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P74 Gallery

Lara Papov / Rebecca Reja

7 – 26 February 2020
P74 Gallery

You are cordially invited to the opening of the solo exhibitions by Lara Papov and Rebecca Reja on Friday, 7 February 2020 at 19.00 at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

Lara Papov

In her artistic work, Lara Papov engages in various media, but her starting point are the tiny details she perceives in her daily routine. In installations, she mostly uses everyday objects that question our perception and sense of reality. Her works are visually refined, almost minimalistic. The S T A C C A T O exhibition is her first solo presentation.

The Princess and the Pea (2017) consists of large-sized sheets that are laid on top of each other, on the floor, reaching ten centimetres in height. Something we don’t see is hidden beneath them and creates a crease. Due to its title, the minimalist object gives the impression of playfulness and curiosity. What is it that is hidden under pure whiteness, and who is actually a princess?

The Good Joke piece (2018) is a glass cup filled with water, placed on a sculpture pedestal. It contains a sugar bag with a sailboat motif. All the elements are known. Sugar will never serve its purpose as it stays in the bag, and besides – why the sweetened water? In the Unspecified location, 100 video installation (2018), a short video is projected onto the wall. It shows an arm stretching out to the switch. The moment the hand presses the switch, the projection on the wall disappears. The viewer understands that someone has turned off the light. The video is projected into a repetitive loop, so the image reappears soon. The visual effect in a humorous way outwits the viewer’s perception.

Lara Papov asks herself about vicinity and distance, presence and absence, inclusion and exclusion. Her works most often take on the role of proposals, renegotiations with reality. Visually simple works inform that the first impression is not always the right one. Often there is something else behind them. All the works in the exhibition are marked by the common characteristic that they play with the viewer’s perception, and often act as instant humorous remarks.

Lara Papov (1996, Kranj) is a graduate student at the Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) in Ljubljana, her major being fine arts. She has participated in several group exhibitions as part of her studies, such as AVA 10, Equrna Gallery, Ljubljana (2018), Warm-up-opening, AVA (2017), AVA 008, AVA, Ljubljana (2016), and in the group exhibition of the traveling Gallery 7:069: SO1EO1, Old Bakery, Velenje (2018), Extempore, Bled Festival Hall, Bled, (2017), Extempore, Piran City Gallery, Piran (2017), Tree, Tivoli Park, Ljubljana (2016, in collaboration with Gregor Rozman), Indigo Festival, The Museums and Galleries of Ljubljana, Ljubljana (2016, Bus stop installation in collaboration with Gregor Rozman), Extempore, Bled Festival Hall, Bled (2016), Extempore, Piran City Gallery, Piran (2016), Extempore, Monfort Exhibition Space, Portorož (2015).

Rebecca Reja

From the very beginning, skin – the largest organ that surrounds and protects the body – has been a special source of inspiration and interest in the artistic creativity of Rebecca Reja. She is interested in the specifics of the skin, its texture, its visual appearance, also its deviations or differences, its wrinkles, the sagging that she observes in the skin of her sphinx cat, characterized by having no fur. In a similar way she also documents the body visually characterized by the autoimmune skin disease vitiligo.

Her recent works represent the core of the current exhibition. A thoughtful juxtaposition of three pieces, Second Plan, Together, and When You’ll Be Gone (2018), works as an integral whole. The large-scale painting, Second Plan, is set as a background or grounding. It is dominated by shades of light pink that resemble skin. The paint is applied with thick, wide coats over which clean, straight lines are drawn. The abstractness of the image shows a departure from the initial mimetic approaches. In front of the canvas, the When You’ll Be Gone piece is placed, consisting of a silicone patchwork and a metal stand. The patchwork is made of squares of different shades of pink, which turn into orange and brown. The whole hangs like a kind of blanket over a metal stand. The impression of materiality is extraordinary – the patchwork has a fleshy, smoothly effect, and some parts are almost translucent. The individual parts are sewn by hand. The Together piece consists of two small format droplets. The upper part is attached to a buckle that is hung on the nail. The edges are irregular, smooth somewhere, torn elsewhere. Here, the artist experimented with new materials and form.

The objects and paintings of Rebecca Reja effectively explore materiality and direct visual effects. They indicate vulnerability and rawness. They invite you to touch them. What will we feel? Disgust? Cold? Roughness? Abomination? Or something nice?

Rebecca Reja (1995, Koper) is a student at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in Ljubljana, her major being painting. In addition to painting, she creates in graphics, photography, video, and creates objects. She has participated in several group projects, for example at the Art Hotel, Ljubljana (2016), A3, Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television, Ljubljana (2017), Gallery 7:069: PILOT Episode, Layer House, Kranj (2018), and the Collaboration project, Alkatraz Gallery, Ljubljana.