A show about grunting bucks and other creatures lurking in their gallery retreats...
Exhibiting artists: Uroš Acman (SI), Róbert Bielik (SK), Ondřej Brody (CZ), Zdeněk Daněk (CZ), Dávid Demjanovič & Jarmila Mitríková (SK), Christian Eisenberger (AT), Péter Tamás Halász (HU), Lenka Klimešová (CZ), Marek Kvetan (SK), Tomáš Lahoda (CZ), Otis Laubert (SK), Radko Mačuha (SK), Ondřej Maleček (CZ), Juraj Meliš (SK), Rastislav Podoba (SK), Lívia Mezovská (SK), Deborah Sengl (AT), Marek Schovánek (CZ), Géza Szöllősi (HU), Jan Vytiska (CZ)
Curator: Omar Mirza
Opening: Thursday, September 22nd 2011 at 5 p.m.
Duration of the exhibition: 23.9.-20.11.2011
Venue: Nitrianska galéria, Župné námestie 3, Nitra, Slovakia
A show about grunting bucks and other creatures lurking in their gallery retreats.
The exhibition situated in the rutting period offers an attractive view of contemporary visual arts, where grunting bucks, hunting trophies, scenes from the nature and similar motifs still have the ability to communicate with a very current, humorous and ironical language. The selection focuses on younger generation of artists from Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia, but works by middle and older generations are also present. The show has several levels of meaning based on phenomena such as trophy hunting, hunting passion, taxidermy, kitsch, do-it-yourself, man’s relationship to nature, or the relationship between the audience, the artwork, and its creator.
It has been a long time since we only hunted for food. Hunting became a “sport” with a clear aim to gain trophies – largest antlers, nicest fur. In the course of our modern ways of gaining food or material goods, we go hunting for sales and discounts with an aim to get the best deal. More important than the fact whether we really need it, is whether it was a bargain.
Yet, hunting is not only a human domain, but above all animals use different tactics in order to confuse their prey or predators. The visitors of the exhibition will have a chance to see really unexpected forms of mimicry.
One of the topics discussed by the exhibition is the relationship between man and nature, thus giving the show a certain ecological undertone. However, instead of moralizing it will offer a more open approach to the problem.
The exhibition will also raise questions related to the presentation and perception of art: Who is whose trophy in the relationship between a viewer, an artwork and its creator? Where is the borderline between kitsch and intellectually challenging art, both of which can catch the viewer’s interest? Can an artist manipulate with the audience through his work, or is it rather the spectator who, by his specific perception, is able to change the character and the meaning of an artwork? Or is the curator the feared hunter who hunts down artists and presents them as trophies to the viewers?
The selection of works for the exhibition is a subjective choice of the curator; therefore, it does not complexly survey all art related to the chosen topics. The exhibition is not divided into thematic groups or other theoretical categories. The form of the presentation is therefore dynamic and straightforward, providing the viewers with a number of different interpretational approaches.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog that is not just a mere documentation. Marek Kianička, the author of its graphic design, offers his personal view of the works chosen by the curator and puts them in new contexts.
Opening: Thursday, 22 September 2011: