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Ana Maria Micu & Catalin Petrisor, Dream Catcher, 2012,
temporary installation with painting, lamp, improvised bed, various tools, 120 x 180 x 190 cm. overall

by Ana Maria Micu & Cătălin Petrişor at My Art Vienna

Monday, July 30 - 2012, from 19.00,
at My Art 1120 Vienna, Gaudenzdorfergürtel 43-45/4C
The mere relocation does not separate the production of new artworks from previous ones. This small observation determined us to favor the idea that art creation is a symbiotic process with ongoing ordinary life in its specific routine, a mimic of sorts applied to normality’s background. The intention of this exhibition, as suggested by the “tableau vivant” reference from the title, is to reconstitute a framework in which this mimic of ours could be also reinterpreted by the viewers. To encourage this, we present images deprived of any human presence, so they would constitute a décor for an action that only the visitors would animate.

The entrance to the exhibition is made through a slideshow that documents images that theoretically could be called studio views, but in our particular case differ from what is usually recognized as such. We work in improvised rooms meant to function somewhat as art studios, without ever being fully equipped with professional furniture or tools. The archived visual consequences resulted from this fact of life are illogical images, inexplicable scenes, and spontaneous juxtapositions, in most cases dictated by the need to adapt, to use whatever is first available. We therefore encounter certain poetry in these situations, because the object's primary purpose is diverted into an aim whose necessity perpetually remains changeable, questionable and far from obvious.

Just as our studio images contain paintings, we include in this exhibition 2 painted works that are presented in such a way that they seem to be part of a larger context with an open and ambiguous purpose. The installation “Dream catcher” speculates around the domestic habit of decorating the bedside wall with a painting. The bed is here represented through a minimalistic improvisation – a thin mattress, a pillow and a white sheet. All of this is covered in tools and objects left for us to use during our residency. Above the bed hangs a small sized painting illuminated by a lamp. The painted image represents a tunnel piercing through a stone wall towards an empty landscape. In the blackness of the tunnel's ceiling one can see The Moon surrounded by the flickering lights of the deep space, a scene that breaks the rules of known reality.
Besides the above-mentioned installation, the exhibition presents another painting (approximately 200 x 200 cm) in the form of a canvas taped directly on the wall. The work will remain unfinished for the opening of the exhibition, thus discussing again to which degree this painting is an artwork, a realistic décor similar to illusory panels employed in theaters or a vehicle for an open image, which begins behind the canvas and continues in the space in front of it, integrating the viewers’ presence. This painting depicts the interior of a mountain cabin with an open door towards the outside. Hanging on the wall next to the door, the viewers can note a deer-head trophy. Overlapping the antlers, reproduced in graphite, there is a patent drawing of Nikola Tesla for "Apparatus for producing electric currents of high frequency and potential".
with the support of Österreichisch-Rumänische Gesellschaft
For further inquiries on this project please contact:

My Art
Manfred Flener
1120 Vienna, Gaudenzdorfergürtel 43-45/4C
+43 (676) 603 62 93

previous project

exhibition view - Ana Maria Micu & Catalin Petrisor


30.06 - 7.07 2012
artists: Leslie De Melo, Verena Freyschmidt,
Cătălin Petrişor, Ana Maria Micu
organizer: Roswitha Flener
location: private house in Altaussee
theme "Upgrade - Immersion"


upcoming solo exhibition


curated by Maria Rus Bojan
with the support of ICR Paris
From october 10 to november 10, 2012
Opening on wednesday 10 with the artist

Galerie Dix9
19, rue des Filles du Calvaire 75003 Paris
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Cătălin Petrişor (b. 1978) is a visual artist from Craiova, Romania. His paintings are seamless renditions based on cut-outs from found or owned photographs, above which he sometimes overlaps contour drawings made in graphite. He favors elusive subjects deliberately kept opened to multiple interpretations.

His works were recently included in the group show "Renovation & collateral effects" at Galerie Dix9, being described by the curator Ami Barak as "scenes and landscapes of a no man’s land that appear to be located in a dreamed world but at the same time marked by the outward signs of a post-communist reality, hustled and metamorphosed by the waves of the globalization".
He obtained MFA of the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in Romania in 2004.
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