simona dumitriu on Tue, 27 Apr 2010 21:12:56 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-ro] Impermanence la Hendershot Gallery New York

Press Release
Hendershot Gallery
April 29 â 
June 10, 2010
Opening reception April 29, 6-8 pm
April 15, 2010, New York - Hendershot Gallery, in conjunction with 
MB Art Agency, Amsterdam, and C-Projects, Beijing, is pleased to present
 Impermanence. The group exhibition, which includes the work 
ofÂBoukje Janssen, Iosef KirÃly, Sanja Medic, Ana Maria Micu, CÄtÄlin 
PetriÅor, Victor RÄcÄtÄu, Kathrin Schlegel, Vera Weissgerber, and Carine
 Weve, will be open to the public from April 29 until June 10, 2010.

Impermanence presents the work of four Romanian artists of 
different generations, and five artists from Holland, Serbia, Germany, 
and Luxembourg. The show intends to create a special platform where 
similar artistic sentiments and aesthetic approaches can flourish in an 
international dialogue.

The notion of impermanence, of a shifting world in flux, has taken on
 a profound meaning in the post-war period, one that is particularly 
timely in the international climate of the post-9/11 world. In Eastern 
Europe, especially in post-communist countries such as Romania, 
âimpermanenceâ characterizes a common feeling of fatalism, uncertainty, 
and endemic precariousness. In Western Europe and America, the same 
notion evokes a sense of liberation as well as anxiety, for it 
represents the possibility of escape from the rigidity of formerly fixed
 social, cultural and political meanings, paradigms that have been 
rendered ambiguous, if not null and void, by the upheaval of recent 

Having approached the forefront of the art world in recent years, 
contemporary Romanian art has gained exposure and momentum through major
 gallery and museum exhibitions, as well as through the efforts of 
curators such as Maria Rus Bojan, who has been instrumental in the 
collaborative organization of this show. Generally characterized by the 
smoldering aesthetic darkness of its pared-down realism, contemporary 
Romanian art is most often discussed in political terms, with curators, 
critics, and viewers attributing the contemporary Romanian creative 
impetus to the turmoil of the countryâs turbulent, violent history; 
Romaniaâs clichà past appears to overshadow its present on the global 
stage. While such a view may be partially valid, to restrict the 
assessment of contemporary Romanian art entirely to such cultural 
specificity is to clip its wings. To this end, Impermanence 
proposes the productive and worthwhile use of a more universal lens in 
the (re)consideration of contemporary Romanian art by placing it in a 
pertinent dialogue with works that arise out of different European 
cultures, but which ultimately share a common creative interest. 

The desire to reflect on time, the past, and its inevitable effects 
on the human condition has deep roots in the history of artistic 
production, and will arguably remain a constant in the equation of human
 experience forever. The works presented in this exhibition, produced by
 contemporary artists of disparate backgrounds and wrought in a variety 
of materials, treat the universality of this fundamental notion with 
poetic modesty. They present a vision of the dichotomy of time â of the 
ephemeral and the permanent â that is characterized by a quiet, 
introspective profundity. The final product, then, is a timely artistic 
discussion of this shifting, changing historical moment, and its effects
 on the creative pursuits of the artists represented here. What ensues 
is an aesthetic contemplation of the inevitable presence of the past and
 the ambiguous impermanence of the present. 

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