Six Years Dreaming of You, Which is About 2 Hours Each Night
Center of Contemporary Arts Celje - Likovni salon Gallery, 11.12.2009 – 22.1.2010
Meta Grgurevič, an artist from the younger generation, completed her post-graduate studies in painting at the Venetian Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Likovni salon will host her spatial installation entitled Six Years Dreaming of You, Which is About 2 Hours Each Night. In this installation Meta has merged various means of expression - from painting and sculpting to animations, posters and photomontages. Together with the emphasised light effects in an otherwise totally dark gallery this creates a specific, stage-like ambience. The artist who within the frame of the group Passaporta (to which she belonged during her study years in Venice together with Mara Ambrožič, Jasmina Cibic and Mery Favaretto) obtained experience in art in public space, established herself as a creator of fascinating installations for all senses. Her installations always take over the entire available space and create a creative atmosphere that triggers an intense experience within the viewer. This remains to be the case also in this exhibition, for this time she combined various means of expression and styles. She created a picturesque ambience that immediately transports the viewer (as soon as one enters the space) from a public into an intimate space. In order to achieve this she did not use a unified artistic language, but various types of artistic discourse. The setting that views the everyday life (which is always full of contradictions and within which everything happens – the beautiful and the ugly, the good and the bad, the rational and the absurd, the real and the imaginary, the usual and the strange) from a female perspective is marked with the poetic and romantic, as well as with a chaotic and hectic feeling. If the artist was previously known (Gallery Ganes Pratt, Ljubljana, 2008) for a typically emphasised eradication of borders between the real and the fictive and her construction of space through a myriad of details, the installation in Likovni salon has a more compact setting that uses the connections between life situations and art to turn more decisively towards the real (the starting point of which is the artists intimate experience of the everyday life, the social environment and the imaginary world). The artist created a micro world, however it is inactive, for it does not try to direct the viewer towards a selected and precisely defined way of reading, instead it enables numerous associational links and an individual as well as intense experience. Within this the artist – indirectly - with individual ironic elements touches the issues of femininity and the role of women in the existing social and cultural structures.
Meta Grgurevič (1979) lives and works in Ljubljana.