For Marek Kvetan (born in 1976), an intermedia artist, recently, it has been important to create reverse moments and situations – hybrid objects and installations with a certain level of exaggeration, irony and absurdity. In accordance with this way of thinking, Kvetan brings a line of “dislocated” environments and little shifts which, however, mean a significant change of the content and meaning of objects. With a certain perspective he deals with making the interior more “comfortable”, DIY projects and unexpected connections between the tradition and contemporary electronic sound-light moments. The central installation of the exhibition is the current Kvetan’s work called Echo (2017) which represents a group of archaic wooden boxes – massive segments he got on internet sales. These boxes with a significant engraved geometric shapes are then interweaved with more than 15 thousand light cables which light in the Slovak tricolor. The overall atmosphere is supported by a strong sound track ranging from folklore motives to experimental electro compositions (folk instruments and shepherd’s pipe sound to the noise and buzzing of big cities). This echo of past time and contemporary world is backed up by two luminous-sound objects: a light Ark from 2014 evoking the biblical holy ark but also the cracking of dysfunctional neon tubes from advertisement objects and unrolled flashing Koberec II (Carpet II) – an oriental IKEA carpet regularly “dancing” in the rhythm of arab-pop. Kvetan’s strategy to put certain things “upside-down“ is fully expressed by the bright set of five splendid crystal chandeliers converted and placed on the floor (Glaem, 2014). This saturated environment of glaring light is supported by the interactive work called Flashback (2016) – a wall full of rear mirrors from cars responding to the presence of visitors and scanning them back… It is thus smiling and, at the same time, satirical accumulation of objects layering high and low materials and a bit absurd meeting of traditional things and their electronic and sound transformation. These “dissected” concepts and interventions of Marek Kvetan bring strong fine-art environments and represent a small sample of his actual visual-sonic thinking.
The exhibition is realized thanks to the support of the grant of the city of Košice.
Marek KVETAN, born in in 1976 in Bratislava; he lives and works in Bratislava. Studies: University of Fine Arts in Bratislava (1995-2001) and Faculty of Arts of the TU Brno (1999). Currently, he works as a pedagogue at the University of Fine Arts. Residential stays: 2007 – FUTURA, Karlin Studios, Prague; 2000 – The Headlends Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, USA; Awards: 2016 – Novum Foundation Bratislava; 2010 – Henkel Art Award (finalist), Wien; Souvereign European Art Prize (finalist), Barbican Centre, London; 2008 – laurate of the NG 333 award, National Gallery Prague; 2003 – Grand prix – Triennale of Contemporary Slovak Graphic Design, ŠG Banská Bystrica. Indivisual exhibitions: 2018 – Echo, Soda Gallery Bratislava, 2017 – Loading, Nir Altman Gallery Munich; Hobby, LGPMB Liptovský Mikuláš; We Are Not Your Toys (with M. Černušák) Schemnitz Gallery Banská Štiavnica.