Mirel Vieru: Limit & Evolution (September 7 – 24, 2017)

Mirel Vieru: Limit & Evolution (September 7 – 24, 2017)


The exhibition’s general theme revolves around the limitation train of thought; specifically, it relates to understanding how limitation acts within the landscape of the process we call evolution. I see the limitation theme as one of the essentials of our reflective rapport with the world.

In philosophy, in art, where horizons are mobile, fluid, not rigid, fixed and exact, bounded by limits and constraints, what is distinguished is the difference, the novelty, the overcoming of limitations.

In this way, during the course of history, it will become inherent, the very discontinuity of a linear, orderly evolution. An increase in evolutionary complexity – we can say so – will open the way to a different evolution, marked by the emergence of a threshold in its linearity. Difference, novelty are now occurrences. Limitations being soft, vague, will lose their outline.

If the absence of limitations in endless contemplation means the deletion of their contours, it naturally results that the evolutionary process comes from what we have labeled as the notion of discontinuity.

In ancient Greece (the cradle of Western philosophy), being, the entire existence was named to on. Discontinuity to which we are referring is then an ontological differentiation.

In this sense, discontinuity is considered as a condition of co-existence. It not only denies limitation, depriving it of existence; discontinuity also limits optimism, revealing it as an overcoming transgression of the possible.

Positive or negative, in other words ambivalent, limitation prohibits and denies transgression, on the one hand, nonetheless it is also that which confers substance to the transgression itself.


The Exhibition was curated by:

Karima Radwan – Art Historian, Art Lecturer

  • Christie’s Education, London, England. Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine and Decorative Art from the Renaissance to the Present. (Oct. 1998 – July 1999)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Master of Art History, Thesis Topic: “Descriptions de l’Egypte: a Pseudo-Ethnographic Survey,” directed by Dr. Mary Sheriff. (August 1996 – May 1998)
  • Ecole des Art Culinaires et de l’Hotellerie, Ecully, France.  Gastronomy Diploma.  (Oct. 1995 – Feb. 1996)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.  Bachelor of Arts.  Majors: History and Classics. (August 1992 – May 1995).  Graduated cum laude. Inducted into Phi Betta Kappa.

Iulia Toader – Architect, Artist

M. Arh. Iulia Toader- architect and artist, has been working in interior architecture for 14 years, with experience in renovation in the classical and eclectic domain. Three years ago, she started exhibiting her paintings and drawings locally and internationally. She has a BA in architecture from the University of Architecture Ion Mincu Bucharest and fuer Baugeschichte Karlsruhe Institute, together with qualifications from the School of Popular Art.

The story of the exhibition Lines and Evolution by Gallerist Oana Visoiu

I met Mirel Vieru initially by admiring his paintings that were in the house of some acquaintances designed by a friend who is an interior designer.

The paintings were part of Mirel’s exhibition Lines and Limits dated 2015 at Mie Lefevre Gallery, Gent, Belgium, a gallery that promoted many Romanian contemporary artists from Cluj. I called Mirel in March 2017, he paid a visit to the gallery all the way from Cluj and brought 2 paintings.

One of these paintings entitled Co- existence is the art work that the Curator Iulia Toader mentioned in her speck, is a large painting and it was exhibited in the Gallery in the room were Iulia, also an Architect and Artist, opened recently her interior design studio. She has admired for days the painting, falling in love with it and with Mirel’s style, therefore she has gladly accepted to curate Mirel’s latest exhibition at Renaissance Art Gallery held on 7th of September 2017 and entitled „ Lines and Evolution”, an exhibition that was the result of Mirel’s wish to confront his limits and to break the lines that were dominant in his previous exhibition from Belgium and to EVOLVE as an artist and human being.

Mirel confronted his limits, broke the lines, the circles and rectangular& square forms wishing to give the onlooker the freedom of interpretation of his art works.

An element used by Mirel that I liked the most is the usage in some of his paintings of the CHALK as an element that breaks the lines and creates different planes. His and mine generation grew up with the CHALK as a symbol of the school, of the evolution…. of the teacher who was filling the blackboard with new ideas, new information using the CHALK. For Mirel the CHALK means evolution.

Below you will admire the painting Co-existence from the exhibition „Lines and Limits”, followed by the presentation of current art works.

Co-existance – Oil on linen canvas, 240x170cm, unframed, 2015

The line that is drown by the circle is creating a limit between two territories.

One, underlined by the presence of colours, is sending you “home” if we use the concept of the philosopher Jan Patoka for “axis mundi” ) is a familiar universe.

Beyond the circle line we meet another dimension which we can call “the call of a being looked at differently than it is”.

The two lines, two “falds”, as per the philosopher Gilles Deleuze thinking (difference, sense) is actualising the trials of humans to explore, to research and discover the world. They look like antitheses or hiats*.

*Hiat : a pause or a gap in a sequence, series, or process


Poem by J. H. PRYNNE chosen by curator Iulia Toader as a representative of the art of Mirel Vieru:For any information regarding the works above, you can contact us at: oana@renaissance-artgallery.com sau la +40 722 381 325.


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