Thursday, the 15th of February at 7PM, we invite you to the opening of an unprecedented exhibition: Archaeologies, a duo painting and ceramics show, presenting the very first simultaneous encounter on easels of artists Constantin Rusu and Ilie Rusu, father and son.

Although apparently unrelated in terms of style, the 40 works share the exploration of the deep layers of matter – concrete and spiritual, experimenting as they do both in the formal area and with various materials. Across classic-rectagular canvases or the undulated cropped wooden boards,  Constantin continues his previous preoccupations and explores the multiple meanings of the arrow, embodied now in the vertical thrust of the cross and in a newly-found exuberant cromatic. Be they oil on canvas or drawing with interventions in acrylic, his works evoke the spontaneity of the painter’s gesture, creating fluid, aquatic and tumultuous structures. In apparent contrast, the works of Ilie Rusu, compact and tangible in the solid materiality of the glazed ceramic and faience, bring forth a series of nests and cellular nuclei, spaces resonant of deep merging with the stormy matter and spaces of birth and beginning. Produced in different artistic stages, from 1983 / 1986 until 2017 - 2018, these works develop the defining theme of the artist’s experiments with the conglomerate of the matter, recycled/recomposed in new meanings and architectures.

(Gabriela Massaci)

The show is open between February 15 – March 31 2018.  Entry is free, open from Monday to Saturday 11AM – 7 PM