The adventure of Junshi and Newborn

Erik Sille [Slovakia]

2018.02.24 - 2018.02.25

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination… And don’t bother concealing your thievery celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It's not where you take things from it's where you take them to.” Jim Jarmusch

This quotation introduced the work of Erik Šille (*1978, Rožňava) in the catalogue Painting after Painting (Slovak National Gallery, 2010) and in many ways rendered the work of undoubtedly the most successful painter of his generation. He raised attention already during his studies at the studio of Professor Ivan Csudai, when a strong “acrylic generation” of painters emerged. Although Šille belongs to its prominent representatives, he continually continually cultivates, develops and enriches his highly distinctive style with new elements and characters. Possibly the most characteristic feature of Šille's work is his sophisticated symbolism that utilizes the form, charm, and ambiguity of the animated world and comic characters.
wrote: Alexandra Kusá (General Director of Slovak National Gallery)

At Youkobo Art Space, Erik continues his work that he starts in 2013 in the same studio in Youkobo Art Space. He felt in love during his residency in 2013 with Tokyo, with Youkobo Art space and all the people around. This residency influenced his work. During this second stay he continued working on water colour on paper.

In his work, the hanging picture becomes an epitaph. A painted reminder of the dead, forgotten, lost and missing things. A gradual growth of dark colours, substituting the view from top by a frontal perspective or by a pure black surface of the background, unrooted burning houses, emptiness and mainly death, loss, sadness boldly move Šille towards a much more tragic form. He was inspired with traditional Japanese art print, Yokai, samurai, seppuku, lost demons and food.

Date 2018.02.24 - 2018.02.25
Time 12:00-19:00(最終日17:00まで)
Place Studio 3


  • Reception:24 February, 18:00-20:00