Bhadgaunle Topi for Nothingness, 2017
Belu Simion Fainaru generates meaning and ideas by juxtaposing different daily elements he finds around him. Stones are one of the elements that is often used by the artist. In the Patan Museum the artist inserted a typical Nepali hat in a stone. The hat as a symbol becomes suddenly an endless void, a place of nothingness.
Coins 1,2, 3, 4, 5
The artist arrived in Kathmandu with empty pockets only having some Israeli and Rumanian coins in his pockets. These coins represent the complex identity of the artist, born in Cluj-Napoca but living in Haifa. From an idea of dialogue the artist inserts these shiny coins in 5 different in stone carved sculptures of deities and religious imagery. With this intervention the artist does not intend to critique the local religion, but tries with respect for all different cultural identities make an image that talks the language of encounter. 1 of these sculptures is shown at the Nepal Art Council, the reaming 4 at Patan Museum.
Black Milk, 2016 A flower that smiles, evoking a smile that flowers, 2016
By using everyday objects and combining these in an unexpected juxtaposition Belu Simion Fainaru opens up possibilities of reading and understanding the world we live in. Vernacular elements are connected with elements of a spiritual order. The banal and vulgar are transformed into elements of beauty and surprise. In ‘Black Milk’ the artist formed a rectangular shape with white chinabone eating plates and pots in different forms. Every form has been filled with black burned oil. The form the work takes is a direct critical reference to the land art artist Richard Long, the way it is filled in makes us think on the dependency of the world on oil.