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For more than a decade, Marek Kvetán is a significant part of Slovak art scene. Since the end of the 1990‘s, he is dedicated to making objects, installations, videos or computer prints, and he is known for his consistent conceptual gesture – creating “strong metaphors” and thought shortcuts that (mainly in his spatial work) often express a sarcastic view of the society, religion, poli- tics or media, or even question the traditional perception of the artistic disciplines (for instance painting) as such. His journey to making conceptual objects or installations that often radiate harsh truths or a sarcastic view of the theme he looks at began at the Studio of Free Creativity of the renowned Slovak sculptor Juraj Bartusz (*1933) with whom he also participated in their joint exhibition with the symptomatic title Anticommunication at the City Gallery in Bratislava (1998). The artist was probably influen- ced by Bartusz‘s inclination to the unrestrained gesture and action with sculptors‘ material like plaster, that Kvetán pretty soon and altogether innovated by the combination with materials like electrical wire or cold light. Few of his early works were pre- served due to execution in fragile materials.
ONE MAN SHOW - SPECIAL PROJECT
New project by SODA gallery curated by Tomas Umrian presenting the young emerging artists from around the world.
One artist - One works - One day
Kvet Nguyen (Hoa Nguyen Thi) was born in 1995 to Vietnamese migrants in Slovakia. This clash of two different realities is the base for every thinking process and eventually dominant subject in her works.
She recently graduated from her bachelor studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia at the department of Photography and New Media. She continues her Masters with the first semester-long study at the Koninklijke Academie van beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in the Hague and then plans to return home.
Daniel Fischer is one of the key Slovak painters of the second half of the 20th century. He entered the art scene in the middle of 1970s (already formed by the so-called unofficial art scene) and created he own unique author program. Even though he is a painter “by nature”, his large portfolio also contains drawings, photography, installations and computer graphics – that he picked up as one of the first artists in Slovakia. Characteristic features of Daniel Fischer’s work are analytical and conceptual approaches, contemplativeness, procedure and his search for the heart of the matter. The artist is mostly interested in painting analysing and the possibilities given by the medium itself. Fischer’s work consists of various cycles that are not closed and the artist keep coming back to them. Some of his themes of choice include landscapes, optical illusions, art quotes, technology in art as well as (written) text.
Jaro Varga (b. 1982) is a commentator on creation and destruction. He enjoys seeking out subtle details of what is lost, and systematically looks after what is just being born. Varga explores more than just one field of study. His range of interest encompasses geopolitical topography, the production and archiving of knowledge, social faux pas, and forgotten moments in history. He illustrates the various interconnections between the objects, moments, situations, or places that he finds or consciously seeks out by working with both their form and content.
Alex Selmeci & Tomáš 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 medium of 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 an 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.