Krokus Gallery: Svätopluk Mikyta – Variabilita turba

Krokus is pleased to invite you to the exhibition

Svätopluk Mikyta – Variabilita turba

curated by Mira Keratová

Exhibition opening: Thursday May 15th 2014, 7 p.m.

Private preview: 16.00-18.00 (media and invited guests)

Location: Krokus Galéria, Námestie 1. mája 3, 81106 Bratislava

Duration of the exhibition: 16.5. – 20.6.2014

Open: Mon – Fri 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and by appointment  

Mikyta as a graphic artist experiments with vintage prints, printing approaches and interventions onto archive material. In the exhibition Variabilita turba he presents his new series of monotypes conceptualized as a pictorial database of shapes. Mikyta transcends usual horizontal  and vertical image into a spatial one. He is not working with images separately – he does not perceive them as exclusive and closed semantic systems only. In the current show, he exposes his attempt to deal with his individual works in a complex way; to link and associate them together to achieve a certain continuity. This leads him towards a model of total installation, where meanings of particularities are developped in connections and in a conditional relation to the position of the viewer and his physical presence in the space.

Svätopluk Mikyta (born in 1973 in Čadca), graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (DE), and awarded an DAAD grant from 2001 to 2002 at the UDK Berlin. In 2008, he won the Oskár Čepan Award for young Slovak artists, in 2009 he took part in a ISCP residency in New York, in 2011 he won the Strabag Art Award. He leads the Drawing studio at the FaVU VUT in Brno (CZ). Selected exhibitions: Circular Ruins, MeetFactory Prague (2014), Reminiscences of the Future, Brno House of Arts (2013), Antykryształy, LETO Gallery Warsaw (2013), Haunting Monumentality, Plan B Berlin (2012), Delete, Slovak National Gallery Bratislava (2012), Society, Utopie und Stilleben, Strabag Artlounge Vienna (2012). His works are in the collections of the Slovak National Gallery, the Bratislava City Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, Zabludowicz Collection London and others.

Mira Keratová, curator and art historian. She is the author of the curator and research project Working Memory (tranzit, Bratislava 2009); from 2012 to 2013 she prepared a retrospective  of Ľubomír Ďurček entitled Situational models of communication (SSG Banská Bystrica, SNG Bratislava), in 2011 she was curator of Stano Filka's installation POST BIGSF BANGSF ARTSF at the Biennale in Lyon (FR). She was a lecturer in contemporary art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava and at the Brno University of Technology. At present, she is curator in the Central Slovakian Gallery  in Banská Bystrica.

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