A survival dance through this period marked by the pandemic involves first and foremost a practice of decontaminating anxiety and fear, thus Gabriel Caloian proposes in his works a disconnection from everyday life through an immersion in an imaginary of Dadaist origin, in which the automatic drawing processes all his feelings. Without necessary intending to bring us into the atmosphere of more than a century ago, Gabriel Caloian manages to correlate the current situation with that of the First World War, when the world would come to know both the famous Cabaret Voltaire and the Spanish Flu. Perhaps precisely because history is cyclical, the poetic images invoked in the graphic works gathered in this exhibition are timeless.
The association of characters, objects and text from Gabriel Caloian’s representations give the impression of a collage, a typical Dadaist technique, but his works are in fact “hypnographies” (a term derived from “hypnosis” and “graphy”). Made in a mixed technique in which he combines ink, marker and acrylic paint, these works refer rather to the state of mind in which the artist is creating. The title “Survival Dance” is inspired from one of the pieces in the selection, which is also a continuation of the “Morcovid” series, recently exhibited by Gabriel Caloian at DANA Gallery in Iași, Roamania. (Ana Sultana Cipariu, curator)