Sep 19, 2017

How to talk to your dog about life in America / Regular Line Topoľčany - San Francisco





Regular Line (RL) is an international programme for Slovak artists to present their work and collaborate with local artists abroad (Europe, USA). It’s run by the Slovak Art organisation Platform 1-12 (Nastupiste 1-12). Platform 1-12 runs a multimedia space for contemporary art and culture in the underpass beneath the bus station of Topolcany, Slovakia. This unusual, urban gallery space offers to create and exhibit site-specific artworks and sustains dialogue between artists and non-traditional gallery viewers.

Wonderfully, I was selected by Platform 1-12 to take part in a three-week residency program in San Francisco, California. The international collaborative program was then presented by The Laundry SF space and curated by Zuzana Godálová from Platform 1-12, Topoľčany. 

Alongside four other Slovak artists and designers I spent three weeks in USA and created a series of drawings called "How to talk to your dog about life in America" that were later exhibited at The Laundry, San Francisco in the Mission District. The collection is a selection ripped off of my drawn diary that I kept during the stay reflecting the Tenderloin district with people living rough next to the apartments with the highest rents in the US, the tech bros pushing out original residents, and the breeze of freshness and realness I encountered in some underground Castro bars. 
The show was on from May 13 - May 30 2017

Read more about Nastupiste 1-12

Laundry SF space in San Francisco














Sep 13, 2017

Polokoro čávo @ Diera do sveta

Sú také okamihy a veci, ktoré nás znekľudňujú. Srdce sa nám zovrie v hrudi a v žalúdku cítime tvrdé rany. Vtedy sa dozvedáme, že minulosť nie je mŕtva a trpezlivo čaká v temných chodbách našich životov na to, kedy pôjdeme okolo, aby na nás žmurkla, hoc aj jedným okom, jak ten polokoro čávo z podniku naproti škole.

Diera do sveta ("A window into the world") is a cultural centre in the Liptov region. From Diera do sveta's website: "Our centre is at the beginning of a long journey of becoming a pulsing spot on the cultural and art map. We want to support local producers and artists and would like to bring something that is lacking in Liptov - not only good literature, but also new visions regarding meeting up and learning. We aim to engage the attention of children and set up regular readings for them and try to cultivate their personalities."

Impressed by the centre's activities, I prepared a collection of small dimension works that would fit in their multi-purpose space. All drawings are about moments and things that make us nervous, when hearts feel sore in our chests and there's a certain hardness in our stomach. Then we learn that the past is not dead and yet patiently waits in the dark corridors of our lives for the moment when we walk past to blink at us, even with one eye, like the half-blind chav from the bar across the road.








opening April 21 at 6pm
Show is on until June 23


Aug 9, 2017

Afterlife @ Nitra gallery

I curated an exhibition of my students' works at the Nitra gallery called 'Afterlife.'
The Afterlife project presents the current state and a selection of works by students of the Studio of Graphics and Experimental Arts at Department of Fine Arts and Intermedia at the Faculty of Arts at The Technical University of Košice. The studio is currently led by prof. Péter Rónai.
The title refers to the life “after” the artistic profession which awaits the students after they graduate. Nitra Gallery offered them the opportunity to leave the campus premises for a change and create or reinstall their artworks in a new context. The title of the Studio of Graphics and Experimental Arts carries a reference to traditional media, but the artworks created over the last years cannot be categorised as neither graphics nor drawing. They move freely between media, explore technical and formal options of 2D and 3D imagery, respond to current world trends and formulate a statement of their own generation influenced by sub- and pop-cultural impulses, cynicism and miscellaneousness of thinking.

Check out the photos from the opening and the exhibition views here 

May 4, 2017

Ko-shické metro @ GEF





   
Vlado Beskid curated an exhibition at the Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí n/Labem in the Czech Republic. The exhibition entitled "Ko-Shish Metro" has the ambition to introduce contemporary visual art from Košice - the metropolis of Eastern Slovakia to the audience in Ústí nad Labem. Košice is a home to a specific local art scene, supported and enhanced by the Faculty of Arts of the Technical University  (since 1998). The students and graduates of this new art school form the basis of a strong upcoming generation in Slovakia after 2000. Many of them have established themselves not only in the Slovak but also in the European context.

