Liliana Mercioiu Popa: VARIABLE GEOMETRY

  • ALERT STRUCTURES 2, acrylic on canvas, 70x100 cm, 2013
  • A WORLD OF PROCESSES, acrylic on canvas, 150x200 cm, 2013
  • VARIABLE SPACES 5, drawing, acrylic and collage on cardboard 50x70cm, 2012
  • VARIABLE SPACES 3, drawing, acrylic and collage on cardboard 50x70cm, 2012
  • ALERTS STRUCTURES 2, drawing, 30x50 cm, 2013
  • FORCE CONNECTIONS, wooden object, 2013


Liliana Mercioiu Popa
Curator: Ileana Pintilie

"The searches for form and structure conducted by Liliana Mercioiu Popa in her recent exhibition hosted by Jecza Gallery are more focused on the study of the relationship between materiality and dematerialization, on the relationship between various compositional elements. In the attempt to achieve a dynamic ordering of space, the artist employs the media of drawing, painting, as well as objects. In this way, she settles in an open area of research rather than that of a “producer” of objects displayed for the usual, beauty-loving public.
This is probably the reason why her recent artworks express the problematics of painting, facing the hypostasis of open, dematerialized forms, expressed with the help of other artistic media. Attached to visual materiality and controlled gestualism, her painting remains somehow in the area of chromatic exploration, of refined, well studied grey shades, but also in the area of the sensuous paste, whose charm attracts her permanently.
The sketches, close to visual research, are also the expression of the tensions between touches of colour and various material structures, some of them reminding of collage or even relief (by adding metal grids or other available materials, incorporated in the field of vision). In contrast with them, the drawings explore the interferences of pure geometrical structures, resulting from parallel lines or the dynamic interplay of these lines, on a flat, evenly coloured surface. The geometrical constructions resulting from such formal explorations seem to be some sort of practice of accepting objectivity, in contrast with free, individual expression."

Ileana Pintilie