Partner for the Abyss
Anaid Art Gallery is pleased to recommend the solo show by the renowned Romanian artist Alexandru Rădvan titled “Partner for the Abyss” at Bazis Contemporary, Cluj, Romania.
Alexandru Rădvan, one of the most controversial artists of his generation, tries tirelessly to penetrate the darkest and most abject human desires. There, in the inner darkness, in the serenity of silence, the artist shapes his heroes and goddesses in oversized autoportraits, in which oneself becomes an alter ego of the mythical characters. "Partner for the Abyss" describes an inner state, a permanent desire to find an "Other" capable of deciphering, understanding and accepting a multiplied and multifaceted “I”. An “I” born from the abyss, coming from deep chaos where the feeling of inadequacy has its support in the artist's sense of alienation, thru distancing from himself. True knowledge needs conflicts, breaks, contrasts and leaps, a total change. Rădvan searches for these passages at all times, these sketches of an "I" always depicted differently. His current creation resembles a ruby in which the "I" is in some isolation from the surrounding society. There, in the abyss, this "I" discovers the real world, a world full of force and vigor, a world outside of any norm.
Alexandru Rădvan's paintings and drawings are carried out on large surfaces attracting the viewer through both, the impressive dimensions and the addressed topics. The rough, unveiled sexuality, often seeks the marginal, the exception, the abnormal, the fabulous. In the exhibition "Partner for the Abyss" sexuality is used as a tool to give a milestone about the abyss, to create order in disorder. It is a fine-tone representation of a de-doubled "I", which is reinterpreting oneself with himself. His drawings are preparatory sketches, interpreted as a commentary upon the history of humanity, in which all values are dissected.
"Partner for the Abyss" is about the distance between what the "I" wants to be and what can become. Whether this "I" is represented in the form of an ancient goddess, Titan, fertility goddess or hunter. The impossibility of realizing this identity transforms the "I" into a self-condemned who chooses the Eternal Abyss.
Curator: Diana Dochia