Dan and Lia Perjovschi are detectives in the
milieus of global art and culture,
scouts making their way through the psychogeography of contemporary life
worlds, archivists and interpreters of what is the case. The Romanian pair of
artists has been carrying out its explorations on an international scale since
the end of the Ceausescu dictatorship, with each of them maintaining their own
signature even throughout their collaborative work. Their artistic practice is
one of modesty that does without all the pomp and show and glossy surfaces,
opting instead for a strict reduction of means to focus on the essence of what
is aesthetically worth conveying.
Perjovschi, who until the 1990s was mainly known as a
performance artist has long been interested in the accumulation and transfer of
knowledge. She creates Mind Maps that
are manifested as hand-written notes that spread out in the shape of stars.
They are enigmatic messages reflecting the need for communication but also the
refutation of meaning. The
exhibition shows her diagrams and Mind Maps – two of which are substantially
enlarged as wall pieces – on the themes of the “21st century” and “how to
change the world as individual” as well as a 30-piece series of small drawings
and paintings on paper and/or photography that have evolved in the past ten
years: “sketches for abandoned ideas”.
Perjovschi uses black markers to pursue a form of “Action Drawing”,
writing epigrammatic messages on the walls of galleries and museums. In this
exhibition the artist will present his condensed inscriptions and drawings on
two gallery walls that are plastered with international daily papers: “XXI
Culture Torture”, “Freedom of Expression” or simply “orange is scary”.
I HAVE NO
TIME FOR COLOUR: this is an exhibition between perspectival thinking and
everyday control, between virtuality and reality. “For me,” says Lia
Perjovschi, “virtual means to have a sense for the imaginary.”