Žofia Dubová: Places off the roads

The Slovak Mining Museum - Jozef Kollár Gallery cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition Žofia Dubová - Places off the Roads

Great Hall, Jozef Kollár Gallery, Nám. Sv. Trojice 8, Banská Štiavnica

Curator: Juliana Mrvová

Žofia Dubová is a painter who, in her author's research, transcends the boundaries of painting not only in terms of formal, but especially intensive exploration of the boundaries of the pictorial surface and the physical conditions of painting on canvas. From the initial experimentation with the composition and re-stretching of the painted canvas, it is now moving to a spatial installation.

She is currently completing his doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava with the work Places Outside and (or) Geography of the Imagination. The exhibition Places Off the Roads in the Jozef Kollár Gallery in Banská Štiavnica is part of her dissertation project.

In the vast majority of works, Žofia combines painting on glass with canvas hung in space, a principle that has been used more in recent years. The canvas becomes the background here, the unstable support of ephemeral painting on glass. Thematically, Žofia works with natural phenomena in her works, often difficult to grasp, but at the same time leaving a tangible mark. Wave, avalanche, cloud, physical phenomena that are sometimes difficult to understand or capture in their volatility. Nevertheless, they have enormous physical strength and can transform. Žofia's often delicate, fleeting paintings on glass transform the space in combination with canvas and also have the task of transforming the way we look at painting.

It can be said that Žofia paints what she lives. Since her relationship with nature is transformed not only into long marches or ascents to the mountain, but also into the effort to tame the wave, or into the fascination with avalanches during the winter conquest of the mountains on skis. However, not only the altitude reached by the ascent is very important in Žofia's painting, but also the depth to which she dives in her research, as her work never lacks a strong philosophical context.

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