Using methods similar to that of a psychoanalyst, Hrvoje Majer excavates the inner state of his subjects. For this exhibition, he departs from his typical process by using found imagery from commercial print media as a starting point; then, draws out both the idea of the person depicted and why they are used as an archetype. Incorporating a humanizing scale and a raw technique, the results are expressive of something far more personal and longing than what their sources might indicate.
Janko Matic manipulates the symbols of everyday life as tools for contemplation. Whether crudely turing a pair of Converse sneakers into high-end adidas with three stripes of white paint, or taking a shower in the window of a women's perfume shop; the intent of slowing minor indicators of progress remains evident. In this exhibition he appropriates magazine imagery not far from that of Majer's but chooses a comedic gesture, rather than a dramatic one. Having known each other since their formative days in Croatia, the two artists are presenting their first-ever joint exhibition to examine their relative understanding of contemporary portraiture.
Hrvoje Majer (b 1975 Zagreb) lives and works in London. His recent exhibitions include a joint exhibition with Geraldine Gliubislavich at VEGAS, London; and ASC Gallery, London. He completed an MA in Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins in 2005.
Janko Matic (b 1980, Zagreb) lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include If You've Got Nothing To Say, Don't Say It Here at Centre d'Art Contemporain Antananarivo, Madagascar; and Conical at The Pigeon Wing, London. In 2007 he was awarded the Red Mansion Art Prize, which included a three-month residency in Beijing, China. He completed his MA in Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2006.
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