Lucian Brumă, No(w) Filters for Memory

Estopia Art Gallery to reopen on June 18th with the exhibition No(w) Filters for Memory by Lucian Brumă

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, June 18th, Estopia Art Gallery Bucharest will reopen with the exhibition No(w) Filters for Memory, by Lucian Brumă, who presents, in his first solo with Estopia, a new series of works mostly completed during the last almost three months of confinement.

No(w) Filters for Memory launches a passionate visual dialogue with the viewer, who is called to decodify the multiple narratives that the artist builds layer after layer on the surface of the canvas. A vast scene for memory – it is in this way that Lucian Brumă conceives this current series, where the “normal” orientation references in time and space are suspended.

How could we represent the present time if we set free from the convention of the succession of time and memory? What would it be like if, in this very moment, we were all that we are, with our past and present together, even with our future projections? Lucian Brumă builds such simultaneous spaces and temporalities where his characters are, without exception, doubled by their own shadow, or turn into multiplied appearances, that the artist leave freely to coexist, together with their memory and overflowing identities.

A summery scene, for instance, caught almost in a photographic glimpse, where the eye runs captivated from a detail to another, conquered by the explosion of vitality, is just the first layer of a visual narrative that masterfully succeeds in bringing on the same level several temporal sequences, fragments of present time and of memory, but also a stunning conglomeration of states of mind and inner projections. A heterotopic world – it is as such that we could label the reality cuts depicted by Lucian Brumă in this show. Heterotopia, as Michel Foucault defined it, suspends the contradiction, and makes possible the coexistence of spaces, even of inner ones – as it is the case in this series.

Born in 1976 in Bârlad, Lucian Brumă lives and works in Bucharest.  He studied Painting at the George Enescu National University of Arts in Iași, where he earned his BA and MA. He is currently a PhD candidate at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. He presented his works in solo shows, such as Testimonies of an Unlived Life, Borderline Art Space, Iași, in 2017; Think about the Box, Aparte Gallery, Iași, Samādhi, Nicolae Tonitza Galleries, Bârlad, in 2016 and Rules out of the Game, World Bank, Bucharest, in 2014. He participated in group shows, among which Blurred Is the New ID, Estopia Art Gallery, 2020; ARTIST Art Salon, 2019; Drawing Salon, Accademia di Romania in Roma and National Contemporary Art Salon, MNaR, Bucharest, in 2018; Erotica, Pallady Gallery, Iași, in 2017, and Reality Levels, Aparte Gallery, Iași, 2015, among others.

Note for visitors: We are delighted to invite you at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday, June 18th, in a format adapted to the current situation, when we are all part of a collective effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus. On these grounds and following the recommendation of authorities, the exhibition will be open for visit on June 18th, from 12.00 to 8.00 PM, and, starting the 19th of June, according to the normal working hours of the gallery, or by appointment. The show will be open to the public until August 29th. The access in the gallery will be made according to the social distancing norms. We kindly ask you to wear a mask, either your own or the one we will make available for use at the entrance in the gallery. We are looking forward to welcoming you again at Estopia and rediscover together the naturalness and emotion of live contact with contemporary art!

Curator: Irina Ungureanu


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