"Every city has its Tivoli!" In her work, Maruša Sagadin centres on the relationship between language, architecture and sculpture. In doing so, she often uses puns and polysemy to start plays of association, while simultaneously providing an insight into the transition between the original idea and the final result. She draws inspiration for her ideas from architecture, but also from pop and subculture sources.
Extracted and abstracted, these elements form a sign which at a symbolic level incorporates an inherent narrative, directing us towards the story of an object while introducing dynamics and humour which camouflage criticism under a tarp of advertising approaches, entertainment or play.
In this project, the artist presents a series of objects titled Lina’s Leisure Center (Shorts), the sculpture "Extra Extra Elle" (Hungerburgbahn), and collages. The first is based on elements used by the architect Lina Bo Bardi on the façade of SESC Pompéia in Sao Pãulo (who incorporated irrational, almost postmodern moments into the modernist architecture of the aforementioned sport and cultural centre, conceived in socialist spirit “for the people”). These are window openings that look very much like holes made by punching fists, but are in the artist’s sculptures manifested as legs of objects. Above them span six almost identical rectangular forms. The boundary between the base, which turns into an object in itself, and the life-size sculpture, is obscured, and their roles are equalised in Duchamp’s style. The surfaces of geometric shapes are gloss-polished and almost painterly. Their colour palette spans allusions to the Washington Color School, Austrian Lilien porcelain, “political” colours, and pop culture. The selection of materials such as concrete, putty and plywood found in construction material stores shows that the artist takes interest in what appears deceptive and strange.
By twisting the norms, Maruša Sagadin strips the objects from some aspects of their service ability and imbues them with the possibility to change the pattern of perception. A pair of wooden shoes is thus transformed into a sculpture, a potential instrument of torture, a funny fashionable accessory, a theatre requisite, and not least, a model of two buildings connected by a bridge. The sculptures that apparently represent a group of people may stand as a unique metaphor of placing an individual or a marginalised group in the social skeleton of a city and its infrastructure, where the primary focus is on stimulating fun, consumerism, business and the cult of the body. Alenka Trebušak EVENTS IN CC TOBAČNA 001: Wednesday, 6 May 2015 at 5 pm Guided tour Alenka Trebušak
Production: Museum and Galleries of LjubljanaExhibition curator: Alenka TrebušakArtist: Maruša SagadinText: Alenka TrebušakDesign: Ajdin BašićRealisation of the exhibition: Technical Service MGMLThe exhibition was made possible by: City of Ljubljana, Department for Culture
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An exhibition project of Maruša Sagadin: "Tivoli" is opened in CC Tobačna 001. In this project, the artist presents a series of objects titled "Lina’s Leisure Center" (Shorts), the sculpture "Extra Extra Elle" (Hungerburgbahn), and collages. The first is based on elements used by the architect Lina Bo Bardi on the façade of SESC Pompéia in Sao Pãulo (who incorporated irrational, almost postmodern moments into the modernist architecture of the aforementioned sport and cultural centre, conceived in socialist spirit “for the people”).
Artist-in-residence centre hosts Maruša Sagadin, a Slovenian artist based in Vienna. She studied architecture at the Technical University in Graz and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Monica Bonvicini. Her work revolves around investigations of sign systems and their formal language, which are taken from architecture as well as pop and subcultural sources, and subsequently re-contextualized and productively turned against the grain. She will present her work on the solo exhibition in CC Tobačna 001.