Carol Gallery
Bd Carol 59 - etj.1 - interf 3C


Carol Galleries is an interactive space dedicated to contemporary art, a space which promotes Romanian and international emerging artists. The exhibition program is dynamic, the group exhibitions alternate with solo shows where the established artists are invited. In 2018 the gallery will focus on the promotion of young artists and on the collaboration with other institutions, galleries, and museums in Romania and abroad; in addition, international fairs will take priority. The Carol Gallery is located in an easily accessible area, in the center of Bucharest, on Carol's boulevard, No. 59, first floor. The generous exhibition halls, in a classic interwar house, create a complementary dialogue between space and works. Carol Galleries represents young artists who use various artistic practices and experimental materials.

Elective Affinity

Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
15.09.2018 - 31.10.2018
  • 19:00 - Deschidere
  • 22:00 - Afinitati elective
  • 02:00 - Inchidere
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The figurative represented a constant concern for artists, as early as ancient times, from the rupestral imagery of Lascaux and Altamira caves to present day. Starting from the surrounding nature, ancient Greeks have created their own beauty patterns; Renaissance embodied the human as a measure of all things; and modernity portrayed him as a picture of an inner riot; Post-modernity comes to show the human on fragments. Several artists build their discourse upon form starting from nature and assimilating periods from the visual arts history. Their concern for the figurative area has been manifested since the 1980s, and has continued over time, developing new abilities for visual expression. "The consistent figurative," as Florentina Voichi calls it, has been a permanent concern for the five exhibiting artists: Doru Covrig, Aurel Vlad, Mircea Roman, Florentina Voichi, Ioan Iacob. Nature is the one that inspires them, far from being mimetic: Doru Covrig develops with humor and irony a synthesis of the neo-pop form; Aurel Vlad builds his giant characters from neo-expressionist contortions; Mircea Roman renders mystical, Egyptian figures; Ioan Iacob paints with color matter the life inside the forms; Florentina Voichi illustrates the expression of a symbolic city, which starts from the Renaissance as a source of inspiration. It is perhaps not by chance, that Florentina Voichi gathered around her, artists of the same generation, whose constant preoccupation is the figurative, and here I refer to Aurel Vlad, Mircea Roman, Ioan Iacob. The two exhibitions that took place at the Simeza Gallery and the Romanian Peasant Museum in 2013 and 2016 respectively, entitled FIG 1 and 2, were going to exhibit the artists mentioned above. Aurel Vlad and Mircea Roman have exhibited together since graduation in 1984, under the curatorial supervision of Carmen Popescu, in exhibitions such as "Character in the studio", "Auriga", "Surface Possibilities", "The Object Sketch in Sculpture". In 1974, in one of the editions of Măgura's Sculpture Camp, Aurel Vlad met Doru Covrig for the first time, discovering an affinity with the way he built his synthesis of form. The Venice Biennale of 1995 brought together a series of artists, with Dan Hăulică and Coriolan Babeţi as curators. Doru Covrig, Aurel Vlad and Mircea Roman were in the selection for the Biennial. Along other names, in 2010, the "wood.ro" exhibition at MNAC would bring together the three sculptors: Doru Covrig, Aurel Vlad and Mircea Roman. In 2018, under the tutelage of a "FIG 3" exhibition, Doru Covrig presents, alongside the other artists, works from the 1980s and 1990s. "Hands" and "Golems" are made of precarious materials, in his first years in Paris. He recovers pieces of wood that he transfers into works, sticking them one over the other like bricks. In the form of human architectures or of sarcophagi, D. Covrig conceives genuine social or political manifestos. The theme of "sarcophagus man" and "oversized hands" has become his permanent concern, developing it for many years. Aurel Vlad develops a technique of joining metal pieces, which he tins and assembles with pop rivets, and Mircea Roman combines pieces of wood with the help of nails of the same material. Same atmosphere, of assumption and pursuit for the figurative, is found in the works of the two painters, Florentina Voichi and Ioan Iacob. The theme of the oversized hand, of the hand as symbol of the relationship between eye and mind, the hand that draws ideas, can be found in the various urban backgrounds of Florentina Voichi. Ioan Iacob chooses form to describe color, namely, "a high frequency sequence of life," as I. Iacob defines the painting. A student of Gotthard Graubner, at Kunstacademie in Düsseldorf, I. Iacob has developed an authentic pathway where color lives in shape and beats as sensitive matter, in her own life. Ioan Iacob leaves the pictorial matter to live his own inner life inside the form, so he approaches a Titian, a Rubens, a Velázquez. Perhaps, above all, what brings together these five artists is an inner consistency, an ongoing search for the nature-inspired form, perhaps this is the exploring affinity of the possibilities of the figurative, in an "Elective Affinity" as Goethe would perhaps call it.