Everything has its essence in taking a risk. In “Neverstreet”, Alex Baciu invites us in an exploration of the ephemerality of urban art, reimagined in a paradoxical universe through his surrealist lens, keeping the essence of street art, but transforming it into something new. Known for both his studio works and mural paintings, Alex Baciu choses to give murals a second chance. To the extent that he was chosen by them, as several of his murals were smashed along with their supporting walls.
He changes the trajectory and validity of murals, transforming them from urban landmarks into the central themes of his paintings, storing the public space in the private and safe space of the institution of painting. It is neither a rejection nor a complete acceptance of what is, Alex Baciu
creating this liminal space, between sacred and profane, between nothing and infinite, between here and there, between oil and cement, as a response to the fluidity of medium and form.
Clouds, real spaces as well as virtual spaces like iCloud, symbolize the transmission of information and knowledge. In his work, tapestry as a protopixel and the cloud as a need for digital storage intersect, embodying the fusion of old and new, the creation and consumption of space, illustrating the connection between the spaces we live in and those we live from.
Conquering public space or a tapestry is based on an instinctive approach and a satisfaction in the fact that the environment will never be entirely yours and that the whole experience is participatory. The tapestries, with a strong temporal dimension, are dynamically recontextualized in the spatial dimension of the murals, actively participating in the narrative.
His works invite the viewer into a universe where the boundaries between public and private space dissolve, creating heterotopias that transport us physically and metaphysically, connecting us in a shared existence with his murals. The works reflect a dialogue between choice and destiny, navigating the ambiguity of reality and its endless possibilities. Alex Baciu cuts spaces and temporalities and brings them together in this exhibition, urging us to see beyond the past and present, imagining a future where the connection with the urban space is deep and profound.
Kulterra Gallery, str. Știrbei Vodă 104 – 106, sector 1, Bucharest.