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 group show announcement


8 April - 6 May 2017
Reception|8 April (Sat) 3pm

Artists|Victor BALANON, Shiau-Peng CHEN, Marlene DUMAS, Tracey EMIN, HSIAO Chu-Fang, JHONG Jiang-Ze, Ana Maria MICU, SHI Jin-Hua , SHI Jinsong, Juin SHIEH, Melati SURYODARMO, TANG Jo-Hung, Charwei TSAI

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Mind Set Art Center
7F, No.180, Sec. 1, Heping E. Rd., Da'an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan
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 my works within the project

My interest with these works is to speak of a personal method of occupying space and killing time.

As I grow into adulthood, art is less just something I enjoy. It is becoming a way of living one's life that requires internal validation, and of course, in this, I am always challenged by my common sense. I remain unsatisfied and continue in spite of the absence of persistent evidence that I am on the right path. Inspiration mixes with desperation in a way that is impossible to separate between the two of them, and I would argue that art can emerge only from this confusion, resistance and the associated methods of coping that I invent for myself.

On rare occasions, I look at something banal and catch a glimpse of a different reality, a fantasy world where things move slowly and graciously, like in a dance. The drawing "night and water . ...... For some reason" documents such a moment. One night I could not sleep, I got up and took a series of photographs of the shadow cast onto the walls of my room.  The background shapes originate from a majestic cherry tree and some paper cuttings I pasted on the window, to help the pigeons I feed on the sill to differentiate between landscape and glass. They mistakenly interpret the image reflected by the glass surface as a continuation of their environment, and they fly into it, possibly injuring themselves. I had to take measurements against this, and because of my actions, I was able to produce this photo of myself looking as I would have three horns pointing out, in harmonious normalcy with the way trees have branches. Therefore, I am not an artist because I can draw, but because of my predisposition of allowing the overlapping of worlds. This work would be my self-portrait.

The rest of my daily life is dull, and I get bored. I look at things, and they do not speak to me of anything, or at least not anything good. It is a sheer determination that pushes me forward, making me chase insubstantial memories and ideals. "stillness is actually ... Then non-dual" is a combined presentation of a drawing and an animated documentation of the producing process. I consider it an accurate description of what making art is for me. The palimpsest is not a side effect, as in the traditional sense, but something constructed with intention and negotiations, out of lines I feel most comfortable about, accentuated with black colored pencil, which is harder to erase than charcoal. The image becomes gradually darker, yet I do not see this as a descent into negativity, but as a method to accumulate and interpret personal experience into an abstract message from which others could benefit.

"private self-oblivion. ... In group pictures" depicts a confrontation with external circumstances. The coolness of the unengaged observer would be my position of choice, but, of course, life is more complicated than this. Hence the self-portrait presented through this work is an ideal representation, a person I wish I were all the time.

Self-Portrait, 2017, group show, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, installation view

night and water . ...... For some reason, 2017, oil-based charcoal pencil on paper, 52 x 46 cm.

stillness is actually ... Then non-dual, 2017, mixed media on paper, 48 x 68 cm.
stillness is actually ... Then non-dual, 2017, stop motion animation, 5 min
private self-oblivion. ... In group pictures, 2017, oil-based charcoal pencil on paper, 46 x 60 cm.

 artist biography

Ana Maria Micu (b. 1979) is a Romanian visual artist from Botoșani. She works primarily with painting, connecting two or more images by referencing personal experiences and her close environment.

She was repeatedly exhibited, in solo and group shows, by Mind Set Art Center in Taipei, and C-Space in Beijing, but she also has participated in other projects, at a steady pace since her graduation in 2004 from the MFA of the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca.

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