SORIN ONCU

Izomorphism

Location: Atelier 030202, 11 Sf. Vineri Str., Bucharest (13-27 February, 2012).

In Romanian art practice gay culture doesn’t have a history. The representation of masculine nudity, for instance, considered taboo before 1989, as nudity in general, interested a few Romanian artists after the revolution, but only as an exploration of the forbidden subject. Gay artists seem not to exist. It might be a matter of fear of expression in the public sphere. Nonetheless, one artist, Sorin Oncu brings forth a possibility, a field of open debate on what is legal, human and democratic. He uses simple and ordinary iconographic elements of every day reality in ironic connections. The old and the new, the tradition and the modern perspectives, the bold and the beautiful, the kitsch and its opposing features, the mechanical approach of ideas, these are all analyzed by Sorin Oncu, by trying to understand how the shape of things still affects their content in collective conscience. Isomorphism is a project about looking at otherness and about the constant possibility of each of us being the other in the contemporary social dynamics. This is a project about defining the norm, an invitation to intelligent and ironic meditation and to accepting the other not as opposed to you, but more as the possibility of you.