Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 1/12/)
ARTIST PER MONTH│Neža Perovšek: You Are Here
Neža Perovšek, a graduate student of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, will present her latest series of paintings Tukaj ste / You Are Here. In her work, she mostly refers to maps, composing her own reality out of their individual elements. In this way, she creates landscapes that intertwine various real geographic occurrences and fictitious environments.
Neža Perovšek (1996) finished the Fine Arts course at the Secondary School for Design and Photography art gymnasium. She is currently studying painting at ALUO under Prof. Bojan Gorenc. In addition to painting, she is active in the fields of graphics and photography. She draws inspiration from the environment, both natural and urban, which is why her work often features landscapes and sections of interiors.
Thursday 11 October 2018 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 30/11/)
TINTA│ROTOPOL MYSTERY SHOW
Independent German publisher Rotopol is presenting the international group exhibition Rotopol Mystery Show, with works by selected artists in the field of contemporary illustration and comics. Rotopol Mystery Show is an exhibition series that includes three group exhibitions: The Forester’s Collection, The Traveller’s Collection, and The Inventor’s Collection. For each exhibition, invited artists received small cardboard boxes that contained a collection of small objects as a source of inspiration. With the help of their imagination and associations, the artists connected the objects in an illustration. The exhibition presents the resulting illustrations along with photos of the respective boxes and allows the visitors to take a look at the creative processes behind the works.
Thursday 11 October 2018 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 13/11/)
TINTA X ARTIST PER MONTH│Sanja Pocrnjić: Lazy Muses
Young comics artist and illustrator Sanja Pocrnjić is putting on a solo exhibition with the meaningful title of Lazy Muses. In the contemporary age of Instagram and Pinterest, muses have been left without anything to do. What to do now that their mission has expired and they have time for themselves and their own ambitions?
Sanja Pocrnjič (1990) graduated in Art Education in Maribor. She is most at home with drawings, where her motifs reside between science fiction and Slovenian mythology. She works with various media, with as many materials and techniques as possible, always seeking new ways to express herself. Her drawings have always included an element of visual storytelling, so it was only a matter of time before comics became an important part of her work. So far, she has published a few short comics in Stripburger, which also published her debut (mini) comic book Jezen, jezen škrat (2018). She has participated in group exhibitions at the Media Nox Gallery, Kibla Portal and GT22 in Maribor. In 2017, her solo exhibition Nedeljska južna was displayed at Pritličje. She lives and works in Ljubljana.
Thursday 11 October 2018 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 5/11/)
TINTA X ZINE VITRINE│Ivana Armanini: She Must Be Mad
Croatian comics artist and illustrator Ivana Armanini will present her newly published zine She Must Be Mad, an eclectic array that shifts between illustration and comics, a sort of diary of feelings, made during the summer months. In it, the artist records the journey of the waves, the sun and the moon, turbulence and implosions. The whole thus pulses with the rhythm of the summer, suitably complemented and enhanced by the colour red in combination with black and white.
Ivana Armanini got her M.A. at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She is the author of four independent comic books and the founder and head of the Komikaze project, a network for the creation, promotion and distribution of original comics, linking the Croatian and international indie comics scenes for 16 years now. Within the framework of Komikaze, Armanini handles digital and print publishing, as well as holds comics workshops and exhibitions. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and festivals both at home and abroad, with her work also included in the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. She lives and works in Ljubljana and Zagreb.
Tuesday 11 September 2018 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 8/10/)
ZINE VITRINE│Miha Perne: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Visual artist Miha Perne is presenting his newly released small format zine titled Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, an archival compendium of various materials, from original drawings, sketches and collages to photocopies of books and found catalogues, collected over a longer period of time and finding their place within the context of the zine. The zine includes various colour and black-and-white copying, silkscreen printing and risograph printing techniques. The artist printed it in collaboration with the DobraVaga Gallery, the Riso Paradiso collective and the Pivka House of Culture.
Thursday 6 September 2018 at 7 pm, DobraVaga, (Until 8/10/)
ARTIST PER MONTH│Monika Slemc: Small Partition
The autumn season of monthly exhibitions will be opened by Monika Slemc, a young artist currently working towards an M.A. in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. In her work, she is interested primarily in the relationship between man and nature during an era of increasing technological advancement, thereby also questioning the position of painting as a medium in the time of contemporary technology. The emphasis lies on the creative process itself – through various procedures, she strives to establish a focused view, where the image doesn’t submit to the viewer, but rather constantly eludes him.
Wednesday 4 July, DobraVaga (until 8/10/)
group commercial exhibition
The group exhibition brings together artists whose motifs draw from the urban environment, from infrastructural elements and architecture to everyday urban events, people and animals.
They approach the topic in question humorously or even surreally and grotesquely, intertwining figuration and abstraction, image and text. They draw inspiration from comic books and cartoons, often also creating their own imaginary characters, who can be childishly sweet or monstrously disfigured. The impulsiveness of the artistic expression is evident in the spontaneity of the strokes and the intuitive combining, experimenting and layering of various techniques, such as acrylic paints, spray paints, markers, charcoal, collage, screen printing, photocopying and digital manipulation. The colours bear the role of a powerful medium of expression, which is why the palette is often intense, at times even loud and contrasting. The use of discarded material and objects found on the street, whether old frames and decorative art, furniture parts or various objects, all innovatively incorporated into the art piece, is also noticeable. Despite certain common features and starting points, however, each artist recreates the atmosphere of the city bustle and his or her own experience of the surroundings through an individual artistic expression and in his or her own way.
Tuesday 10 July at 7 pm, DobraVaga (until 5/9/)
ZINE VITRINE │ Nina Urh: Balances
With an exhibition of prints and a new zine, graphic designer and illustrator Nina Urh continues her artistic practice of building space through abstracted shapes and clean lines in print and book form. In the zine Balances (Ravnotežja), she explores and seeks the right balance required by the arrival of a new human being into the world and family. The entry of a new being into an established lifestyle brings many adjustments and new rhythms, which create previously unfamiliar balances.
