The Krokus Gallery introduces the Summer Exhibition 2015. The last exhibition before the gallery holiday period will traditionally present a selection of works from the gallery artists' studios. The exhibition will feature: František Demeter, Lucia Dovičáková, Peter Kalmus, Lucia Nimcová, Erik Šille.
A long-term cooperation with painter František Demeter led into his first solo exhibition in the Krokus Gallery in autumn 2014. The exhibition NO YES NO met with extraordinarily positive reactions from both professionals and general audience.
The Demeter's process-oriented and highly experimental approach towards painting expanding to space resonated on the Czech art scene where he presented his work in form of a kinetic painting installation in the SPZ gallery in Prague in December 2014. The international jury of the prestigious Oskár Čepan Award shortlisted František Demeter as one of four candidates in June 2015. The Summer Exhibition will display the new Demeter's paintings elaborating on his abstract aspect and the size of paintings, too. The artist's first catalogue with the texts by art theorist Ján Kralovič and curator Gabriela Kisová is currently being put together with a planned release towards the end of the year.
The exhibition will also bring a selection of the newest watercolour paintings by Lucia Dovičáková. Her work systematically addresses gender-related stereotypes in the society. With further developing motherhood-related topics – the main topic of her last group exhibition in the City Gallery of Bratislava – she returns to the older motives of family rituals and she comments on the notions of a so-called traditional family with an apt, contemporary sense of humour. During the summer months, her works will appear at the group exhibition in the Kunsthalle Lab Bratislava.
The boundaries between art and everyday life in the Peter Kalmus's works seem to be permeable. It is given by his artistic strategies and his attitude to life as an artist-collector, artist-activist and artist-commentator. The Kalmus’s unorthodox approach towards art regularly sparks discussions among art critics. At the moment, it is an affair around the bust of communist ideologue Vasiľ Biľak, which Peter Kalmus and Ľuboš Lorenz painted red shortly after its unveiling in Svidník at the beginning of the year. The affair led to their persecution. No less radical is Kalmus in his visual art: on the one hand, we may encounter a mix of found materials and rough aesthetics inspired by rock culture and music with references to the traditions of neo-dadaism and new realism, and on the other hand, we are confronted with his meditative and ritual approach to art, especially in his works on paper. The exhibition will present both of these aspects.
Documentary and conceptual strategies blend in Lucia Nimcová’s works. We will present her series Animal Imago that resulted in an eponymous book. In 2013, Nimcová got a special jury's award at the Images International Photography Award festival where she realised an interactive exhibition based on this series. Animal Imago deals with animals, however not in their natural environment, but in the world of people. They are portraits of living beings pushed to the periphery of our attention. At the beginning of 2015, Lucia Nimcová took part in the group exhibition Faces now – European portrait photography since 1990 in the gallery of contemporary art Bozar in Brussels along with such renowned artists as Anton Corbijn, Rineke Dijkstra, Thomas Ruff etc. At the moment, she is working on the project Khroniky with a focus on the residents of Ukrainian villages, which she took up together with Scottish artist Sholt Dobie.
In his new cycle of paintings titled Sleeping water (2014 – 2015), Erik Šille focused on the phenomenon of water and its mythical meanings. His narrative paintings are built upon iconography combining both cultural and very intimate symbols. As expressed by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, the metaphor of sleeping water “is the whole universe for a day-dreamer; it is literally a symbol of the world’s mystery.” After his solo exhibition in the Plusmínusnula gallery in Žilina and a joint exhibition with Czech painter Peter Kvíčala in the Kasárne/Kulturpark centre in Košice, Erik Šille will present a selection of his cycle at the Summer Exhibition in the Krokus Gallery.
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