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P74 Gallery

Milena Usenik: Lost Pop Art

25 March – 15 April 2014
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition Lost Pop Art by Milena Usenik, on Tuesday, 25 March at 7 pm.

Join us for a pre-opening talk with the artist at 6:30 pm in P74 Gallery. The talk will be lead by Mojca Grmek.

Milena Usenik, Naročje II., z dovoljenjem umetnice

The exhibition Lost Pop Art is the first presentation of the early cycle of creations by Milena Usenik, which in our national art history has remained overlooked. The exhibition covers paintings from 1971 and 1976 which present a unique hybrid between pop art and op art.
“One of the most interesting works and also one of the first from this period carries the name ‘Pentlja (Bow) I’ (1972). Spread out over a vertically-oriented diptych, this type of layout of several paintings unfolding across separate, yet connected, canvases is one of the key achievements from that period and remained a regular feature later on. The painting shows the neckline of a monumental stylised female figure with a striped scarf tied around her neck. The figure with it contour drawing on a monochromatic blue background is only suggested, while the scarf with its characteristic op-art “moving” image immediately attracts attention. The painting is of essential importance for understanding the issues that interested Usenik in that time. The motif is clearly a characteristic theme of pop art, based on the idea of an ironic critical reflection of the daily life of modern consumer society. In this context, it especially exposes the question of the use of the female body as an object (of desire) in mass media and in popular culture.”

(Mojca Grmek)

Milena Usenik, Pentlja I, 1972, z dovoljenjem umetnice

Milena Usenik (b. 1934 in Bloke) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where she graduated under prof. Maksim Sedej in 1965 and then under prof. Gabrijel Stupica finished her painting specialisation in 1968. She has presented her works on a number of solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. She lives and works in Logatec and Ljubljana. Her awards and recognitions include a special recognition on an exhibition of Slovenian women fine artists at the Slovenj Gradec Art Pavilion (1973); a recognition at the 1st Biennale of Small-size Paintings Mini prix Lucas ’93 in Bled; and the Grand Prix at the 2nd Biennale of Small-size Paintings Mini prix Lucas ’95 in Ljubljana.