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NICOLAE GOLICI
Artist's Statement, Curriculum Vitae



The organic growth from the inside out of natural shapes: the various marks these expanding forces leave on the skin or bark, creating knots, interlockings, changes of directions (determined by tensions between exterior and interior forces), mark the struggle for survival and fulfillment of different organisms.

The same shape (organism) might evolve differently in different environments. (I've seen trees grown to their full potential.)
We seem to be programmed toward continuous growth into one another's territory, an incessant struggle which inevitably hurts something or somebody. We are in the position of finding solutions (adaptations) to new situations, creative ideas which might enable everyone to survive and grow somehow, but never to attain their full potential. But is reaching one's full potential the only valid purpose of life?... or is finding an alternative also a worthwhile achievement?

Large pieces in wood and large drawings feature interlacing geometries,shapes which grow more complex from an initial nucleus. The resulting forms seem purified but still maintain a sense of organic memory. Sometimes the forms are close to achieving their full potential like in "Continuous Proliferation"; others seem to be twisted and contorted by an adverse fate, like in "Inner Forces."

I use construction wood as my building material because I found its abstract organic shape perfect for describing systems of growth in nature. They are like atoms: construction units, with simple geometric forms.


ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS:
1998 Firehouse Art Gallery, Garden City, NY
1996 Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich, CT
1993 Smithtown Arts Council, Mills Pond House, St. James, NY
1991 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1989 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Atelier 35 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
1984 Amfora Gallery, Bacau, Romania

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
1999 "Urban Air Forms," New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ
1998 "The Community Warehousel," Interchurch Center, New York, NY
1998 "The Raw & The Cooked," Firehouse Art Gallery, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
1996 "Drawn to the Third Dimension", 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1995 "The Raw and the Cooked", 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1994 "Material Presence", Curator: Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1993 "The Fulton Ferry Outdoor Sculpture Show", New York, NY
1993 "Sculptor's Drawing", 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1992 "Springworks", New York Hall of Science, New York, NY
1992 "Challenging Utopia", Curator: Jude Schwendenwien, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1991 "Columns", Lehigh University Art Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
1990 "Cultural Anthropology: Altars and Symbols", Curator: Ricardo Viera, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1990 "Memory-Reality", Curator: Kit-Yin Snyder, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
1990 "Pipe Dreams", 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1989 "Sculptor's Proposals for Large Scale Works", 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1989 "Sculptor's Work in 2D", 14 Sculptor's Gallery, New York, NY
1988 "New Members Show", 14 Sculptor's Gallery, New York, NY
1986 "Arts of Today", International Exhibition, Budapest, Hungary
1986 "Contemporary Romanian Small Sculpture", Orizont Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
1985 "International Exhibition of young European Art", De Klimende Bever Gallery, Rotterdam, Holland
1985 "Contemporary Romanian Sculpture and Tapestry", Sofia, Bulgaria
1985 "Petit Format de Papier", Bon Secour, Belgium
1984 "Contemporary Images", The Museum of Art, Craiova, Romania
1983 "Place as Act and Metaphor", Village Museum, Bucharest, Romania

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS:
1994 The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant
1993 S.O.S., New York Foundation for the Arts and East End Art Council Grant
1990 Artists Space Artist Grant
1980-1982 "Frederich Storck" Studio Space Award granted by the city of Bucharest, Romania

COMMISSIONS AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:
1983 "Crossroad", stone, Magura Sculpture Park, Romania
1982 "Pomona", stone, Buzau, Romania
1981 "The Young Ones", stone, Moneasa, Romania
1980 "The Forces', stone, Slatina, Romania
Works in Private Collections in Romania, Belgium, USA.

ARTICLES AND REVIEWS:
Newsday, Friday, April 30, 1993, "Personal Icons by Experimental Artists" by Elizabeth Wix
The New York Times, Sunday, May 9, 1993, "Personal Icons: Exploring Space" by Helen R. Harrison
"Personal Icons: Exploring Space", catalog essay, by Nancy Malloy
Articles concerning Nicolae Golici's works were published in the following Romanian publications:
ARTA, Romania Literara, Tribuna Romaniei, Romania Libera..

EDUCATION:
M.F.A. Sculpture, Institute of Fine Arts "Nicolae Grigorescu", Bucharest, Romania1




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