Watch out! Wet print! #1 Matjaž Wenzel: Men Face Down

07. 03. 2017 - 03. 04. 2017
Men Face Down, Matej Dečko, (1964– ), Graphic Designer Hochschule für angewandte Kunst Wien, Meisterklasse für visuelle

The principal aim of the project Men Face Down is the exploration of the phenomena of a lying-down human figure in a public space. It primarily rests on the effects and sentiments raised upon contact with a horizontally lying human figure, breaching the expected default vertical state of people in public spaces. Such an ambiguous state of the human figure usually raises uneasy notions of accident, health problems, intoxication or further unfavourable physical or mental states.

The lying-down figure in the public space is archetypically bound to the idea of mortality in its physical or mental form, and evokes the sense of the human duty for helping fellow man in a dire situation. The transposed meaning of these figures in the form of an artwork alludes to the individual's relationship with the state of his social environment, be that the city, state, or the state of humanity in general. In this series of stagings, the city of Maribor represents the socio-political and cultural frame becoming a common denominator as a target of the artist's commentary. The carefully chosen portrayed subjects are both anonymous inhabitants of the city, and prominent public figures from the artistic and cultural circles. Due to this approach, the subject's relationship with the staging manifests either an intimate, almost hermetic relationship, or a clearly comprehensible statement and comment of the society “en gross”. The location and setting for the stagings are picked either by the artist or by the subject, should he suggest a place that may resonate with his intellectual or emotional position within the framework of the series. The project Men Face Down is a continuing process.

All photographs in the series are and will continue to be exposed using a large format 4 x 5 inch camera on black and white celluloid film.

Matjaž Wenzel / 2012–

Matjaž Wenzel (1973) is an artist working in the field of photography, video and graphic design. He has designed many books and book covers. He was the recipient of the best book design award in 2007 and 2016, and the Glazer Award in 2011. His photographic works have been presented in several solo and selected group exhibitions at home and abroad, and he was also a finalist for the OHO Award in 2007. He lives and works in Maribor. He is currently also showing his work in the Zines!, Contemporary Zine Production exhibition.

Watch out! Wet print!

The first exhibition from cycle Watch out! Wet print! begins the third season of the TAM-TAM Street Gallery at Vegova ulica in Ljubljana. In 2017, its curatorship has been taken on by the International Centre of Graphic Arts. Through our selection of artists and works, we are highlighting contemporary printed art. The cycle has been curated by Božidar Zrinski

In co-operation with TAM-TAM Company.