WATCH OUT! WET PRINT! #6 Jaka Babnik: Top Location
The series of photographs entitled Top Location by Jaka Babnik is a photo-documentary contribution to the discussion on aesthetic values that are shaped collaboratively by using the public space. Roundabouts, as signs of development and local progress, recognized by the local authorities as an excellent opportunity to express the identity of their town and its surroundings, are placed in the forefront.
The Centres of Printmaking: At the Intersection of Knowledge, Learning and Cooperation
The International Centre of Graphic Arts has prepared an exhibition in cooperation with two similar institutions from Serbia and the US. The Print Centre from Philadelphia, founded in 1915, is taking part with works by contemporary artists paired up with artists that have an important historical connection to their organization. The "Akademija" Centre for Graphic Art and Visual Researches, founded in 1995, is part of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. The exhibition presents a selection of prints from its own production with an emphasis on artists of various artistic expressions, to whom printmaking represents an additional opportunity for exploration. The focus of the International Centre of Graphic Arts in the show is on works from the collection and current production, which have investigated the status of the graphic arts during the thirty years of the institution's functioning, placing it in dialogue with contemporary artistic trends.
GREEN GO HOME
The story of GREEN GO HOME is part myth and part folklore. It is also partially a misunderstanding and to some degree, an invention of the imagination. The term gringo – commonly used in Latin America to describe a Western foreigner – has been assumed by many to have etymologically originated with the phrase “Green go home!”
The prints and texts – the graffiti that cover the portraits – come from the collaborative installation by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija at the Colombian-American library in Bogotá. Wherever the installation GREEN GO HOME is put on view, a spirit of resistance is invoked – resistance against the invader, the colonial power, the repressive government. Each figure represented by the portraits is revolutionary – revealing itself to the viewer as someone addressing the condition of the graffiti text. GREEN GO HOME is a wall of resisters, and of resistance.
Zines! Contemporary zine production
The exhibition of zines continues the series of shows focusing on various examples of contemporary print production. Printed zines have remained in the forefront despite modern information technology. Nowadays they appear with new and original contents, providing artists with a greater degree of independence and speed in creating their works, while retaining a feel for the ephemeral and the personal. The exhibition is conceived as a presentation of current zine art production, its differentiation and networking among artists. The artists in the exhibition are presented in relation to the different contexts from which they stem in their work – from sketch, drawing, print, painting, photograph, video to installation.
Artists: Beli sladoled, freštreš, LEALUDVIK, Leon Zuodar, Marko K. Gavez, Matjaž Wenzel & Rene Maurin, Mina Fina, Nejc Korenič, Nevena Aleksovski, Nez Pez, Simon Kocjančič, Tadej Vaukman, Zoran Pungerčar
Watch out! Wet print! #1 Matjaž Wenzel: Men Face Down
The photographic project Men Face Down explores the phenomenon of the human figure lying-down in the public space and its effect within it, as the figure omits to take the usual vertical/standing pose, but finds itself in a horizontal – lying-down position. The depicted subjects include anonyms as well as carefully selected people from the public and cultural life. Their attitude towards the environment is expressed within an intimate, hermetic relationship in some cases, and as a recognizable commentary in others. The selection of the locations of the stagings stems either from the artist's suggestion or the choice of the subject, who experiences the chosen space as a place invested with an emotional or intellectual relationship.
Watch out! Wet print! #2 Mina Fina: Za vse je pravi čas / If only for the joy of my sadness
The project If only for the joy of my sadness is based on the visual density of the space formed by the artist with the silhouettes of plants and human bodies. The plants, with their pristine appearance, simplicity of form, intertwining and complexity build up impassable, overgrown and lush landscapes in a contrasting environment of light and shadow. They include the flat and empty silhouettes of human figures, stripped of detail, but with an emphasised body language, in unnatural and played-out poses.
Watch out! Wet print! #3 Tadej Vaukman: Heaven is a place on Earth
Tadej Vaukman's The Heaven is a place on Earth series of photographs was created during his visits to his grandma and grandpa, in a house that represents a time capsule full of everyday things to him, which get him excited over and over again, like his grandpa's toilet in the basement, the small living room, or the completion of ski course certificate. These seemingly unrelated photographs are the visual key which unlocks the memories of childhood that he constantly relives and nourishes through conversation and contact with his grandma and grandpa.
Watch out! Wet print! #4 LEALUDVIK: In the waters on Leviathan; I would go poof!
In the waters on Leviathan is an alternative version of the project I would go poof! – it only replaces the forest for the sea, and bites harder into occult symbolism. "I would go poof" came the smiling response from Charles Manson to the question posed by the judge about his plans in the event of parole. The assumption of man as a free being is a delusion. We live in fear, endless routine, helplessness. We are trapped in an "open" prison. Freedom is an illusion. Due to all the effort, man's desire for freedom, "parole", exit or at least passage to another state, is becoming all the more common. As a result, most people seek a magic solution—> to disappear without a trace: Poof!