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Muntean / Rosenblum

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Arndt & Partner presents Muntean / Rosenblum : Far away from why : 19 Mar to 30 Apr 2005


A group portrait of six teenagers a text in capitols reads: ĎWe wereboth surprised and touched but could hardly express any emotion,because somehow, having left behind the pain in contemplation, so little of us was there, to be pondered on or graspedí. Is this really a thought of one of the potrayed? Or is this rather a quote that has been layed into the mouths of those upon first sight carefree looking young people? The words seem to impede and at the same time to replenish them with a depth, of which the youngsters do not yet seem conscious of.

Untitled (The room was a pool...), 2005
Untitled (The room was a pool...), 2005
The works of Muntean / Rosenblum persistently confront us with people, whose appearances disclose them as children of our times. They are wearing up-to-date clothes, they are young, handsome, and seemingly adapted to our society. Yet, in a peculiar way they seem out of place. The vacant look in their eyes reveals that they have learned to embody the stereotypical image of youth reproduced by mass media. They are the products of a society marked by MTV and they have adapted the message of the advertisement industry well. At the same time, the written text in the paintings implicate that the portrayed persons are consciously or unconsciouly longing for so much more. It is precisely this yearning for security and respect, for affection and for a fullfilling goal of life one reads in their facial expressions, that creates this unmistakable presence of all of Muntean / Rosenblumís characters. The protagonistís isolation, which they chose themselves, but which they are not responsible for, hinders them from seeing their own dreams come true.


The works of Muntean / Rosenblum often refer to traditional formulas of expression, in order to represent certain emotions. By transferring representational conventions to their own work, they succeed in disclosing how -throughout history- the meaning of a certain gesture may change into itís contrary. In one of Muntean / Rosenblumís works for example, the lasciviously bending gesture of a male adolescent characterized by lethargy and boredom is reminiscent of traditional representations of Christís removal from the cross or depictions of martyr. Despite the artistsí rather specific handwriting, they employ a wide range of formal approaches: Besides their widely recognized works on canvas as well as their drawings, Muntean / Rosenblum also present their remix of art history and contemporary society in the media film and installation.

Text by Thorsten Albertz




IMAGE DESCRIPTION : All images
Acrylic on Canvas, 220 x 260cm, 2005.


Untitled (We were both surprised and touched...)
Untitled (We were both surprised and touched...)

Muntean / Rosenblum : Far away from why
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