I created a site-specific installation "Tukabel" where the electric cables come out of a drywall and form a structure that could be both concrete and abstract. 

FolkNow.sk @ Berlin Blue Art Space


Zuzana Danková curated a pop-up exhibition called 'Folk-Now.sk'. The exhibition presents current works of the Slovak artists, who, in their own various ways, find an inspiration in a traditional Slovak folklore, drawing on its subject matters and technique (needlecraft, pyrography). The artists reinterpret and revive folklore topics and motifs (common life, folk costumes, an ornament, etc.), while adding new meanings and actualizations by their focus on a contemporary social issues. The exhibition presents an image of the relation between the Slovak art and a folklore tradition and a past, while being their critical and even an ironical reevaluation.
The Folk-Now.sk presents selected works of the following artists:
Dávid Demjanovič & Jarmila Mitríková, Ivana Šáteková, Kundy Crew, Jarmila Sabová, Svetlana Fialová.

Dec 28, 2016

Konkurz na najkrajšiu dvojicu/ The most beautiful couple competition @ Berlinskej model in Prague

































I collaborated with Czech artist Juliana Höschlová on a project for artist-run space Berlinskej model in Prague. Both inspired by a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase, we created pieces inspired by famous rather plastic Instagramers as well as the ideas of post- and trans- humanism. 
The gallery program originally started off with one-day exhibitions with weekly regularity. Currently the program consists of usually four exhibitions per month that last several days with the opening still playing a significant role as the artists do not only present their work but also have to prepare refreshments . Fine arts, music and gastronomy are understood here as complementary disciplines.
Find out more about Berlinskej model here.


Dec 25, 2016

Telling Lines @ Lappeenranta Art Museum in Finland





TELLING LINES – DRAWING IN SLOVAK CONTEMPORARY ART

Lappeenranta Art Museum

September 7 th – November 13 th 2016

Telling Lines – Drawing in Slovak Contemporary Art is curated by Slavomíra Ondrušová (b. 1985) and Milan Vagač (b. 1987). The exhibition brings together eight young Slovak artists working primarily with the medium of drawing and its power to “talk”. The artists selected for the exhibition represent different ways of dealing with the drawing as a medium capable to tell a story.

Svetlana Fialová (b.1985) uses mainly pure painter´s line in her work, she is inspired by the current cultural subcultures and is interested in topics like a cliché, boredom or the effect of the internet on the society. In the work of Daniela Krajčová (b. 1983) the drawing appears as part of animations, participative practices and large-size installations. Krajčová deals with socio-political themes, refugee crises, personal stories in a historical context. Jarmila Mitríková (b. 1986) and David Demjanovič (b. 1985) form an artist duo that actively produces torch burned drawings in the wood. The traditional technique known mainly from the world of craft is in their work put into new contexts – their compositions combine mix of motives, blend images of Slovak traditions and habits with scenes from the history and religions in Europe. Monika Pascoe-Mikysková (b. 1983) works mainly with ink, watercolors and pencil. Her drawigs often present female, relationship, or nature inspired themes. Rastislav Podhorský (b. 1990) paints and draws. His work reflects philosophical basis, the paintings are often metaphors or "contemplations". Ivana Šáteková (b. 1984) is an illustrator, she expresses herself mostly through comics, street art and by various overlaps into installation or sculpture. She is interested in current subjects of the youth, she deals with them and re-names them humorously. Boris Sirka (b. 1981) is a painter and a musician, who uses strong pictorially gesture also in the drawing. The current source of his inspiration is Japan and the Japanese culture.

Further information: Mikko Pirinen, curator, mikko.pirinen@lappeenranta.fi

http://www.lappeenranta.fi/museot

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