Tara (von Neudorf)
15 January - 27 March 2011
Curator: Diana Dochia
Transgressive Millennium samples the work of Romanian artist Tara (von Neudorf), deemed controversial and often censored due to his scathingly critical attitude to contemporary society. Born in 1974, the artist has over one hundred pictures and objects in the exhibition, which were chiefly inspired by his decade-old interest in conflict-stricken regions of the world. Tara (von Neudorf) incorporates into his work all the contents of people's behaviours, memories, fantasies or nightmares, reflecting the world as it really is, in an organic and many-coloured way. The accumulation of symbols, the simplification of shapes, the use and reuse of unconventional materials present an abject, parasitical, almost necrophagous aspect of human life.
Transgressive Millennium is the vision of a sanguine and visceral world in which events are not recorded according to conventional human chronology but rather through the concentration of several centuries' routine, as if all of it - agony and ecstasy, crime and punishment, faith and blasphemy - existed in one and the same instant. The artist's works have to do with the concept of transgressive art, a type of art that opposes and violates the notions of morality and sensitivity. Tara (von Neudorf) turns everything into art, making use of old maps, forgotten school cartons and pictorial displays, even objects lost and found: animal bones, numbered wood panels, pieces of iron, old bolts.