EXHIBITION | Time Without Innocence. Recent Painting in Slovenia
31 January 2019 — 31 March 2019
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Time Without Innocence. Recent Painting in Slovenia

 

Opening: Thursday, 31 January 2019, at 8 p.m., Moderna galerija, Ljubljana

Duration: 31 January – 31 March 2019

Curator: Martina Vovk

 

Artists

Viktor Bernik, Suzana Brborović, Gašper Capuder, Ksenija Čerče, Nina Čelhar, Tina Dobrajc, Katja Felle, Mitja Ficko, Mito Gegič, Žiga Kariž, Staš Kleindienst, Vladimir Leben with Ercigoj Art, Uroš Potočnik, Adrijan Praznik, Arjan Pregl, Ana Sluga, Miha Štrukelj, Maruša Šuštar, Iva Tratnik, Sašo Vrabič, Joni Zakonjšek, Marko Zorović, Uroš Weinberger

 

What is the status of painting today? The question serves as the point of departure for an exhibition of the recent production of young generations of painters in Slovenia, i.e. artists born in the 1970s and 1980s. In the face of the shifts and changes that occurred in art over the 20th century, painting as an eminently traditional medium ran up against all conceivable boundaries, and also managed to transcend all of them, into either physical or social space. In the end, in the radically changed paradigm of contemporary art and subject to the monopoly of technologically-generated, instantaneous and virtual images, it had to tackle the issue of its own artistic ontology and resolve it, at least partially, in order to justify its continued existence as a legitimate artistic gesture. None of this put an end to painting; rather, the meaning and purpose of painterly work today seems to lie in the search for the reasons painting has survived as it has, and may also serve in the process to reveal the fact that in the new millennium paintings are made in and with the awareness of a fundamentally different artistic view. This view no longer affords us the innocence of perceiving or conceiving of a painting as a vacant, blank site devoid of memory or history, nor the innocence that would allow retreating into the safe haven of the autonomy of an artwork; nor the illusion that art can depict a truth that is more than just a construct, even with the most subjective of topics, such as memory, the intimate, and fears and dreams. Instead, it seems that young generations of artists treat painting as the site in which to expose and express social dissent, the everyday/mundane personal, and national and supranational pathologies, to retreat into the walled gardens of private anxieties, or cynical and frivolous frolicking in the shallows of emptied media images multiplied ad infinitum. At the same time, none of this prevents them from euphorically playing with the image, from finding real joy in lightly transposing, borrowing, copy-pasting, collaging, reversing, banalizing it and more.

 

The exhibition attempts to show how a highly complex network – consisting of the traditions behind the medium, and the contemporary virtual, technological and media representations – surrounds contemporary painterly production, which includes both the experience of overlapping fields of visual and non-visual contemporary art and the awareness of the very critical times – socially and globally – we live in. The exhibition is conceived as an overview of the prolific and varied production of the past decade across a wide range of autonomous and authentic artistic expressions. And it shows that, rather than employing any groupings, lines or styles that would at best prove mutually exclusive, this phenomenon of younger generation painting is as a whole evidence of a powerful creative dynamic that importantly impacts and shapes the field of contemporary art.

 

Ana Sluga, Triptych I, 2016, acrylic and spray on canvas, 150cm × 120 cm

Joni Zakonjšek, White Wind, Velika sela, autumn 2013- summer 2017, oil on canvas, 132 x 230 cm

Viktor Bernik, Sketch for the installation of the work, 2019

Gašper Capuder, Untitled (Still Life), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm

Suzana Brborović, Bridge countries-Intersection, 2018, acrylic and ink on canvas, 140 x 280 cm

Nina Čelhar: HOUSE VIII, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 160 × 145 cm

Ksenija Čerče, Beckett's Forehead, 2011-2015, forbidden technics, 240 x 190 cm

Vladimir Leben with Ercigoj Art, Dancing Bears, 2018, installation

Tina Dobrajc, The Balkan Saga II, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 150 cm

Katja Felle, No. 10, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 170 cm x 220 cm

Žiga Kariž, Untitled, 2014, ball-point pen on paper, 20,4 x 14,5 cm

Mito Gegič, 4_35 AM, 2015, acrylic, adhesive tape on canvas, 180 x 165 cm

Mitja Ficko, Midnight school, 2012-2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm

Uroš Potočnik: Workers, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 165 x 226 cm, Moderna galerija

Adrijan Praznik, The Final Frontier, 2014, digital collage, transfer and acrylic on canvas, 250 x 170 cm

Arjan Pregl: from the Carnival series, oil on canvas (6 paintings: 120 x 100 cm; 3 paintings: 80 x 60 cm), 2018

Miha Štrukelj, Shopping District, 2016, acrylic, ink, charcoal, pencil, crêpe paper on canvas, 300 x 225 cm

Maruša Šuštar, Game of Unconscious (Red Moon Carpet), 2013, oil on canvas, 160 x 190 cm

Staš Kleindienst, The triuph of darkness, 2017, oil on canvas, 120 x 130 cm

Iva Tratnik, Mating Season Totalitarianism, 2014, oil on canvas, 210 x 194 cm

Uroš Weinberger, Air One Ground Zero, 2018, oil on canvas, 204 x 272 cm

Sašo Vrabič, I Will be Given up for You, 2016-17, oil, paper, ink on canvas, 60 cm x 70 cm

Marko Zorović: Pièces de clavecin, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 160 cm