Răzvan Ion #TheEstheticOfSeduction solo show October 05 – October 31, 2017

04.10.17 by

creart Gallery, 7 Piața Alexandru Lahovari, Bucharest
FB event: goo.gl/uwW2Uc (also Romanian translation)

Opening: October 05, 2017, 19.00

Curated by Eugen Rădescu

“Based on readings of Lacan and Kierkegaard, Jason R. D’aoust thinks of seduction as an answer to anxiety. First, he frames anxiety within the theory of the subject of the unconscious as the impossible experience of the Other’s desire. He then reads excerpts from the Seducer’s Diary where the aesthetic jouissance of writing serves the purpose of mastering the anxiety caused by a surplus of jouissance.
#TheEstheticOfSeduction it is a seducer’s diary. Where the seducer is the image and word, but the jouissance belongs to the Other.” (Răzvan Ion)

“The aesthetic found in the photographs of Răzvan Ion is one of absence, of denied memories, of stylized human pathologies. Of seduction. The seduction of image and text. To gain acces into the realm of imagination, we make use of the ordinary flow of things, when we find ourselves in it everything refers to transcendence, and for whomsoever makes use of imagination, it becomes mirage. One visual mirage.” (Eugen Rădescu)

The exhibition title is also the artist hashtag on Instagram @razvan_ion

Răzvan Ion is an artist, curator, and theoretician. He exhibited at Bucharest Biennale, Poznan Biennial, SKC Gallery- Belgrade, National Museum of Art – Cluj, ICA – Bucharest, NY Experimental Festival, InterFACES – Bangkok, Centro Cultural del Matadero – Huesca, International Photo Ljubljana, CCA Ekaterinburg, National Museum of Art – Timișoara, ICA Budapest, New Langton – San Francisco etc. He was an associate professor at University of California, Berkeley; Lisbon University; Central University of New York; University of London; Sofia University; University of Kiev; etc. He has held conferences and lectures at different art institutions like Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthalle Vienna; Art in General, New York; Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Casa Encedida, Madrid etc. He published in different books, published an artist book and worked as editor of several other books, including the most recent “Architectural Economy of a Biennial”. He was a professor at the University of Bucharest where he teached Curatorial Studies and Critical Thinking. Recently he was appointed the curator of Bucharest Biennale 8, together with Beral Madra.

This event is part of White Night of the Art Galleries (www.noapteagaleriilor.ro)

Supported by creart and Bucharest City Hall.

Image: Răzvan Ion, from #TheEstheticOfSeduction, series of photographs and video, Hahnemühle PhotoRag archival print, wooden frame, 30 x 40 cm; 2012 – 2017. Video 5 sec., b&w, 8 mm, in loop. Every photograph edition of 3+1 AP framed by the artist. Edition signed and numbered in pencil on the front of the mount and on the back of the print. Courtesy of the artist.


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