January 2017_ by Michela Arfiero
Radu Comsa (1975), lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; a new place to go to and see interesting young contemporary artists. He also works with a Romanian gallery that we like to follow, Galeria Sabot.
How did it begin?
With me copying Piero della Francesca, after a birthday-present-catalogue received from my aunt when I was 7 or 8. Still have it and still think it’s great despite the very poor reproductions (“Piero della Francesca”, Ed. Meridiane, Romania, 1981).
How would you present your work?
Where do you make your works?
Mostly in my head. Almost done when they come out.
What can’t be missing from your worktable?
The compass, the ruler, coloured pencils (paper comes and goes).
Collection you wish at least one work of yours was part of?
The market or your need to express?
My need to circulate hypotheses.
Lightness or depth?
Day or night?
Early morning till sundown.
Question you’ve never been asked but one you’ve always wanted to answer?
Answer that question…
Used to join rephrasings of the same thing.
Could you describe one of your latest works
4 seemingly identical towels - 2 yellow, 2 green. Natural pigments (turmeric & spirulina) mimicking the synthetic yellow & green. Casually placed by Club Papucho on a wall heater.
What's on your desk right now
Abraham Moles, “Art et ordinateur”; red, green, blue markers; coloured pencils; two pencil sharpners; one compass; one ruler; a cutter; a pair of sunglasses; three sketchbooks.
The image of your desktop
Ala & Ida.
What are you reading?
Władysław Tatarkiewicz, “A history of six ideas”.
Jodorowsky, “The Holy Mountain”.
Where do you live now? How much does your living in a place influence your work?
I live in an apartment which I started to renovate about two years ago and never finished. My girlfriend, two dogs, books, boxes, doors, missing doors. I live in Cluj, but I can easily imagine this particular environment anywhere else: space overrides location. I suppose I also enjoy keeping space ‘in progress’ – I approach my work in a similar way.
Where would you like to live?
Paris, Rue du Sabot.
Do you have reference artists? Artists you’d like to work with?
Some of my many ‘places of interest’, in no particular order and in no particular direction: Paul Signac, Theo van Doesburg, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers, Jean Prouvé, Guillaume Apollinaire, Anton Stankowski, Arvo Pärt, György Ligeti, Arnold Schönberg, Daphne Oram, Lil Buck...
With Martin Creed, on a Steve Reich background, in front of a ‘meat and cheese’ plate.
A project, related to art, that you’d like to do?
To translate some of my works into music.
If you weren’t an artist, what job would you like?
A dream of yours?
Clairvoyance. So I could tell which of the contemporary zombies would survive.
What does Nature mean to you?
What does color mean to you?
Selective solo and group shows: Art Capital biennial, Ferenczy Museum, Szentendre (2016); Naked and drawing with a compass, Sabot, Cluj-Napoca (2016); Basa Walikan [Batik transcriptions], KAYU / Lucie Fontaine, Bali (2015); Timisoara Biennial, Appearance & Essence (2015); Tomb Raider, Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles (2015); Non-Profit & Profit, Spazio A, Pistoia (2014); Boogie Woogie, Trafó Gallery, Budapest (2014); A few grams of Red, Yellow, Blue, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2014); Hotspot Cluj – New Romanian Art, Arken Museum, Copenhagen (2013); Estate, Marianne Boesky, New York (2012); European Travellers – Art from Cluj today, Műcsarnok | Kunsthalle Budapest (2012); Play dice would be nice, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris (2012); ORIGINAL/COPY I, Peles Empire, London (2012).