TENSIONS / NAPETOSTI
Project Space Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Caroline Duchatelet, Sophie Giraux, Jorge Oteiza, Miha Štrukelj, Gyula Várnai
November 11 – December 5, 2014
Curator: Tevž Logar
Sometimes it seems that our everyday life is permeated with tension between opposing moments, feelings and decisions, which we try to balance as best we can. Above all, it means an endless search for the limits, questioning what governs one or the other extreme. It is no different in the field of art, where researching the tensions between the elements of the wider field of art has been a focus and essence of artistic examination since the 1960s. This is also the subject of the exhibition Tensions. While it is impossible to reduce the exhibition to a common denominator due to the diversity of the artists, some specific aspects and characteristics that experiment with the relationships that emerge between the spectator, the work of art and the exhibition space can nevertheless be highlighted. The works stem from rational and sensual impulses that directly address the spectator and examine the relationship between what the spectators experience at the visual level and pure
ideas. The spectator thus navigates between different aspects of the works, draws the limits of their perception and questions material reality. The dynamic between the works in the venue, which re-interpret objects and establish new relationships between them and space, examines the experience of the spectator’s material reality and subtly connects the object with notions of the ephemeral, the fleeting and the short term. Tension is not only established by the exhibition as a whole. To paraphrase Igor Zabel, in this situation individual works themselves express a condition, a tension that emerges within them, a tension between the material and
something at the fringes of their materiality, between the visual and non-visual, which translates into a complex and often multi-layered unity.