CRITICAL REVIEW


          ”The lost path“ or ”Losing yourself in order to find yourself”
 
          «The lost path», the most recent stage from the labyrinth-dedicated project belonging to the young artist form Iasi, Draga-Irina Popa, is an ambient of a minimalist spatial expression, which integrates a temporal speech - four minutes of video recording - of a maximum simplicity of articulation. The complexity is situated in the totality of the ambient-event at the level of the reference point.
          Draga-Irina Popa's labyrinthine version is not a descendant one. It is not an immersion in the darkness, but paradoxically an ascendant trajectory. It keeps from the labyrinthine sense the idea of the hindered path, and especially the initiating character.
It is remarkable that, for the young artist, the profound manner of communicating with the folk culture, beyond the commentary of her symbolic motifs. She keeps the relational method mode to the sumptuous patrimony of cult urban civilizations, with simple means, close to the natural universe, perishable in a very natural way, but of an extremely well used textural beauty.
          Over all, the project of the artist from Iaşi is a discourse about purity and simplicity - the qualities of the hero that passes through the initiating tests in the folk tale.

 
Alexandru Titu, art critic
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Iaşi, 1965)

    Academic studies:
    1989 - MA in Fine Arts, The University of Fine Arts, Iaşi, Romania.

    since 1996 - Member of Union of Artists in Romania
    since 2004 - Member of "Ars continua" Association
     


    PROJECTS

    One man show:
    1988 - Zalmoxe (painting), Studio Hall, Iaşi, Romania;
             - Manole the craftman (painting), Târgu Neamţ, Romania;
    1998 - Sanctuary (installation, objects), Trianon Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    1999 - The Great Passage (installation, objects, painting), Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    2000 - Marne. Travel impressions (installation, object), French Cultural Center, Iaşi, Romania;
    2001 - The lost way (installation, objects, video performance), Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    2004 - (beyond) Sensorial (installations / video installation), Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    2006 - Here and Now (installation / video installations),Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
             - Milk and Honey (installations), Painter’s Colony, Baia Mare, Maramureş County, Romania;
    2007 - Return to innocence (installations, object), Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
    2008 - In(side) - Out(side) (installation, photo), Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
    2009 - About nothing (installation, object,  photo, video), Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
    2010 - 2012 - forward (foto-installation), Cupola Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;

    Group exhibitions:
    1989 - The exhibition of the diploma works, Victoria Hall, Iaşi, Romania;
    1990 - Study and Synthesis, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    1994 - The Ladder, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    1994 - 2008 - The Districtual Exhibition of Artists, Iaşi, Romania;
    1995, 1998, 2001 - The National Exhibition Moldavian Halls, Bacău, Romania;
    1996 - The First tourism Scholarship, Bucharest, Romania;
    1997 - The Biennial Festival Exhibition "Lascăr Vorel", Piatra-Neamţ, Romania;
             - The Sacred,  Cupola Galleries, Iaşi;
             - The tourism Scholarship - Toulouse, France;
    1997 - 1998 - The exhibition of icons, Trianon Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    1998 - The Biennial National Salon of Small Sculpture, Arad, Romania;
             - Transition, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    1999 - The International Small Art Exhibition, organized by Art Addiction, Venice, Italy;
    2000 - From Icon to contemporany art, German Cultural Center, Iaşi, Romania;
             - The Summer Salon of "Pieter Pauwel" Gallery, Dendermonde, Belgium;
             - Balkan Exhibition, Patras, Greece;
             - Univers roumain - Le Neamţ, district of Marne, France;
    2001 - 13 Young artists of Iaşi, Apollo Galleries, Bucureşti;
             - Oscillations - Transgressions, C.C.of Romania, Montreal, Canada;
    2001 - Art and Sacrality, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    2004 - The hill, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
             - Urban Pink, Tranzit House, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
    2005 - Romanian Exhibition, Helsinky, Finland;
    2006 - The Nourishment, Painter’s Colony, Baia Mare, Maramureş County, Romania;
    2007 - my Monday day, St. Luchian Gallery, Botoşani, Romania;
    2008 - O, tanenbaum!, Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
             - Christmas tree, Moldova Mall, Iaşi, Romania;
             - art in street, Iaşi, Romania;
             - The cross, Galata monastery, Iaşi, Romania;
             - written, not written, imagined, The museum of Literature, Iaşi, Romania;
             - Volti, curated by Ludovico Pratesi, Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy;
             - Different art, Geraarsdsbergen, Belgium;
             - Grand happening d’ete, National Botanical Garden, Meise, Belgium;
    2009 - The international of Holotropic Art, Cupola Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
             - Faerie the 4th biennale of imaginary arts - maison de la culture, Arlon, Belgium;
    2010 - The international of Holotropic Art, Dana Gallery, Iaşi, Romania.

    Creation camps:
    1986 - Tuşnad (painting, The Prize of Union of Artists in Romania), Harghita County, Romania;
    1987 - Slănic-Moldova (painting, The First Prize), Bacău, Romania;
    1988 - Pârâul Rece (painting), Braşov, Romania;
    2005 - Cucuteni (performance), Iaşi, Romania;
    2006 - Cucuteni (performance), Iaşi, Romania;
    2007 - Zlakusa (ceramics), Serbia;
    2008 - Galaţi (object), Romania;
    2009 - Torrecilla en Cameros (painting, object), Spain.

    Art installation:
    1998 - The Mirror of the Souls and The Sun's Hearth, Trianon Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    1999 - The Way and The Sun's Ark, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    2000 - The Cathedral, French Cultural Center, Iaşi, Romania;
    2001 - The Lost Way, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
             - The Labyirinth, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    2004 - Red, White, Black, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
    2006 - Mist, Air, Sunrises, Cupola Galleries, Iaşi, Romania;
             - Milk, Honey, "Painter’s Colony", Baia Mare, Maramureş County, Romania;
    2007 - the Smile, the Self, Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
    2008 - wish à hope à life, Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
             - wish tree, Moldova Mall, Iaşi, Romania;
             - la vie en rose, street art, Iaşi, Romania;
             - In - Out, Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
             - look…the paradise is here!, Meise, National Botanical Garden, Belgium;
             - Not yet written, not yet seen, The museum of Literature, Bucharest, Romania;
    2009 - becoming transparent, Tonitza Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;
    2010 - 2012 - forward (foto-installation), Cupola Gallery, Iaşi, Romania;

    Video art: 
    2001 - the lost way (performance), 3’43”/ pal DVD;
    2003 - moment to moment, 50”/ pal DVD;
             - the wheel, 1’08”/ pal DVD;
    2004 - (beyond) Sensorial (performance), 4’13”/ pal DVD;
             - black, 10’/ pal DVD;
    2005 - to and from white, 2’47” / pal DVD;
             - Paparuda, 2’23”/ pal DVD;
    2006 - here and now (performance), 3‘15“/ pal DVD;
             - round dance, 2’22”/ pal DVD;
    2007 - unison vibrations, 1‘19”/ pal DVD;
             - centre on myself, 1‘/ pal DVD.

    Works in collections:
    Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Romania, Spain, U.S.A.

    Awards:
    1986 - U.A.P. Award;
    1987 - Awarded First Prize for Painting.
     


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