Art Show WASTELAND EMPIRE
Friday, April 24th, 2015 – 19:00
WASTELAND EMPIRE @ Sala Dalles
Artist: Vlad Olariu
Opening: Friday, April 24 2015, 19:00
Cynical humour is the only thing that counteracts the apparent kitsch.
NAG#9 Special Event
The exhibition will be opened between: April 24 – May 31 2015
Program: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00
The heroes have fallen into decline and their monuments have been rendered pointless.
The effort it takes to use precious materials would be wasted on such meaningless characters. The demonumentalizing is emphasized by using precast elements, and masking them in stone is a final touch to caricaturing some famous John Does, next to the grand gestures in which they remain trapped.
The falling off the pedestal is taken to another level by the fact that the installation includes unfinished works that have not (yet) reached their final purpose. Set aside by the artist, they have aggregated into a pile lacking any real significance but prestigious looking and hard to pass by, this being the only glory moment they will ever live.
The fact that the artist archives his artistic experiments next to his successes is now rendered visible, his apparent failures turning into a monument of refuse.
Elements of urban architecture meant to hide as efficiently as possible the waste which inconveniently surrounds us and is promoted as a sign of civilization are brought up by the presence of the latrines. They represent a new antiheroic and anti-monumental discourse which suggests social equality, not being regarded merely as esthetic objects of the modernist paradigm.