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 group show announcement

The Road Not Taken Ch. 2

23 April - 21 May 2016
Reception|16:00, Saturday, 23 April 2016
Artists: Victor Balanon, Marina Cruz, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Oana Fărcaș, Ana Maria Micu, Shinji Ohmaki, Cătălin Petrişor, Hanna Pettyjohn, Wu Yiming, Yee I-Lann , and Yu Ji

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Mind Set Art Center
7F, No.180, Sec. 1, Heping E. Rd., Da'an Dist., Taipei City 106, Taiwan
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday (Closed on Sunday & Monday) 11:00-18:00
T +886-2-23656008 F +886-2-23656028

 my works within the project

More and more now, as I gain experience from my practice, I can best describe my paintings as witnesses that testify on how I spent a particular amount of time. I investigate small happenings on a domestic level. On the raw source, I apply minimal interventions to move the subject closer towards how I experienced and felt it. By doing so, I manage to purge carefully through my emotions and memories. I search for myself in these pictures. I search for an ideal context where I would like to live.

A scene taken at a time when I was clearing and equipping an apartment to move in, contains items in disarray, some realistically depicted and some rendered monochrome. This makes sense to me because I gather things I need from various places and at first we do not sit well together, still clinging to our previous purpose and having a sense of awkwardness about us, that eventually disappears as we settle in.

The self-portrait is cut down to focus only on the central area of the face, and it is presented adjacent to a detail from what might be considered an iconic view of the city I live. The building indicated only by its edge, behind the yew tree is, in fact, the City Hall. The composition being reduced in this way fails to pinpoint the exact location, in a similar way that the portrait fragment says little about who I am.

The picture with two figures against a window, looking simultaneously at the glass with sprouting plant stems and the view outside is a collage made out of two instances of myself. One day I noticed how frail the little buds seemed compared with the outdoor trees and this work is about how I feel divided into two different persons, one being afraid while the other is capable of guiding.

Usually, I stay away from narratives, but when they spontaneously occur, I am partial to fragments with a syncopated, off-beat rhythm. This is also apparent in the nonsensical method I use to title my works. I copy my titles from the online results of multiple keyword searches. In the case of these three works, I searched for "home art splendor calm necessity". I chose text fragments next to the ellipsis that Google indicates by three dots, when it jumps from one relevancy to another, in the effort to compile the precise and complete "truth". I find this struggle to be a contemporary type of poetry, which inspires me. I browse through the results and select those that seem to accentuate this. I keep a collection of such findings, and then I pair them with what I consider being related paintings.

intelligence ... If then there is an invincible necessity, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 90 cm.

​closely connected. .... It is not necessary to understand, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 78 cm.
and splendour, always presenting ... way, and it is the multiplicity, 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 60 x 73 cm.

 art residency announcement

studio view

Can Serrat Art Residency in El Bruc, Spain

3 - 24 May 2016
My proposal was selected from 153 applications to receive a 30% grant for a residency with Can Serrat.
The jury, to whom I thank, was composed of:
Olga Sureda Guasch - Independent curator, writer, and cultural manager based in Barcelona, part of the platform On Mediation and working at ADN Galeria
Ivana Ivkovic - Artist from Belgrade
Daniel Moreno Beltran - Artist and coordinator at Can Serrat
Sophie Blais - Director at Can Serrat
The central part of my activity during the residency is to develop a large-scale wall drawing out of grey self-adhesive vinyl cuttings as a temporary visual context around a work-in-progress that I bring along from Romania.
By manipulating the documentary photographs I gather, I want to produce a slideshow, that would speculate on the fluctuations of addition and subtraction that I perform while drawing.
I will also assist the visitors in the making of their own artworks, in the form of stop motion animation videos, by using similar materials and concept as I do.
Masia Can Serrat
08294 El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain
+34 937 71 00 37

 portfolio website

A new available feature allows me to upload high-resolution photos on my website. Please follow the link to my homepage to surf up close the entire surface of my latest three works. Enjoy!

 artist biography

Ana Maria Micu (b. 1979) is a Romanian visual artist from Botoșani, and she works primarily with painting.

In 2015, she was part of The New Wave of Realism at Kirk Gallery in Denmark.

Her last solo show Self-portrait with Indoor Plant was presented at Mind Set Art Center in Taipei. A brief but most on-point description appeared in Art Exhibition Listings column of the Taipei Times daily newspaper:

"Like many other artists, writers and creative types, Romanian artist Ana Maria Micu spends most of her days cooped up inside her studio — not very exciting, right? But Micu, for one, has learned how to make productive use of her space. In other words, she paints things she sees in her home from different angles. Although it may sound a bit dull, Micu’s paintings manage to transcend the mundane. Her artwork serves instead as a highly introspective visual diary. " ( Dana Ter )

Micu graduated in 2004 with the MFA of the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in Romania.

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