Artists: VLATKA HORVAT / SOPHIE KO / IŠTVAN IŠT HUZJAN / DINO ZRNEC
Curated by Branka Bencic
Opening Monday, April 1st 2019, h 6.30pm
The exhibition will continue until Saturday, May 18th
Renata Fabbri is glad to announce Loose Ends, a project curated by Branka Bencic.
The exhibition Loose Ends takes form through unstable and temporary performative strategies of improvisation, replacement, repetition, or reconfiguration. As the title refers to the unsolved or unfinished, open-ended and vague, the exhibition unfolds as a set of provisional dialogues, echoing a suspended meaning. The exhibition brings together four artistic positions, each one dealing with protocols of reproduction and repair, testing and redoing, different conceptual and formal procedures in a process that encompasses contingency. It reflects uncertainties of the contemporary momentum – changing landscapes, economies of tension and collapse, spatial and temporal discontinuities.
The works converging in this project address the materiality of artistic processes as they unfold through production and display. In particular, they look at aspects of precariousness, fragility, (in)stability and ephemerality inscribed to such procedures, as well as to the production modes and methodologies behind them. The display is articulated through a series of formal elements, analogies, juxtapositions and reciprocities that characterize these works in their re-configuration of minimalist, post-minimalist, conceptual and abstract formal languages. Performativity is enacted in staging relations between objects and the viewer, in a choreography of the space.
We are often led to think that every action is projected towards a specific end or purpose. However, there is a distinction between actions that are “means to ends” and those that are not, that are “ends in themselves”. Loose Ends explores and enacts such element of suspension, a gap standing in between the reality of an object, an action, an image and its meaning. A space that remains vaguely defined by loosely connected or disconnected parts. Situations or actions become articulated as possibilities and attempts, either to reach, to avoid or to mark possible new ends or, again, to embody a space without ends. Awaiting for the meaning to be re-inscribed, Loose Ends stages a situation of both aesthetic, spatial and conceptual terms, to form a visual language of fragments, temporary, unstable and precarious forms. Structured as a fragmentary narrative, a set of potentialities is emerging on the horizon.
Vlatka Horvat works across a wide range of forms, namely sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, photography and text, presenting her work in various contexts – galleries, festivals, and public space. Horvat has had solo exhibitions at Museums Sheffield (a collaboration with Tim Etchells), Wilfried Lentz Gallery (Rotterdam), CAPRI (Dusseldorf), Zak|Branicka Gallery (Berlin), MMC Luka/Galerija SC (Pula/Zagreb), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland), annex14 (Zurich), Boston University Art Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery (NYC), Bergen Kunsthall, the Kitchen (NYC). Her visual art projects have been commissioned by the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (upstate NY), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Art in the Public Space program of the City of Zurich, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Marta Herford Museum, MGLC Ljubljana, VOLT (Bergen), the 53rd October Salon (Belgrade), Stroom (the Hague), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya), “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Galerija Skuc (Ljubljana), the 11th Istanbul Biennale, and her performances have been produced internationally by theatre and dance venues as well as festivals. After 20 years in the USA, she is currently based in London. www.vlatkahorvat.com
Sophie Ko (Tbilisi, 1981) lives and works in Milan. Selected solo exhibitions include: Sporgersi nella notte, curated by Marina Dacci and Maurizio Guerri at Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milano (2018); Terra, curated by Federico Ferrari at Galleria de’Foscherari, Bologna (2016); Silva Imaginum, curated by Federico Ferrari at Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, Milano (2015); AplusB Contemporary Art, Brescia (2014); Nel cielo dove qualcosa luccica, Museo Ettore Archinti, Lodi (2013); Geografia Temporale, Nowhere Gallery, Milan (2012); Ad altezza d’occhio, curated by Maurizio Guerri, NuovoCIB (2011). She has also participated in several group shows including: Come cenni di mare sulla spiaggia, Varese, 2018; Dotland II, Berlin, 2018; Storie e opere, Fondazione Malvina Menegaz per le Arti, Castelbasso, 2017; Fuoco a paesaggio, Forte di Monte Ricco, Pieve di Cadore, 2017; The Hidden Dimension. Chapter II, Galleria Marignana arte, Venice, 2017; Gran Premio della Pittura, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, MAC, Lissone, 2016 (prize winner); Fracturae, Palazzo Altan, San Vito al Tagliamento, 2016; Fine del possibile. Tra l’esausto e l’esaustivo, Galleria Frittelli, Firenze; Beyond Landscape, curated by Andrea Lerda, Renata Fabbri Arte Contemporanea, 2016; Xenia –Volume II, Sophie Ko & Alessandro Roma, curated by Alberta Romano, Casa Bertoli-Borsani, Milan, 2015; Premio Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee, Pieve di Soligo, 2015; Schlaglichter, Ateliergemeinschaft Geh8, Dresden, 2008.
