Traian Cherecheș approaches painting, sculpture, drawing and sound using a narrative and iconographic framework that captures the forces driving organic and inorganic materials, between creation and destruction, contraction and expansion, metamorphosis and transmutation, and their potential for renewal.
His works recycle objects by addition or division to highlight material becoming. Through his work, he explores contemporary obsessions and paradigm shifts, hence the title chosen for this exhibition.
The multiple changes in today’s natural, industrial and urban environment are the subjects of his artistic approach, and the plasticity, natural or artificial, of matter is at the heart of his practice. Referring directly to the idea of accumulated waste, which represents the current state of our hyper-consumer polluted world, the artist proposes the very idea of art as the transmutation of waste into resources. Through the use of sound, he wishes to reintroduce the dimension of temporality and profound rhythms into his works, considering sound as a stimulus external to the visual realm, but acting in convergent fashion with it.
The works take the form of hybrid objects, meta-structures that echo other media, one of their specific features being precisely the permanent, spiraling passage from one means of expression and experimentation to another. Navigating between mind and landscape, chaos and order, these works explore the memory of dumping and pollution while developing their transformative potential. In this way, he gives finality to the creative world, creating myths to understand who we are and who we are meant to be.
The escape room in the title describes the space occupied and delimited by the artist as a playground for shared experience, and thus a figuration of the place of art in the contemporary world through a pre-occupied and intelligent place, capable of restoring unity between sociality, matter and spirit through its empowerment by the “human collective”, guarantee of a “parliament of things”
(as Bruno Latour calls them).
*The concept of creative destruction is a process whereby inventions and innovations make existing technologies and activities constantly obsolete. It was theorized by the economist Joseph Schumpeter, and seems to us to suit the artist’s generic approach.
The exhibition will be on display until October 1, on the ground floor of the barracks. You can visit it from Wednesday to Thursday between 1:00 PM & 8:00 PM and from Friday to Sunday between 12:00 PM & 8:00 PM.
The exhibition's closing event will take place on September 27th at 6:00 PM.
Admission is free.