“Thought is perversion. For it is a product of yesterday” - artist talk with Dan Raul Pintea

Saturday April 20th 2013, 7:31 am
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On the 18th of April, 2013, PAVILION center held an artist talk with Dan Raul Pintea under the title “Thought is perversion. For it is a product of yesterday”.

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Bounded by tradition, thoughts follow culture. The product is a mind with inoculated imagery that shapes our world through corrupted perception. And that’s how you start to judge. I, for instance, confront with such biases often when in public places I hear: “Look. It’s Jesus” or “Make way for Jesus to pass”. And all this, only because I have a beard. I even got almost beaten by some guys on daylight. Visibly scornful, they asked me: ”Hey, don’t you have a shaving blade?” Luckily for me, I was inspired to say that I don’t need it because I’m a priest. I mean come on… don’t they know that also philosophers, writers, artists or hipsters grow beards? Since we are born society assail us with obsolete images, with impersonal energies upon which we build the universe to come. Deliberately or not, we take them. We can’t resist their influence. Because the thought is energy and we are water. And the best way for a thought to dissimulate is to host in water-bearing species.

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Accordingly, our thoughts will always be drawn to situations in which we seek for the equivalent image inoculated in our heads. Maybe that’s why I found myself in the position of coping with different motivational images posted by friends on Facebook. I couldn’t help noticing the similitudes of the pictures within the collective conscious so I started to collect them. This is how I observed that we see what we want to see, so mind can achieve the thought already inoculated. This means that we have a destiny to fulfil, future thoughts to accept. That’s the only purpose. Not to live somebody’s energies, their inoculated dreams, to become something we are not. By doing so, we dissimulate life. We build our dreams upon what we learn, see or hear from others. Ignoring ourselves and following reason, we feel miserable. And then we wonder why we feel this way. Define misery: not accomplishing what we already accomplished.

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Love can only be when thought is still and this stillness can never be touched by thought. Because everything put together by thought is within the area of noise, so it can in no way make itself still… thought itself must be still for silence to be. Silence is always now as thought is not. Thought, always being old, cannot possibly enter into that silence which is always new.

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Dan Raul Pintea was born August 3, 1981, in Romania. He studied fine arts at the University of Arts and Design in Cluj Napoca (RO), where he also got his MA in 2006. He worked there for a year as an Silskscreen Tehnician, but seeing that he cannot develop his own projects he returned to Sibiu, to prioritize his thoughts. Aware of their power he quickly become interested in expressing them through direct, efficient, visual tools. His work and overall approach to art is rather untypical but at the same time they reflect inoculation situations in culture and society. Since 2007 he exhibited at Ivan Gallery (RO), 26 Gallery (RO), Anca Poterasu Gallery (RO), Victoria Art Centre (RO), Sala Dalles (RO), Trypthycon (DE), Visual Kontakt (DE), Program Gallery (PL). Now he is represented by Anca Potersu Gallery, whom he participated with at Preview Art Fair from Berlin, in 2011.

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Dan Raul Pintea is a participant in the current exhibiton at Pavilion, “Common Nostalgia”, curated by Eugen Rădescu.


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