Sergiu Toma: Transience
Friday 28 March 2014
28 March – 3 May 2014
We are pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Italy by the young Romanian painter Sergiu Toma.
Toma’s paintings are marked by the timeless fervency of their visual description.
The apparently “casual” scenes seem interlocked with partially remembered dreams, where the beholder’s viewpoint becomes an integral part of the painting.
Toma often depicts interiors where familiar objects carry symbolic meanings and nonhuman forms are used as objects of displacement, to bring up issues that cannot be expressed forthrightly. The rooms are shady and temporary places and the legacy of the traditions is decomposed in this tinkered contemporary set.
The starting point for this show is the painting ''The light at the edge of realm'' that was made two years ago. It represents an interior depicted with great attention to detail. The scene is a reminiscence of his childhood and he recreated the scene just like it happened, however the memory is based on reconstruction: when you relive a memory, you fill the gaps with possible scenarios. We are projected to forget details so that we can create general pictures. Because of Toma’s attention to details, the painting became a daily scene more related to present than to the past, and this lead him to the subject of transience.
The small painting ''Transience'' it's a resized copy of ''The light at the edge of realm'' and this time everything is hovering on the brink of disappearance. Some of the forms are out of focus, it is like the figures will turn and move, the scene will disperse, the moment will pass.
Sergiu Toma was born in 1987 and he lives in Cluj, Romania. The artist has shown works in the recent exhibition “Romanian Scenes” at Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2013. In 2010 - 2012 he was awarded a residency at the Romanian Academy in Roma.