Critique on How Temples Move Faster Than Their Shadows

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Mihai Nicodim Gallery
Critique on How Temples Move Faster Than Their Shadows

571 South Anderson Street
Suite 2
Los Angeles, CA 90033
December 11th, 2010 - February 4th, 2011
Opening: December 11th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

downtown/east la
Tue-Sat 11-6
video, photography, installation, performance


Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition and
performance in the US of artist Alex Mirutziu.

Alex Mirutziu's practice extends over a wide range of media and activities, including: writing,  photography, media-critical video installations and performance as well as various critical and  curatorial projects. His work endows social processes with ephemeral emergence as main  constructs in an attempt to reconfigure the relation between information and form, psycho- physical language and content, challenging origins and meaning. His most recent work  implies a recuperation of the subject between structured death and migration of suffering.

In recent state of affairs, the artist’s work opened up fields of discussion embedded with what  he call ideological practices allocated by culture, practices that lie in the verb status of art –  in its immediacy, and ability to generate meaning and information within difference, between  actuality and potentiality, between what is seen and what is said, what is done and what can  be done - questioning how ideas are affected by the contexts in which they are produced.

Following up components of communication, Mirutziu’s work moves outward and inward in a  kind of romantic discursive model questioning its purpose and its uselessness, being left as  poetic and imaginative space, as a space for possibility and potentiality - poetic because  each form captures a fragment of the world and, by referring to each other, creates a pure  event. The artist is interested in articulations and half articulations of the idea of art as a  structure in relation to its contemplation taken as an architectural act, juxtaposed to time and  language.

The idea that contemplation is a matter of concern that becomes a matter of fact through  various complicated entanglements and problematic discourses. Each thought is an event  that will never be repeated; its fleeting presence keeps it on the verge of being lost forever,  having the same thought can only take place as a separate event, captured in its own  moment in time, questioning its immediate irrelevance in dynamic present. These particular  territories refer to a kind of relationship to form that undergoes references to the masochistic  power to disappear, a meditation on the economy of absence that troubles the idea of occupation of space that can never become traumatic, since it shifted in the idea of a chronic  occupation of time. This body of work traces the degree to which one revisits  emptiness, and certain particular cognitive operations of what memory does to thought and  its shadow.

The exhibition opens Saturday, December 11, 2010 at Mihai Nicodim Gallery, 3143 S. La  Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016, with a live performance of the artist that starts at 7  PM.