META DRČAR
Frame Series:
Study Pieces
May 25 — June 14, 2021


LOCATION
RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE
Levstikova ulica 3
1000 Ljubljana
CURATOR
Vladimir Vidmar

TEXT
Vladimir Vidmar
PHOTOGRAPHER
Mario Zupanov

︎︎︎STATEMENT
            Meta Drčar’s exhibition Study pieces in subtle and minimal language builds at the intersection of three interconnected directions of thought, sculpture, architecture and performativity, which converge in the question of space, a paradoxical and dynamic entity in constant movement. Meta Drčar perceives this movement primarily through the choice of material, which for her is always a tactical choice; be it metal, glass, stone or paper, the material for Drčar is the conductor that can articulate, and also amplify and problematise, the invisible but crucial features that define space.

            The enigmatic notations with metal rods in Ravnikar Gallery Space function as a kind of spatial rebus, the resolution of which is represented precisely by the viewer. The fundamental gesture of Meta Drčar’s installations – in their materialisation of spatial relations, volumes, proportions, light, but also the subjective experience of all these elements itself – is realised only by the viewer with his movement in the space. The temporality that the moving body introduces into Meta Drčar’s spatial equations signifies their actual solution, for it is only through this that the space is realised in the dynamics of the variables that bring its supposed solidities to a delicate balance.

            The ambivalence emphasised by the work of Meta Drčar makes a decisive contribution to this. Heavy materials deliberately appear as fragile hatchings, almost like remnants of some long-drawn lines with which someone once tried to measure the space or place elements in it. Without any literariness or narrativeness, the story they tell is an ever-changing tale of every moment of the day and every visitor. While encapsulating the inner logic of their architecture, Meta Drčar’s works draw attention to the different ways we inhabit spaces.


︎︎︎ABOUT THE ARTIST

            Meta Drčar is a Slovenian artist living in Paris. She graduated in Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London (2009) and completed a master’s degree in Dance and Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (2012). Drčar has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, including: Performance Affair, Brussels, Belgium (2019); Reactor, Vienna, Austria (2019); ArtNight London, UK (2018); Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy (2017); and Nuit Blanche, Paris, France (2017). She is the recipient of several work grants and residencies, such as WWA Fabrikken, Copenhagen, Denmark (2020) and KulturKontakt / Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna, Austria (2019).

︎︎︎INSTALLATION VIEWS