Reprezentačné sály - Nitrianska galéria, Župné námestie 3, Nitra

The Trans / Media Space of Graphics

An extensive show of the works of students and graduates of the Department of Graphic Faculty of Fine Arts in Banska Bystrica and...

Name of the Exhibition: The Trans – media space of graphics
Organizer: The Nitra Gallery
Co-organizers: Faculty of Fine Arts and Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica, Department of Graphics College of Fine Arts in Bratislava, Department of Graphics and Other Media
Project author: Doc. Igor Benca, acad. mal.,
Co -operators: prof. Robert Jančovič, akad.mal., Doc. Róbert Brun, akad.mal., Doc. Vojtech Kolenčík, akad. mal., Mgr.art. Robert Makar, ArtD., Mgr.art. Patrik Ševčík, ArtD.
Curator: PhDr. Alena Vrbanová
Location: Nitra Gallery, Zupné námestie. 3, Nitra
Duration of exhibition: 3.8. – 4.9. 2011
Exhibition Opening: 3.8. 2011 at 5pm, The Representative Halls of NG

An extensive show of the works of students and graduates of the Department of Graphic Faculty of Fine Arts in Banska Bystrica and the Department of Graphics and Other Media, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava maps the current development of the graphics in the context of the youngest generation of artists from 2006 to present.

The selection of over 40 authors focused mainly on the position of free graphics that exceed the original modernist features such as graphic arts printing, especially after the classic graphic techniques, and found themselves at the crossroads between two or more kinds of art.

A strong tradition for this development was brought to Slovakia during the 60ties with their conceptual, informal, exprerimental and action artistic background and the neo – conceptualism of the 90ties.

The exhibition is based on a three-year joint research of the grant KEGA Assimilation versus the original, the output will be in addition to the current exhibition and publication of the same name.

The exhibition focuses on the involvement of current forms of open learning in graphics of both schools of the youngest representatives of graphic arts in this country. Separately, the students of the master classes are seeking to overlap in the graphic arts and use a wide range of new technical possibilities in their artistic development and direction. Their perception of graphics is influenced by such as the media, internet, advertising and design. The expressive range is allowed through the ever improving mechanisms of software products and new technologies. Generational language of the young generation is anchored primarily in their post media and post global time. It is dominated by digitizing of the graphic language of classical art simulation techniques, using a matrix as a finished graphic.

At the Faculty of Fine Arts in Banská Bystrica since 2001, graphic studios led by outstanding personalities and graphics: Róbert Bruno and Igor Benca gradually established themselves. Robert Makar is also among the established. Department of graphics and other media of Fine Arts in Bratislava has three stable studios led by Dušan Kállay, Robert Jančovič and Vojtech Kolenčík. The students in the first semester are led to obtain the classic graphic skills, but also to the current thinking about the possibilities of graphic media. In the master level the students can freely migrate between the studios of other departments and disciplines where they can be moving beyond the strictly traditionally understood graphics.

In the multi-annual mapping and reflecting of the works of students more expressive postures and technical feasibility of current work in the areas of graphics according to technical and formal aspects of language expressiveness and graphics in today’s terms of the young authors was generated.

1. Classical (traditional) graphics and its overlaps

2. Digital, electronic and interactive graphics

3. Alternative graphics and creative experiment

4. Between the graphics and post pfotography

5. Intervention of graphics with other media (surface media, object media, visual media, etc.).

6. Applied Graphics in an object, installation and action

7. Matrix as a definitive work and other

These categories are not finally closed frameworks. On the contrary, these are the names of certain prevailing practices and strategies of contemporary art, based on the principles of graphic, but they are free to be applied (assimilated) into other media. The goal was not only to highlight the current state of graphic media, but mainly to try to apply the new scientific and technical possibilities in art teaching and free graphics today.

Exhibition selectively summarizes the most original works of creative departments of both universities, compares their relationship. differences and confirms that the graphics in Slovakia is not quiet, “boring” medium, but vice versa. The concept of assimilation in the name of the research project expresses a great potential of today’s graphical expressive postures and techniques. Graphics is an open ambivalent medium capable not only to absorb new ideas, but rather to inspire and enrich other forms and established forms of art.

Alena Vrbanová