My work has explored the painting process, creating paintings and drawings that question their own existence and the process of creation and trying to maintain the original moment of creation in the work. I think this has helped me to open works up, to instill possibilities in them and to challenge the viewers’ perception of it.
I am drawn to ambiguous nature and the confines of a space (in the sense of both physical space of the canvas or other support medium, and geographical space). I have focused on urban landscapes and in my works I create a new sense of place by combining different real or fictitious elements, or by abstracting real topologies. Urban spaces are defined by architecture, landmarks and points, which create a tension. In between there are empty and forgotten spaces. I am especially interested in space which is not inhabited with content, but is somewhere in-between, and use it to explore how we define and perceive reality and how architecture and environment shape us, as they are largely representational but also include a potential for an idea, for our projections. By exploring the process of creating a painting or drawing, when I leave empty patches and show underlying content I challenge the viewers’ perception of these genres. This exploration has led me to experiment how painting and drawing function in physical space and I have attempted in various ways to bring them into space by constructing large-scale installations.
Artist Bio / CV
Miha Štrukelj lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is a visual artist working primarily in painting and also focusing on drawing and site-specific work. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2001 with a Master of Fine Arts. He has several awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Grant 2008/09 and the Henkel Drawing Award 2008. His work has also been included in the National Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. He has also been selected for “Slovenian Art 1995–2005”, “Seven Sins; Ljubljana–Moscow” and “U3 - Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia” at Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, and various other national and international selections. His work has been presented in “Vitamin P; New Perspectives in Painting” (Phaidon 2002) . In 2009 he was the sole artist to present his work in the Slovenian Pavilion at 53rd Venice Biennial.
In 2012 he had a solo show at LMAK Projects in New York, also his work was included in a group show at MASS MoCA, North Adams MA, titled Invisible Cities (through February 4, 2013), where he made a large site-specific work.