The Artist

Alexandru Oprea (b.1992, Vaslui, Romania) is a Toronto-based artist and York University graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

While a student, existentialist philosophical works by the likes of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard greatly influenced his critical approach to his studio practice.

(Dis)Connect, Oprea's most recent body of work, explores the psychological impact of social media and technology on one’s relationship with themselves and others.

(Dis)Connect

  Spectrum Of Experience (series)   Social media has become an integral part of contemporary urban society. It is a great part of how we’ve come to interact with others and share information at the convenience of our phones, and computers. Checking for notifications is a daily ritual for many, while the phone has become a sort of talisman that we carry around for safety and peace of mind.   The spectrum of color within each of the above-like pieces represents all that life entails from the most basic to the most complex direct experiences. The frame-like, center rectangle is the potential limitation that social media has on these experiences. We no longer see the world through our eyes but through a screen that crops, and filters the world around us. The geometric precision is in tune with that of computer interfaces, while the texture acts as a reminder of our human presence.   

Spectrum Of Experience (series)

Social media has become an integral part of contemporary urban society. It is a great part of how we’ve come to interact with others and share information at the convenience of our phones, and computers. Checking for notifications is a daily ritual for many, while the phone has become a sort of talisman that we carry around for safety and peace of mind. 

The spectrum of color within each of the above-like pieces represents all that life entails from the most basic to the most complex direct experiences. The frame-like, center rectangle is the potential limitation that social media has on these experiences. We no longer see the world through our eyes but through a screen that crops, and filters the world around us. The geometric precision is in tune with that of computer interfaces, while the texture acts as a reminder of our human presence.

 

  Real Vs. Ideal Thought Experiment                                                                                                      Photo Credit: Emanuel Ciobanica  This relational installation (an artwork that is experienced through active participation) provides short, one-on-one sessions that help participants take a step back from the momentum of urban life and look inwards. It allows one to reflect on the aspects of life that are important to them.

Real Vs. Ideal Thought Experiment                                                                                                     Photo Credit: Emanuel Ciobanica

This relational installation (an artwork that is experienced through active participation) provides short, one-on-one sessions that help participants take a step back from the momentum of urban life and look inwards. It allows one to reflect on the aspects of life that are important to them.

  Real Vs. Ideal (video series)   This series presents an exploration into the reductive nature of contemporary information technology and social communication. The information received from individual participants that partook in the Real Vs. Ideal Thought Experiment sessions is reinterpreted into animated, universal "data blocks".   

Real Vs. Ideal (video series)

This series presents an exploration into the reductive nature of contemporary information technology and social communication. The information received from individual participants that partook in the Real Vs. Ideal Thought Experiment sessions is reinterpreted into animated, universal "data blocks".