Serban Ionescu Romanian, b. 1984

Overview

Brooklyn based artist Serban Ionescu (b. 1984, Ploiesti, Romania) holds a BArch from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He has taught Architecture design studio at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY from 2010-2016. His work has been published in Dwell Magazine, New York Times and other publications. Ionescu's work has been the subject of four solo exhibitions in New York. 

 

With his drawings in space, Serban Ionescu blurs the boundary between design and sculpture into a line one can inhabit. Ionescu’s work stems primarily from the automatic act of drawing. These instinct based gestures leave the artist with piles of drawings to sift through and further decipher into collages. Cartoonish limbs are pasted together to create a greater anthropomorphic form, flattening on the XY axis to take on the function of a chair. The finished figure is translated into three dimensional space via several methods such as CNC water jet or plasma cut steel, powder coating, and sometimes upholstery. Every aspect of Ionescu’s drawings are captured into the sculptural work, from the loose edge mark-making to the vibrant pops of color. Limbs are emphasized as shaky, creeping, and slanted entities that ground these constructs into being. Building upon the concept that a chair is a character or a pet in a room; These cast of characters poetically collapse air into earth, and gesture into chair.

 

Works
Exhibitions
Art Fairs
Press
CV

Serban Ionescu (1984) b. Ploiesti, Romania

 

2022

COLLECTIBLE Fair - Presented by Everyday Gallery, Brussels

Potluck - Everyday Gallery, Antwerp

CAN Ibiza, Everyday Gallery Booth, Ibiza

 

2021

In Order of Appearance - Everyday Gallery, Antwerp (Solo show)

 

2020

Limbo Act II - Everyday Gallery, Antwerp

Limbo - Everyday Gallery, Antwerp

Failed Seriousness: Lapo Binazzi and Serban Ionescu - Virtual exhibition with

R & Company (Duo)

OBJECTS U.S.A. - with R & Company, New York City

Design Miami - with R & Company, Miami

Desert Islands - Virtual show curated by Apartamento

Under / Over - with Marta Gallery, Los Angeles

Imagined, For Uncertain Times - Virtual show curated by Soft Geometry

The Armory Show 2020 - with R & Company, New York City

 

2019

DACIA - R & Company, New York City (Solo show)

Chairs Beyond Right and Wrong - R & Company, New York, New York APR

The Chair - Future Perfect, New York City

Kipsy part of Culture Corps “Off the wall” and Hudson Yards, New York City

 

2018

A Crowded Room - Larrie Gallery, New York City (Solo show)

Serban Ionescu and Anjuli Rathod - SAFE Gallery, Brooklyn 

NADA Art Fair - SAFE Gallery, Miami

Ceci N’est Pas Une Chaise / This Is Not A Chair - Plant Seven, High Point, NC 100 Sculptures - Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City

In Good Company Edition 2 - Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Brooklyn

NADA Art Fair - SAFE Gallery, New York City

 

2017

CASBAH -MAW Gallery, New York City

Oread - Pop Up Installation, 198 Bowery, New York City

 

2016

Bad Water Pavilion - Knockdown Center, Queens

OFF X OFF - Furniture Designs by J McDonald and Serban Ionescu, Sena Space, New York City

No Commission Art Fair - curated by Swizz Beatz, Bronx

 

2015

Things With Claws - Knockdown Center, Queens

Destroy, She Said - Pierogi Gallery / Boiler, Brooklyn

 

2014

Good Spell Bad Craft - Works by Jonah Emerson Bell and Serban Ionescu, Sena Space, New York City

All The Best Artists Are My Friends - curated by Ray Smith, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey

 

2013

Headscapes - Warehouse, Long Island City

 

2012

Demeter - Bridge Gallery, New York City (Solo show)

Secret History - Bridge Gallery, New York City (Solo show)

To The Stars On The Wings Of An Eel - Gowanus Ballroom, Brooklyn Brucennial 2012 - New York City

 

2011

Ship Of Fools - Bridge Gallery, New York City

Pretty Vacant - Warehouse, Brooklyn

OBJECT CITY - The Objectionists Bridge Gallery, New York City

 

2010

Bedlam - Bank Iran Leroy St. New York City

The Objectionists and Friends - Troy

 

Selected Film Works

 

2018

A Fool’s Errand - Director of short animation with Narek Gevorgian

Without The I by Elke - Director for music video with Berenice Eveno

 

2016

Blame It On Me - Director and Writer for short film

 

2012

Demeter - Director and Writer for short film

 

2014

The Shadow Self by Fantasmes - Director for music video

Clermont Film Festival Nominee

 

Education

 

BArch Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn NY Class of 2007