Monday, February 20, 2012

Mihai Zgondoiu, The Artist's Golden Hand

Date and Location: February 25 - April 1st, 2012, The Contemporary Art Gallery, National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, (RO), 6 Tribunei Str.

Curator: Olivia Nitis

Opening: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 12:00 hours

The contemporary artist watches permanently. He is looking for visual and conceptual solutions in the closeness of things, and also in the expression of the accidental, of the daily self-referential phenomenon, as, for example, a fracture. The Artist's Golden Hand is a delightful satirical visual discourse, as the literary writing Metamorphosis or The Golden Donkey by Apuleius, where the author reflects the reality of a society still divided nowadays between materiality and spirituality. Mihai Zgondoiu uses the accident in postmodern key applying the theory fragmentarity on his own body. The hand, arm and namely the artist’s forearm is the tool of irony towards the status and identity of the contemporary artist, that trendy artist, well marketed and enveloped in an aura of inaccessibility. Mihai Zgondoiu turns his wounded hand into an artifact, into an object worthy of aesthetic contemplation, an object which went through all stages of transformation, like in alchemy, towards the revealing gold. The photographs in this preview capture very well the almost fetishized nature of the hand, being completed, in the extended version of the project, with object and video-performance where the ironic narrative comes to reveal the polishing process directly related to the iconic result. Beyond the corrupted individuals’ reaction to the many manipulating facets of the body fragment, beyond social hysteria, Mihai Zgondoiu seeks, above all, a reference to himself through amusement and ironic detachment. The Artist's Golden Hand is not only a scan of contemporary reality, but also a healthy approach of self irony in a world where the value balance strongly influenced by political, economic, psychological... factors it's hard to keep. (Olivia Nitis)

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