Issue #35, 2010
Gallery

No Train Coming
Șerban Savu

Șerban Savu presents a selection of his works which have as starting point daily, insignificant episodes in the lives of ordinary inhabitants of present-day Romania – most of them belonging to that material and symbolic category which a while ago we used to call the working class. Șerban Savu recuperates and reinvents an artistic style – the socialist realism – both at a formal level, including the medium used (painting or mosaic) and at a semantic level conferring it an anti-heroic stance through the depiction of the unspectacular; he thus turns this style into what we could call a post-socialist realism. His characters are seen in the routine of the prosaic, whether it is during their free time or passing their “dead” times in-between the working hours. No Train Coming is such a moment of counter-waiting, which from a wider per­spec­tive could be identified with the time we are living now, a present without big expectations. However, what is lost as aspiration and energy of building a collective future is instead gained through the juxtaposition of these solitary moments. The artist builds a comprehensive composition of contemporary life, which lacks the trivial journalistic approach and can allow us to evaluate the present with a historic purpose. (Raluca Voinea)

Șerban Savu is born in 1978 in Sighișoara, lives and works in Cluj. Among the institutions where he exhibited recently there are Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY, Spinnerei, Leipzig, the Art Museum in Cluj and Upload Art Project, Trent.

No Train Coming, 180x112cm, 2009, oil on canvas

Untitled, 30.5 x 40 cm, 2007,oil on canvas

Before Sunrise, 35 x 31 cm, 2007, oil on canvas

A Moment of Silence, 100 x 140 cm, 2009, oil on canvas

The Oil Pipe, 21 x 30 cm, 2007, oil on canvas

Blue Shadow, 137 x 106.5 cm, 2010, oil on canvas

The Gray 10th Floor Block, 155 x 130 cm, 2008, oil on canvas

Sleep Without Dreams, 132 x 180 cm, 2010, oil on canvas

Three Friends, 163 x 220 cm, 2010, oil on canvas

Untitled, 35 x 28 cm, 2006, oil on canvas

Summer Kitchen, 130 x 106 cm, 2009, oil on canvas

The Welders, 44 x 65 cm, 2007, oil on canvas

Under the View, 154 x 195 cm, 2010, oil on canvas

Untitled, 30.5 x 50 cm, 2006, oil on canvas

Untitled, 29 x 40 cm, 2007, oil on canvas

Empty Courtyard, 45 x 35 cm, 2010, oil on canvas

Algorithm of Stillness, 157 x 134 cm, 2010, oil on canvas