Ištvan Išt Huzjan was born on June 1st 1981 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2005 he graduated from the Accademia di belle arti di Venezia in Italy. He registered his own book-publishing house 21st Century Books in 2006. In 2009 he finished the artist in residency program Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and finished several other residencies between 2010 and 2015, amongst them the National Art Studio in Changdong in Seoul and Apartment of the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia in New York. In 2010 he cofounded the artist collective Project Goleb in Amsterdam. In 2011 and 2014 he was twice nominated for the OHO award in Slovenia and in 2013 he was awarded the Fernand Baudin prijs in Belgium. In 2015 he was awarded the Grand Prize of the 31. Biennial of Graphic Arts – Over You You at MGLC in Ljubljana. His recent solo exhibitions include De Metrico a Imperial, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, MX, MERE at City galleries and Museums of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, SI and Subterranen Walks at Eastwards Prospectus Gallery in Bucharest. His recent group exhibitions include the NSK State Art: The Impossible Return at CUNY Graduate Center James Gallery in New York and Beyond the Globe” 8th Triennial of Contemporary Art – U3 at MG+MSUM in Ljubljana. In 2012 he joined the Simplon Express / The Return a group exhibition set in a train traveling from Zagreb to Paris, Taxi Avant Minuit a project for La Galerie Des Locataires involving a happening in a Taxi at FIAC in Paris. That year he also traveled from Seoul to Ljubljana by land using only public transport as an artistic performance.
Dino Zrnec was born in 1983 in Zagreb, Croatia. He lives and works between Vienna and Zagreb. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Academy of Fine arts in Vienna as well as VSUP in Prague. In 2016 he participated in the Krinzinger residency program in Kuberton and finished other residencies between 2012 and 2015, amongst them ukk artist-in-Residence program for the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture in Vienna and Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. In 2015 he was awarded the Radoslav Putar award in Zagreb. Recent solo exhibitions include: Vin Vin gallery in Vienna, Museum of Contemporary Arts Zagreb, Institute for Contemporary art Zagreb, Kunstlerhaus Graz project space. Recent group exhibitions include: Vier Meter hohes Display für Malerei, Ve.sch Kunstverein, Kaletenlutgeben; COCO, NEEMA, GAGA, House of Flora, Dubrovnik; temporary encounters, Apoteka at Galzenica gallery, Velika Gorica; Air, Krinzinger projekte, Vienna.
Branka Benčić is an independent curator with basic research, writing and curatorial interests in contemporary art, exhibiting film and video, curatorial practices and exhibition histories in former Yugoslavia. She curated Croatian Pavillion at 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and acted as co-curator of Croatian Pavilion at 16th Architecture Biennale, Venice (2018). She is currently artistic director and Curator at Apoteka – space of contemporary art, founder and Curator of Cinemaniac / Think Film, support programme at the Pula Film Festival, and Curator of Artist cinema screening program at the Museum of contemporary art Zagreb. Selected exhibitions include: REZ / CUT – Collage in Contemporary art, MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2018), The Museum of Found Footage, MMC Luka – Pula Film Festival (2018), PROJECTIONS, MMSU Museum of Contemporary Art Rijeka (2017); Six Memos (Valladolid, Lublin, Liverpool); Damir Očko Repeat After Me, Eastward Prospectus, Bucharest (2916), Cinemaniac/Think film: FORUM Jasmina Cibic and Assaf Gruber, Pula Film Festival (cat.), Parkour, gallery Forum, Zagreb; Damir Očko: Studies on Shivering, KM Kunstlerhaus Graz (2015),Vlatka Horvat According to Plan, SC Gallery Zagreb (2015), Motovun 1976 International Video Meeting, Pula Film Festival (cat.), Notes on Undoing, Garis&Hahn, New York; Great Undoing, 54th Annale, Poreč, Croatia.
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Orari di apertura:
Martedì – Sabato 15.30 / 19.30
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