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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Dan Voinea

Bucharest, Romania










A momentary rise of reason constitutes a deliberated exercise in sanity and the absurd in the realm of the surreal. By means of basic, sparse compositions and frugal coloring, the artworks depict every-day stereotypes in which the strange detail contaminates the apparent reality with the absurd. The logic commands a reading from right to left, while the suggested substance of the story is no longer the foundation of the whole, but merely a guilty last brush- stroke, the author’s unconditioned reflex.
Time is suspended, the characters are ageless, the backdrop minimal. Light itself hesitates between flooding the overexposed frame or whimsically set itself upon the shapes. The imperfectly square frames gather the characters into the center of a setting described more out of weakness for the real than for stylistic reasons. The seminude bodies become briefly inflamed under the flashlights. The puzzle is ready, les jeux sont faits, rien ne va plus!














Playboy Afternoon represents an x-ray of suspended gestures in the aftermath of our daily tremor, lazily unfolding as a sequence of celluloid frames.The main characters skid surrealistically out of an ordinary emotional wireframe, fill the void in the imaginary and then transfer our reality into a Hollywood-type mind-set, with some tongue-in-cheek classical references. In Dan Voinea’s vision, the kiss scene is recalibrated and the main characters are only capable of a self referential kind of love, caught in a hunt for alter egos. A psychological tragic comedy using surprising images that have the aftertaste of unfulfillment, of a goal which, in order to finally achieve, you may need a ‘help’ button.

 A. Done

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