Carol Gallery
Bd Carol 59 - etj.1 - interf 3C

Carol Galleries is an interactive space dedicated to contemporary art, a space which promotes Romanian and international emerging artists. The exhibition program is dynamic, the group exhibitions alternate with solo shows where the established artists are invited. In 2018 the gallery will focus on the promotion of young artists and on the collaboration with other institutions, galleries, and museums in Romania and abroad; in addition, international fairs will take priority. The Carol Gallery is located in an easily accessible area, in the center of Bucharest, on Carol's boulevard, No. 59, first floor. The generous exhibition halls, in a classic interwar house, create a complementary dialogue between space and works. Carol Galleries represents young artists who use various artistic practices and experimental materials.

Shaping Surfaces


Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
15.09.2020 - 15.09.2020
Shaping Surfaces is an exhibition in which sculpture, painting and objects, together with space, create an architecture of emotions. At Carol Galleries, the art of installation transfers the viewer to a zone of emotional architecture – a space which generates an utmost emotion – as Mathias Goeritz defined the term in his Manifesto (Emotional Architecture Manifesto, an exhibition pre-opening discourse at the El Eco Experimental Museum in Mexico City). Artists like Ionuț Barău, Andrei Bălan, Alin Carpen, Alexandru Micloș, Alexandru Papuc and Tudor Rantzos use memory as creative practice, either it is cultural, emotional, individual or collective memory. Through recovery of some coal fragments from the Mill of Assan, Alin Carpen brings to our attention the memory of a historical monument; Alexandru Papuc transfers the water’s memory onto an industrial material, Andrei Bălan recuperates personalities-victims of the communist system; Tudor Rantzos resorts to cultural citations from the history of plastic arts to recall to our attention the Mine of Petrila; Ionuț Barău appeals to the protesting art in favor of the environment by displaying some idyllic landscapes while Alexandru Micloș creates kinetic sculpture objects which find equivalents in Asian culture. The six artists transfer tale quale the vestige-objects they recover from nature or from buildings they want to rescue from their immediate neighborhood or from oblivion. Thus we witness the dissolution of the boundaries between art and life, as Allan Karpow argued (in Essays on The Blurring of Art and Life, University of California Press, 2003). Shaping surfaces is an exhibition in which different materials co-exist: from wood and metal, to plastic polyurethane foam and artificial fur. The artists in the show resume the discussion on the terms of Rosalind Krauss (Rosalind Krauss, Sculpture in the Expanded Field, in: The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths, Cambridge: MIT Press, 1985: 276-290), according to whom, the artistic practice is supported by the material the object is made of. This way, each artist is shaping surfaces of artistic objects, which remind of: Assan’s Mill (Alin Carpen), the Mine of Petrila (Tudor Rantzos), the anti-communist resistance (Andrei Bălan), the environment (Ionuț Barău), the memory of water (Alexandru Papuc) and the oriental art (Alexandru Micloș). fragment from the text signed by Raluca Băloiu, curator, art critic