Mircea Stănescu (b. 1954) lives in Sibiu. He graduated from the Bucharest University of Art, tapestry department. He is one of the artists trained in the experimental laboratories of Atelier 35, in Sibiu and Bucharest, after which he transitions to drawing, installation and photography.
Selected exhibitions: Seeing Ourselves Seeing, Eastwards Prospectus, Bucharest (2017); A Matter of Contemplation and Discontent Art in Romania, 1980s-1990s, Vargas Museum, Manila (2017); Abstract Matters, Eastwards Prospectus, Bucharest (2015); Inwards, Calina / Contemporary art space, Timișoara (2012); Curators network, Sibiu (2012); You Ask for It, Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu (2010); Office Wall – MDF/Monat de Foto, Christine Koenig Gallery in Wien (2006); Periferic 3, Iași (1999), Esprit de Finesse (+)(-), Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu (1999).
The clash between images and words creates abstract calligraphies, intertwined in a circuit of “common” narrations. Between layers of urban concrete, social cells can be glimpsed, padded with personal histories and mirrors which project them further. In ‘Should I Buy a Big Hummer?’, Mircea Stănescu’s photographs and drawings infiltrate the industrial space of the Tramway Hall through temporary units – concrete cells and illusions – where intimacy faces the urban environment. The clarity of light passes through imposed filters and asserts a direct relationship with time, gliding between past and present, real and imaginary, with feline nonchalance. In the artist’s own words – part study, part essay, part concept, part confession, ‘Should I Buy a Big Hummer?’ doesn’t rely on impact, but rather on repetition. “The global street” is alternatively inside and outside. There is no intimacy, only concrete walls.