Sidequests
Maria Balea, George Crîngașu,
Adrian Ganea
Oct 2 - Nov 15 2020
Single Image
George Crîngașu
The Blood, The Smoke, The Water
Acrylic on wood pannel
160 cm x 170 cm

"I saw the premise of “Sidequests” as a perfect opportunity to showcase works from a new open series I`ve been developing for the past year or so. It comes as a departure from my (mostly) screen-confined practice, in an effort to regain some sense of my immediate reality. While most of my digital work consists of elaborate and well polished artefacts, this particular series emphasises a more stripped down and loose approach, monolithic subjects with blurred boundaries.

To put it broadly, the plot is to see how much recognizability can be shaved off until the subject becomes diluted to an extent in which you are practically forced to impose some of your own perspectives onto it. With each layer of reduction another layer of dead cells pass, another day/night cycle." George Crîngașu

Adrian Ganea
Figure Study for Cadmus (II), 2020
Polyurethane resin
10cm x 20cm
Single Image
Adrian Ganea
Figure Study for Cadmus (III), 2020
Acrylic resin
60 cm x 38 cm
Single Image
George Crîngașu
The Screenshot, 2020
Acrylic on wood panel
50 cm x 80 cm
Single Image
Maria Balea
Nature morte (à l’intérieur)
Oil on wood panel coated in epoxy resin
30 cm x 22.5 cm 2020
Single Image
Adrian Ganea
Figure Study for Cadmus (I), 2019
Plaster
30.5 cm x 30.5 cm

"I initially created the figure of Cadmus as a 3D character for an animation. From the beginning I felt this figure needed to be fleshy and corporeal, quite the opposite of an intangible computer generated character. So I decided to take a detour from the digital path and looked for ways to translate the illusion into something palpable. As a result, the 3D model got dissected into pieces and from the virtual character a few body parts made it into the physical world." Adrian Ganea

Single Image
Adrian Ganea
Figure Study for Cadmus (V), 2020
Polyurethane resin
10cm x 13 cm
Single Image
Adrian Ganea
Figure Study for Cadmus (IV), 2020
Acrylic resin, wood
47 cm x 47 cm x 188 cm

"Even if it’s a side quest or the main one, for me it’s always about collecting scattered pieces of the self and putting them back together.

it’s about human nature.
the duality of fullness and emptiness.
the distress of wearing all those masks.
the search for the safe space.
a back and forth from the view through my lens
to the wholeness of the universe." Maria Balea

Single Image
Maria Balea
Poking Around, 2020
Oil on wood panel coated in epoxy resin
27.5 cm x 26.5 cm
Single Image
Single Image
Maria Balea
There’s Still Life, 2020
Oil on wood panel coated in epoxy resin
21 cm x 20.5 cm
"The myth of Cadmus is a type of story that can be found frequently in superhero movies, video games, comics or animes. Realms hardly constrained by any rules except that these are strictly artificial. With stories that are driven by unexpected turns of events, intense emotions, violence and anything that keeps the audience hooked. Like any work of fiction, the joy of excitement is possible from a safe place, where the work of fiction is never transgressing into the physical world. So one could assume that these works have no material consequences in the physical world. One of the questions i have while thinking about Cadmus is whether these kinds of tales have the potential to cross over into something tangible and what properties are being inherited." Adrian Ganea
Single Image
Adrian Ganea
Figure Study for Cadmus (VI), 2020
Acrylic resin and wood
47 cm x 47 cm x 177 cm
Single Image
Adrian Ganea
Trees Are More Than a Surface, 2020
Acrylic resin
Variable dimensions