This Quadro Gallery exhibition introduces those areas of Ion Vlasiu’s artistic activity which up to now have not been integrated, or only partially integrated, into his oeuvre: found objects (branches and roots), drawings, photographs and coloured sculptures from the 1960s-1980s. Behind those works, one can see an authentic artistic vision which the artist had shaped starting with the 1930s. Born in 1908, in the village of Lechinţa, on the Mureş Valley, his thinking and his imagination were strongly marked by nature and the rural life. His artistic debut was furious so that he had between 1930-1936 as many as six exhibitions. Among those, together with his eloquent spiritual works, related to the anthroposophical thinking and the art deco aesthetics, it can be seen the vein which will represent Vlasiu’s specific voice. Seeking a deep understanding of matter, the artist found out that: "It is beyond question that there is an animating cosmic rhythm that expresses itself with an eloquent and indestructible logic." - as he beautifully said in an interview from 1936. In his vision, this rhythmic dynamism gave life to matter, including wood or stone, which allowed him to integrate into his sculptures the “found” givens of the wood - the contortions and the rhythms specific to it. After those exhibitions - well received by critics, but with no material success -, in 1937 he set off to spend one year in Paris. Here he made the acquaintance of Brâncuși in his studio. This strengthened Vlasiu’s conviction that the core and essence of sculpture was precisely its material/matter. Despite this, the decades that followed saw him moving away from the style he had maintained both in visible terms and in theory and turning towards a figurative and expressive kind of sculpture and towards the creation of a number of monumental works. Only towards 1960, the artist will come back to this style of his that we could call “the sculpture of rhythm”, based on the organic construction of form. On the land he owned in Bistra Mureșului, he began to make a collection of branches, roots and rocks. About these “found objects” which were sculpted or painted, as a way for the artist to preserve the “apparition” he had seen in that form, he said: “all these pieces have been produced in direct collaboration with the springs of the Mureș.”. The artist himself integrated them in his oeuvre when, on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition held at Dalles Hall in 1984, he exhibited coloured wood and roots. Besides the found objects and the wooden sculptures, the exhibition also introduces the drawings related to these and photographs taken by the artist. The unadorned visual language of the drawing of the shapes leads us in the direction of the “primitive” sources of art, the world of children’s drawings, while some shapes follow the line of the fragments of found wood. In the photographs immortalising scarecrows, the artist represented those shapes of country craft skills that intersects with the modern artistic practices: “ready-made” and “found object”. The rhythms found in wood, the drawn apparitions, the scarecrows and the photographed rocks all contribute to Vlasiu’s organic artistic synthesis, showing a broad thinking horizon, an understanding of the unity of the vital sources of nature and man.     A Tale of Apparitions is the title of a novel published by Ion Vlasiu in 1941.     Text: Székely Sebestyén   Exhibition curated by: Andreea Cărăușu, Székely Sebestyén, Vécsei Hunor