Traces of Identity
“The exhibition is firstly an intimate incursion in the artist’s environmental, practical and symbolic universe, revealing a plastic search began from the “time and space” coordinates of one’s own identity.
Pavel Grosu is transforming the studio/ apartment where he lives and works into an open space to show a new series of art pieces. Thus the exhibition comes together organically both around the objects that create the ambience in which the painter lives every day and around the works themselves. Traces of Identity becomes a mixed media installation in which the receptor is intuitively integrated in order to discover the incubator of the ideas and forms elaborated by the artist.
The artist discovers and recontextualizes old family photos and interprets them in a visual manner similar to the collage – in pictorial compositions. He established an identity trail beginning with the photographed image and reaching elements from his daily universe. The geographic journey to knowledge – looking for the family photos in his native places (The Republic of Moldova) and finding out the story behind them – finalized in the plastic expression inside his own studio – integrates the past in the present and offers suggestions as to a possible future.
The collage is one of the artist’s favourite techniques and serves both as a starting point in making the painted compositions and as individual pieces, this aspect being highlighted in their positioning and the work in progress atmosphere of the studio. The visual trail created by Pavel by outlining a possible identity invites the onlooker to take part in an intimate and very direct, almost confessional visual dialogue.
Traces of Identity is a curatorial initiative of integrating a less formal artistic event of Cluj into an international context with the purpose of promoting a young and forceful contemporary artist.”
Curator: Ada Muntean
Artist: Pavel Grosu
Artist: Pavel Grosu