Wednesday 4 July at 7 pm, DobraVaga (until 4/9/)
ARTIST PER MONTH │ Petra Korent: Goodbye Slut
After finishing her Open Studio residency, the young artist we’ve previously met as part of the ZINE VITRINE exhibition will present a series of acrylic paintings on canvas. Changes in her love life led her to a different view on moments of intimacy, which is evident in her motifs. Direct and exhibitionist illustrations have changed into warmer, more intimate sketches of relationship life, though they still retain the author’s characteristic humorous style.
Friday 15 June at 7 pm, DobraVaga (until 7/7/)
ZINE VITRINE │ Assemblage Atlas: Paragraphie
Paragraphie is the outcome of a dialogue between three artists who, over several months, conceived and generated knowledge as an attempt to position the artistic practice in the current age or rather, to understand what the position of the artistic practice today is and can be. The zine works as an atlas of compiled knowledge that aims to emphasise issues regarding the artistic practice that have been and still are relevant. Paragraphie is to be shared and discussed for further circulation and continuation of the issues. The material used to make the zine is both original and found (Google searches, screenshots, scanned books, online interviews …).
Tuesday 5 June at 7 pm, DobraVaga (until 3/7/)
ARTIST PER MONTH │ Dalea Kovačec: Altered Diaries
The young artist, currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Painting, is interested in the topic of memory and its alteration and unreliability. Altered Diaries is a still ongoing series of paintings and diary drawings, in which she expresses and reconstructs the images of memories. However, during the reconstruction, these memories change under the influence of society, environment or simply the passing of time.
Thursday 24 May at 8 pm, DobraVaga
SOYBOT: WAIKIKI VENUS PRINT HEALING & DESIGN THERAPY
DobraVaga 2nd anniversary exhibition
Vienna-based art collective SOYBOT describe themselves as a support group for UFO-tourism and RISO-printing. They occupy themselves with elementary topics such as wellness, bongs, tribals, health, exorcism, horses, poems, prophecies, Japan, implants and reptiles.
Through colourful visual spheres and gradients, the WAIKIKI VENUS print-healing and design-therapy exhibition opens the body and the mind, accompanied by wellness background music, specially prepared by SOYBOT for Ljubljana. The event marks the 2nd anniversary of the DobraVaga Gallery.
tuesday, 15th of May 2018, 7pm (until 14/6/)
ZINE VITRINE | Horrid Habits: Automartyr
With the Automartyr exhibition, visual artist Horrid Habits presents his newly published zine of the same title, in which he continues to explore aesthetics and religious symbolism, as well as the related rituals that shift into abstract forms, this time through focusing on self-sacrifice.
In this context, he links self-sacrifice to the contemporary experience of obsessive compulsive disorders and anxiety, which lead to attempts to control events, as well as to self-sacrificing, forced, pointless rituals that function as prevention.
Thursday 10 May at 7 pm, DobraVaga (until 4/6/)
ARTIST PER MONTH | Vedran Štimac – PoliteBastART: Room of Portraits
The illustrator and street artist from Pula, who has lived and worked in Ljubljana since last year, will present his portrait series Room of Portraits. The unusual and surreal treatment of the portrayed persons serves as a counterweight to the photographic precision of the illustrations created by the self-taught artist with a Rapidograph. He mostly portrays historic figures who inspired him strongly during a certain period of his life, subtly intertwining their images with a critique of the world and society we live in.
Friday 27 April at 7 pm, Ukmukfukk Zinefeszt, Kisüzem, Budapest (until 22 May 2018)
exhibition at Ukmukfukk Zinefeszt
Artists: Nevena Aleksovski, Simon Kocjančič, Zoran Pungerčar, Leon Zuodar
Copy art has a long and vivid history of artistic experimentation and playfulness in duplicating the visual, being closely linked with zine culture and DIY movements. But to sloppy copy in the contemporary culture of high-resolution photos at every step, and turning to old reproduction media, such as Xerox and the risograph, in the digital era, offers a new viewing experience. The joy of “mistakes” and the infatuation with mechanical mishaps, lines and details getting lost in the transmission, the different rhythm of rasters, the fullness of colour depth or the graphic contrast of black-and-white artwork, invite the spectator to observe closely while being affected by the feeling of materiality and traces of the entire artistic process. It represents faith in the forgotten, the minor, the imperfect, the yet-to-be-examined and re-invented.
The exhibition of zine artists from Slovenia as part of Ukmukfukk Zinefeszt 2018 is organized by the DobraVaga gallery and the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture from Ljubljana.
wednesday, 18th of April 2018, 7pm (until 12/5/)
ZINE VITRINE | Photobook and Photozine
The exhibition is an overview of the production of photobooks and photozines in Slovenia in the last five years. Its liveliness and variety indicate an understanding of the photobook and the photozine as a space of autonomous expression and statement by the author, the key bearer of the message being the photograph, one of the most widespread and popularised media today, though often the easiest to overlook due to its supposedly obvious directness.
thursday, 5th of April 2018, 7pm (until 2/5/)
ARTIST PER MONTH | Maja Poljanc: Encyclopedia Mythologica Slovenica
In April, visual artist and illustrator Maja Poljanc will debut her master’s degree project Encyclopedia Mythologica Slovenica, the first illustrated encyclopaedia of Slovenian mythological creatures. The black-and-white illustrations, based purely on traditional storytelling and poetry, are characterised by patient precision, attention to detail, and a visual reference to old medical and mythological depictions – all with a plentiful helping of the author’s own imagination.
