Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s and Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration
The exhibition is made up of two sections. The first, bearing the title Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s, is dedicated to Japanese printmaking of the 1970s and was organised by the Japan Foundation, while the second, the documentary section, is entitled Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration and has been prepared by the International Centre of Graphic Arts.
The travelling exhibition Photographic Images and Matter, with a selection of the most representative artists, presents the orientations within Japanese printmaking of the 1970s, which was the golden age of the print medium in Japan. On the exhibition are an attractive selection of artists, who have received many awards within the international arena and form the core of the modernist and avant-garde scene of the 1970s.
The documentary exhibition Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration, on the other hand, illuminates one of the many socio-artistic chapters tied to the history of the Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.
Milton Glaser (1929, New York) is one of most important graphic designers in the world, who has designed hundreds of corporate images, magazines, newspapers, books, LP covers, and has created thousands of posters during his career spanning over fifty years. He has been inscribed into the world history of design with his iconic “I love NY” logo. Milton Glaser has decided to donate thirty-five original posters (created between 1966 and 2016) to the City of Ljubljana, which will enrich the collection of the International Centre of Graphic Arts after the exhibition.
One of the founding members of the iconic Italian design collective, the Memphis Group, Nathalie Du Pasquier first made her name with vibrant, eye-catching graphics and textile prints that drew from the artist's eclectic self-education. Since the late 1980s, Du Pasquier has focused primarily on painting, which allows her to keep developing on the Memphis idea of the »decorated surface«. Her paintings and installations collapse multidimensional modes of representation, indulging often impossible overlaps of perspective. Flirting with abstraction, her compositions are actually pristinely rendered from maquettes that du Pasquier makes herself, using simple wooden geometric shapes or mundane household items like tea pots, bricks or bottles. Playful, alluring and visually riotous, her architectural interventions and compositional arrangements transform the exhibition space into a series of immersive microenvironments, mingling paintings, prints, drawings, murals, wallpaper and sculptural constructions.
Riko Debenjak, Retrospective Exhibition
Riko Debenjak established himself as a leadingrepresentative of modernexperimental printmaking, yetthe most prominent aspect of his work is the introduction of colour into all techniques of printmaking. On teh exhibition also displayed alongside his graphic prints are the artist's other works: drawings, paintings and illustrations.
Alja Košar, Point
Alja Košar embarks upon researching the expressive possibilities of intaglio printmaking with technical expertise, patient preparation and precise implementation. She creates a unique pictorial world of her own through the two distinctively pictorial elements of point and line, upgrading this in her more recent works by using paint. Initially, a considered colour palette appeared only in her drawings, but later this was transferred into printmaking through points and lines. The exhibition presents a selection of fine art prints produced in the last two years as well as some graphic works created in the Print Studios of the International Centre of Graphic Arts specifically for this exhibition.
Matjaž Geder, Preparations for Improvisation
Matjaž Geder (1976) is an art teacher at an elementary school in Murska Sobota. It is precisely the pedagogical profession that has a profound influence on his creative world, which is constantly in passing from a direct and illustrative visual language to more complex conceptual and symbolically conceived images. He puts the rigid school system, which is based on a way of thinking that is both clichéd and indiscriminate, under critical comparison with the attitude towards the destigmatisation of mental illness, which come surprisingly close in his works.
A selection of works created in the recent years is on view, as well as a series of new prints, produced specifically for the exhibition.
Tina Mohorović, The Anonyms
The fine art graphic prints of Tina Mohorović are marked by a persuasive narrative and technical perfection of the impression, which in many ways remind of the old graphic masters, of course with the significant difference that she seeks her contextual starting points in the personal experience of perceiving the present-day environment and the society around her.
Boris Jesih, Connections
Boris Jesih (1943) established himself as an artist at the end of the 1960s as part of the expressive figuration circle of painters. Under the influence of pop art, he responded to the features of "advertising" or trendy art with geometric transformations of everyday objects, but later focused predominantly on landscape (following the principles of hyperrealism and conceptualism), on images in pastel colours, and a dashed build up of the image. As a printmaker, he excels in the techniques of relief printing and flat printing, with superior results in colour lithography. The retrospective exhibition featuring the oeuvre of Boris Jesih, which highlights his prints and works on paper, is the first show of this type by the artist. As the recipient of a special prize for a young artist at the 13th International Biennial of Graphic Arts in 1979, he attracted attention with his series of lithographs, a set of which is part of the MGLC collection. Alongside his lithographs, other works by the artist are also presented: drawings, paintings, photographs, which highlight the connections between his creative process and in his works. Some of Jesih's most recent works are also being exhibited for the first time.
Curator: mag. Breda Škrjanec