My Mission

Using incredible easy means (sometimes exclusively conceptual) I try to overpass the intellectual prejudices and stereotypes, being aware of the place I hold in the world and as well as of the fact that I can use and I can be used.

Bulldozer watching itself in the mirror, 2014

Buldozer privindu-se în oglindă (Bulldozer watching itself in the mirror)
A project by Cezar Lăzărescu

8, 9, 10 August 2014
The esplanade of the Iaşi Palace of Culture
Inauguration: Friday, 8 August 2014, 19.00h

In 1997, the Iaşi artist Cezar Lăzărescu imagined a project for the public space around the Câlnic castle, part of an exhibition organised by the Bucharest SOROS Centre for Contemporary Art . His proposal at the time – Buldozer privindu-se în oglindă (Bulldozer watching itself in the mirror) –, however, did not materialise until now, in 2014, when Iași committed to putting it into practice as part of the project Mecanica unui proiect de artă în spațiul public din Iași (The mechanics of a contemporary art project in the public space in Iaşi).

Bulldozer watching itself in the mirror is staged for the first time in Romania, in Iaşi, on the Esplanade of the Palace of Culture, and, beyond the meanings that anyone could project onto it, this project consists in practice of the improbable juxtaposition of two objects of a functional nature: a bulldozer and a mirror. The juxtaposition of the two may attract the sympathy of the casual onlooker towards an object that signifies brute force, the basic instrument in the implementation of urban change, and, at the same time, a disruption of the day-to-day urban landscape – a different kind of spectacle. The artist's gesture, materialized in this temporary sculpture, relies on the wider public's monotonous perception of art by making an apparently brutal intervention, while at the same time appealing to empathy.

Art in the public space can teach one to DEMAND MORE THAN FIREWORKS and that it is meant to INTERRUPT RATHER THAN EMBELLISH... These are rules number 6 and 7 of the 12 NEW RULES OF PUBLIC ART imagined by Situations and Claire Doherty in 2014, rules that reimagine the whats and wherefores of public art.

The mechanics of a contemporary art project in the public space in Iași concerns the prospecting and materialization of an infrastructure that is most often invisible, consisting of governmental and nongovernmental organisations, funding means and mechanisms, local and regional public authorities, as well as the various relationships that need to be established between them and an artist in order to realize a contemporary art project in the public space of Iaşi. Establishing durable connections, based on genuine mutual knowledge and trust between the various agents of this dynamic field is one of the long-term objectives of Iași.

Cezar LĂZĂRESCU is a Romanian artist living and working in Iași. He graduated from „G. Enescu” University of Iași and is a founding member of Vector Association, since 2001. Among many others he participated in exhibitions such as: ”OPEN AIR CINEMA – DEMOLITION”, Chișinău, 2012, "Salon Video", ALERT Studio, Bucharest , 2012 ­”The City Menace ­ a critical view of urban space”, Iași, 2012, "Friends of the Divided Mind", Royal College of Art, London 2009. In 2012, Iași organized its first solo show and retrospective Cezar Lăzărescu: I like Periferic 3. In 2014 he participated, together with 1+1, at Bucharest Biennale 6, with ”BB+„ project. “Using incredible easy means (sometimes exclusively conceptual) I try to overpass the intellectual prejudices and stereotypes, being aware of the place I hold in the world and as well as of the fact that I can use and I can be used.” (Cezar Lăzărescu)

The team: Andrei Pripasu, Florin Bobu, Cezar Lăzărescu, Delia Bulgaru, Livia Pancu, Sorana Lupu and Andrei Timofte.
Thanks to: Dan Acostioaei, Ionuț Tudor, Mihai Vereștiuc, the Iaşi City Hall and Mihai Pricop.
Arhitect: Andrei Pripasu
Curator: Livia Pancu & 1+1

Main partner of the project "Mecanica Unui Proiect de Artă Contemporană în spaţiul public" ("The mechanics of a contemporary art project in the public space"):
the Iaşi County Council, through the 2014 Programme for non-reimbursable funding granted by the Iaşi County budget

The Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Iași

The main partner of tranzit. ro is ERSTE Foundation.

BB+ cancelled, 2014

Cezar Lăzărescu & 1+1, BB +, art project in public space, mobile banners & audio recording, print banner frontlit PVC poliplan, frontlit, 4200 x 2500 mm. double-sided, sound message approx. 1 minute, 2014.

"The credit rating agency Standard & Poor 's confirmed Romania's rating at 'BB+'. This mark represents Romania's rating for long-term liabilities in foreign and local currencies out looking for the perspective of a positive rating due to export growth, fiscal consolidation and the stability of the financial sector. However, the agency warns about the decreasing of foreign investments due to bureaucracy and juridical incertitude, low absorption rate of the EU funds and the risk of not committing to the assumed reform engagements made by the Government before the elections. Therefore, Standard & Poor's maintains Romania in the speculative category, or "junk ", not recommended for investment.”

Update: Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has raised Romania’s rating by one notch to "BBB-" changing from speculative, or "junk" status, to one with a stable outlook, recommended for investment. (May 16th, 2014)

In Bucharest, Cezar Lăzărescu 's BB + project unfolds on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2014, between the 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The mobile advertising car with the BB + banners will be traveling on the route: University Square / Intercontinental Hotel -Bucharest Biennale Info Point / Pavilion – Romanian Athenaeum – National Museum of Art of Romania - Institute for Political Research / Bucharest University – Piata Romana / Bucharest University of Economic Studies – The Romanian Peasant Museum – Triumph Arch – Crangasi Neighbourhood - Militari Neighbourhood – Drumul Taberei - Ghencea Boulevard - Ferentari Neighbourhood – Berceni Neighbourhood - Tineretului Neighbourhood – Rahova Neighbourhood - Palace of Parliament – Piața Universității - / Intercontinental Hotel.

Cezar Lazarescu's performance BB+ was cancelled.

Cezar Lazarescu's project BB+ produced by 1+1 in the frame of Bucharest Biennale 6 - INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART, that was supposed to take place at Bucharest between 22nd and 23rd of May, 2014 was unfortunately cancelled.
The project could not take place anymore as our contracted partner, SC Motion Video Communication SRL, the advertisement agency in charge of realizing the campaign did not respected its contractual duties and refused to perform the mobile advertisement services that we contracted it for.
As a result of this, 1+1 association decided to take reparatory legal actions against MVcom.

A small scale documentation of this project - consisting in the audio message and the image that were to be made public through the mobile advertisement campaign may be still accessed in the frame of BB+, at Pavilion headquarters. (C. A. Rosetti street, no. 36, Bucharest)