2020.02.02 - 2020.02.27

Erik Sille

[Slovakia ]

Šille's paintings incorporate the aesthetics and several practices applied in creating comic books and animated films. The author layers protagonists and hidden graphic abbreviations (the symbols of objects and activities) in the complex painting elements on a monochrome background, blending the images, symbols, and aesthetics of Eastern and Western culture. He feels free to quote the symbolic and formal richness of the images of the European cultural context and combines The Barque of Dante, Böcklin and South Park in the paintings Last Boating (2009) or Hello History (2010). By combining art history with pop-culture, he creates new contemporary pseudo-motifs and hybrid fairytales; his paintings seem like landscapes, portraits, and still lifes transplanted from an unknown artificial land behind the computer.

During my one-month residency in Youkobo art space I would like to focus on traditional painting techniques. In addition to painting, I would like to continue a in the laboratory research in large-scale drawing and its techniques. Interest in drawing is in the search for new personal practices such as drawing with inkwith antiperspirant bottle and the combination of inkwith other materials on paper.I am focused to learn how to use Urusi varnish. I will focus on smaller formats on paper using the watercolor technique. The thematic field will continue including social and ecological principles and contradictions in cultures.

Date 2020.02.02 - 2020.02.27
Place AIR-3
Website http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en/air/2018/02/erik-sille.html