Colour Fields | Radu Comsa & Simion Cernica

Curated by Maria Rus Bojan

Opening: 15 January 2019

15 January – 15 July 2019

Europe House, Korte Vijverberg 5/6, 2513 AB Den Haag


With the occasion of the handover ceremony of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Radu Comsa and Simion Cernica propose a site-specific presentation that includes a series of paintings and drawings, structured around the concept of Color field.

Colour Field painting is a style of abstract painting, in which “color is freed from objective context and becomes the subject in itself”. Taking its name from the 1950s and ’60s art-historical term Colour Field Painting—coined when a pioneering group of artists chose to isolate and emphasize colour over almost any other aspect of traditional art making, Contemporary Colour Fields notes contemporary abstract works that emphasize the interplay between two or three colors or the predominance of particular colours in a swell of many.

In his approach, Radu Comsa conceives the space of the picture as a field, balancing large portions of primary colours in harmonious compositions articulated on the golden ratio principle. In many of his compositions, the artist alludes to the painting of Piet Mondriaan, however, he is not interested in the geometric composition as such, but rather in obtaining a composition of fields of pure colour. In this respect he makes use of the Indonesian technique “batik” and special water based colours. Sometimes he’s also playing with the size of the wooden stretchers with the purpose of creating an object out of a painting. (the work near the door).

 

In contrast with Radu Comsa, Simion Cernica’s conceptual discourse is based on the idea that each colour is a light frequency that carries a particular energy. In his works, Cernica explores the spectral decomposition of light with the aim of finding a representation that corresponds to the different vibration of light, as he perceived it.  Whereas a faithful rendering of spectral colours is according to scientists rather impossible, in Cernica’s art works this could be accomplished. His works are imaginary representations of coloured vibrations, sunsets, projections of electromagnetic radiations, gamma radiations and so on.By making visible what’s actually invisible for the eye, Cernica’s wish is to draw the attention on the ecological problems of the planet.

Exhibition organized in collaboration with the Embassy of Romania to the Kingdom of the Netherlands