Artist Raluca Iancu is intent on creating destruction with a purpose.
At first, her colorful images of cars, buses, trains and planes, in all their simplicity, may appear innocent enough.
But in context, the wrecked vehicles are meant to be a grim reminder that real crashes wreak real damage to not only things, but real people, too.
When the Los Angeles Printmaking Society’s 21st National Exhibition opens this weekend, at The Art Galleries at CSUN, Iancu’s artwork will be amongst that of about 50 other printmakers. Jack Rutberg, with more than 40 years experience as an art dealer, curator and consultant, was the juror for the exhibit, bringing together an array of artwork, representative of both professional and beginning printmakers, from across the nation.
Since it was started 50 years ago, the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS), a national non-profit, has been instrumental in promoting printmaking as an art form, especially through education and exhibits. Given that Los Angeles is the home of more than a few top-notch presses that specialize in fine art printmaking, a contemporary slant on printmaking has been encouraged and has been able to prosper here. As a member of the American Print Alliance, LAPS has joined forces with other printmakers’ councils to spread the word about this dynamic and innovative type of creative expression.
The unique characteristic of printmaking that allows for multiples to be made of the same piece of artwork does have several obvious advantages. For at the identical time that Iancu’s work will be on exhibit in Los Angeles, art enthusiasts in Boston, for example, can be simultaneously admiring impressions of the same image. (Her work, in fact, is part of the exhibit at the 808 Gallery, in Boston, thru December 20.)
Eager to learn even more about the possibilities of printmaking, Iancu is currently pursuing an MFA in Printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, while her own uniqueness continues to ignite the art scene.
When she created “Deflated Trabant”, Iancu decided to combine sculpture and printmaking.
But she didn’t stop there.
The soft car sculpture she made was large enough that she was able to fit inside it. So, inside she went, giving birth to a live performance. (See it for yourself on YouTube)
Then too, she didn’t hesitate to combine wood, porcelain, chicken wire and neon lights, anticipating the resultant “Porcelaneous Waves” would strike someone’s fancy.
Full speed ahead, with her creativity, she’ll continue to crash through more boundaries.
(The Los Angeles Printmaking Society’s 21st National Exhibition runs from October 26 thru December 14 at The Art Galleries at CSUN (California State University, Northridge) located at 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge 91330. Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission is free. For regular operating hours and additional information call the exhibition information line at 818-677- 2226.)