Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest

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Anca Poterasu Gallery presents at VOLTA13 Basel three Romanian artists — Róbert Köteles (b. 1973), Olivia Mihălțianu (b. 1981) and Iulian Bisericaru (b. 1987).

Their artworks are organized around the concept of spatial references in a daring juxtaposition of photography installation and painting. Starting from the newest series of works of Róbert Köteles, Mater (2016), a unique topography develops — a natural continuation of his long-time work, at the fringes of abstract and figurative, building his own philosophy of painterly abstraction. Iulian Bisericaru's lush landscapes artworks approach space through a different, complementing lens: bewildering image collages of architectural snippets and environmental engagement. What happens to the space we inhabit? To what fruition has our utopian architectural dreams come to?

In a possible answer to these questions, Olivia Mihălțianu's statement is a powerful rendition of conceptual works. She lets photography embody a traveling persona, by reshuffling different iconic images. In 2008, at The Contemporary Art Gallery of The Brukenthal National Museum, in the exhibition Anyone but me, anywhere but here, Olivia Mihălţianu first exhibited her boxes with personal objects – Trousse Beauté – illustrative of the holiday culture of the 1960s. The light boxes are in a limited edition – 3 + 2 AP, although they have a unique quality as the cardboard recycled boxes in which they are made are always different in shape and size, and all the editions are handmade by the artist. Transposed into different contexts, her photographic installations keep form, but shift meaning, mapping an uncanny landscape of imageries on loop.

Róbert Köteles, Mater no. 30, 2017, Oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm
Róbert Köteles, Mater no. 31, 2017, Oil on canvas, 100 x 70 cm
Róbert Köteles, Transformater, 2016, Oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm
Róbert Köteles, Róbert Köteles, 015, 2015, Oil on canvas, 30 x 45 cm
Róbert Köteles, Mater no. 35, 2017, Oil on canvas with color spray and matte varnish, 150 x 100 cm
Olivia Mihălțianu, Trousse Beauté, 2014, Lightbox (cardboard, compact light tube, digital print), 34 x 29 cm. Ed. 1 of 3 (+2AP)
Olivia Mihălțianu, Blueprint, 2016, Cyanotype on canvas, 155 x 110 cm
Olivia Mihălțianu, Blueprint, 2016, Cyanotype on canvas, 155 x 110 cm
Olivia Mihălțianu, Trousse Beauté, 2014, Lightbox (cardboard, compact light tube, digital print), 30 x 18 cm. Ed. 1 of 3 (+2AP)
Olivia Mihălțianu, Trousse Beauté, 2014, Lightbox (cardboard, compact light tube, digital print), 30 x 18 cm. Ed. 1 of 3 (+2AP)
Olivia Mihălțianu, Trousse Beauté, 2009, Lightbox (cardboard, compact light tube, digital print), 34 x 29 cm. Edition 1 of 3 (+2AP)
Olivia Mihălțianu, Trousse Beauté, 2009, Lightbox (cardboard, compact light tube, digital print), 34 x 29 cm. Edition 1 of 3 (+2AP)
Olivia Mihălțianu, Trousse Beauté, 2009, Lightbox (cardboard, compact light tube, digital print), 32 x 16 cm. Ed. 1 of 3 (+2AP)
Iulian Bisericaru, Untitled, 2017, Oil on canvas, 100 x 135 cm
Iulian Bisericaru, Diebenkorn’s light, 2016, Oil on canvas, 128 x 88 cm
Iulian Bisericaru, I believe in forest, 2016, Oil on canvas, 52 x 70 cm