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Adela Andea Awarded Residency at Zebra 3

Adela Andea - Aeterna Lux


Residence from November 30 to December 17, 2015
Exhibition from 17 December 2015 to 15 February 2016 - Showcase 7 Place du Parlement, Bordeaux

The object of strong symbolic representations in the history of art, the richness of the values that are culturally attached to light is probably due to its ability to make the world visible. From Fontana to Munari, from kinetic art to Flavin and Turrell, light - natural or artificial - has become since the 1950s the preferred material for many contemporary artistic practices related to issues of perception.


With the proliferation of screens in our daily lives, light is today a visual communication material inherent in new communication technologies. It conveys information and meaning. Based on this observation, Adela Andea proposes an interpretation in which she explores the relationship between Nature and technological progress, questioning the fragile balance between these two entities.


Her sculptural work is based on the coherent assemblage of synthetic materials from mass, light and colour productions, through which she recreates the beauty of natural landscapes.

The title of the Lux Aeterna installation refers to a phenomenon found on certain surfaces at the polar ends of the Moon that are perpetually exposed to sunlight. This infinitely renewable light source was used to recharge equipment during space explorations in the 1970s.


Electrical sheaths, connecting cables, plastic components of all kinds... Adela Andea manipulates and combines each of these elements to form a systemic construction that gives an organic dimension to this artificial environment. An ecosystem composed of plastic and light that makes us the explorers of a sensory universe with intense chromaticism born of an ex nihilo creation. An immersive experience in the work that recalls the aesthetic environments of Allan Kaprow, or the abstract and pictorial approach to the use of neon by Keith Sonnier.


Like a powerful marine siphon, these gyres of heterogeneous materials act as vortexes that would attract the residues of our society of (over)consumption, questioning the sustainability of human societies, as well as our relationship to the world and objects, and what will remain of it...



Adela Andea was born in 1976 in Timisoara, eastern Romania, and lives in Houston, Texas. She lived under the oppression of the communist regime of Nicolae Ceausescu and witnessed the Romanian revolution of 1989 which led to the fall of the totalitarian Romanian regime.

She began her artistic career as a teenager with the silver medal at the Shankar International Competition in New Delhi, India, in 1994. Adela attended the Faculty of Law in Romania in 2009, then graduated Major In Painting Program promotion from the University of Houston and continues her graduate studies in New Media, Art History and Leadership At the University of North Texas.

After moving to the United States in 1999, she participated in numerous exhibitions in California, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida and Texas. His work has been exhibited at the first contemporary art fair in Houston, the MADI Museum and the prestigious Art Miami Contemporary Art Fair.
In 2011, she presented a solo exhibition at the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston, as

well as at the Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas. Adela Andea is represented by three galleries: the Anya Tish Gallery in Houston, the Westwood Gallery in New York and the Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.



This exhibition is supported by the Bordeaux Creation Fund


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