What IS a Bird? We Simply Don’t Know at Galeria Nicodim

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Artists: Yonatan Vinitsky, Alek O., Razvan Boar, Antoine Donzeaud, Henry Chapman, Kenneth Alme, Virgile Ittah and Kai Yoda

Exhibition title: What IS a Bird? We Simply Don’t Know

Curated by: Domenico de Chirico

Venue: Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, Romania

Date: June 25 – July 31, 2015

Photography: images courtesy of the artists and Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest

Galeria Nicodim Bucharest is thrilled to present a group exhibition curated by Domenico de Chirico. The paintings, sculptures, and wall works in this show chisel loose the shape and image of everyday scenes, stripping away their original associations and making visible the characters and materials that weave in and out of peripheral consciousness. An oil puddle rises into a lonely island. A childhood cartoon skips across the sketchy picture plane with uncanny unfamiliarity. Seatbacks are locked in their upright positions. A memory is cast in a foggy figure on the brink of evaporation.

The exhibition title is taken from the short-lived BBC absurdist mockumentary series Look Around You. Squeezing surrealism from subjects as mundane as water and math, the series’ title is also its main behest—a proposition handily taken up, taken apart, and rearranged to poetic ends, displaced yet present.

At least for now.

—Christina Catherine Martinez 

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Alek O_2013_Red_87.5x72cm_embroidery on canvas, framed_2015-ao-07

Alek O.,Red, 2013

Alek O_2013_Yellow_87.5x72cm_embroidery on canvas, framed_2015-ao-08

Alek O.,Yellow, 2013

Alek O_2013_Tangram (Cat)_245x195cm_stretched fabric from a parasol_2015-ao-06

Alek O., Tangram, 2013

Antoine Donzeaud_2015_Untitled PE (thrive throve thriven)

Antoine Donzeaud, Untitled PE (thrive throve thriven), 2015

Antoine Donzeaud_2015_Untitled PE (thrive throve thriven)2

Antoine Donzeaud, Untitled PE (thrive throve thriven), 2015

Antoine Donzeaud_2015_Untitled PE (thrive throve thriven)3

Antoine Donzeaud, Untitled PE (thrive throve thriven), 2015

Henry Chapman_2015_Hangman_112x102cm_oil, acrylic and graphite on canvas_2015-hc-18

Henry Chapman, Hangman, 2015

Henry Chapman_2015_Human Figure Inscribed in a Floor Plan_112x102cm_oil, acrylic and graphite on canvas_2015-hc-19

Henry Chapman, Human Figure Inscribed in a Floor Plan, 2015

Henry Chapman_2015_In Pain_127x112cm_oil, acrylic and graphite on canvas_2015-hc-17

Henry Chapman, In Pain, 2015

Kenneth Alme_2015_Untitled_185x130cm_oil, acrylics, spray and primer on cotton canvas, wooden stretcher_2015-ka-20

Kenneth Alme, Untitled, 2015

Kenneth Alme_2015_Untitled_185x130cm_oil, acrylics, spray and primer on cotton canvas, wooden stretcher_2015-ka-21

Kenneth Alme, Untitled, 2015

Razvan Boar_2015_Untitled Mauve_180x101cm_aluminium, powder paint_2015-rb-12

Razvan Boar, Untitled Mauve, 2015

Razvan Boar_2015_Untitled Yellow_180x101cm_aluminium, powder paint_2015-rb-13

Razvan Boar, Untitled Yellow, 2015

Razvan Boar_2015_Untitled_100x118cm_oil on canvas_2015-rb-09

Razvan Boar, Untitled, 2015

Razvan Boar_2015_Untitled_180x210cm_oil on canvas_2015-rb-10

Razvan Boar, Untitled, 2015

Razvan Boar_2015_Untitled_195x203cm_oil on canvas_2015-rb-11

Razvan Boar, Untitled, 2015

Virgile Ittah + Kai Yoda_2015_Untitled_123x112x9cm_silicone, mixed wax, pigment_2015-vi+ky-22

Virgile Ittah + Kai Yoda, Untitled, 2015

Virgile Ittah + Kai Yoda_2015_Untitled_123x112x9cm_silicone, mixed wax, pigment_2015-vi+ky-23

Virgile Ittah + Kai Yoda, Untitled, 2015

Virgile Ittah + Kai Yoda_2015_Untitled_various dimensions_silicone, mixed wax, pigment_2015-vi+ky-24

Virgile Ittah + Kai Yoda, Untitled, 2015

Yonatan Vinitsky_2015_Ensemble Orientation Quick Jerky Movements Stop (Blue.12.130.38)_13.5x211x13.5cm_2015-yv-03

Yonatan Vinitsky, Ensemble Orientation Quick Jerky Movements Stop (Blue.12.130.38), 2015

Yonatan Vinitsky_2015_Ensemble Orientation Quick Jerky Movements Stop (Red.12.130.38) _13.5x211x13.5cm_2015-yv-04

Yonatan Vinitsky, Ensemble Orientation Quick Jerky Movements Stop (Red.12.130.38), 2015

Yonatan Vinitsky_2015_Ensemble Orientation Quick Jerky Movements Stop (Yellow.8.90.42) _10x211x10cm_2015-yv-05

Yonatan Vinitsky, Ensemble Orientation Quick Jerky Movements Stop (Yellow.8.90.42), 2015

Yonatan Vinitsky_2015_Loose Ends (Blue)_130.6x191x3cm_2015-yv-02

Yonatan Vinitsky, Loose Ends (Blue), 2015

Yonatan Vinitsky_2015_Loose Ends (Canary Yellow)_130.6x191x3cm_2015-yv-01

Yonatan Vinitsky, Loose Ends (Canary Yellow), 2015

Yonatan Vinitsky_2015_Loose Ends (Silver Grey)_130.6x191x3cm_2015-yv-25

Yonatan Vinitsky, Loose Ends (Silver Grey), 2015

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