Rastislav Škulec: Remix, Refresh, Restart
Sculptures, installations and other 1988-2013
Curator: mr.sc. Suzana Vuksanović
Opening: Friday, 29th November 2013 at 19h, MSUV
Friday, 13th December 2013 at 12h ‒ Conversation with artist: Rastislav Škulec
Friday, 20th December 2013 at 12h – guided tour (open to public): Suzana Vuksanović
Ever since his first solo exhibitions that took place in the 1980s in the famous Yellow House in Novi Sad, till 1996. when, according to his own saying, he completely loses interest in exhibiting and leaves the art public life to appear occasionally again since 2000, Rastislav Škulec is the artist who in his work insists on constant revising and confirming of artistic and personal identity, continuously searching for own existential space trough direct or hidden metaphoric and alluding statements. His daily work is related to overcoming own boundaries. Guided by doubt and intuition, Škulec’s artistic activity is, therefore, thoughtful individual act. At the beginning and during the 1990s, the art-historic importance of works by Rastislav Škulec was in the fact that they represented the earliest examples of radical and interrelated changes that instantaneously took place within language and drawing and painting and sculpture.
Controversial, subversive, humoristic, (ir)rational and ironic approach and working process is what remains characteristic of his work to this day, regardless of the media, technique, used materials or (un)available space for exhibiting and intervention.
The exhibition in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina is consisted of at least two overlapping segments:
1. Mini retrospective reminding of the author’s key works from 1980s and 1990s
2. Selection from Škulec’s most recent production.
A study that is being prepared for publication will include various fields of the artist’s activity: sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, as well as his social and pedagogic activity. Apart from Škulec’s autonomous work, the study will give attention to his collaborative work (Absolutely Sculptural), but also to anonym interventions within the social and art system (Absolutely Fraction).
"Exhibitions, both solo and collective, are often followed by summarisation of results achieved during a certain period of time spent working on a problem that is afterwards, being processed and packet, presented as a result within certain boundaries. According to this, I would have never exhibited anything. My daily work is related to overcoming own boundaries, it is based on infinite dialogue between a painting and a sculpture. Dissatisfaction with limits of a painting, as of a scene filled with visual content, had resulted, at the very beginning of my engagement with painting, in giving a focus on its shape and mass that was being composed in objects and later in sculptures. Sculpture, on the other hand, gave a stronger accent on the problem of space. This exhibition is an intention without an answer given in advance."
Rastislav Škulec, text in the catalogue for exhibition in Gallery "Yellow House", Novi Sad, June, 1990.
"My artworks are, primarily, conceptual declarations and I prefer seeing them in traditional way. For example, I am a sculptor of anthropomorphic shapes whose deformation was bought to its maximum level, so that one does not find anthropomorphic sculpture, not even its traces. Installations inspire me because I am interested in static instability and the danger of a very heavy metal piece falling on the floor and staying in definitive, horizontal position, gaining a new meaning where horizontal is interpreted as passive and dead, in contrast to vertical – living. This installation enables a possibility to express impossibility of physically stable reflection. Dying during life, in fact, walking death is motive and content of my work. I do not wish to deal with psychoanalytical symbols, but rather turn to simulation of psychotic state, catatonia, the final stages of depression that appears as a result of trauma without clearly defined causes."
Rastislav Škulec, Tendencies of 1990s: Discrete Modernism, catalogue, Centre for visual culture "Zlatno oko", Novi Sad, 16th April – 26th May 1996
Rastislav Škulec (Lug, 1962): Diplomirao 1989. na slikarskom odseku Akademije umetnosti u Novom Sadu. Jedan od osnivača "Žute kuće", 1988. gde je iste godine imao i svoju prvu samostalnu izložbu. Sa Zoranom Pantelićem 1990. osniva umetničku grupu Apsolutno skulpturalno koja deluje do 1993. Izlagao na gotovo svim značajnijim grupnim i problemskim izložbama tokom devedesetih i dvehiljaditih godina u Novom Sadu, Vršcu, Kikindi i Pančevu. Radi kao likovni pedagog u više osnovnih škola u okolini Novog Sada (Mladenovo, Šangaj, Begeč, Futog). Živi u Begeču.
Remix, Refresh, Restart
Remix, Refresh, Restart
Remix, Refresh, Restart