Better Doggy Style Than No Style

Better Doggy Style Than No Style - City Museum Ljubljana

That’s the title of a exhibit currently on show at the City Art Museum Ljubljana in the old town center, the most local to me of the Slovenian capital’s dozens of exhibit spaces.

“Better Doggy Style Than No Style”, which includes the works of Slovenian painters born in the early 1970s and who came of age in the early post-independence years of the 1990s, is described as an attempt to look at painting after the “end of styles”, thus the playful play on words that look great pointing down at the passersby on the street below.

I haven’t seen it yet, but I have yet to not enjoy an exhibit at Ljubljana’s City Art Museum. This is my reminder. Through 13 November.

From the promo and description material:

What the selected painters share in common is not only their age (all were born in the early 1970s and pursued their studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana), but also similar reflections on the questions of representation/representativeness, which evolved in new ways in the 1990s.

At the time when the aforementioned artists still honed their talents at the academy, painting was not a mere reaction to the omnipresent mass media image-making, but rather an attempt to surpass these influences within its artistic medium. Nearly all artists taking part in the exhibition – curator Tevž Logar humorously called them the “influential painting lodge”, have already received the attention of curators and gallery owners from the international milieu, thus distinguishing themselves as a generation of established artists who have approached the new way of painting as a conglomerate of procedures and practices derived from multitudinous technical processes of electronic media, film, periodical press, photography, etc.

The presentation of the site-specific art project undoubtedly provides an opportunity to display the diverse use of visual and open dialogue between various language games and compositions of individual artistic poetics into a visual whole.

During the preparation of the exhibition, we held several working meetings discussing the conceptual framework of the project. The group exhibition, with no attempt at historicization or calculated reduction of painting practices to a common denominator, focuses on showcasing the current production and, apart from paintings and drawings on the gallery wall, also includes a video and comprehensive spatial interventions. Displaying autonomous positions of their artistic vocabulary, the artists – who have been colleagues and friends since their student days, shared performances and above all knowledge of work approaches and methods – put on intelligent plays, intertwine, often through funny constellations, and scornfully point to the anomalies and absurdities of modern civilisation.

Works by Viktor Bernik, Žiga Kariž, Gorazd Krnc, Arjan Pregl, Sašo Vrabič, and Miha Štrukelj. The next tour guided by the artists is on Thursday 27 October at 5pm.

City Art Museum Ljubljana / Mestna galerija Ljubljana
Mestni trg 5 (map below)
Hours –
Tuesday – Saturday: 11.00-19.00
Thursday: 11.00-21.00
Sunday: 11.00-15.00
Monday: Closed
Admission is free

 

 

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  1. ladieswholunchreviews says

    Whoa, eye catching title!

  2. Vicky says

    What a title! Had to look and see, Bravo to the City Art Gallery ! Thanks for the post, wonderful!

  3. paula graham says

    Great title! Interesting post.

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