Ștefan Curelici | Stone upon stone is a building
18 aug - 18 sep 2022
Tuesday – Saturday, 12.00 – 18.00
‘Stone upon stone is a buliding’
The exhibition “𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘂𝗽𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴” of the young painter 𝗦̦𝘁𝗲𝗳𝗮𝗻 𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶 (recent graduate of a master’s degree at the Faculty of Arts and Design in Timișoara) examines the potential of built space beyond systemic planning, interpreting the city through the lens of the invisible structures, the imaginary and the pictorial reconstruction, offering a new understanding of spatial alterity in relation to both individual and societal evolution as a whole. The title „Stone upon stone is a building” is inspired by the poem with the same name, written by Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), the well-known author of the „Merzbau” house and installation, a project that remains one of the most important landmarks of both art and contemporary architecture, having extensive conceptual meanings.
At first glance, Ștefan Curelici’s paintings, unlike Kurt Schwitters’ house – installation, is positioning us as external observers of some familiar architectural moments and sites (from Timișoara, Lugoj, etc.), in a process in which the individual places themselves outside the built space, but if we find them inside the space, they have rather a passing and transitory function, in which architecture has the dominant function within the image.
On a closer look, however, we can distinguish the complex relationship that the artist has with the urban system, which results in a very personal and structural kind of map. Ștefan works at an intimate scale, in which the viewer is, in fact, invited to imagine their own scale in relation to the built space that they inhabit, transit, dominate or allows to be dominated by.
Urban architecture receives a function of internalization, in which buildings do not represent a mere space or site, but a suite of spaces “folded” into other spaces, a universe of interiors in a permanent state of alteration, of individual repositioning. It is what the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze, via Liebniz, calls “the inner world manifesting in the intrabody”, a house that lives within us, a monad in which the external world is a reflection of the inner one, a dynamic and open state, a living mechanism which determines the architectural system to be in a constant state of metamorphosis.
𝑆𝑡𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑢𝑝𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑏𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔.
𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑎𝑠 𝑠𝑢𝑚, 𝑏𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚.
𝐵𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑎𝑠𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒.
𝑇ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑟. 𝑇ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒
𝐶𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑜𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑜 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠
𝑖𝑡, 𝑖𝑠: 𝐻𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑.
𝐼𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚, 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑠, 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑠, 𝑜𝑓 𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑠, 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑎𝑤𝑠, 𝑦𝑒𝑠,
𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑛𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠
𝑖𝑛 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑠. 𝑇ℎ𝑢𝑠 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑎 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑
𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑡𝑜𝑤𝑎𝑟𝑑 𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑐𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.
(Kurt Schwitters, Stone upon stone is a building, 1934 – translated by Pierre Joris)
The exhibition is part of the program “Sci-art your life!” which aims, along with other major directions, to promote students or graduates from faculties with an artistic or technical profile and to create points of contact and dialogue between them. Dedicated events and meetings will take place during the exhibition and will be announced in advance.
The events proposed in 𝕊𝕔𝕚-𝕒𝕣𝕥 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖! explore different epistemological areas, from scientific to artistic experiments, from architectural to structural-social construction models.
Organizer: META Space
Strategic partner: Politehnica University of Timisoara
Funders: AFCN (National Cultural Fund Administration), Timis County Council
Partners: kinema ikon, ARTA Magazine, Zeppelin Magazine, FEEDER.ro, Faculty of Arts and Design of UVT
Text: Mirela Stoeac-Vlăduți
Assistant curator: Ioana Cociș
Graphic design: Josépha Blanchet
Artwork: detaliu de Ștefan Curelici