François Ghebaly / Chung King Project presents Romanian artist Marius Bercea at the present Volta NY show. Marius Bercea draws inspiration for his lively and engaging figurative paintings from what he describes as ‘an intensely personal archive’. Family photographs, newspaper clippings and tales from his family’s history are woven together with memories of childhood games, school trips and the daily rituals of childhood routine.
Far from banishing us to the role of outsider or voyeur, Bercea’s uniquely personal and nostalgic approach elicits empathy and a sense of longing for our own pasts. The prompt for us to begin searching our own memories might be a sensitively described scene, an exchange between figures or a spontaneous gesture (it differs from painting to painting), but the consistent factor is that each depicted subject possesses a particular significance for Bercea – a trace to an actual experience - and it is the grounding of each work in an historical event that both lends weight and helps us to forge a connection.
[Marius Bercea: Untitled, 2008]