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.
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.
Simple, fun and dangerous, Prints from the MGLC Studios
The invitation to host the exhibition Simple, fun and dangerous – Prints from the MGLC studios in Belgrade is the fruit of cooperation spanning over several years between two institutions from the region, the International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC) from Ljubljana and the Centre for Graphic Art and Visual Researches from Belgrade, established in 1995 under the auspices of the Faculty of Fine Arts. The curator of the Belgrade exhibition, Božidar Zrinski selected two completed series: the Beć print portfolio by Mladen Stropnik and the Thin Line series of prints by the Small but dangers duo, printed in the MGLC Print Studios. The conceptually conceived series demonstrate that the graphic medium has always been and still is open to exploration and different ideas.
Aleksandra Zalokar, Linocuts
Aleksandra Zalokar (1985) is a representative of the youngest generation of artists who is intensely devoted to exploring the expressive possibilities of the classical linocut printmaking technique. Her artistic expression is primarily analytical in the approach to the preparation of the matrix and experimentation in the printing process. By generating abstract motifs of linear and geometric structures she explores the dynamic relations between line, point and colour that occur as a result of the permutation of the matrix – the printing of one and the same matrix on the same paper by rotating and changing the colour. The exhibition presents a selection of the artist’s latest prints produced in the last two years. The artist also made a series of prints in the MGLC Print Studios.
Be who you are and keep to it Retrospective exhibition of Karel Zelenko
Karel Zelenko (1925) remains one of the last living artists of the generation of ninety-year olds. As his motto in the title suggests, he can be characterized as an author that consistently keeps to his authentic artistic subject and unique visual language. The MGLC collection includes more than one hundred prints by Karel Zelenko. They are directed towards the landscape, figurative scenes and portraits. All are imbued by a special feeling for man. The themes that frequently address the "sad ridiculousness of human destiny" are often treated critically by the artist or even with slight irony, which is what makes his works so topical to this very day. As a great worshiper of nature, he also often touches upon ecological issues. Besides the graphic works from the collection that represent the main part of the exhibition, also featured are the artist's paintings, illustrations and ceramics. The exhibition will also include an intervention by an art group ...