And then so clear
May 12 – June 01, 2020

Prešernova ulica 10A
1000 Ljubljana
Piera Ravnikar
            Nevena Aleksovski is an artist who carves expressive fragments of human bodies, plants and objects into a multifaceted visual language. Within the minimalist, purified artistic expression, she explores ways of expressing as much as possible with as few means as possible, with each individual element becoming a depot of strong emotions and various interpretations. The reduction of elements is also a kind of personal restraint against the information oversaturation of the visual landscape and expresses the need for rest and contemplation. Through the prism of personal, intimate experiences, Nevena reveals social phenomena, while filling the intersection between the two worlds with humour, irony, melancholy, anxiety and alienation.

            The “And then so clear” exhibition consists of drawings and paintings, mostly created at home during the quarantine period. The artist’s stroll across the field of alienation during isolation points to the question on how to further alienate an already alienated person, how important the human touch is and what happens in its absence, and how to touch someone despite the distance. Aesthetic responses consist of alternating and complementing abstract and figurative elements, sometimes accompanied by coloured clippings. Simple or simplified images are often playful and humorous, presenting comfort or appearing as a type of rebellion and subversion. The artist balances seriousness by thinking about everyday paradoxes, absurdities and relationships that are formed as a result, such as admiring the awakening of nature during springtime and while being exposed to annoying pollen allergies, enjoying a cigarette and then feeling unwell immediately after, a feeling of freedom during isolation and anxiety that comes with loneliness. With her relaxed approach, the artist tells us a never-before-revealed story, part of which is a wall intervention and her note, which gives us a consolatory pat on the shoulder: easy does it.

           Nevena Aleksovski (1984) graduated in painting from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 2008 and received her MA in Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana in 2014. She is active in the fields of drawings, painting, illustration and art zines. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both locally and internationally. She is also a pedagogue at the škuc and alkatraz galleries in Ljubljana, as well as an associate of the Red Dawns Feminist and Queer Festival, and the co-organizer of the Reciklart – festival of artistic recycling and diy culture. She currently lives and works in Ljubljana.