Curated by Alena Vrbanová
Exhibition June 23th until July 29th 2016

Martin Derner (1973) author of graphics, book objects, drawings, photo manipulation, collage and intermedia overlaping to spacial forms of art (graphic embossment and object, book object and installation).

Freedom and transparency of visual experience are characteristic to the language which Martin Derner brought first of all to the field of free graphics. His register of media was expanded gradually with book object, collage, drawing and manipulated photography. The basis of his style lies in the associative and transmedia movement of means of expression, signs and forms of art.
The exhibition Domestic set-up includes a selection of the latter and up to date work of the author in the sphere of object making, installation and works on paper. From the beginning of his creative career (2002) Derner develops an intermedial potence of graphics by way of neoconceptual strategies of its language and its new technologies. From 2004 the important part of his artwork constitutes of book objects with the newer projections to the installation such as family library (from 2015). The selection of presented books is liable to conditions of their ´´overall´´ esthetics or content in sublimated quality. On basis of sculptural and graphic methods, he changes them to profane objects which seems derated and paradoxical at the same time. They are made by way of decomposition and recyclation of the separated material to create an object, collage and lately also the installation. Author’s aim is a new dialog with the original (often times sublimated) content of books but at the same time he accentuates its physical and material beauty.
Another sphere of Derner´s artwork is represented by non-manuscriptal interferences in found postcards and photographies. He re-interprets the beginnings of Slovak conceptual painting by way of spilling latex colours over them. He derives from the motif of sublimated reality under the sediments of the fading immages in one’s memory. The current collection of his paper works is handling a genre of portraits of famous music characters (2015-2016). Visually overwriting them Derner uses a wider register of techniques ranging from drawing, printing, painting and collage. The systematics and structural style of interventions made by the author comes from emotional experience from the musical work of art. The visual liberalism and multivalence of meaning in Derner´s work are casting a hint to the author‘s attitude to contemporary profane era and proposes an associative dialogue and provokes a new reading. He pursues it with a gesture of equalization of trivial and elevated, laic and academic, sacral and profane, concrete or factual and abstractly spiritual. Artist‘s work accounts phraseologicaly rich scale of new visual language, which is held by its graphical basis, but spreads in intention of new hybrid directions, genres and art disciplines. It is concentrated in a number of classical as well as current style fields that often fuse and produce new genre by itself. At the same time the mental and ideological substance of Derner‘s work show a plural ideology which is distinctive (rather ironical) reflexion of instability of this age and relationships (and the part that art takes in it). Artist´s concept of work, or rather a legacy he is trying to send, is to provoke the viewer to play. Game as a basis to one of the theoretical concepts of art (as a phenomena), is in Derner´ work founded on associative improvisation, dialogical and unexpected combinatorics of the seen, experienced and visual (art).

Alena Vrbanová, exhibiton curator

With financial support of FPU - Fond na podporu umenia

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