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Memories of a City

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Bazaar , 2011 Marker and Pencil on Tracing Paper 16 X 20 Inches © Courtesy of the artist & LMAK Projects
Memories of a City

298 Grand Street
New York, NY
February 4th, 2012 - March 11th, 2012
Opening: February 4th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.lmakgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
east village/lower east side
EMAIL:  
info@lmakgallery.com
PHONE:  
212-255-9707
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sun 11-6

DESCRIPTION

LMAKprojects is pleased to present Slovene artist Miha Štrukelj’s Memories of a City, a first solo exhibit with the gallery. For this exhibit Štrukelj will create an installation of murals and small drawings on panels throughout the gallery to address the limitations and confines of the gallery space. In his work Štrukelj’s methodology is a reduction of everything back to a grid, contour and line. His eye reacting to architectural settings combined with angular patterns that are contradicting and complex. Bringing formal order into the newly created chaos and disparate elements the grid evokes both the sense of painting and drawing tradition as well as Cartesian coordinates and maps.

Štrukelj’s scenes are usually urban spaces defined by architecture, landmarks and points, which create a tension and shape our view. In between there are empty and forgotten spaces that he captures. These anonymous moments are combined to emphasize and construct a new reality of disparate contemporaneity, a visual study of digital existential dilemma of the human experiences. The panels, found within the installation, are either layers of mylar stripping away the trails of the subjects surrounding or wood panels jutting the subjects into the viewers space. They are components of the installation but embody their own sense of space. Through these elements, Štrukelj is able to play with depth and layering while also enhancing his point of focus be it a line, structure or individual. The acts of the subjects are not heroic yet through isolation the viewer is absorbed into their act in life. Štrukelj is an observer, yet his drawn observations force the viewer the illustrated realm and become part of these isolated instances in time. He exposes the grey area that we dismiss in our everyday life.