Paintings by Monika Slemc can be observed and perceived in a single moment. That's how fleeting they are. But one may stare at them forever and still the image would be there, infinite.
When Worlds Meet
From up close and from afar. Their appearance keeps escaping our gaze. Paintings designed in various directions guide us from the point where we are right now to the place we are going next. They stem from reality, seem realistic and are transformed into numerous compositions.
The same effect is produced when looking at the paintings with narrowed eyes. That's when everything in front of us is disappearing, much like the images on canvas. Slemc's art is aesthetic. It will remind us of art that has always been deemed beautiful and finite. Aesthetic art is what people called it decades or a century ago. Nowadays very few pieces of art receive such praise.
Her paintings give an impression of being created digitally. In reality, Slemc uses a number of simple digital manipulations and combines them with traditional painting techniques to create (partially) distorted images trasferred to canvas. Certain parts of the paintings seem melted or even melting as we speak.
They symbolize a departure. But only from the surface of her painted landscapes.
Monika Slemc (1994) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, graduating in 2017 with Prof Zmago Lenardič. In 2021 she obtained her master’s degree in painting under the mentorship of Prof Žiga Kariž, MA, and Prof Petja Grafenauer, PhD. Slemc currently works as a painter and primary school teacher in Domžale.
Her main focus is painting. Her artistic practice revolves around landscapes as a means of exploring the relationship between humans and nature in a rapidly evolving modern society. Distortion builds an illusion of mangled imaginary landscapes with the blurred line between a real and a fictional city. The landscapes never clearly show what they truly are, but rather portray an ever-changing and even a disappearing world through elusive images.
2013–2017 Akademija za likovno umetnost in oblikovanje, dodiplomski študij: slikarstvo
2017–2021 Akademija za likovno umetnost in oblikovanje, podiplomski študij: slikarstvo
OTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2019/2020 Filozofska fakulteta: Pedagoško-andragoška izobrazba za strokovne delavce v osnovnih in srednjih šolah
Production: Bežigrajska galerija 1 / MGML
Exhibition curator: Miloš Bašin
Artist: Monika Slemc
Design: Miloš Bašin
Photodocumentation: Monika Slemc
Realisation of the exhibition: Technical Service MGML, Miloš Bašin
The exhibition was made by: City of Ljubljana
Sunday, Monday, holidays: Closed