Art in the window – DUMITRU GORZO @ Simeza
ARTA LA FEREASTRĂ
26 iulie – 1 august 2016
Coordonare și curatoriat proiect:
Anca Boeriu, Corina Gabriela Duma
“Arta la fereastră – Galeria Simeza” este un proiect organizat de UAP Bucureşti pentru a atrage atenţia publicului larg asupra dispariţiei/ închiderii spaţiilor de expunere şi de lucru din Bucureşti.
Dumitru Gorzo (born 1975, Ieud, Maramures) is a Romanian contemporary artist. Born in Ieud, Romania, he currently lives and works in Bucharest and Brooklyn, New York.
Gorzo received an MFA in Visual Arts from the Bucharest National University of Arts in 1999, then studied with painter Florin Mitroi. He was one of the founding members of ‘Rostopasca’, an influential contemporary artistic movement in Romania. Gorzo’s methods of working have ranged from street prankster to performance artist to studio painter and sculptor.
Works & Controversy
Gorzo first began to gain renown for his overtly sexual and political subject matter in 2003, when his guerrilla public installation Cocoons in Bucharest drew attention from a Romanian television station claiming the work had been done by Satanists. Gorzo had glued 350 small plaster, larvae-like figurines to the walls of buildings in the center of the Romanian capital, inciting public debate among passersby about their broader meaning.
His works tend to feature a satiric attitude toward societal issues, which has made him a controversial figure among the more conservative critics and the Romanian public. His works are varied in theme and medium, ranging from hand-hewn wooden reliefs with a Romanian folkloric aesthetic, to sculpture of found objects and paintings with a bold contemporary, conceptual, neo-pop sensibility.
In 2005, Gorzo had his leg broken in an assault following the opening of the provocatively titled show, Mister President is a Sexual Object, at the HT003 gallery in Bucharest, allegedly by unofficial secret-service agents. The show in question depicted the faces of all the Romanian presidents silkscreened onto pillows and impaled on a tree with wooden penises for branches.
In 2006 he showed a major, one-person exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Romania) in Bucharest, which then traveled to the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu. In 2010 he participated in Badly Happy, a group exhibition at the Marina Abramovic Institute.
Gorzo is currently represented by Slag Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
Courtesy of H’art gallery, Bucharest