RAZVAN ANTON – MNEMONICS / STEFAN BOTEZ – BETWEEN THE FOREST AND THE SEA
RAZVAN ANTON – MNEMONICS
The strong visual identity of Răzvan Anton’s exhibited works resides in his determination to develop and apply a methodical and personal practice in treating the graphic medium. Rather than letting himself be influenced by a visual model for his practice, Răzvan seems to have a musical model. Though the visual motifs collected in his works reverberate the contemporary sound-track, he structures their development into a baroque score. The results of this particular methodology exudes a very caring and non-contemporary approach in dealing with contemporary main issues of persistent impressions of isolation and bleak reality.
The exhibition in itself shows the same special orchestration of multiple graphic media – ranging from charcoal drawings to animations – coming together into a visual concerto pervaded entirely by Răzvan’s real concern about the way memory absorbs and preserves reality.
STEFAN BOTEZ – BETWEEN THE FOREST AND THE SEA
I find myself at the entrance of the long marble hall. On each side the stone blocks of The Prisoners, still trying to escape, lead towards the giant sculpture bathed in both artificial and natural light.
“This place is better than the original.” I remember myself thinking, while walking towards the naked adolescent whose strained body was caressed by the shadows of clouds passing by. The boy is staring into the void next to me, and I can read fear in his stare, as his left hand reaches for the slingshot.
A boy afraid of becoming a man, a man afraid of becoming a king.
Facing his nemesis, David is forced to change. His veins are pumping blood, his body is set in motion. A motion that will turn a boy into a man, a man into a king, a motion that can only lead to decay. He knows it, and that is what he fears, not the giant.
Like beauty, masculinity is pure plasticity, and thus subjected to change, to culture, to education, to exercise. But what really interests me is that specific moment, when boys become men and men become kings, when places become images and images fade into memory.