EpicDermic

7 September - 21 October EpicDermic



Thursday 7 September at 7pm, we open EpicDermic, Felix Aftene’s first  solo-show la AnnArt. The exhibition brings together 18 paintings, acrylic on canvas, and one video, selected from the most recent works in the Memory of Space series (2016/17) as well as the Taxidermia series (2014/15), which won the UAP National Award in 2016.

 

In their explorations of present day human condition, in metaphysical and post-industrial urban territories, the works come across as cinematic frames from diverse and eerie narrative pieces, which are unified by the subtly-systematic presence of the self-portrait.

 

Aftene is one of the representative artists of his generation, with an extended practice in painting, mural painting, sculpture and new-media, being at the same time a curator of various visual arts projects of Iasi artists – both in Romania and overseas.  

 

 EpicDermic is curated by the critic and art historian Aurelia Mocanu.

 

The exhibition is open 7 September to 21 October. Access is free, Monday to Saturday between 11am – 7pm.

The works are available for sale through AnnArt. Please get in touch for details or advice - office@annartgallery.ro

Aurelia Mocanu | EpicDermic
  In between the ghost of the David sculpture, a mundane scene of a poached deer and the parable about contemporary art, as a paroxistically inflated latex glove, there is Painting !   “Twenty Years After” he completed his studies, Felix Aftene, the prolific artist from Iasi, goes for the ‘remembering’ and biographism – with a gusto and in neo-baroque mode. An antiquated building holding artists’ studios is re-assessed in terms of space and (performative) body by the fantocheofthe artist, wearing the sad harlequin make-up. Photo-frames of his video-action – filmed in a decadent set and accompanied by incantation-like music – subsequently become elaborate paintings, in acrylic on canvas. These are freeze-shots, amplified by the missing narrative clue, theatrically-lit in a melancholy-existentialist rusted scuro. ...read more..