Curators: Maria Rus Bojan and Magdalena Mielnicka
Assistant Curator: Daria Bojan
17 November, 2018 – 17 January, 2019
Opening reception: 17 November, 7 pm
Wroclaw Railway Station, 1st Floor
Pilsudskiego 105, Wroclaw, Poland
Mimesis: (Re)imagining the Real is the first solo show of Bozbiciu in Poland; it includes a selection of monumental paintings, majority of which were created especially for the exhibition space, located in Wroclaw’s recently renovated railway station, a building with a remarkable neo-gothic architecture.
Born in the year of the revolution of 1989, Alin Bozbiciu’s personal path coincided with the years of profound change in Romania in the post-Communist era. His own transformative experience forms the basis of a personal mythology in which reality and imagination merge into magical visual installations that dissolve the gap between “real” and “unreal”.
In his elaborate compositions, the artist constantly bounces between the real world and the one that he has imagined, drawing upon references from art history, mythological tropes and theatrical imagery. Making poignant existential statements about the contemporary experience, Alin Bozbiciu articulates a symbolic discourse that goes beyond the boundaries of representation and of figurative painting. Rather than approaching “mimesis” simply as a form of realism, the artist highlights the ambivalence of this concept in his quest to find a new visual solution of how our image dominated world should be represented today.
Through a series of introspective and dream-like compositions, the artist attempts to transgress the traditional perception of time and space, whilst emphasizing the infinite possibilities of painting as means to represent the many facets of the human condition and contemporary experience. By bringing together representations of angels or other imaginary characters inspired by baroque imagery, along with depictions of human bodies in ritualistic movement, the artist challenges viewers to immerse themselves in an imaginary world with a poetic dimension, in which myth and metaphor prevail. The spontaneity of his pictorial gesture accentuates the dynamic between the soft, restricted color palette, and the vigorous darker colors, offering a versatile and refreshing perspective to the medium of painting.
About the artist
Alin Bozbiciu lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is one of the most successful emerging artists from the last wave of the Cluj School of Painting; graduating from the Painting Department of the Cluj University of Art and Design in 2013. Since then, he has had his works exhibited at Le Plafond, Amsterdam, Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York, and has had several shows at Untilthen Gallery in Paris. In 2017, he participated in the exhibition “Life as a User’s Manual”, the second edition of the Contemporary Art Biennial Art Encounters, in Timisoara, Romania. In 2018, Alin Bozbiciu had his second solo-show, “Theatre as Life”, at Untilthen Gallery in Paris, France, and participated in the exhibition “Time is the Game of Man”, the second edition of the summer project “Art of the Treasure Hunt” in the Chianti region of Italy, launched by Luziah Hennessy, and curated by Kasia Redzis, the senior curator at Tate Liverpool. His works are part of many important private collections across Europe: in the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, but also across the world, in countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, China, Japan and Argentina.