Erik Sille [Slovakia]

2020.02.19 - 2020.02.23

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.

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.

[ Supported by Slovak arts council ]

Date 2020.02.19 - 2020.02.23
Time 12:00-19:00 (last day till 17:00)
Place Studio 3
Website http://www.youkobo.co.jp/en/air/2020/02/erik.html


  • Reception : 22 February 18:00-20:00