Works of artists who are by now historic European positions and mid-career artists. Is it the cultural and artistic difference as well as curiosity for the Other that arouse interest in such an exchange, or is it the confirmation of one's own taste?
Based on the title of a work by Vadim Fishkin, the exhibition Coffee & Ink has a poetic connotation regarding objects or conditions that emerge in an altered context. It might happen that the original sense of a material good gets lost or modified in a different cultural environment, but this requires no physical modification; often it is enough to just imagine the other, or even the thing that is conceived differently.
Coffee & Ink is a work that reverses the functionality, or the essence of a simple object, in which the shadow of an ink container apparently takes on the form (shadow) of a coffee cup. However, it is literally only a projection, and the viewer absorbs the reversal itself as if it were accurate, or somehow truthful.
But the title Coffee & Ink also has, at least for me, a personal connotation, in that it humorously plays with stereotypes and expectations: I think of drawing and related art practices, and I think of a popular export from Colombia. However, apart from this associative play with the exhibition title, I believe that we, the hosting Casas Riegner Gallery and the exhibiting Galerija Gregor Podnar share very similar projections of what should or can generate the form and content of art.
When I present works of artists who are by now historic European positions, such as Goran Petercol (Croatian, based in Rovinj), Irma Blank (German, based in Milan), and Goran Trbuljak (Croatian, based in Zagreb), alongside works by younger and “mid-career” artists, such as of Attila Csörgö (Hungarian, based in Bialystok), Vadim Fishkin (Russian, based in Ljubljana), Tobias Putrih (Slovenian, based in Boston), Marzena Nowak (Polish, based in Warsaw), or Alexander Gutke (Swedish, based in Malmö), then this serves as a representative presentation of the gallery program, whose various practices mutually illuminate and yet help to define each individual position. Some artists of Casas Riegner Gallery, however, could easily have been part of this exhibition, without substantially departing from the artistic program of the Galerija Gregor Podnar.
Is it the cultural and artistic difference as well as curiosity for the Other that arouse interest in such an exchange, or is it the confirmation of one’s own taste – the visitors of the exhibition Coffee & Ink at the Casas Riegner Gallery are free to decide.
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