Artist: Mária Kováčik, rod. Ustaníková
Curator: Miroslava Urbanová
Opening: 15. 1. 2019 at 6pm
Duration of the exhibition: 16. 1. - 17. 2. 2019
Exhibition size: Small
Glitch is the exhibition project of Mária Kováčik that presents multiple microstories on the surface of special double-wing construction. Although the main motif is obvious on the first sight – a man in the landscape – the depicted scenes are not idyllic at all. 240 backlit frames painted in monochrome fashion onto the shrinking foil resembles the media pictures of everyday catastrophes more than classical painting genres. The construction, that reminds divider, finds together with narrative painterly execution its visual parallels in the art of East Asia. However, the frames, in general, refer to the traditional lineage of European painting, where human and natural meets in a mutual relationship. Nowadays, this relationship is being redefined because of the destructive effect of human activities on its surrounding.
In her works, Mária devotes her attention to the darker sides of human life – in her last work at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava she had thematized the aggression. Despite that, she does not forget about the fragility and joy of the Every(wo)man. He/she appears in the scenes, which part of visual information disappeared due to its technique of reproduction. Some details gained visibility, some mingled, other became unclear. Technically speaking, a glitch means an error, temporary mistake. Some viewers are fed up with such visual disruptions, others observe them only peripheral, immune to glitches of everyday life. Are we sensitive enough to notice small changes? What has still the ability to move us?
text: Miroslava Urbanová