Thursday, April 28, 2022, starting with 18:30, opened the personal exhibition entitled “Once, on the far side of yesterday” by the artist Paul Barbu, on the floor of the Senso Gallery in Bucharest (Calea Victoriei 12C). Settled in London, Paul Barbu (b. 1986) attended courses of architecture at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, sculpture at UNArte Bucharest and visual arts at Kingston University in London. He has exhibited at the Artworks Gallery (Cambridge), Stanley Picker Gallery (London), Kingston University (London), ICR London and Strata Gallery (Bucharest).
The exhibition “Once, on the far side of yesterday” presents the homonym in-situ installation made by Paul Barbu on the gallery floor in the period preceding the opening and can be visited between April 28 and May 28, 2022, from Monday to Saturday, from 12.00 to 19.00. Curated by Ana Daniela Sultana, the project is part of the visual arts programme conceived by Ana Ștefania Andronic (BUZU), artistic director of the exhibition space.
„«Once, on the far side of yesterday», the in-situ installation of the artist Paul Barbu, introduces us in a timeless and spatial setting governed by the dialogue between materials prevailing over an exhibition discourse prone to politicization, rather focusing its message on the construction process. With its polystyrene ball dunes, the work is configured as a utopian diorama, as a scenographic composition or as a landscape« to the sea and to the sun», to use even the artist’s words, in a way that can be assumed, being an eminently ephemeral artistic gesture. At the same time« Once, on the far side of yesterday» it is also a genuine foray into the artistic practice of Paul Barbu, a practice at the confluence of sculpture, installation and site-specific interventions , obviously influenced by his architectural background (and by creators such as Carlo Scarpa, Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava or Alvaro Siza) ”– Ana Daniela Sultana