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ALLreadymade by DARIE DUP
11/03/2021 @ 2:00 pm - 11/05/2021 @ 8:00 pm UTC+3
“Since the tubes of paint used by the artist are manufactured and ready made products we must conclude that all the paintings in the world are ‘readymades aided’ and also works of assemblage.” – Marcel Duchamp
ALLreadymade is about things that are all ready there, about things that have probably been already done, about all these and probably about something already more – something else. A word game that has its origins in the avant-garde phrase – “readymade”, those ready- made series objects exhibited by artists per se and which, once recontextualized, acquires artistic values and new meanings.
Darie Dup’s exhibition should be seen as a continuity of such artistic approaches, as long as the object represents the center of his art works ensemble – both the common object, and the one created by the artist in the most unique poses and images. However, there’s more to point towards the complexity of Darie Dup’s experiment, as the artist not only recycles, but also investigates and deciphers the purpose and the meaning of objects. His art is not a mere manifesto addressed to erase the line between art and life, but aims at the search for the concept, the idea beyond the predictability of appearances.
Somewhat paradoxically, trying to avoid the real as an imitation, or the too obvious narration, through the infusion of concrete, he returns back there. The same perspective should be ascribed to the artist’s concern for the human body, more precisely for the anatomical fragments which appear in various forms and circumstances in his works: from fetishistic doll heads, to oversized ears, from the invective-index-fingers, to naïve pseudo- kits of limbs and organs. Otherwise, fragmentation as an attitude and remixing as a strategy is an approach that can be spotted in all of Dup’s works, old and new, two-dimensional or sculptural. Then there is color – an essential element in Darie Dup’s artistic economy, which we find, exhilarated, in all of his projects.
ALLreadymade is an assumed fragmentary course showcasing the most important art works and work manners approached by the artist in recent years, a multifarious but equally coherent selection of works of sculpture, object, painting, digital print, or in situ installation. Just as always, we detect in Darie Dup’s artistic endeavor that strong personal touch, an intelligent and visionary approach, a mature attitude, always somehow familiar, always somehow surprising.