wednesday, 21st of March 2018, 7pm (until 16/4/)
ZINE VITRINE | Tisa Neža Herlec: Traces
With the Traces exhibition, visual artist Tisa Neža Herlec presents two original zines and the idea and material context behind their creation. In the zine Élasticité, she collects lost hairbands as intimate objects found on the streets of Dijon. The second zine is a collection of her drawings, which she erases upon creation, leaving an illegible trace of the image on the paper. The projects explore the in-between areas of creating meaning and the sensibility towards the intangibleness of loss.
tuesday, 13th of March 2018, 7pm (until 5/4/)
ARTIST PER MONTH |Marko Lekič – Mleko: Evolution
In March, the DobraVaga gallery will feature Marko Lekič – Mleko and his exhibition Evolution. As a student of architecture, he bases his work in clean, graphic, precise lines and details that give the impression of engineering work, bringing to mind city plans when taken as a whole. The exhibition represents the evolution of his artistic path and mindset from chaos into greater organisation or their perfect balance.
tuesday, 20th of february 2018, 7pm (until 17/3/)
ZINE VITRINE | Teja Miholič: Fuck Local Whores
The Fuck Local Whores project is a collection of several years of spam ads the author ran into on the internet. The broad topics of these advertisements encompass sex, food, money, the elderly and many other things. In this way, the author documents the images of everyday life on the internet, which scream for attention with their absurdity, explicit content, poor grammar and naïve design. At the opening, she will present a new zine, consisting of a diary of her Google searches.
thursday, 15th of february 2018, 7pm (until 13/3/)
ARTIST PER MONTH | Manuel Fabris: UNTITLED
In February, the DobraVaga exhibition space will feature Manuel Fabris, a student of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. His smaller and larger canvases are characterised by the spontaneous combining of techniques, collages, and playing around with the image and text, with the young artist intuitively absorbing the visual world of his surroundings.
thursday, 25th of january 2018, 8pm (until 3/3/)
music poster exhibition
The fourth edition of the MENT Ljubljana festival brings the continuation of the appointMENT visual project. The exhibition first took place last year, this year however, the second edition advances the project with a new technique – namely, the 69 artists utilised risograph printing. The risograph is an economical, environmentally friendly printer of Japanese origin, whose printing process, similar to screen printing, allows for unique colour overlays and therefore distinctive prints. The printing process was overseen by Riso Paradiso, a Slovenian collective of riso print fans that has the only risograph in Slovenia.
tuesday, 23rd of january 2018, 7pm (until 17/2/)
ZINE VITRINE | Jure Šajn: Picking Up Lines
With the Picking Up Lines exhibition, Jure Šajnexplores the transformation of the visual in the format of an artist’s book. In doing so, he experiments with the procedure, recognising the visual potential of coincidence and error. The included pieces shift between photography and graphics. He explores popularised print techniques and uncovers the new possibilities for expression offered by the photocopier and risograph. His work is characterised by materiality in the use of intriguing paper grammage and raster dot size.
thursday, 11th of january 2018, 7pm (until 7/2/)
ARTIST PER MONTH| Anja Jelovšek: AIR-LINES
The first to be featured in 2018 will be Anja Jelovšek, who has spent the last few years focusing exclusively on drawing. In the AIR-LINES project, she explored mechanical drawings made by a toy plane – the plane as an object that already inspires associations with drawing by leaving lines across the sky. Though the process involves automated drawing, an original piece is created as a consequence of coincidence.
tuesday, 19th december 2017, 7pm (until 20/1/)
Zine vitrine | Marko K. Gavez: Significantly Insignificant Scenes
The ZINE VITRINE exhibition programme will feature an exhibition and a new artistic publication of the same name by Marko K. Gavez. Through the breadth of his varied drawing skills, from attention to detail to expressive motifs, the artist explores the wealthy potential of illustration, which in places remains without direct explanation or clear intentions. Its meanings to him are thus unexplained, hidden, absent, even insignificant.
tuesday, 12th december 2017, 7pm (until 8/1/)
Artists per month | Hana Jesih and Eva Mlinar: Impressions, Ljubljana/Istanbul
Impressions are artistic correspondence, a dialogue between visual artists Eva Mlinar and Hana Jesih. Using e-mail, they exchanged visual impressions representing their experiences and perceptions of the culture, society, community and diversity of the cities they lived in during that time (Hana in Ljubljana, Eva in Istanbul). The end result of the digital dialogue are collage illustrations of selected topics, bound together in a book.
tuesday, 21st november 2017, 7pm (until 16/12/)
Zine Vitrine | MONA: Hokuspokus
MONA is a group project and zine, created from Ljubljana to Berlin. It links male and female authors in various fields, from literary and fine art to culturological research and critical thought, combining articles that tackle the selected topics from the perspective of women. The displayed first issue discusses finding shelter in the idea of the supernatural and the desire for seeking out eternal truths and the answers to the questions bothering the contemporary female individual.
thursday, 9th november 2017, 7pm (until 6/12/)
Artist per month | Evgen Čopi Gorišek: Toys
In November, the Artist per Month series will feature multitalented young artist Evgen Čopi Gorišek. The DobraVaga Gallery will be taken over by the imaginary urban bustle of absurd events and adult children, created by the artist – a student of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana – with acrylic paints, spray-paints, markers and charcoal on canvas.
friday, 13th october 2017, 6pm (until 18/11/2017)
Zine Vitrine x Tinta | UKMUKFUKK ARCHIVE: THE HUNGARIAN ZINE SCENE
In cooperation with the Tinta comics festival, the Zine Vitrine programme will feature the Ukmukfukk Archive exhibition project by the Ukmukfukk zine festival from Budapest. The project focuses on the treasures of contemporary Hungarian zine production that have accumulated in the festival archive over the past two years. The festival and its importance for the Hungarian zine scene will be presented by its cofounders, Petra Lilla Marjai and Julia Lerch.
wednesday, 11th october 2017, 7pm (until 8/11/2017)
Artist per month x Tinta | MARTIN RAMOVEŠ: WHAT DO COMICS SOUND LIKE?
In October, the Artist per Month exhibition space will be taken over by the Tinta comics festival. Young comics artist and musician Martin Ramoveš will present a retrospective of his work at the crossroads of music and comics so far – his music albums in comic book form, Nesojeni kavboji and Astronomi, drawings for the animated part of a documentary about the band Buldožeri, which indicate the stylistic variety and expressive power of the artist, and new illustrations to link it all together. He will also accompany the opening of the exhibition with a short concert.
Friday, 7th July, 1 PM, Plečnik House
JOŽE | GROUP EXHIBITION PROJECT OF THE DOBRAVAGA GALLERY
The collaboration of two unique projects, the DobraVaga Gallery and Plečnik House, presents fresh artwork by artists of the younger generation who are active on the local and international scenes. The main initiative for such cooperation is the location of DobraVaga beneath Plečnik’s arcades at Ljubljana’s Central Market, and the resulting link to Plečnik’s architectural heritage. The idea to feature contemporary authors in the historic home of Jože Plečnik is thus a tribute to the Slovenian architect, at the same time offering a new look at him, his work and his life. Titled JOŽE, the exhibition emphasises a personal note, as the authors present their own artistic interpretation of the architect through their art print. The participating artists are Eva Mlinar, Gašper Kunšič, Jure Brglez, Lealudvik, Matija Medved, Nastja Mezek, Nevena Aleksovski, Nina Mršnik and Peter Ferlan.
26 July 2017, 7pm, DobraVaga (until 10 September)
ZINE VITRINE | Numokk: Stalker
The Stalker exhibition puts the focus on the concealed watcher hiding in each of us. Numokk stalker appears on the beach, observing the happening from hidden nooks. He wants to belong. Asociality distances him further and further from society, which is why he “studies” people in secret. Stalker is not drawn, but possesses a third dimension and corporeality.
Thursday, 13 July 2017, 7pm (until 6.9.2017)
ARTIST PER MONTH Nastja Mezek: Swipe the Screen
In July, the DobraVaga gallery will feature artist Nastja Mezek, who is concluding her Master’s studies in Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Her latest work in mixed media is characterised by overlapping images that trigger an inability to concentrate in the viewer – just like the images that we consume daily via digital media, so quickly that they blend into a single one.
Saturday, 8 July 2017, 11am to 1pm, DobraVaga (until September 2017)
FRESH FISH #summeredition
Throughout the summer, the DobraVaga Gallery will again feature current artwork by the younger generation of artists. This time around, the walls of the former fish market beneath Plečnik’s arcades will be adorned with pieces by both regular and new visual artists, giving you the opportunity to spice up your summer with various types of artwork – from canvasses, prints, collages and drawings to zines! If you want to brighten up your own and your loved ones’ summer, you’re invited to grab your fresh (and local) artwork at DobraVaga! Participating artists and collectives: Adrijan Praznik, Alin Kostiov, Beli sladoled, Brina Fekonja, David Krancan, Eva Princeska Juričan, Helena Tahir, Pivka House of Culture, Ivanin Glupi Fejs, Jaka Vatovec, Gašper Kunšič, Kapitan Kolačkov, Leon Zuodar, Look Backandlaugh, Lealudvik, Meta Wraber, Marko K. Gavez, Marko Šajn, Matija Medved, Matija Bobičić, Miha Perne Erdo Carp, Mina Fina, Nejc F. Deso, Nevena Aleksovski, Nez Pez, Nina Čelhar, Nika Ham Kunst, NUMOKK, Pela Ronson, Peter Ferlan, Petra Korent, Robert Kuret, Simon Kocjančič, Tatiana Kocmur, Tina Konec, ZEK Crew, Zoran Pungerčar and others.
saturday, 12. august 2017, at 7pm, Neurotitan Gallery (until 2.9.2017)
OFF THE HOOK
exhibition of contemporary art from Slovenia
OFF THE HOOK is a travelling exhibition project, organised by the DobraVaga Gallery. Taken literally, the exhibition title winks at the identity of DobraVaga as a gallery in a former fish market, as well as at the artwork that slipped off the hook of its domestic confines. The exhibition aims to provide the international professional and general public with a glimpse of the current contemporary Slovenian production of artists featured at DobraVaga. The participating artists are Ivana Bajec, Jaka Vatovec, Leon Zuodar, Marko K. Gavez, Miha Perne, Mina Fina, Nez Pez, Nina Čelhar, Simon Kocjančič and Zoran Pungerčar.
Thursday, 15th June 2017, 7 pm, DobraVaga (until 10th July)
ARTIST PER MONTH Tina Konec: Day and Night and Night and Day
In June, the DobraVaga exhibition space will feature young painter Tina Konec. In her India ink and pencil artwork, where the meditative process itself is also of great importance, the artist explores the relationships between fullness and emptiness, and between the positive and the negative. Stringing together and repeating natural shapes is the search for a sort of morphological universality that allows for free interpretation and associations by the viewer.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 7pm (until 25 July)
ZINE VITRINE ZineCensura: Fanzine Makers from Mexico
WorstSellerEdiciones (MX) presents ZineCensura, an exhibition of illustrations about censorship, featuring artworks by fanzine artists from Mexico. The artworks are published in a fanzine, which gathers different styles and concerns around censorship in Mexico. The fanzine will be presented in a lecture hosted by WorstSellerEdiciones founders (Anahi H. Galaviz, Daniel Benítez) talking about the project and the importance of self-publishing for Mexican artists.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 8pm (until 30 June)
LE PETIT MIGNON: CROSS POLLINATION (travelling exhibition)
Cross Pollination is a new travelling exhibition by Berlin label and travelling gallery Le Petit Mignon, which focuses on underground visual art and innovative music. Under the direction of Guillaume Siffert, the founder and driving force behind Le Petit Mignon, numerous prominent group exhibitions have made their way around the world in the past, featuring art books and prints blending illustration, abstract art and graphic experiments, and in doing so, highlighting members of the international underground art scene. The current exhibition’s world premiere will be held in Ljubljana as part of the celebration of the first anniversary of the DobraVaga Gallery, with the exhibition boasting the crème de la crème of the current screen printing production of eight French artists and graphic experimenters: Benoit Sanchez Hachair (Ben Sanair), Emy Rojas and Gaspard Le Quiniou (Arrache-Toi Un Oeil!), Julia Crinon and Hugo Marchal (Atelier McClane), Damien Tran and Marion Jdanoff (Palefroi), and Thomas Perrodin.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 7pm (until 24 June)
ZINE VITRINE Brina Fekonja and Robert Kuret: (z)amor
Within the framework of the ZINE VITRINE exhibition series, visual artist Brina Fekonja and writer Robert Kuret will present their zine debut. (z)amor is a diary about how couples get on each other’s nerves. From silly questions to sad eyes, from being late to needing drama. Through short notes, quotes, anecdotes, drawings, photos and post-its, the authors reveal the funny-serious issues of their relationship, at the same time displaying sincere affection for each other.
Brina Fekonja (1989) graduated in Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. She’s interested in how design affects the individual and the community. She’s a fan of animation, film, scenography and puppets, and likes to draw and take photographs.
Robert Kuret (1987) is a Professor of Slovenian Language. He writes reviews and essays. About films and books. He’s interested in the dynamics of desire in stories. Occasionally, he also writes poetry. He’s a member of the organisational committee of the Prebranec literary evenings. He likes football and passive characters.
Thursday, 18 May 2017, 7pm (until 12 June)
ARTIST PER MONTH Peter Ferlan: I will come right over!
In May, the Artist Per Month exhibition space will feature the young and multitalented artist Peter Ferlan. The interactive exhibition Pridem takoj! (Coming Straight Away!) enables communication between the viewer and the illustrations, which literally live within a framework, daring to speak their mind about us while we observe them. In this way, they aim to encourage the viewer to think about critical reflection of the pieces observed.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 7pm (until 22 May)
ZINE VITRINE Petra Korent: Porm
Petra Korent is interested in illustrations of a wild context. Using humour, she casts a kinder light on the unpleasant and banal life situations we unavoidably face. These are the pains of contemporary human intimacy, whether relationships of duality or solo dramas, which she makes fun of in a caricaturised, humorously absurd and direct manner. Naked bodies, hairy legs, bodily fluids and small penises, all a part of an individual’s everyday, are thus placed in new fantastical and surreal settings.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 7pm (until 27 May)
ARTIST PER MONTH Te Sera: /-/
In April, the DobraVaga gallery will feature illustration student Te Sera. She is interested in the sensibility of perception; starting with the subtle sensations we experience as human beings, she translates them into an artistic visual expression. The need that drives the design and impression on the sheet is the desire for retaining sensation and the challenge of expressing something immaterial via a material medium.
Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 7pm (until 24 April)
ARTIST PER MONTH Alin Kostiov: Mirrors
In March, the Artist per Month exhibition space will feature young architecture student Alin Kostiov. She usually first dreams the illustrations she then draws in black ink, silver foil tape and black pen, meaning they’re a reflection of her subconscious: things she feels, anticipates and sees. For her, art is a sort of mirror – what we see in it reflects our personality, intellect and frustrations.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017, 7pm (until 15 April)
ZINE VITRINE Tea Hvala: P.S. Stamps Back
One of the tricks that made you feel like a rebel when making and trading zines in the 1990s was coating stamps with soap or paper glue. This prevented the postmark from sticking, so the stamps could be used several times. In addition to savings and a prankster’s joy, the trick bore the loose promise of a new zine arriving at your address, sooner or later (in addition to some very faded stamps). And the zines came from everywhere: the former Yugoslavia, Europe, both Americas, the Philippines and Malaysia. Ever since then, dust has been gathering on the evidence – boxes of zines, letters and postcards.
In my eyes, this exhibition transforms the zines from a lovely, intimate memory of the 1990s scene to museum exhibits, even though this goes against everything that drove us, fanziners, at the time. And even though some of the featured zines are still worth reading, even though I still make a zine on occasion (alone or with others), and even though today’s scene is very much alive, the selection is dominated by a historic view. It was dictated by the showcase – and don’t even get me started on the mailing labels and self-adhesive stamps. – Tea Hvala
Monday, 27th February 2017, 7pm (until 25.3.)
ARTIST PER MONTH Gašper Kunšič: MOMENT OF UNCERTAINTY
In February, the Artist per Month exhibition space will feature visual artist Gašper Kunšič. The MOMENT OF UNCERTAINTY exhibition touches on contemporary moments of distress, doubt and insecurity, originating in both global events and the existential questions of the Millennial Generation. In the prints and paintings, pop culture colours blend with expressive texts documenting these moments.
Tuesday, 21th February 2017, 7pm
ZINE VITRINE Leon Zuodar: Zinko Tiček
Zinko Tiček is a small zine reading room that evolved from Leon Zuodar’s personal archive of fanzines, graphic novels and comics, collected over a long period of time. It’s located in the Pivka House of Culture, in the artist’s studio, which is open to zine enthusiasts and all who are interested in the media of photocopying, risography, screen printing, linocuts and experimental drawings. The space is designed as a reading room, a smaller exhibition/event area and a studio, where one can talk with guest artists in person and hold zine workshops and exhibitions. One can also copy a long-forgotten or lost zine or two. Within the framework of the Zine Vitrine program, Zinko Tiček will be presented by the head of the project, visual artist Leon Zuodar.
Tuesday, 24th January 2016, 7pm (until 16.2.)
ARTIST PER MONTH Marko K. Gavez: MKG
Marko K. Gavez (1993) creates in various media, but the starting point is always illustration. He studied graphic arts at the Secondary School for Design and Photography. Over the past three years, he has put on three solo and several group exhibitions.
Thursday, 26th January 2016, 7pm (until 25.2.)
music poster exhibition
The third edition of the MENT Ljubljana festival is introducing a new project connecting the European music scene with fresh contemporary artistic production – the appointMENT visual cycle and exhibition of 50 limited edition music posters, inspired by the 60 performers at this year’s festival. The posters were designed by the younger generation of diverse, mostly Slovenian artists in the fields of illustration, graphic design, drawing, painting and graffiti art. The exhibition project is one of the few in the Slovenian space that simultaneously engaged so many young contemporary artists with such different artistic languages and from such varied areas of artistic production.
Tuesday, 17th January 2016, 7pm (until 18.2.)
ZINE VITRINE | LEALUDVIK: Ceremonies
Within the framework of the ZINE VITRINE exhibition programme, LEALUDVIK will present a selection of their own zines and prints. In the zines, LEALUDVIK primarily utilise photographs and video sequences, often intertwined with illustrations. The foundation of their artistic work originates in the exploration of fetishism, BDSM practices, slasher and giallo films, and occultism. Through the decomposition of gender roles, they disclose their world from a male and female perspective.
Monday, 19 December 2016 at 7pm (until 20.1.)
ARTIST PER MONTH Andrea Knezović, Adrijan Praznik, Andreas Cesarini: Old News
In the second trimester, the DobraVaga Open Studio was inhabited by artists Andrea Knezović and Adrijan Praznik and architect Andreas Cesarini, who will present their artistic project Old News. The artists respond to the condition of contemporary society with humour and irony, turning old newspapers into conceptual useful objects that serve as protection against today’s flood of (pointless) information.
Andreas Cesarini (1988, Uppsala) graduated in Architecture from London South Bank University in 2010. After completing his degree, he spent five years working in various architecture firms as a designer and 3d specialist. This time was especially rewarding in terms of exploring cross-media approaches to art and design. As well as physical models, he worked with hand drawing, videos and all sorts of digital tools. Since university his interests have lain in particular with exploring the connection between our own perception of the world and the digital represenations of it that we can create. With enough experience gathered, he recently decided to start his own practice, working on CGI visualisation and digital consultation for artists and architects.
Andrea Knezović (1990, Zagreb) graduated in Visual Arts from the Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana in 2014. She currently divides her time between Ljubljana and Zagreb, and is one of those artists whose work is closely connected to exploring limit states and ambiguities within a social context. She uses her artistic practice as a means of reconstructing social paradigms via an imaginative visual vocabulary and a conceptual framework. Her interests lie in performance art, mixed media, video and photography. She has participated in numerous local and international exhibitions, and was also nominated for the Essl Art Award in 2013 and 2015.
Adrijan Praznik (1988, Ljubljana) graduated in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO), mentored by Žiga Kariž, MA, and co-mentored by Tomislav Vignjević, PhD. He was the recipient of the City of Ljubljana scholarship for talented students and the ALUO Award for Special Artistic Achievements in the 2011/2012 academic year. He has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad (the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Italy, Germany), and held residencies in Riga and Berlin. In 2015, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia awarded him the working stipend for promising artists. His work is featured in the International Centre of Graphic Arts. He lives and works in Ljubljana.
Thursday, 15 December 2016 at 9pm
STRIPBURGER | M. S. Bastian in Isabelle L. : Bum! Bam! Bam!
Alongside the Bastocalypse exhibition by the Swiss artistic duo of M. S. Bastian and Isabelle L. at the Kresija Gallery, DobraVaga will feature a sales exhibition of their work, with the artists displaying a series of silkscreen prints, in addition to smaller cardboard sculptures. Their work is characterised by the expansion of the limits of classic comics narration, which they implement in the field of visual art with typical freshness and insight.
Friday, 16th December 2016, 7pm, UGM STUDIO (until 3.1.)
OFF THE HOOK
OFF THE HOOK is a travelling exhibition project with which DobraVaga is continuing its cooperation with UGM | Maribor Art Gallery, which visited DobraVaga with the Made in Maribor exhibition of contemporary work by Maribor artists. DobraVaga is an exhibition and project space, gallery and open studio, whose programme places an emphasis on various contemporary artistic approaches and exploration by the younger generation of artists. The venue is designed as a junction for stimulating creativity, interpersonal connections, dialogue, active support, encouraging exhibitions, communicating with the audience and promoting contemporary artistic production, and aims to advance this platform with the visiting exhibition (Beli sladoled, Ivana Bajec, Jaka Vatovec, Marko K. Gavez, Mina Fina, Nez Pez, Nina Čelhar, Simon Kocjančič, Zoran Pungerčar).
Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 7pm (until 16.1.)
ZINE VITRINE Simon Kocjančič: Far Out
Simon Kocjančič is presenting a selection of zines and sketchbooks, focused on his drawings of undefined or semi-recognisable motifs, in their deformity functioning as hybrid grotesque monsters or humorous doodles. He rounds off the soft, intuitive sliding of his pen stroke with almost careless additions that balance out the seemingly random depictions into attractive compositions.
Saturday, 17 December 2016 at 10am until 12am
FRESH FISH! | sales exhibition of contemporary fine art by young artists
In December, the DobraVaga project and exhibition space under Plečnik’s Arcades will feature the return of contemporary fine art by the younger generation of artists. Many of them have already held exhibitions at DobraVaga – now they will cover the walls of the former fish market with fresh, never before exhibited pieces. You’ll be able to view and purchase artwork of various sizes and artistic media – from canvasses, graphic art, collages and drawings to zines!
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 at 7pm (until 17.12.)
ARTIST PER MONTH Eva Juričan: Atomic Garden
In November, the Artist per Month exhibition series will feature young artist Eva Juričan, who will present her experiments with various techniques and bases. In her recent artwork, she draws inspiration primarily from the California skate punk scene of the 1990s, bright neon colours and the connection between image and text. With her pieces, she does not want to burden the viewer, but rather immerse them in a kind of fun nostalgia.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016, 7pm (until 12.12.)
ZINE VITRINE Nejc Korenič: Manifest
The ZINE VITRINE exhibition programme will feature Nejc Korenič, who will present his latest zine. According to the author, people have an inborn sense of compassion towards others, whether animals, plants or other people. Through his work in the exhibited zine, he thus searches for everyday sorrows, experiences and other factors that in time turn us into demonic monsters.
Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 7pm (until 3.12.)
MADE IN MARIBOR
Made in Maribor is a visiting exhibition of the freshest local art coming out of Maribor. An exhibition of the same name was first organised in Maribor by UGM l Umetnostna galerija Maribor in the past summer months. A second edition at the exhibition and project space DobraVaga will announce the beginning of an exacting collaboration between DobraVaga and UGM | Maribor Art Gallery, to be followed by an exhibition at UGM Studio in Maribor in December 2016.
thursday, 13 October 2016, 7pm (until 22.11.)
ZINE VITRINE Jiří Almer: Zine theory and avant-garde praxis
Within the framework of the ZINE VITRINE exhibition space, Jiří Almer will present the DIY publisher Pravěk and experimental music label Pravěk Noise Section, which is also active in the field of zine distribution. He will display various fanzines and artist’s books from Central and Eastern Europe, mostly of the hardcore punk persuasion, written in English and boasting intriguing graphic design. The emphasis will be on avant-garde, experimental and punk (cut&paste) exhibits. Part of the displayed collection comes from the Archive of Czech and Slovak Subcultures, where Almer works as a researcher. Ahead of the exhibition, he will give a short presentation on fanzine theory and research approaches in cultural studies. The lecture will be held in English.
Jiří Almer is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Economic and Social History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. His dissertation focuses on the comparison of Central and Eastern European political activism, hardcore punk scenes and fanzine production. He is a member of the Centre for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPK). Using a pseudonym, he has published not only DADA/surrealistic poem books, but experimental conceptual artwork as well. He is also an avant-garde/noise musician and the vocalist of a grindcore band.
Thursday, 20 October 2016 at 7pm (until 14.11.)
ARTIST PER MONTH Maks Bricelj: 1991
In October, the Artist per Month exhibition space will feature young painter Maks Bricelj. The exhibition, titled 1991, will display an installation piece composed of paintings, drawings and other objects; an experimentally oriented layout, utilising ironic derivations of interpersonal and dystopic consumer relations inside and outside of civilisation, techno-communicational burdening of man and humorous generational misunderstandings.
After concluding his studies at the Secondary School for Design and Photography and then taking a break for several years, Maks Bricelj (1991) enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in Ljubljana, where he is concluding his studies in painting and starting his postgraduate studies in sculpture. His artistic work encompasses painting, drawing, object design, illustration, photography, video, sound and collecting found items. As of late, he is interested in designing installation pieces that combine all of the above. Befitting his curious nature, he always gathers his interests from his immediate surroundings, aligns them and develops them further by browsing online and through print media of all sorts. He dislikes defining himself as far as genres go, therefore feeling most at home within chaotic byways. He prefers to go with the flow or manipulate the rawness of a selected medium, experimenting in the freedom of expression and spontaneous problem solving. His solo exhibition was featured within the Artist per Month programme at the DobraVaga Gallery. He also participated in the opening exhibition of UAUU (2014), the independent ALUO students’ exhibition Vakuum (2015), the Month of Culture at Hostel Celica (2016), the opening of the Južna exhibition space at the Rog Factory (2016), and the Neki piše group exhibition at the Vodnik Homestead gallery within the framework of the Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts.
Friday, 7th October 2016, 6pm
STRIPOLISFEST Delphine Vaute: Yvonne, l’enfant château
The exhibition programme of the Stripolisfest comic strip festival in DobraVaga will feature young French drawer and illustrator Delphine Vaute. She will showcase a selection of original drawings and illustrations from her unique picture book for adults Yvonne, l’enfant château, which was published in Slovenia last year by VigeVageKnjige and which focuses on children and their world. The opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a discussion with the author, moderated by Anja Golob. During the festival, Delphine Vaute will also lead a drawing workshop on the topic of children’s memories and storytelling in images, which will be held on Saturday, 8th October, at DobraVaga.
Wednesday, 5th October 2016 at 8pm
BRIDGES│AN EXHIBITION BY YOUNG CROATIAN ARTISTS
The Bridges project is a visiting exhibition by young Rijeka artists and students of the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, as well as independent artists from Rijeka and Zagreb. The exhibition represents the continuation of the cooperation with the Ljubljana art scene, which began on 30th November 2015 with the Common Space exhibition in the Kortil Gallery in Rijeka.
wednesday, 7 september 2016, 7pm
ARTIST PER MONTH Helena Tahir: Faces
Helena Tahir was the first artist to book a space in the DobraVaga Open Studio, which opened in May and offers young artists the opportunity to rent a studio free of charge. After a successful three-month residence, she will exhibit her work at the monthly ARTIST PER MONTH exhibition, at which she will display her newest selection of black-and-white digital prints, in which she exploits the advantages of traditional approaches, upgrading them digitally and playing with layering and textures. Confusion, chaos and disorder, at first glance prevailing, are put in their place via composition, with the initial realistic approach then incorporated into a fantasy dream world, which has nothing in common with the laws of nature. Her current focus is on textures, fragmentation and the confusion of the world, especially portraits with different emotions and facial expressions, with the artist considering the face to be the most sublime part of the human body.
thursday, 15 october 2016, 7pm
ZINE VITRINE Mina Fina: Brez naslova/This song is untitled
Visual artist Mina Fina’s work explores different types of media, and as part of the ZINE VITRINE programme, she will showcase a collection of drawings, sketches and graphics, which finds its focus in the author’s recently published zine Robni zapis etc., etc. (2016). The zine was created using the Riso digital duplicator at her exhibition in the Kočevje Art Salon; among other graphic layout techniques one also finds collagraphy, monotyping and dry needle on foil. The artist portrays images of women, often summarized from mass media, then dressed in aesthetic and potentially subversive figures of a pure visual language and new contexts, replacing previous objectification with the possibility of identification. The artist will accompany the opening of the exhibition with a brief presentation of her previous work in the field of zines.
tuesday, 19 july 2016, 7pm
ZINE VITRINE Marko K. Gavez: hissy fit
Within the framework of the ZINE VITRINE exhibition space, Marko K. Gavez will present a selection of his own zines, created this year. The publications differ in size, format, motif and techniques explored by the author, with illustration being the foundation of his work. The zines include variations of drawings, sketches and random doodles, which might have appeared as that they would never find a more prominent place than the bottom of the drawer, yet in their new layouts they function with every page turned, thus coming to life in fresh and surprising wholes.
tuesday, 26 july 2016, 7pm
ARTIST PER MONTH Kristijan Dolenc Rojko: Podvodna bitja
The Artist per Month exhibition in July will present Kristijan Dolenc Rojko, a versatile artist, who has been focusing lately on the study and anatomy of animals. The exhibition space will be flooded with various fictional underwater beings, the product of his imagination and fantasy. The author’s idea originated in the monthly mermaid and merman theme in the Paper Dreams group that he is a member of, as well as an association with the DobraVaga gallery, where a fish market used to stand. He is also driven by a desire to explore and design various creatures, which excites him and represents a kind of nourishment for his spirit. In his work, the young artist plays with human and aquatic animal mutations, creating unique portraits and figures. Some border on the horrible and grotesque, as the author finds beauty in the aesthetic of the ugly, which comes from his enthusiasm for horror films, often reflected in his work.
Kristijan Dolenc Rojko (1988) is a student of Video and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He is one of the talented artists in the fields of illustration, painting and sculpture who founded the Paper Dreams group in 2013. He creates in both new media, such as digital illustration, and traditional media (painting, drawing). He has participated in several group exhibitions (the Independent Biennial at Kino Šiška, Slovenian Mythology at Kud Esko Piran, Dreamers at Pritličje, Digital Transfer 4 at the Škuc Gallery) and hosted solo exhibitions at Rdeča nit and the Cielto Lindo bar. He is the author of Oli the Mole, the main character at the Vulkanija Adventure Park in Goričko. For a short time, he worked as a graphic designer for Ekipa2/Outfit7 and as a concept artist for Art Rebel 9. Currently he is the illustrator in charge of the comprehensive appearance of slot machines at Gold Club in Sežana. His work reflects an interest in animal and human anatomy and portraits. As he also enjoys creating his own creatures and monsters, you can often find him at the Museum of Natural History in Ljubljana.
tuesday, 28 june 2016, 7pm
ARTIST PER MONTH Nika Ham: Klaus von Hahm
June presents young artist Nika Ham, whose painting deals primarily with people, politics, iconography, consumerism and branding. On this occasion, she will display pieces about social, status and political issues, represented via animal motifs. During a certain period, after painting portraits of various historic figures, she rejected man as the most important element and instead used him merely as an object to support uncorrupted beings. Animals, supposedly inferior to man, are the focus of her perspective and treatment, exhibiting human tendencies and elevated into icons. They are a sort of hybrid between man and beast, yet retain their uncorrupted attitude towards the world and act only according to natural instinct.
wednesday, 22 june 2016, 7pm
ZINE VITRINE Zoran Pungerčar: Look Back and Laugh
In his curated selection of zines for ZINE VITRINE, Zoran Pungerčar is reflecting on the beginnings and path of Look Back and Laugh, his own small publishing house, focused on issuing artistic fanzines and artist’s books. He will display 18 zines from LBAL, accompanied by punk fanzines, art zines and other publications from his private collection, all of which influenced the published output, from getting to know the medium to instilling inspiration and showing the way forward. At the opening of the exhibition, the author will give a short lecture on the evolution of LBAL, during which you will be able to browse and leaf through the zines.
wednesday, 25 may 2016, 8pm
ZINE VITRINE Nez Pez: WHMZ
The artist Nez Pez is the first to curate and present a selection of zines from her varied collection as part of the monthly ZINE VITRINE display case exhibition. Through the placement, she recreates the impression of the creative process and the themes and concepts that playfully jump between various media. She combines zines by other authors who excite and inspire her with her own zines, plaster casts of children’s toys, original drawings and origami, the latter of which approach the idea of a zine precisely through the artistic and added value of paper.
wednesday, 25 may 2016, 8pm
ARTIST PER MONTH Kapitan Kolačkov: Almost Crazy
The first to present his work in the ARTIST PER MONTH exhibition space is Captain Kolačkov, a multitalented artist and member of the 1107 KLAN graffiti art group and the UAUU Universal Atelier of Street Art. His second solo exhibition will feature illustrations through which he explores himself, searching himself out via the schizophrenia of each individual, being and idea. He attempts to nullify his own self and the identity that has defined us since childhood, redefining himself anew through art.