In The Studio: Radu Nastasia – MA Fine Art
Where are you from?
East end – Bucharest – Romania
Describe your experience at Chelsea in 3 words
Like a Boeing!
Please tell us about your work over the last year and in the MA Summer Show
My approach has evolved a lot over the course of the MA. I have been working with various texts, finding meaning in them and translating this meaning into physical work, by the act of appropriation, which I then exhibit. By placing these works in different environments, I encourage the viewer to to rethink the ordinary meaning of the word or logo.
Briefly, I am going to focus on this act of appropriation, by erecting a 6 metre high flag on the parade ground, as well as a pop-up billboard installation indoors.
What was your greatest challenge in working towards the degree show?
It is all about taking risks; it’s a gamble. One must decide whether to push the boundaries of what contemporary art could be or abide by the institutional framework in order to avoid failure…ultimately what can you lose in the end?
I must take into consideration the definition of the “degree show”, which doesn’t mean it is your solo show, hence I have to adapt somehow, to neither lose the concept nor send the work into another direction.
What do you see yourself doing after you graduate, what are your career ambitions?
I have some new upcoming projects that I am looking forward to implementing, many of them in the public space. I am working on an experimental book too.
What have you enjoyed most about studying at Chelsea?
Besides everything else, the new friends I’ve made here are priceless.
What have you most enjoyed about the area around Chelsea? Any tips?
St George’s Square is a quiet and private park, a 2 minute walk from Pimlico tube station near Chelsea College of Arts.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about doing your course? Any advice?
Keep an open mind! Everything will change like a heresy and the structure of the course is quite heuristic.
See more work on Radu Nastasia’s website
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