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Miha Strukelj: Here Somewhere
June 29, 2016 - August 14, 2016
June 29-August 14, 2016
Opening reception June 29, 2016 7-10PM
HERE SOMEWHERE involves a spatial drawing installation that relies on real and fictitious views of urban architectural structures to develop a new cityscape, questioning how one perceives urban landscapes and their landmarks. By abstracting, disrupting, transforming and fragmenting real information from the source photographs, the original locations are obscured, and along with added fictitious elements, become part of the completed image. In this process a special paradox arises: abstraction that serves to eliminate the borders between the real and the fictive, the gap between memory and imagination, and also functions a means to establish logical relations between different parts and elements of urban landscape. The exhibition takes into account visual perception, the inability of the viewer to instantly embrace a plethora of information, and on the fact one’s perspective is predisposed by experience.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Miha Štrukelj lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is a visual artist working primarily in painting and also focusing on drawing and site-specific work. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2001 with a Master of Fine Arts. He has several awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Grant 2008/09 and the Henkel Drawing Award 2008, Trust for Mutual Understanding 2014. His work has also been included in the National Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. He has also been selected for “Slovenian Art 1995–2005”, “Seven Sins; Ljubljana–Moscow” and “U3 – Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia”, “Art in Slovenia 2005–2015” at Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, 4th Beijing Biennial, and various other national and international selections. His work has been presented in “Vitamin P; New Perspectives in Painting” (Phaidon 2002). In 2009 he represented Slovenia in the Slovenian Pavilion at 53rd Venice Biennial.
This project is made possible in part from support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, 18th Street Arts Center, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.