The Performance Art Institute is pleased to welcome back celebrated Romanian artist, Gili Mocanu, for his 2012 residency and exhibition Pride. His most current body of work marks a drastic shift in style for the artist, which was inspired by his first stay in the United States, during his six-month residency at PAI in 2011.
Having studied at the National Academy of Art in Bucharest, Mocanu’s training was one of the last of its kind to systematically employ the strict rules and techniques of traditional oil painting. The result of such rigorous historical and academic based training presents itself in the painfully meticulous precision of Mocanu’s paintings. However, underneath the order and discipline of Mocanu’s strict and methodical technique is an undercurrent of disorder and freedom that exists almost subversively so in relationship to the foregrounded order. Through the creation of visual tensions and coded messages, Mocanu reminds us of the thin and often indeterminable line between order and disorder, sense and non-sense.
Mocanu has exhibited across Europe and has had multiple solo-exhibitions at the National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest. Pride is his first solo-exhibition in the United States.