Iulian Bisericaru b. 1987

Iulian Bisericaru lives and works in Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He graduated from the Painting Department of the University of Arts and Design Cluj-Napoca (RO), where he presently is a PhD candidate. His artworks offer a somehow neglected or hidden perspective on aspects of contemporary society, that the human eye willingly avoids. Ironic and playful at the same time, the artist demands the beholder to take a critical position towards environmental issues, be it by depicting the remains of industrial society or by approaching the controversial topic of city planning.

The most recent painterly series of Iulian Bisericaru approach a scenery inspired by Long Island-like first postwar modern housing projects. Situating his artworks somewhere in-between Bay Area Figurative Movement and lyrical abstraction, Iulian Bisericaru points out elements of absence, juxtapositions, natural and anthropic paradoxes. Throughout his artistic practice, Iulian Bisericaru has been reflecting upon the tensioned relationship between nature and the artificial, history and its potentiality for the future. Alluding to revolutionary programs of pioneers such as Le Corbusier and Frank Llyod Wright, the series Usonia (Into the Wild) (2014-2015) pushes the viewer into a secluded, almost surreal setting that is traversed by abrupt perspectives and complex fictional housing structures, which ambiguously reinterpret the integration with the natural surroundings and the emphasis placed on the harmony between man and nature.

Pictorial series such as Original Imago (2011-2012), Just Nature (2012-2013) or The Backyard (2013-2014) address the issue of the post-industrial landscape, where the marginal scenery of the suburb, the toxicity of the environment and the decaying state of the industry have a seminal position. As an ecologist, both by vision and through action, Bisericaru recycled images, resuscitating them for the collective memory by means of an intense aesthetic experience. By contrasting sharp lines and chromatics with definite colour zones and loud, loose painting with expressive elements, the paintings become – in some passages – autonomous, almost abstract patterns. Iulian Bisericaru’s visual practice is essentially linked to a profound engagement within the social realm, spanning from the critique of the utopian history, which invented the productivity and sustainability of massive industrial expansion to the idealistic alternative of architectural philosophies that reshaped the morphological connection between the urban and natural environments involved.