ARTISSIMA 2021

NOV  4 - 7, 2021

MILAN VAGAČ

ALEXANDRA SELMECI

TOMAS KOCKA JUSKO

Contact:  Tomas Umrian

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MILAN VAGAČ

His current practice is focused on language of geometrical abstraction. I’m examining its possibilities through paintings, drawings or objects. My work is based on typical forms of the modernist avant- garde such as constructivism, neoplasticism, or functionalist movements in architecture and design. An important part of my work is thus the relation to the past defined by possibilities of our memory. A retrospection and constant verification of comebacks in art generate new opportunities for the future of painting. I used the original modernist ideas to define the shape and role of similar current approaches. A modernist grid is now replaced by virtual grid, which relativizes the primary exactness. Today’s utopia is fully digitized and reflects mankind living in an atomised world. To me, abstract painting represents a suitable form of projection of the nature of the modern world. The question of abstract painting lies in the setting of its system, in the structure of relations of visual means that determine its final form.

ALEXANDRA SELMECI AND TOMAS KOCKA JUSKO

Alex Selmeci and Tomáš Kocka Jusko are an artistic duo from Slovakia, now based in Prague, working together since 2017. They are focused on object-oriented work, using a medium of the exhibition to create complex environments and intermedia installations. They mainly work with building and technical materials and their specific identity or poetics, dealing with matters of variability, disassembly, reusability or conservation of things in general and of their own works. They are trying to find aesthetics which could respond to the accumulation of a great amount of already produced materials. In their most recent work, Selmeci and Jusko are interested in various possibilities and distortions of time perception, using their own timeline to create objects with fictional past, which is yet to happen. The timeline acts as a cycle of visions and failures and constant overthinking and follows also the authors' interest in the mutual impact of fiction on reality and vice versa.