SLAG Gallery presents the first New York exhibition of Romanian artist Mircea Suciu.
Using images culled from 1940s and 1950s American advertisements, Mircea Suciu isolates figures, strips away backgrounds and reduces the bold palette of the original Ads to seductive monochromes. In these paintings men and women are presented looking into boxes and windows. Often their backs are turned or their heads are hidden emphasizing the sense of alienation. How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes may be construed as a question, or as a statement. The paintings explore questions of identity and isolation. That a Romanian artist would begin with images from American advertisements, then strip away anything that identifies them as American, is what gives these works their raison d'etre. The images speak subtly about cultures and borders, about what some have and what others may want.
The exhibition will include 30 of the artist's recent paintings on canvas. Suciu's technique hovers between abstraction and representation. The figures are realistic, and the backgrounds are an empty void. The relationship between present and absent and Suciu's deconstruction of figures from advertisements creates haunting juxtapositions. These works are simultaneously hopeful and futile.
Mircea Suciu was born in Romania in 1978. He studied painting at the Cluj Art School where he currently teaches. He has been exhibiting his work since 1999 in group as well as solo shows in Belgium, Romania, Slovenia and Italy. This will be his first exhibition in the United States and, significantly, the first New York solo exhibition of any of the noted Cluj School painters (a group of painters that includes Serban Savu, Adrian Ghenie and Victor Man).
An illustrated catalog including an essay by Deborah Frizzell, will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.
PRESS. The exhibition had reviews in the October issues of Flash art & ARTnews, which also features a work of Mircea Suciu on its cover.