Irina Alimanestianu

Photo Credit:  Jeffrey Fleisig

Strands, Threads, Metabolic Meditations:
Solo Exhibit at MM Fine Art in Southampton August 1 – 16, 2020

by Maribel Alvarez

For those of you semi-isolating in the Hamptons this August, don’t miss this fabulous solo exhibition of dynamic paintings by my dear friend and talented artist IRINA ALIMANESTIANU  at MM Fine Art in Southampton. A safe distancing opening reception will take place in the garden Saturday, August 1, 6 to 8 pm.

Having known Irina since our high school days, I have a special appreciation for her energetic and colorful large scale works. Irina’s highly spirited, inquisitive character and sensitive nature to her environment is still alive and evident in her biomorphic forms where she continues to examine the invisible relationships between objects and their environment.

“My current abstractions are sensory mappings of the energy I feel around me.  It is the energy between things as well as the energy of things.  I paint directly, intuitively, what I am experiencing subconsciously as well as consciously.  I’ll think about atoms, fish, wind, patterns of gas in the universe, the smell of the ocean.  It is a dance between intent and random action.  It is an exploration of our primordial language of shape, color, and rhythm that has evolved in us since we were single cell organisms.  Painting brings me closer to my center and to what grounds me in the world.  It’s how I celebrate being alive on this planet, ” says Alimanestianu

Born to Romanian parents who fled Soviet Communism, Alimanestianu was raised in New York, Switzerland, and France.  As a first generation American, the artist was instilled with a sense of collective world history and cultivated an interest in the shared human condition. Her explorations of societal structures are reflected in her earlier work yet remain impactful on her creative thinking.

Alimanestianu holds a BFA from New York University, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She works between New York and Los Angeles. Her work was recently selected for the Parrish Art Museum’s triennial show “Artist Choose Artists, 2019” in Water Mill, NY. Her work has also been exhibited at the Hammer Museum of Art in Los Angeles as well as been curated in numerous gallery exhibitions in California and New York. Her writings on art and artists have appeared in Art Issues and other publications.

The exhibit will be spread among the two gallery rooms with cross ventilation.
The opening reception will take place in the large garden.  The gallery will adhere to CDC guidelines and protocol.