through the power of self-questioning can redeem. Fear is what defines us and also what re-humanizes us. Deciphering the sculpture of Aurel Vlad means that the viewer activates a consciousness belonging to anguishes that he pervaded to the depths.

Curator: Diana Dochia

Press release – The Fear – Aurel Vlad, 2013