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

2022

COLLECTIBLE Fair - Presented by Everyday Gallery, Brussels, BE

 

2020

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

R & Company (Duo)

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

Design Miami - with R & Company, Miami, FL

Desert Islands - Virtual show curated by Apartamento

Under / Over - with Marta Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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

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

 

2019

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

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

The Chair - Future Perfect, New York, NY

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

 

2018

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

Serban Ionescu and Anjuli Rathod - SAFE Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Duo)

NADA Art Fair - SAFE Gallery, Miami, FL

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

In Good Company Edition 2 - Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Brooklyn, NY NADA Art Fair - SAFE Gallery, New York, NY

 

2017

CASBAH -MAW Gallery, New York, NY

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

 

2016

Bad Water Pavilion - Knockdown Center, Queens, NY (Duo)

OFF X OFF - Furniture Designs by J McDonald and Serban Ionescu, Sena Space, New York, NY (Duo)

No Commission Art Fair - curated by Swizz Beatz, Bronx, NY

 

2015

Things With Claws - Knockdown Center, Queens, NY

Destroy, She Said - Pierogi Gallery / Boiler, Brooklyn, NY

 

2014

Good Spell Bad Craft - Works by Jonah Emerson Bell and Serban Ionescu, Sena Space, New York, NY (Duo)

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

 

2013

Headscapes - Warehouse, Long Island City, NY

 

2012

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

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

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

 

2011

Ship Of Fools - Bridge Gallery, New York, NY

Pretty Vacant - Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

OBJECT CITY - The Objectionists Bridge Gallery, New York, NY

 

2010

Bedlam - Bank Iran Leroy St. New York, NY 

The Objectionists and Friends - Troy, NY 

 

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

 

 

Work

Serban Ionescu Studio, Artist and Designer, Brooklyn, NY - Production Designer and Prop Designer, Various TV Commercials, Music Videos and Films 2012 - 2019

Serett Fabrication Studio, Head Designer and Project Manager, Brooklyn, NY 2010 - 2012

Franke Gottsegen and Cox Architects, Junior Architect, New York, NY

2008 - 2010 

Joel Sanders Architect, Designer, New York, NY 2007- 2008

 

 

 

Residencies

Sept 2014 - Mar 2015, MANA Contemporary Residency, Jersey City, NJ 

 

Education

 

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

 

Teaching - Adjunct Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture, Troy, NY 2010 - 2016

 

 

Seclected Press

Objects U.S.A. book, Monacelli Press, 2020 Architectural Digest, “Take Me to Church, Artist Serban Ionescu plants a 20 foot tall folly in Hudson, NY”, November 2020

Apartamento, Issue #24 Interview, Fall/Winter 2019

New York Magazine, The Strategist, “This is a chair”, September, 2019 

“Small Homes, Grand Living” Book, 2017, Gestalten Press

NY Times, 2016 “Galleries Shift Shape to Survive in a Changing Art World” By Roberta Smith

Vulture, 2016 “Never Has My Breath Been Taken Away Like It Was At Knockdown Center” By Jerry Saltz

NY Times, 2014 “Beyond the Cubicle”

Hyperallergic Blog, 2012 “ When Things Go Wrong/Secret History by

Serban Ionescu” -

Dwell Magazine , 2012 “Take Five”