Sergej Kapus: Untitled
Acrylic on canvas, 89 x 225 cm, 2009
Kapus’ most recent series of paintings continues the dialogue with the tradition of painting and the reflection on it, addressing at the same time, by introducing an abstract photographic landscape, the contradictory issues of visibility, decentralization, localization, and dissolution of the viewer, the view, and its object. Kapus links his explorations of visibility, physicality, and awareness of his own identity with visual transformations of everyday world, suffused in the time of the new media technologies and scientific research with the fragmentary mediated images of the developed consumer society and its reaching out into space. Within the pictorial field, however, these found images act as more than mere sensory presence: they are also systems of ordering, categorizing, and directing, or, the systems of control, capital, and power.
Photo: Dejan Habicht (Moderna galerija, Ljubljana)
More about Sergej Kapus's work (in Slovene language):
Sergej Kapus (1950) is a painter and a poet, an art historian and theoretican. First bacame involved in art theory, the nature of visuality, and artistic practise while still a student of art history and sociology at the University of Ljubljana. In 1991 he staged the exhibition Image and Substance at the Moderna galerija and in 2002 the retrospective Paintings. He published a study on Jožef Petkovšek Ugrabljeni slikar (Abducted Painter) in 1998. Since 2005 he has taught at the Department of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana.
Artist's web page: sergejkapus.si