Marius Bercea, The Citizen of Cactus Republic

Marius Bercea. Time Can Space. At Blain/Southern Berlin

March 5th, 2018 / by / in: Cool things / 3 Responses

Beautiful landscape paintings, amazing hidden places, exuberant vegetation, California swimming pools, a far away home from home – this is about in Marius Bercea works, exhibited for the first time in Berlin, in Time Can Space exhibition.

Marius Bercea. Time Can Space could be visited between 2nd of March and 14th of April, at Blain|Southern Gallery, Potsdamer Straße 77–87, (Mercator Höfe) – www.blainsouthern.com

Marius Bercea, Appearance's hourly change (1), 2016, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet copy

Marius Bercea, Appearance’s hourly change, 2016, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet copy

Within his interior and landscape paintings, largely influenced by the architecture and nature of California, Bercea portrays a sensorial reality through a hybrid of both real and imagined hidden places.

Evidenced in the subject, aspect and scale of his new work, which range from large panoramas to small square details, Bercea has moved from the narrative-orientated travelogue of his earlier ‘Transylfornia’ works and his view of California is now more deeply entrenched.

Painting every work from his studio back in Cluj, Bercea plays with the distance between California and Transylvania, and the blurring effect of memory recall. By doing so he projects a liminal state between two realities and mindsets. He uses swimming pools as a recurring motif but rather than being clichéd icons of a Californian dream they are a representation of several states: below, between and above the water.

Bercea’s scenes are often sparsely populated but where individual characters do feature they now take centre stage. Bercea’s emphasis here is on raising questions about these solitary players, their intentions and motives.

Marius Bercea, Earth Gender, 2017, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet

Marius Bercea, Earth Gender, 2017, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet

  • To accompany the exhibition, Blain|Southern has published a new book that surveys the last four years of Bercea’s career. The book features texts by Andrew Beradini and Heinz-Norbert Jocks, published in both English and Germa. Exhibition design developed in partnership with Attila Kim.
  • Marius Bercea (b.1979) is a painter from Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His work is in several public and private collections, including the Olbricht Collection, Berlin, DE, the Zabludowicz Collection, UK and the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, DK. He was the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Muzeul de Artă Cluj-Napoca in 2017 and has participated in groups shows at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, Arken Museum of Modern Art, DK and the Prague Biennale, amongst many others.

Marius Bercea, Time to escape, 2016, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet

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