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PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.
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Florian Doru Crihana

Romanian artist Florian Doru Crihana (*1958) occupies a special place among Europe’s critical artists, not least because of the tools that he uses. It is not the overworked “pointed pen” with which he impales political aberrations and everyday confusion. Instead, Crihana uses a fine brush and oil paints to conjure up meticulous and finely painted idylls, which masquerade as a perfect world but which, on closer inspection, show those flaws and cracks that raise questions about any work produced by humans.

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