The Art Museum of Cluj-Napoca – RO

The association, in an exhibition, of Andrei Rosetti, Sorin Scurtulescu and Sorin Neamţu is not only a sign of spiritual closeness, dating back to their years of apprenticeship, but also reveals despite apparent differences an artistic affinity and a type of similarity of visions. Their quests resemble some threads which, in their irregular ways, eventually meet and come together, following a common course.

What unites the three artists is their continuous struggle to find a way into painting, the tenacious fight with raw materials, which they are striving to transform into refined matter, spiritualized by the act of creation. In the desire to recreate this process, they start step by step from the easiest and most convenient model, which they analyze by decomposing shape, in order to find essences hidden within the matter.

Subjects are apparently devoid of grandeur, going down in the anonymity of ordinary things or even in that of the unimportant ones. It is in these harmless forms, which usually go unnoticed, that the matter worthy of being transformed and spiritualized by the creative effort seems to hide.

Whereas Andrei Rosetti’s inspiration comes from landscape and Sorin Neamţu’s from oversized still life, Sorin Scurtulescu’s favorite motif is, for some time, the nude. Based on the study of the human figure, an old theme and a challenge for any artist, he wishes to overcome the actual formal representation and to make a conceptual analysis of this motif.

The three young painters complete one another and are thus united by the desire to experiment with less investigated ways and not to become subject to the pressure of easy images, “fashionable”, which might shock through the visions borrowed from the new media. They try to remain in the field of purely pictorial experiments without amazing the viewers, or at least in no other way than by their powerful insight.

(fragments from the exhibition text by Ileana Pintilie)

Curator: Ileana Pintilie
Sorin Scurtulescu, Sorin Neamțu, Andrei Rosetti

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