Demeter - SERBAN IONESCU
demeter - SERBAN IONESCU - FEATURE MODEL AND ACTRESS
"It is a visual presentation of dreams and transformation. Revealed in this body of work is a visual edginess and freshness, which transcends and undermines traditional values. Ionescu manages to dismantle and reconfigure paradigms found throughout the cultural landscape and make us chuckle a bit at the same time. Serban Ionescu challenges the viewer to examine closely, what is being presented." - Bridge Gallery, NYC
Directed by Serban Ionescu
Cinematography Alex Bergman
Edited by Maxim Bohichik & Rex Lowry
Music by XUPSTAR
Styled by Jordana Longo
Make Up by Stephanie Laboy
Produced by Josh Sobel, Serban Ionescu and Marilyn Garber
Assistant Camera and Lights by Mike Ashley
DIRECTOR | DESIGNER | ARTIST
Director, designer, and abstract artist, Serban Ionescu is a visionary at Whooden. With a background in architectural design, his evocative body of work explores a visuality that seeks to expand and subvert conventional perspectives. His notable design projects include a NY Times and Dwell Magazine featured piece, “The Miner & A Major,” an intimate five-room sleeping unit as well as furniture design for La Columbe, a European-inspired café in Soho. His paintings, drawings and sculptures have shown in solo and group exhibits in NYC. Serban’s art-house shorts lend a fresh directorial energy and aesthetic that is ripe for multi-media content.
demeter - the art show
FOR THIS EXHIBITION, PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES WILL BE DEPICTING HISTORIC AND MYTHICAL CYCLES OF VARIOUS TRANSFORMATION OF VLAD TEPES/DRACULA'S HISTORY INTO A MIGRATORY MYTH. BLACK AND WHITE ETCH LIKE PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES ALONG SIDE A BLACK AND WHITE 8MM SHORT FILM WILL BE EXHIBITED AT BRIDGE GALLERY FROM 11.08.12 UNTIL 12.15.12.
The myth serves as an allegory of migration, integration, transformation, and subjective memory. He recalls tales of Vlad Tepes/Dracula from his Romanian cultural perspective – Ionescu fully knows how the history has been remade and re-told, he examines how the myth and it’s transformation has migrated into a cultural icon through film and literature and how Hollywood has defined and redefined the myth as it has seeped into our collective cultural consciousness.
In a hyper, fully exhausted visual world, Ionescu presents a series of fresh ideas that work to expand our vision of modernity in the twenty first century. Questioning temporal meaning, he presents investigations at a critical moment in our contemporary world. Ionescu explores the de-stabilizing force of human emotions on systems of representation. He conveys his enduring concerns with the complexity of memory and meaning, the implications of ambiguity and stereotype for social, historical and metaphysical understanding. His process a distinctive, freestyle dance which “starts with an idea that more often than not goes on to become something else.” It is a visual presentation of dreams and transformation. Revealed in this body of work is a visual edginess and freshness, which transcends and undermines traditional values. Ionescu manages to dismantle and reconfigure paradigms found throughout the cultural landscape and make us chuckle a bit at the same time. Serban Ionescu challenges the viewer to examine closely, what is being presented. What is discovered is something more that just the novelty of quick witted, often-dark humor. There is host of unique universal ideas presented in a manner that sets up a whole new standard.
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Taking its title from the boat that brought Dracula from Transylvania, Romanian-born, New York-based Serban Ionescu's “Demeter” references both the fictional monster and the actually monstrous Vlad Tepes in black and white paintings scrawled as if by Bram Stoker's mad Renfield, with impaled sculptural heads and an eerie film rounding out the vampiric nightmare. —Allison Meier Blouin ArtInfo