On Thursday, September 15th, from 7pm, Teona Toderel’s first solo show will open at Kulterra Gallery. Already presented with works in two of the exhibitions organized by the gallery (Equinox and Kaleidoskop), Teona becomes the “first soloist” of the gallery with this exhibition entitled “I’m like a drop of water on a rock”. A highly suggestive title because it surprises and at the same time reveals something of the secret of her recent works, in which the world is always presented in a blur, placed out of focus, focus which is directed at the raindrops (and their tracks) dripping on imaginary windows. Whether they represent urban scenes or landscapes, the works in this series by Teona Toderel are defined by these drops that drip on the “window”, grabbing our attention, making us leave the reality beyond in the background.
The drops are, therefore, nothing more than an alter-ego of the artist, they fluidly emphasize the interposition between the artist and reality; demystifying the pretense of objectively capturing reality and revealing an indisputable truth: we only see what the artist wants to show us , and the artist will always show herself (to us) no matter how well she camouflages herself in her own work. Through the open confession that Teona Toderel makes in the title of this exhibition, we learn that the drops of water are nothing more than transparent materializations of our own experiences, which makes us understand that, in fact, while she describes landscapes and corners of the world , she only introduces herself. Dynamic, fluid and ultimately corrosive, making us dig into our experiences and feelings, leaving traces and dissolving stiffness.
Teona Toderel’s works place us behind some windows, in fact, the paintings replace windows through which we look at the world created by the artist. A world that has rained on or is just beginning to get rained upon, while we are sheltered, “inside”. Obviously, that interior is whatever space we are in when we contemplate any of these works, but – above all – it is our own interior. We ourselves become a space from which we contemplate, safely, through the “windows” of Teona Toderel, the worlds (or fragments of the world) through which she helps us travel.
We invite you, therefore, to meet her on Thursday, September 15th, at 7pm, in the places she wanted us to walk throug
Kulterra Gallery, str. Știrbei Vodă 104 – 106, sector 1, Bucharest.