XYZ Outlet #9: Ciprian Mureşan

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XYZ Outlet #9: Ciprian Mureşan | Tuesday April 12, 2011, from 20.00 to 21.00, strictly | Perdika 8 & Achileos, Metaxourgeio

On Tuesday April 12th, XYZ Outlet presents the animation film Garbage (2007) and the video Dog Luv (2009) by Romanian artist Ciprian Mureşan.

XYZ Outlet will be open to the public for one hour only, as always, between 20:00 and 21:00. Dog Luv (duration 30:56’) will be screened twice while Garbage (duration 0:51’) will be shown on a loop.

About the works

Based on the play of the same name by Romanian writer Saviana Stanescu, Dog Luv (2009) depicts a pack of black puppet dogs who, encouraged by their leader Maddog (an angry and psychologically unbalanced dog), recite different methods of torture that have been practiced by humans throughout history. In spite of looking like a shadowy puppet show, the video is a dark commentary on human nature and the rituals of acceptance and exclusion in communities and societies. Dog Luv premiered at the Romanian Pavilion in the 53rd Venice Biennale 2009 (The Seductiveness of the Interval, artists: Stefan Constantinescu, Andrea Faciu, Ciprian Muresan, curator: Alina Serban)

In Garbage (2007) an adult is searching for food in a garbage bin. This more and more familiar scene of everyday life, presents the brutal reality of a world in transformation. Garbage is also characteristic of Muresan’s artistic process: he starts from some drawings that are later filmed sheet by sheet and turned into animated short films.

About the artist

Ciprian Mureşan works with a variety of media and symbols, creating rich and hypnotically attractive works that are firmly grounded to the perpetual present. His critical, caustic and yet humorous approach to history and belief systems like religion, communism, capitalism, offers a razor-sharp commentary on the relationship between the individual and the collective and highlights the dangers and possibilities of rising up against repressive identities.

Ciprian Mureşan (b.1977) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. He studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Cluj-Napoca. He is co-editor of artist-run magazine VERSION and since 2005, the editor of IDEA art + society magazine ( Selected exhibitions include: Loophole to Happiness, Muzeum Sztuki Łódź, (2011), Ciprian Mureşan , NBK - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2010), The Seductiveness of the Interval, Romanian Pavilion, 53rd Venice Biennale, (2009) and 1st Athens Biennale 2007, Destroy Athens.