Centrul de Interes, center for contemporary art in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, celebrates one year

Centrul de Interes, center for contemporary art in Cluj-Napoca in Romania, celebrates one year


Once you arrive at the central station of Cluj-Napoca, just take the underpass for Strada Fabricii de Chibrituri and just on the right there is a massive industrial building, the same where once refrigeration systems were produced and which today houses one of the most sparkling centers for contemporary art in Romania. As soon as you enter the Centrul de Interes, besides the smell of different materials, paper, acrylic, ceramics, you can breathe an atmosphere of productivity, in which artists, designers, gallery owners collaborate and confront each other continuously, arriving late into the night without realizing it .

The nearly thirty artists and directors of the five exhibition spaces that animate the Centrul de Interes, define themselves as a community whose main objectives are free and independent creation, and the rapprochement between art and the local public. & nbsp; The same audience that during the Centrul first year party gave a positive response, crowding the four floors of the space for many hours. & nbsp; On this occasion the artists opened their studios and the various galleries gave the start of their exhibitions. The Romanian artist Mircea Suciu was hosted by the non-profit space Intact, with the Usual suspect exhibition, in which he exhibited canvases and drawings, strictly in shades of black, which reproduce series of iconic figures of the short century. & nbsp; The German Franziska Holstein with Paperworks instead, filled the artist run room Room with color, where she exhibited thirty-six collage tiles in different colors on the wall, generating a minimalist and fun effect. & nbsp; Aline Cautis, first generation Romanian and New York-born artist, exhibits Searchers at the Sabot gallery. The staging is classic and linear, and the six canvases on display are a riot of colors. The viewer slides softly into space as in a dream in which dog figures dissolve in the midst of airy brush strokes. The seekers of the exhibition are the strays, a metaphor for man in a constant search for what he does not know. In fact, under the slight motif of the dogs, the story of an internal labor is hidden: that of those who move to unknown places, or those who, like Cautis, were born between two cultures and seek, traveling and imagining memories.

The Bazis gallery presented the Obfuscation exhibition by Berliner Markus Butkereit. Beyond the threshold of space, the senses open under various stimuli: the smell of burning, the penumbra, a bombastic background sound. On the ground, incinerated ignition cables lead to small transport trolleys that are disordered in space or organized as sculptures; on the wall a video. The fog, its protagonist element, thinned out allows you to glimpse the room during the course of the action: small explosions dazzle and unpredictably move the platforms initially ordered in a grid. The catalog accompanying the exhibition says: "Butkereit's work takes place around the mutual interaction between randomness and determinism, order and speculation, knowledge and hypothesis". & nbsp; Da Baril exhibits Petra Feriancovà, an artist from Bratislava, also loved in Italy. In I am losing my beauty together with my interest in beautiful things, Feriancovà proposes recurring themes in his work: the link between life and death, between the human being microcosm, and the nature / universe macrocosm. Long leather laces bring together the sculptures - installations, symbols of pagan spirituality, and the poems that run the entire perimeter of the exhibition and push the visitor to confront, even painfully, with the various stages of human life on earth and the meaning of his being.

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