Glass Art

 

Mihai Ţopescu lives and works at Târgu Jiu (Gorj County, Romania), not far from Constantin Brâncuşi’s Endless Column. Spiritually determined by the great forerunner, the contemporary Gorjean artist confesses: “I am really happy that Brâncuşi has not discovered the art of the glass as a mean of expression.”

Ţopescu’s creation, carried on along three decades, has glass as its physical core. Other materials (mainly wood and metal) often participate in his compositions, making up sculptural works which, composed together, it structures the space into installations able to integrate contemporary artistic languages– for instance, video.

The artist highlights glass’ capacity to seduce, to fascinate optically and to suggest mystery, without ever relying on the fragility of this material. Inexhaustible technically speaking Mihai Ţopescu has made from this “art of the fire” a kind of interdisciplinary field, where the sculptural elements uses features proper to painting and graphics – see, for example, the series whose “birth” was recorded stage by stage in the film Anatomy of Glass (2010), or the suite Captive Characters/Drawings in Glass (2012).

Ţopescu has a remarkable international visibility: he is integrated in the circuit of the great exhibitions and manifestations dedicated to glass. At the same time he is an active and respected name in the “arts of the fire”, his oeuvre being displayed in the most important collective public events dedicated to glass, organized in Romania. He is appreciated and requested as a glass designer both at home and abroad.

His artistic production is the outcome of a plastic thinking which turns glass into a material used in the major territory of sculpture. Ţopescu’s work could be defined as a happy and fruitful encounter of creativity and craft. In representation, the dramatic nuances do not exclude the ironical ones, the laic sources of inspiration interlaces with sacred ones. The works, rich and complex, belong to an acknowledged artist and not in the least to the prisoner of some conceptual or stylistic patterns, a fact which makes us expect with interest the next stages of his creation.

ADRIAN GUTA

ART CRITIC