Exhibited artists: Štefan Bačinský, Adam Bosák, Paul Melkor Červeniak, Michal Holý, Martin Koniar, Adam Macko, Peter Maščák a Jakub Steranka
Curated by Ivana Komanická
VJ Party Paul Melkor Červeniak and Martin Koniar
The first presentation of the works of the young generation of artists emerging from Košice draws on the recent notion of an ‘emotional turn’ as advocated by Charles Esche. The exhibition The New Real takes this analysis as a new reality and applies it to an art with a psychedelic experience that comes as a reaction to the violence of neoliberal affectivity and of a forced creativity. This art is characterized by a strong emotional urge to make art without a previous intellectual or conceptual work, by a return of the ritual and of the suppressed. As Esche suggested just as artists in subculture in 70´s or 90´s did also contemporary artists give the forms to the emotionally felt bodily demands of society. The title of the exhibition that was translated into English by a single slogan Let´s Get Lost was taken from a poem called Junkie by one of the artists that refers to the artistic subculture for which the most important thing is to resonate emotionally in the post-ideological mood.
The art of radical imagination, emotions, affections and vibrations often psychedelic comes as a reaction to the violence of neoliberal affectivity where affects are only computer generated while creativity is forced, individualized and marketized. The sensibility of 21st century as described by Svetlana Boym is the opposite of the logic of unpainful appropriation of popular culture, being exposed to wounds and scars and can be imagined in the terms of „the afterimage of touch“.
The exhibition space is designed in a way so that artworks support each other (also emotionally) establishing a strong emotional bond, or better to say a kind of intimacy. In some sense the exhibition project pushes against the dominance of architecture in contemporary shows, and like in a music it rather follows rhythm and flow. Instead of a logical room-to-room division of space, the artworks appear in space following the principle of synchronicity, of simultaneous chance.
The artists work in a post-internet art extended to the traditional formats of painting and sculpture bringing the virtual world into real by using poor art materials and aesthetics. Here questions of ephemeral or surreal character of created objects together with personifying digital popular culture and its mythology point to the world of new spirituality.
Text by Ivana Komanická
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