Brooklyn, USA
Serban Ionescu

‘Poe’ imagined, for uncertain times

Q. What does it mean to create or be creative at a time of uncertainty?
Serban: Quick moves, trying new things out at least in drawing, finding or creating a pattern of working that will distracts from the noise.

Fantasy and dreaming are useful in times of uncertainty.

Q. Tell us about your piece from the exhibit
Serban:  “Poe” is an object of unknown and mysterious function. In a time clouded by a pandemic, nothing seems to have resolution. I wanted to make an object that has the ambiguity of these times. It is both doomed and hopeful. It’s scale pulsates, never static. It is transparent yet you can’t see in. To keep you guessing seems hopeful. Maybe when you understand it, it’s too late or it’s no longer relevant.

Q. What is your present state of mind?
Serban: Fragile with a hint of positive mental attitude. Taking it day by day, working on the mind and body, enjoying the seconds and minutes with my family. I feel like a child almost, everyday seems new and fresh.

companions / bench, Laurids Gallee & ‘Poe’, Serban Ionescu
Photo by Jeremy Liebman
Serban Ionescu

Born in Romania, raised in Queens NY, Serban Ionescu blurs the boundary between sculpture and design into a line one can inhabit. Irrupting primarily from the automatic act of drawing, his loose instinctual line and his vibrant pops of color expand into sculptural collages of constantly shifting scale. Whether in works of design, functional art, sculpture or architecture, his distinctive style and cartoonish gestures permeate the works with a unique language of anthropomorphic form. These pet like objects and structures become entities that playfully collapse gesture into being. Impulse into experience. For the viewer to hold and for the visitor to explore.
Currently, Serban has presented his first collaboration with R&Company and just completed his largest project “Chapel for an Apple” an outdoor architectural folly erected in Hudson, NY.