OFF THE HOOK is a travelling exhibition project, organised by the DobraVaga Gallery (Ljubljana, Slovenia). 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.
In their work, the participating artists masterfully tackle various art genres, from painting, collage and graphic and other prints, to drawing and illustration, often in the final form of a spatial installation. It is precisely the point of decisive exploration, invention and persistent examination of new visual languages that connects the varied selected artists. They share an inclination for exploring the artistic canvas, evident in the form of characteristic strokes, attention to detail, playing with the effects of colours, layers, blank areas, lines, shapes, prints, manners of reproduction, collaging and combinations of techniques and materials. Through the spatial realisation of the exhibition itself, the variety of approaches and themes invites the viewer to pay attention, to discover and to enjoy the comprehensive visual and aesthetic experience.
The DobraVaga Gallery exhibition and project space 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 and exhibitions, communicating with the audience and promoting contemporary artistic production. It aims to advance this platform with the travelling exhibition.
Participating artists: Ivana Bajec, Horrid Habits, Leon Zuodar, Marko K. Gavez, Miha Perne, Mina Fina, Nez Pez, Nina Čelhar, Simon Kocjančič, Zoran Pungerčar.
Curator: Lara Plavčak
Organisation: Kino Šiška and Neurotitan Schwarzenberg.