Wetlands by Florin Hategan

Florin Hategan
The Main Gallery . March 29 – May 12, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29th, from 7 – 10 pm
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St, Edmonton

The inspiration for this project is a simple story about a co-habitation between a remote community and a river, one of its main sources of existence. In a time where the notion of value is under constant revision and change, I am exploring in my works the disintegration and fragmentation of traditional communities.  

River’s short story

This is a true story about a river.
Once upon a time was a scenic landscape and a clear water river.
A cement company came and dig the river’s bed for rocks and sand.
Jobs have been created, roads and a bridge have been built.
After few years, company closed the operations leaving behind degraded land. Because of flooding, some people moved to nearest city and the community slowly crumbled.
Today children are not playing here anymore, swimming is prohibited, and the fish population almost disappeared.

                                 – Florin Hategan

Artist’s Biography

Florin Hategan was born in Timisoara, Romania. He holds a Master’s degree in Science (Civil Engineering) and an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Timisoara, Romania. Since 1992, he has been working predominantly in printmaking. He also practices with oil painting and acrylic. He has participated in over 80 international printmaking biennials and triennials.

Hategan’s technique in linocut and in large scale prints has won him international critical acclaim and several prestigious awards in Canada, USA, Serbia, Bulgaria, Taiwan, and Japan. His works are held in numerous private and public art collections in Canada, USA, Europe, Taiwan, and Japan. Florin Hategan lives and works in Maple, Ontario, Canada.