It’s Ok, Until It’s Not is an exhibition in two parts, mirroring a real space in its digital counterpart or vice versa. It presents the artist Jure Kastelic from a dual standpoint. Future memories is a series of 33 smaller works on paper being shown in Ravnikar Gallery Space. They are records of an Arcadian dream, time spent with dear ones, endless sun-kissed holidays. There are 4 large paintings on canvas presented in an online simulation of Ravnikar Gallery Space. They tell individual stories, but share a nihilistic attitude towards established social structures, shattered illusions of authority, a survival instinct. Kastelic is making his way by walking along the thin line between them.
If the medium is the message, then for Jure Kastelic painting is a means to an end. He claims to be in the business of evangelising Bitcoin ideas with his work, and he’s in a rush. Therefore, he introduced artificial intelligence into the process, which composes templates for his paintings based on combinations of his own photographs and favoured styles. He has no time for ambiguity in art, so his work comes with insightful explanations, but you’d need a glossary of neologisms used by contemporary thinkers of the Twittersphere to get any of it: cheerleader effect, repugnant conclusion, Dr Pangloss, to mention just a few. Regardless, his work is a delicious blend of the catastrophic, melancholic and fun, which is why Jure Kastelic is the one to watch as a painter of the end times.