The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, June 24, 2018


Blain/Southern opens exhibition of new work by Marius Bercea
Marius Bercea, Time Can Space, Installation View, 2018. Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern. Photo Trevor Good.


BERLIN.- Time Can Space is Marius Bercea’s (b.1979, Cluj, Romania) first exhibition at Blain|Southern Berlin, in which he presents new work and demonstrates recent changes in his approach to painting.

Within his interior and landscape paintings, largely influenced by the architecture and nature of California, Bercea portrays a sensorial reality through a hybrid of both real and imagined hidden places. Evidenced in the subject, aspect and scale of his new work, which range from large panoramas to small square details, Bercea has moved from the narrative-orientated travelogue of his earlier ‘Transylfornia’ works and his view of California is now more deeply entrenched.

With a behind-the-scenes perspective, he paints from the position of a curtain twitching resident. Seemingly private moments are caught through a window or across a back garden, from a view point that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hitchcock film. But this is voyeurism two steps removed. Painting every work from his studio back in Cluj, Bercea plays with the distance between California and Transylvania, and the blurring effect of memory recall. By doing so he projects a liminal state between two realities and mindsets. He uses swimming pools as a recurring motif but rather than being clichéd icons of a Californian dream they are a representation of several states: below, between and above the water.

Bercea’s scenes are often sparsely populated but where individual characters do feature they now take centre stage. Bercea’s emphasis here is on raising questions about these solitary players, their intentions and motives. In Mosaic of Certitudes, a lone artist sits by his easel, trying to pick up radio signals from foreign lands via a makeshift aerial on a rooftop garden, dwarfed by pot plants and inexplicably surrounded by airborne watermelons. Here and elsewhere throughout the exhibition, characters come to the fore, all the time vying for attention with flora and fauna that dominate the compositions.

In works such as Earth Gender and Pluralizing Rhythm, invasive foliage is encroaching rapidly on the built environment: growing through latticed fences, filling swimming pools and monopolising the frame as if in challenge to the human subjects. Bercea’s plants exist in both their artificial and natural habitats, either dominating manmade space or submitting to it, further representing multiple modes of being. This gregarious plant life enlivens the senses, including even smell and touch through the implied bouquet of a blossoming flower or tactile spikes of a cactus.

Bercea’s interest in design is evident, especially the influence of specific Viennese architects such as Adolf Loos, Otto Wagner and Rudolf Schindler that he traces from his hometown around the globe. His expanding collection of vintage design books, architecture journals, pamphlets and magazines provide additional reference points as he distils his memories and impressions from afar. In a new series of small details painted onto wood, approximately 15cm square, Bercea explores up-close the design features and architectural motifs that he finds in these publications. This also allows a conversation between small scale works and the large panoramas, which reveal expanded views of the same subjects. Spanning the far end of the gallery is a four-panel interior scene, Bercea’s largest painting to-date. Physics for the Liminal Training is an imagined scene inspired by theatre set design. This complex composition features optical tricks and curious objects coded with meaning, including a smaller painting that can be found hanging elsewhere in the exhibition.

To accompany the exhibition, Blain|Southern has published a new book that surveys four years of Bercea’s career. The book features texts by Andrew Beradini and Heinz-Norbert Jocks, published in both English and German, alongside colour plates of paintings from 2014-18.





Today's News

March 3, 2018

National Gallery marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Jill Newhouse Gallery presents a selection of paintings, drawings, and watercolors by Pierre Bonnard

The Vancouver Art Gallery explores the impact of the nuclear age through the lens of art

Carnegie Museum of Art opens its first major exhibition of its 1750-1850 holdings

Lou Reed poems after leaving Velvet Underground set for book

Korean screen breaks record achieving $562,500 at Lark Mason Associates

Top Spanish conductor Jesus Lopez Cobos dies

ADAA appoints new President, Menconi + Schoelkopf co-founder and partner Andrew Schoelkopf

Steven Kasher Gallery opens a survey of Michael Spano's recent photographic works

Blain/Southern opens exhibition of new work by Marius Bercea

Exhibition of cut paper drawing constructions by New York artist Adam Fowler opens at Brian Gross Fine Art

Pakistan aims to revive glory of ancient Mughal city Lahore

Mary Boone Gallery opens exhibition of new paintings by Erik Parker

Joslyn Art Museum completes capital improvements

Peabody Essex Museum celebrates Native American painter, poet and musician, T.C. Cannon

Ten-year survey exhibition of artist John Moore opens at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Museum Ludwig presents recently unearthed film by Günter Peter Straschek

Gerald McMaster appointed as adjunct curator at Remai Modern

Multi-media exhibition spotlights the women who work the land

Gladstone Gallery presents the United States premiere of Cyprien Gaillard's film Nightlife

Gommaar Gilliams' first solo exhibition in New York opens at De Buck Gallery

Jenkins Johnson Projects opens exhibition of works by Lavar Munroe and Rodrigo Valenzuela

Pamela Joyner to become Chair of the Tate Americas Foundation

Strong sales and ambitious presentations at PHOTOFAIRS San Francisco second edition

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

2.- Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

3.- Classic Beauties unveils the sensual enchantment of Neoclassicism

4.- Exhibition presents a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting

5.- Glasgow blaze guts one of world's top art schools - again

6.- The Prado opens the first major monographic exhibition on Lorenzo Lotto's portraits

7.- Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

8.- A record setting necklace, diamonds & gemstones propel $1.9 million in jewelry sales at Rago in June

9.- Czech Art Nouveau painter Mucha's masterpiece finds home after 90 years

10.- Exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery explores the garden as a "stage" for the extraordinary



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful