In her sculptural arrangements, reservedly placed in the space as if lost in a dream, Denisa Lehocká relates found objects (which seem to tell of their quiet lives and the traces of memory attached to them) to serial notes, modular studies and textile objects. Lehocká’s works are sediments of a lengthy artistic working process based on a concrete reference to the object, which is then processed through the endless possibilities of combining graphic elements. Lehocká thus develops a “poetics of the succinct”, which appears both light and ephemeral and deals with the multifaceted and obscure relationships between the real and the imaginary. She interweaves these with references to conceptual techniques, modular procedures of Modernism as well as with those to Surrealist object languages.
Denisa Lehocká, born 1971, lives and works in Bratislava, SK. Studied
at Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, SK. Amongst many
exhibited individually at Sammlung Friedrichshof, Vienna AT; Gallery
of contemporary Arts, České Budějovice, CZ; Badischer Kunstverein,
Karlsruhe, DE or Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, NL and
collectively at The School of Kyiv / Kyiv Biennale, UI; Thirty One,
Galeria Kombetare, Pristina, Kosovo; Cutting Realities - Gender
Strategies in Art, Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC, USA; Report on the
Construction of a Spaceship Module, New Museum, NYC, USA; Gender
Check, MUMOK, Stiftung Ludwig Vienna AT; Auditorium, Stage, Backstage,
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, DE; Narratives, Kunsthaus
Graz Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, AT; Body-Space / Nets and other
creations, Kunsthalle Basel, Basle, CH or Manifesta 3, Ljubljana, SIamongst many. Publications on her work include eponymous Denisa Lehocká by Sammlung Friedrichshof (Schlebrügge, 2014), Denisa Lehocká
(Slovak national gallery, 2012) and Denisa Lehocká (tranzit, 2010) or Landscape (Bak, 2005).
MAREK KVETAN:MODELING STUDIES
SODA gallery BRATISLAVA,
Sept 13th – October 10th 2016
Curator: Vladimír Beskid
Slovak multi media artist Marek Kvetan (1976) belongs to the distinctive figures of the Slovak middle aged scene, adequatelly established also in the broader middle European context. Throughout the decade we see him stepping back from dematerialized digital postures and preference in space and material outputs. The author is coming out of post-conceptual positions, analytical methods and concentrates himself on 3D realisation and modeling situations. He formats the sober inputs decisively and reaches full visual environments.
The current project called ”MATRA”(2016) keeps this manner of thinking whereby overlaps the production of particular objects with its concept. He is touching the open intervention of gallery space, to distructing its ”artificial” character. It concerns creations of a new boneless situation, where the borders between natural and art(ificial), inbetween DYI and estetics o fit, the imitiations and the paradox of style at the backround of fine art, intersect and wipe down themselves. Marek Kvetan prefers framing of realitiy in paralel, creating one compact audio-visual installation dominating the white cube. Installation made for the specifics of this space evokes on one hand homely rockery with naive plastic windbags ornamentaly painted. On the other hand symbolicaly reffers to the mythical Mount of the heraldic Slovak triple mountain chain where the home made rocket models take off. A made up wind blows and mixed natural sounds resound to it all. Kvetan constructs a dynamic visual interface and opens some kind of mental game where he stimulates the sensitivity and imagination of the audience so they can approach the multilayered reading.
The exhibition on display until October 13th 2016.
Marek Kvetan, born 1976 in Bratislava, graduated VŠVU in Bratislava (1995-2001) research fellowship at the Faculty of arts TU in Brno (1999). Awards: 2010 – finalist of Henkel Art Award Wienna, finalist of Souvereign European Art Prize, Barbican Centre London, 2008- laureate of NG Award 333, National Gallery Prague, 2003- Grand prix- Trienaly of Slovak contemporary graphics, ŠG Banská Bystrica, Residencies: 2007- FUTURA, Karlin Studios, Prague, 2000 – Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito (USA), 2005-2009 cooperating with Richard Fajnor on hybrid project Mr.BRA. From 2007 – teaching at VŠVU in Bratislava, lives and works in Bratislava