Tuesday 30 June 2020, DobraVaga (until 5/9/) 
DobraVaga Gallery 4th anniversary group exhibition

Together with the Riso Paradiso family, we invited 15 Slovenia-based artists to outline and record one or more starting points relating to the term “position” (for example, positions in work, society, living surroundings and artwork), using the Riso print technique, to mark the 4th anniversary of the DobraVaga Gallery.

We selected the term “position” as the thematic starting point during the period of initial measures and changed circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which have reshaped our positions and standpoints. In the current conditions, we began wandering around nature more, cycling at protests, reflecting on our own consumption of certain goods, experiencing empty cities, socialising even more on social networks and video calls, perhaps experiencing loneliness, realising the need for human touch, working in different circumstances or being left without projects, thinking about and developing alternative forms of cultural events, and doing, discovering, contemplating much more.

The new conditions provide us with a different perspective and starting point for the future, driving us to discover alternative spaces, principles, roles in the field of culture, economy, politics, labour, public and private life.

At DobraVaga, the term “position” is especially near to our hearts, as it can also refer to the structure of a visual work, the positions and artistic structure of images, the composition and placement of the elements that make up the story/content. Alongside the limited colour palette of the Riso technique, the project aims to initiate reflection on the artistic construction of the resulting artwork.

Artists: Sara Bezovšek, Jure Brglez, Tjaša Cizej, Jaka Juhant, Simon Kocjančič, Tatjana Kotnik, Gašper Kunšič, Lo Milo, Iza Pavlina, Tereza Prepadnik, Lucija Rosc, Žiga Roš, Helena Tahir, Jaka Vatovec, Tadej Vaukman

Curators: Anja Zver and Ajda Ana Kocutar

Graphic design of the exhibition: Matjaž Komel

Wednesday 10 June 2020, DobraVaga (until 15/7/) 
ZINE VITRINE | Bor Cvetko and Lea Topolovec: Tangerines

While enjoying tangerines together last winter, Lea and Bor had an idea. They used the tangerines they managed to peel in a single motion as the central theme of their zine. They were drawn to the variety and changeability of the forming shapes, with some even getting their own name. They wanted to instil this playfulness in the zine as well, which is why one can cut it up at the right moment and play a memory game. 

Bor Cvetko (1998) and Lea Topolovec (1994) both trained karate and athletics in primary school. Now they are both students of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. In addition to photography, they’re interested in other visual art fields, which they incorporate in their work. Lea recently completed a study exchange in Bratislava, and lives and works in Ljubljana. Bor spent a lot of time recently in nature, where he found a fresh source of inspiration. In the past, both have participated in several group exhibitions, but this is their first solo exhibition.

Wednesday 10 June 2020, DobraVaga (until 18/7/) 
ARTIST PER MONTH | Črt Mate: Kunšt

In his personal work, designer Črt Mate uses the visual communication approaches he utilizes in a professional context to transmit another’s message as “art for art’s sake” means, or as playful instruments for conveying his own essence or emotional subtext. The result is an artistic and semantic game, often humorous, occasionally abstract, occasionally figural, at times clear, at other times more hermetic. Sometimes digital, sometimes analog. The concept is of secondary importance, the focus is on aesthetic messaging as an end in itself.

Črt Mate was born in Ljubljana, his hometown is Ribnica na Dolenjskem. He graduated in Visual Communications from the Department of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, where he is currently also enrolled in an MA programme. He has participated in several group exhibitions, and received the Award for Slovenian Excellence in Typeface Design at the 9th Brumen Biennial of Slovenian Design. He lives and works in Ljubljana.