AM Gallery
Str Ion Minulescu 49A

Artist-Run space. Exhibition space showing work by Alex Manea



Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
16.09.2021 - 01.12.2021

 The human hand has been at the center of visual art history not just as the main tool of creation, but also as an important focus of representation, revealing the development of artistic skills and cultural trends in key periods.

   Actually, painted hands may be the oldest form of art in human history.

The most fascinating cave art in this regard is found in Argentina, in the Cueva de las Manos, which literally means “Cave of Hands.”

   According to the UNESCO World Heritage Center, the earliest wall paintings in those caves were created about 13,000 years ago and the last ones about 9,500 years ago.

   To go back even further, a hand marking in caves on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has recently been dated to about 40,000 years ago, suggesting that representing the hand was one of the first artistic impulses of Homo Sapiens.

   Images of hands remained mostly flat and stylized for thousands of years, including in Ancient Greece and medieval Europe.

   And after all this time, the prehistoric impulse to leave a hand print on a wall is still with us.

   This exhibition tries to reproduce various techniques used over time. The result may be similar although the artistic practice is different. 

   Therefore, the artist presents one of the main motifs used by artists since the beginning of time in relation to the evolution of the techniques used to make various works.