Reality knows no tranquility. A work of art either moves toward presenting reality or away from it in order to forge its own parallel reality: like any visual work of art, the comic lies within these principles of presenting any reality.
In a comic, the picture becomes independent, jumping from one cartoon to the next; the word becomes independent, jumping from sentence to sentence, occasionally overflowing to overwhelm the visual aspect, while sometimes the visual aspect overwhelms the word. On the page of a comic strip, each frame builds life, creating a whole, and special comic life, from snippets or individual cartoons. The life of the comic artist featured in this exhibition and the monograph is full of recognisable images, dynamic graphic vibrations and critical reflection. Iztok Sitar (1962) aka Ninel (this is an anagram, which can be read backwards) is among the most significant comic book artists in Slovenia. His body of work is extensive, and most series or cycles have been published in books. He has also published in many national and foreign magazines and newspapers.
The retrospective at the City Art Gallery of Ljubljana (MGML), which presents his extensive body of comics, is the most thorough overview of his thirty-five year career and includes a selection of eight books that embody Sitar’s personal and visually and verbally expressive maturity, which he has worked for persistently, thoroughly and patiently since his artistic beginnings. The following comic books are exhibited: Sperm and Blood (1990), The Woman Who Makes Love to a Cat (1998), Black Men, White Bones (1999), 4000 (2001), The Story of God (2004), Heads (2006), The Diary of Anne Tank (2008) and Freaks Love Differently (2014).
Sitar is not only known as a comic book artist, but also as an illustrator and cartoonist, and particularly as an insightful critic of the comic book art and scene in Slovenia. His original visual language is based on careful drawing and loose painterly strokes. Diverse layered colours create an expressive rhythm that is enhanced by stressed contours and colourful strips.
Production: Museum and Galleries of LjubljanaExhibition curator: Sarival Sosič, PhDArtist: Iztok SitarText: Sarival Sosič, PhDDesign: Ajdin BašićThe exhibition was made possible by: City of Ljubljana
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00