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How to Mend Unbroken Things

by Ana Maria Micu and Cătălin Petrişor
Work-in-Progress Duo Show: 20 August - 2 September, 2014; daily 17.00 - 21.00
Finissage: Tuesday, 2 September, 19.00
Address: my art loft, Gaudenzdorfer Gürtel 43-45 / 4C, 1120 Vienna
Within its artist-in-residence frame, my art presents for the second time in Vienna the Romanian artists Ana Maria Micu and Cătălin PetriÅŸor. Their project is a work-in-progress focusing on making art as a self-explanatory process, surrounded by a specially created type of exhibits that can be continuously repositioned. They refer to visual system related to Craiova, the city where they live, searching for ways to further develop apparently finalized works by submitting them to a different context.
The space is occupied with various art studio objects and materials, paintings, drawings, temporary installations and video footage. The visitors may look at the already installed works, the occurring changes and the overall working process. The artists will be available for talks and give presentations upon request regarding their projects. A finissage will mark the state the exhibition will achieve at the end of the residency.
One of Micu's work samples consists in gradually adding visual and structural elements to a spatial background best suitable to exhibit two of her paintings. Out of white self-adhesive vinyl cuttings pasted on floor and wall areas she creates a large-scale drawing whose purpose is to unify the assemblage and to stand proof of her daily activity.
PetriÅŸor continues several outdoor sketches he made in Craiova during the project "Abstract Circle" by covering them up with new layers of paint while protecting some areas with masking tape, which he partially wants to keep as an integrated element of the painting surface. He is also presenting a video processing of the documentation gathered during the same project. These works are put in relation with a display of still life objects made in black colored ice which are drawing specific patterns on the paper beneath them while they melt.
Both artists are searching for a particular aesthetics resulted out of the improvisations one has to make when trying to adapt quickly to new conditions. They use available and discarded materials like plastic, paper, cardboard and wire for their reusable and ephemeral quality. This is put in contrast with painting as the art medium with the longest tradition and the finite character that the documentation of the project will acquire upon the completion of the program.

Ana Maria Micu (n. 1979) works with painting and related image transmitting methods. Her recent performance "Installing the Image" was a reconstruction of a minimal studio environment as an oversimplified optical illusion seen through a camera positioned aside. In 2012 she had the solo show "Tender Heart, Keep Still” at C-Space Gallery in Beijing. In the same year, together with Cătălin PetriÅŸor, they presented “A Conscious Choice For Temporary Blindness” at Mind Set Art Center în Taipei. In 2010 one of her works was included in "Tales of the Unexpected”, curated by Maria Rus Bojan and Radek Váňa at Dek 22 in Rotterdam. Her online portfolio is

The residency is organized by my art with the support of Austrom/ Österreichisch-Rumänische Gesellschaft.
For further information or appointments please contact Ana Maria Micu at or +43 664 491 9204.
Manfred Flener
my art
1120 Wien,
Gaudenzdorfer Gürtel 43-45 / 4C
Mobile: +43 676 603 6293

work sample of mine included in the project

Drawing Still Life

This is an installation I intend to exercise with for a while, documenting its behavior with video and photographs.

I am searching for hollow geometrically shaped objects to use like moulds, I filled them with water mixed with black iron oxide powder and store them in the freezer.

To display them as a still lifes and to observe the disappearing  process is equally important to me as the marks they leave behind, which I intent to keep and possibly draw on them further.

previous project

Abstract Circle

by Ana Maria Micu and Cătălin Petrişor
coordinated by Cătălin Davidescu

An Open-air Mobile Painting Workshop: 22 - 29 July, 2014; daily 8-11 and 17-20
Locations: different areas of Brestei neighbourhood, Craiova

Cătălin Petrişor works on a series of paintings in which he wants to associate abstract art movements with the geometric decorative motifs used on wrought iron fences and security bars that can be seen in urban areas. In this context he has come to identify the need to practice outdoor painting in front of the selected model. Thus, the performative act and the direct contact with reality are highlighted as the key conceptual components of the work.

PetriÅŸor installs an easel and paints in places that provide him with inspiring models and his work is documented by Ana Maria Micu. Both artists are available for discussions related to the description of their action and encourage passers-by to try by themselves to mix colors and apply them on provided canvases. 

The project was made with the support of Craiova - 2021 European Capital of Culture Association.

my portfolio website

my facebook profile

Cătălin PetriÅŸor (b. 1978) is a visual artist from Craiova, Romania that works in painting, video, drawing, photography, installation and intervention in public space.

Last year PetriÅŸor was selected among the finalists of the Celeste Prize. 
His last solo show is The Distance Itself, a third time collaboration with C-Space Gallery in Beijing. The project comprises one video and 8 paintings. A few small found objects and debris are scattered across the galley space, sometimes on the shelf formed by the depth of the paintings stretchers' top bars.

In 2012 he exhibited Geometry of Human Nature, a project curated by Maria Rus Bojan at Galerie Dix9 in Paris. 
He obtained MFA of the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in Romania in 2004.
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