In medicine, “tender spots are areas of pain around joints, but not in the joints themselves. These places hurt when you press on them. They’re often not deep areas of pain. Instead, they seem to be just under the surface of the skin. Doctors don’t know what causes these zones.”
For Indrei, the tender spot represents that area of intersecting peripheries or various borders, bringing into central attention situations, objects or places that are in-betweens and once observed, framed and decontextualized they become in varying degrees self-referential objects.
The artist aims at deviating the perceptual archetype by questioning the instruments of observation. Rather than transferring reality, he tries to construct it, even to forge it, emulating on a language that exists somewhere between photography, painting and sculpture. The work could be sourced from snapshots and constructed images or from the manipulation of process. Through use of framing when documenting a subject and/or by using particular lighting a certain level of abstraction is obtained. This aspect may feel as an adherence to a “postmodernist fetish of surface and spectacle”, but there is no underlying mystification embedded in the images. If one nevertheless feels so, maybe it is in the beholders gaze…
Lucian Indrei (b. 1983), lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His works usually revolves around and involves photography, however is not limited to this medium, including drawing, collage, installation and so on. The subject matter spirals from analyzing and representing personal relationships and events to various topics of interest: in what manner the production and distribution of images condition the perception of images, to what degree our culture is a mixture of fiction and truth (mostly fiction), and by what means images helped achieve that; how technology (and science) is conditioning the way we communicate and in which we perceive the world.
In the last years he was invited as a speaker at cultural events in Stockholm, Athens and Amsterdam, with a focus on the contemporary young art scene of Romania. In 2012 he co-founded the project space Lateral ArtSpace, and is part of the curatorial team.