ȘTEFAN TĂNASE (b.1996) is a multidisciplinary artist interested in what he calls ‘’sugar, spice and everything nice’’- topics ranging from the off-world, to magic, experiments, rituals, networking, delivery, science, and what it’s like to live in the 21st century as a millennial migrant. With a background in graphics (National University of Arts Bucharest from 2015-2016) and visual communication (Higher Institute of Fine Arts, Besançon, France from 2016-2017), Ștefan Tănase is currently studying fine arts at the Cantonal school of art and Design of Lausanne (Ecal), in Switzerland, where he’s looking to decompose, scan and deliver power, happiness and crazy energy.
There are more deliveries for less doors and drones drop them right on our little shoulders. The packages come from overseas, overnight, oversized. Ștefan Tănase proposes modes of wrapping. Yet, there are always Customs and there will be many more because there will be more borders. Nothing to declare? We aren’t able to track our packages when they are in the hands of the authority in a state of limbo and if they get blocked we can’t just give the border control a bad ranking. Express Shippings arrive late but no money is returned because the shipper’s policy doesn’t deal with political problems (or bilateral agreements). Ștefan Tănase proposes a private delivery (wo)man. Once the package gets to us there is no time to check if the gilet really fits or if the perfume smells truly good. So instead of returning we just keep it. But nobody will be able track us. Ștefan Tănase suggests the exploration of the dark matter. The helmet in his exhibition is made out of clay and has to be sprinkled with water every other day to be kept alive and not to dry up and crack. Crunchy crust! After some digital detox we are reminded of a more rudimentary and short distance delivery where we still can order Family size… But anticipating the failure of even such a concept as sharing Ștefan Tănase proposes to give everyone the best part of the cake already. But don’t be fooled! As with everything that comes delivered, you can never be sure of what’s really inside the box. [Text by Miriam Laura Leonardi]