POPESCU, Ion




Website:

http://millart.se/index.html




CRITICAL REVIEW


          The sculptor is fascinated with the possibilities that the material is offering - stone, wood, metal - which he removes from the initial amorphous condition, deciphering, at the end of some rationalizing processes, significant figurative ensembles. He has faith in the settled traditional values and not in some material associations’ power of suggestion, which can be dictated by hazard. No matter how many promises can be made by the simple affirmation of materiality, the ones that are truly important to him seem to be the conceptual loads contained in the volumes’ discourse. The wooden sculptures generally follow the vertical direction of the phototropic tension of the tree, but each time a strong stylization, based on geometric elements, with perforations of the trunk, that eventually suggests anthropomorphic substrates, intervenes. The processing of the surfaces is carefully made, up until the limit of materialism, but sometimes, just like in the work The Throne of the Demiurge (Daedalus), the accents of the volume are kept, being made visible the effects of carving, a unique pulsation of the artist’s being. In the metal sculptures (torsos, portraits, aquatic beings projected onto the sky, the ridges of an arch that contains the cross sign), the method of solving the formal equation 
reminds one of the terminological exercise; the carefully polished surface reflects the light incorporated into the volumes, providing the "living" trait of the works. The recourse to geometric rigor cancels the informal state of stone, as the tectonic forces lose their intensity and leave the superior plan to the discretion of rational energies. The volumes get soaked in cultural references, not in the sense of some Lettriste quotes, but in the meaningful form of the book, of some library shelves, perceived as storage units for patrimonial values (The Melancholy of Adolescence).Where a complete abstraction of forms functions with regularity, figurative 
tensions are put into motion, with trenchant spiritual loads.


Constantin Prut (2014)
Dicționar de artă modernă și contemporană, ediție în curs de apariție la Editura Polirom, Iași, 2015
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Cogealac, Dobrogea, 1947)

    Academic studies:
    1965 - 1971 - Polytechnic Institute, Romania;
    1973 - 1975 - School of Arts, Sculpture, prof. Gabriela Manole-Adoc and the art history with Ion Frunzetti, Bucharest, Romania;                             - He specialized under the guidance of painter and drawer Constantin Baciu and in the studios of Gheorghe Aldea and Pavel Mercea.
     


    PROJECTS

    Personal Exhibitions:
    2003 - Central Station, Alvesta, Sweden;
    2005 - Komunens Östersund, Sweden;
    2006 - Väsby Konsthall, Uppland Väsby, Sweden;
    2006, 2010 - Öppet Hus Alvesta, Torpsbruk, Sweden;
    2007 - Galleri B.fors, Stockholm, Sweden;
    2007, 2008 - Galleri Småland, Alvesta, Sweden;
    2009 - Alvesta, Torpsbruk, Sweden;
    2010 - Öppet hus, Torpsbruk, Sweden;
    2011 - Parabole, sculpture and drawings exhibition, „Helios” Gallery, Timişoara, Romania;
    2012 - Galleri 40, Stockholm, Sweden;
    2013 - Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France;
             - Malmö, Sweden;
    2014 - Luftkastellet, Malmö, Sweden;
             - Art Nordic, Copenhaga, Denmark.

    Group Exhibitions:
    1975 - Bucharest, Romania;
    1998 - Härlöv, Sweden;
    1999 - Lammhult, Sweden;
    2005 - Vårsalongen, Konsthall, Uppl.Väsby, Sweden;
             - Alshult Herrgard, Sweden;
             - Tranås Konstrakan, Sweden;
             - Väsby Konsthall, Uppl.Väsby, Sweden;
    2006 - Galleri Infra, Uppl.Väsby, Sweden;
    2007 - Galleri B. fors Stockholm, Sweden;
    2008 - Antique & Art Exibition Helsingborg, Sweden;
             - Galleri Småland, Alvesta, Sweden;
    2009 - Kolkets Hus, Härlöv, Sweden;
    2010 - Tranås Konstrakan, Tranås, Sweden;
    2012 - The Gallery in Cork Street, London, GB;
             - Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden;
    2013 - Vienna Showcase, Wien, Austria;
             - Art Monaco 2013, Monaco;
    2014 - Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland.

    Symposions:
    1984 - 1987 - Sculpture Symposion, Podul Dambovitei, Romania.

    Sculpture in public institutions:
     - Alvesta library, Sweden.

    Sculpture in private collections:
     - Sweden, Romania, Germany, France, Israel, USA, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Denmark.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Prut, Constantin, Modern and Contemporary Art Dictionary, Univers Enciclopedic, Bucharest, 2002.
    Titu, Alexandra, Prut, Constantin, Ion Popescu. Sculpture/ Sculptură, Foundation Triade, Timisoara, 2011.

    Web sources:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG1hXADooYo
    http://www.alexandra-titu.ro/ionpopescu_ro.php
    http://www.alexandra-titu.ro/ionpopescu_en.php
    http://ciprianchirileanu.blogspot.ro/2011/07/ion-popescu.html
    http://uapt.cjtimis.ro/noutati_helios/v300611.htm