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Iona Nemes: Times Colliding

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Art in General
79 Walker Street, 212-219-0473
Tribeca / Downtown
March 25 - May 7, 2011
Reception: Friday, March 25, 6 - 8 PM
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Art in General is pleased to present Times Colliding, a solo exhibition of new and recent works by Romanian artist Ioana Nemes. Having just completed a five-year project of self-evaluation and recording, Monthly Evaluations (2005-10), Nemes continues to use conceptual strategies to explore the nature of chronology. Times Colliding debuts a new sculpture created especially for Art in General; this is the first time that Nemes’ investigation of time has taken an architectural position in the gallery.

In writer Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando, the clock plays the part of the antagonist, constantly interrupting the flow of Orlando’s internal thought process to place the narrative in real time. Interested in highlighting the discrepancy between the clock and what Woolf termed “the timepiece of the mind,” Nemes began to investigate her own perception of the passage of time. She objectively recorded her daily thoughts and experiences, measuring each day against a specific set of parameters: physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, and chance. This personal methodology of day-to-day evaluation became the Monthly Evaluations project; each day was recorded, color coded, analyzed, and filed away. The database of personal experience can also be read as a “timescape,” a catalogue that Nemes constantly refers to, pulling out specific days and giving them physical form as wall drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

Times Colliding centers on a large-scale sculpture, the physical manifestation of a time collision. Saturday 22.09.2007 (1), a pale gray day inscribed with the words, FREEDOM AS ANOTHER FORM OF TRYANNY, AS ANOTHER WONDERFUL CAGE, cuts into and disrupts Monday 12.04.2010 (=), a bright red day that states IN SORROW ALL THE FACIAL MUSCLES RELAX. The intersection of days emphasizes Nemes’ use of time as a malleable form, defying the linear narrative conventionally measured as past, present, and future. By giving materiality to her days, Nemes challenges viewers to think about their physical relationship to time and space. Times Colliding is a grouping of works that build on one another to create a parallel time, a capsule that is never static, but always accumulating.

Ioana Nemes’ exhibition and residency are part of Art in General’s Eastern European Residency Exchange (EERE). Nemes is the first Romanian artist to come to New York following Art in General’s newest EERE partnership with Pavilion Unicredit in Bucharest, Romania. The EERE program gives artists an opportunity to create new work in a new context, and to interact with art communities in Eastern Europe and New York City.

About the Artist

Ioana Nemes (b.1979, Bucharest, Romania) is one of the most acknowledged and exhibited Romanian artists of her generation. Her work has been exhibited at SecessionVienna (2010), Istanbul Biennial, (2009), Smart Project Space Amsterdam (2009), U-Turn Copenhagen (2008), Prague Biennial (2007), Bucharest Biennial (2006), and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2006). She has participated in residencies at IASPIS Stockholm (2010) and Kulturkontakt Vienna (2004) and received the Future of Europe Art Prize from Galerie Für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2007).

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