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Dan Perjovschi

*1961 in Sibiu, Romania, lives in Sibiu.

Dan Perjovschi's work has been exhibited in the most prestigious institutions around the world. His transitory drawings on the walls of the exhibition rooms are inspired by many notebooks which, over the years, have formed a type of archive that the artist can draw on. Many projects result in new sketchbooks.

The fall of the Ceauşescu regime in 1989 presented Romanian society – until then totally monitored and controlled – with the huge challenge of relearning freedom of speech and thought, and democratically balancing these. Through actions and performances, the visual arts supported this collapse and the effort to build a new society. Apart from an older generation of artists who, until then, had worked isolated from public life in their private apartments except for a small circle of friends, such as Ion Grigorescu, Constantin Flondor or Teodor Graur, a young avant-garde became established; of which Lia and Dan Perjovschi were also a part.

Two of Dan Perjovschi's actions from the pre-revolutionary time of the late 1980s are documented in the photographic sequences of Action Tree and Action Flag.

Dan Perjovschi: "The photos document an 'action' from a series made for photo camera in 1998. It was communism and everything (book, exhibition, film) was subject of censorship. Except things done outside (nature) or inside (apartment).

This is the reason me and some other artists formed a group titled 'Atelier 35 Oradea' (a studip with artists until 35 years old), a division for youth of the one and only Union of Artists.

The youth division especially in the cities on the west part of Romania were very active and in some cases (like in the city of Oradea where I was living 1985–1990) experimental.

Together with other artists I did 3–4 actions under the umbrella title 'Peace Times'. My actions were titled 'Peace Times – Fish Eye'. In general they consists in 4–10 sequences photos of a simple gesture: flag a paper flag or writing words on the walls of some ruins of old bunkers, playing with a gas mask. The place of this action is near Oradea (the city in the west of Romania) using some old ruined bunkers (the pompous defence line against Hungarians)..."

Dan Perjovschi’s exceptional artistic skills inspired the Romanian educational authorities to send him to a special school at the age of 10 to learn to use the classical tools of the visual arts at an early age. During this period he used his skills of depiction to draw caricatures of his teachers in only a few strokes. The early drawing Urzeala dates from this period before the revolution.

Action Tree

Two of Dan Perjovschi's actions from the pre-revolutionary time of the late 1980s are documented in the photographic sequences of 'Action Tree' and 'Action Flag'.

Dan Perjovschi: 'The photos document an 'action' from a series made for photo camera in 1998. It was communism and everything (book, exhibition, film) was subject of censorship. Except things done outside (nature) or inside (apartment).

This is the reason me and some other artists formed a group titled 'Atelier 35 Oradea' (a studio with artists until 35 years old), a division for youth of the one and only Union of Artists.

The youth division especially in the cities on the west part of Romania were very active and in some cases (like in the city of Oradea where I was living 1985–1990) experimental.

Together with other artists I did 3–4 actions under the umbrella title 'Peace Times'. My actions were titled 'Peace Times – Fish Eye'. In general they consists in 4–10 sequences photos of a simple gesture: flag a paper flag or writing words on the walls of some ruins of old bunkers, playing with a gas mask. The place of this action is near Oradea (the city in the west of Romania) using some old ruined bunkers (the pompous defence line against Hungarians)...'

Dan Perjovschi's exceptional artistic skills inspired the Romanian educational authorities to send him to a special school at the age of 10 to learn to use the classical tools of the visual arts at an early age. During this period he used his skills of depiction to draw caricatures of his teachers in only a few strokes. The early drawing Urzeala dates from this period before the revolution.

Bexperience (Berlin)

Dan Perjovschi is working with small notebooks, which are the source for many of his mostly temporary wall drawings or interventions on glas facades and other public sites. These books contain the best and sophisticated humourous, sceptical and sometimes sarcastic comments about our social, private and political reality we can find. Elegantly balanced between wording and drawing some of them seem to timeless and others are just the right punch to specific situation in time.

'Bexperience' is the notebook for an exhibition project in Berlin in 2004. To make it accessible to a wider audience it is also presented as video-slide projection.

The Low Tech in High Tech, The IFA Berlin Notebook 2012

'The Low Tech in High Tech, The IFA Berlin Notebook 2012' was prepared by the artist as a source and inspirational notebook for IFA 2012. At the booth of Deutsche Telekom the artist worked every day for a couple of hours on a large black wall with chalk. 'Chalk Reality (digital flair)' changed over the time like a school board, drawings were wiped out, others were overdrawn and the public, literally hundreds of visitors, was witness the artistic process.

 

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