Marieta Chirulescu, CYTWOMBLY CYFONTI at Galleria Fonti in Naples

Marieta Chirulescu, Exhibition view CYTWOMBLY CYFONTI at Galleria Fonti, 2016


CYTWOMBLY CYFONTI is the second solo exhibition at Galleria Fonti in Naples by Marieta Chirulescu. In this show Chirulescu stages eight paintings of different sizes and formats from a greater body of work, which she has developed since the beginning of 2015. Although these paintings reveal the characteristics of Chirulescu’s familiar style, they also differ from it in subtle ways. What first comes to the eye, is the use of intense colors in the (printed) backgrounds as well as for the (painted) elements which complete most of the works. The range of colors, however, does not seem to originate from the classical painter’s palette, but from a Photoshop color panel, its hue and brilliance reminds one of a computer screen more than of natural light. Chirulescu also uses pieces of self-printed or generic patterned fabric to join printed and painted canvases.

These changes in register – which also show an expansion of means at the artist’s command – still cannot account fully for the different – at first even unfamiliar – aesthetic of the new works. In contrast to older prints and paintings the new pieces seem to be more dense, as if the different elements they consist of had been synthesized in a much longer and more complicated process.

The changes in appearance might cause a slight feeling of diffusion on a formal level as well as in regard to what these canvasses are meant to be – their character seems hard to identify. Are they referring to the history of painting – abstraction, impressionism, écriture automatique, – to digital images, computer-collages, photography, structural investigations of image-making or even CGI? In a way they refer to all of the abovementioned sources, in parts or fragments, yet never totally or as a whole, and contradictory signs can be found within one painting. By doing so they not only make it harder for the viewer to sort them into one of the well-known categories of style (which are always close at hand), they also deomostrate the artist’s awareness of all these categories, and also of a lot of (post-)painterly strategies of evoking feelings of belonging to one or the other. Still Chirulescu’s paintings only show that the artist is aware of all these things without ever following one beaten track for too long. By doing so, she opens up a whole new field for her work to expand into the future.

But still – as in most of her earlier work – an impression of painting informed by techniques pertaining to conceptual art emerges, whereas there is no certain strategy or train of thought whatsoever, which one can clearly identify or even follow. Chirulescu’s paintings present a different approach, there is no rational concept which can easily or completely by verbalised. Instead her paintings are infused with a diffuse idea of concept, constituting a constant source of conceptual indications, which create an array of intensities.


Marieta Chirulescu, Untitled, 2016
Lacquer, oil and paper on canvas, cm. 150 x 95


Marieta Chirulescu, Untitled, 2015
Inkjet print, oil on canvas, cm. 100 x 170


Galleria Fonti – via chiaia 229 Naples Italy
15 January – 18 March 2016