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Exhibition History

2013 The Obdurate Object and the Idiot Cousin, Vlad Olariu & Tom Woolner, curated by Jane Neal, Jecza Gallery

Additional Information

Vlad Olariu's recent 'latrines' series are postioned as deliberately non monumental, thus subverting one of sculpture's persistent functions: as a celebration of permanence. Olariu's works are diametrically opposed to the tradition of statuary, be it celebratory or memorial. His decision to make something that is connected with a private, or embarrassing activity the focal point of this body of sculpture, requires the viewer to upend his received notions of what to expect from traditional sculpture. (…) He has also reclaimed and celebrated the beauty inherent to objects designed solely with pure functionality and simplicity in mind, thus simultaneously redeeming and elevating them. These re- models of ancient latrines that have now been reinveted as 'elegant egalitarian objects of use' remind us that the purity of modernism existed not just as a formal construct, but also as an ideology of freedom. - Jane Neal

Literature

The Obdurate Object and the Idiot Cousin, Vlad Olariu & Tom Woolner, curated by Jane Neal - exhibition catalogue, published by Jecza Gallery 2013