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Oil on canvas

60 x 70 cm

Not For Sale

META ŠOLAR, selected by Anamarija Stibij Šajn. "HIDING DISSAPPEARING", oil on canvas, 70x60 cm. Academic painter Meta Šolar remains within the framework of preserving and upgrading the classical artistic tradition, and at the same time it represents the foundation for her to enter the spheres of creating a modern version of the new figurative art. The source of her creative perception is in herself, so the chosen actresses are female figures. He depicts them in a realistic, recognizable form. He veristically follows bodily givens and convincingly models their appearance. In individual solutions, however, it captures it only in a fluid outline, partially simplifying and flattening it. He always gives them in presentational clarity. With their design and color perfection, they come to life on the stage, but then they are covered, veiled, dressed in various, sometimes even unusual "veils". Above all, it "hides" faces, which are the strongest part of the human image. He puts on "masks", spectacles, pulls ribbons over his eyes, covers them with a painting fabric of various patterns, from geometrically sharp to organic, lush blooms, partially covers them with clothes, presents them from the back or as a reflection in a mirror. It rips them out of the context of reality and makes them mysterious, unknown, and unreal. The concealment does not only include the aforementioned gadgets, but such solutions can be distinctly artistic. An important segment of the covering is also played by rhythmically selected layers of color traces. These flood the faces or body parts, and in some solutions they capture the background or the entire image field and give it a special atmosphere. In such traces, we feel the manifestation of the primal pulse of painting micro structures, and perhaps they even lead us close to the perceptions of modern digital technology. Segmented lines of color layers are an important artistic-expressive and at the same time content-message means, so they not only obscure, but give the scenes liveliness and turn them into pulsating performances. The paintings are media pure, painterly primordial and are created in the noble technique of oil on canvas. Art richness arises from various ways and approaches of visual visualization, ranging from thoughtful to relaxed traces. The author is close to the variety of colors, swears by the author's color evaluation, the liveliness and power of individual color denominators, and uses dynamic and even unusual color confrontations. Meta Šolar also deals with the phenomenon of the viewer's gaze with message figures. It depends on him how open-hidden, classical- (post) modernist, and above all depersonalized beauties come to life.



Serbia - Montenegro - Croatia - Slovenia - North Macedonia

This exhibition gathers twenty-five female visual artists from the region of Western Balkans, that is territories of Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia and North Macedonia. Through liaison of female curators and female artists we raise awareness of the female angle of observation and reaction to reality, in the creativity field of life. In direct contact with artistic processes, living creative energy, the role of us curators is in the process of the observation, gathering, capturing the present and documenting it. The two exhibitions „Women about women“ (touring and residential), both in real and virtual spaces, in the physical reality and virtual reality will be testimony of that. Why woman? Because only a woman knows what and how she feels. Why about woman? Because a woman is a subject not an object. Why art? Because it is closest to the truth. Why region? Because of the need to network. Why project? To testify of present and carry the message. The topic of women is not new. Throughout the history of art, women have been and remain an inexhaustible motif. The inspiration of a woman in a specific way carries antipodes and rests somewhere on the line between borderline feelings towards her. Woman is a living organism and the best witness of our existence. Time flows and thoughts change, and so does the role of women in society. This exhibition is dedicated to the topic of women, yet by women. It raises the question from the inside to the outside, about of her inner states of being. That is why it is an immediate and concrete, raw theme that opens up to the observer in direct communication. It is not a close form of one’s vision but a moment of expressing a woman’s emotion in the process. Noting that the topic of women is very present in the art now, the artistic need to express women as active participants, and not the subject of worship or hatred, beauty or ugliness, lust or fear, this exhibition seeks to affirm the new context of observation from reality, not just from theory. Focusing on the above, it aims to provide insight into the female aspects of creativity today, to testify and document the present and activate the question of the extent to which the role of women in art is shaped by society and vice versa, how society affects women’s creativity. We are witnesses that there have always been women who appear as individuals and leave an indelible mark in history and society, and this exhibition carries a message from the present. Exhibition „Women about women“ is a part of the international project with multiple activities, implying the direct connection between art and social reality. The project starts from art because art is closest to the truth and most open to the experience and further communication. The selection of artists clearly indicates a combination of different forms of artistic expression from the same basis – the echo of the inner female being and the need to release the power she carries within herself, something as artistically shaped moan, scream, thoughts from which the idea was borned and formed the concept. In accordance with contemporary trends and new media the artists express themselves in a unique way in various media, from painting and drawing, through photography and sculpture forms and sculpture installation, videos to performance. Heterogeneity of visual expression is an inevitable phenomenon of the modern age, as well as the diversity of media in which or with which they are expressed. In addition to the media, diversity is also visible in different approach to the women’s identities in contemporary art, from forms through abstraction to the feminist artistic practices. This exhibition tends to give some answers to that. This first of two exhibitions Woman about woman includes artists pre-selected by non-institutional curators with years of experiences of curating practice from Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia. The selection for the future second exhibition will happen via the open call and will include more territory from European Union. Biljana Jotić, art director and initiator Selectors: Biljana Jotić, Serbia Sonja Švec Španjol, Croatia Nela Gligorović, Montenegro Anamarija Stibij Šajn, Slovenia Shquipe Mehmeti, North Macedonia

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