Adelina Ivan (b. Romania) is a visual artist who works with light and memory through textiles, photography, installations and video. Her personal discourse explores the overlap of time, space and memory, their winding and intimate interactions. Just like the fabrics used in her works, time space and memory fold and unfold into sleek silky surfaces and solid depths. The identity discourse debates the concept of ‘the other’ by problematizing otherness and discussing how to perceive diversity.
The obsession for the body and its transformation over time and for the personal past was replaced by experiments approaching the building of the relations between objects and space. The artist states that these explorations resulted ‘in a sort of mutual transformation in which the object is contained by space, and the space is swallowed by the object, determining an organism built out of pieces with an innate fragility, ready to fall apart only to recompose themselves afterwards. The continuous transformation process of the clothing object, of the fabric, the preservation of its memory, the interaction between the different materials, the space and time dynamics are transposed in the spatial installations, structures and geometries with grids and patterns stemming from this perspective’.
Scanning between fictional stories, personal memories and historical facts, Adelina Ivan weaves disparate narratives into a complex relationship. Her practice examines the reflection of light on different textures, structures and geometries in an artistic strife to disclose the making and unmaking of matter, the flow and immobility of time and the deconstructing potentiality of matter. Images of the unconscious are intuitively discovered behind the purely abstract lines, grids, hidden content, patterns and archetypes.
1992 - 1996 National University of Arts, Bucharest, Design department
1996 - 1998 MA in Design at National University of Arts, Bucharest
2019 The Infinite Convergence, Project Space Anca Poterasu Gallery at Spinnerei Leipzig, Germany
2018 To restore or how the stable structures need frail gestures, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania 2017 The color of geometry, PRIVATEOFFSPACE, Frankfurt, Germany 2016 Time Delusion, Kube Musette, Bucharest, Romania 2016 Atena adjusting her sandal, ODD Bucharest, Romania
2020 A Room of One’s Own, NADA NY Gallery Open, Anca Poterasu / CTG Harlem, USA
2020 Filmmaking, Jean Claude Maier Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2019 not everything means something, honey (vol.2), Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest in collaboration with Eigen+Art Leipzig
2019 Cuts, CineBear – curated video exhibition at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
2019 Lay me down across the lines, Kunsthalle Bega, Timisoara, Romania 2019 In the Eye of the Storm, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania 2019 Points of Departure, Jean Claude Maier Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany 2018 At different angles, The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania 2018 De Rerum Natura, Media Art Festival Arad / Museum Complex Arad, Romania 2017 Black and White Biennial, Satu Mare Museum of Art, Romania 2017 Portaluri, Anca Poterasu Gallery Bucharest, Romania 2017 Salzburg Residency / ERSTE Foundation Grant – Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Austria 2017 Frugalitas Severitas Fidelis / Video installation, tranzit.ro, Bucharest, Romania 2016 Are we human / Video, Istanbul Design Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey 2016 ReRe. Overriding Design with Art and Vice-Versa / Installation, Vienna Design Week at ICR Vienna, Austria 2014 Separated Objects / Installation – Nicodim Gallery Bucharest, Romania