The works of Tomáš Žemla show us a completely different view of the ordinary environment around us. A field by the road, a bramble or an ordinary bush suddenly appeals to us with its simplicity and draws us in with its brilliant design.
The exhibition Defragmentation represents a complex project that includes graphics, painting and sculpture. In this case, the author's focus is not on the macrospace (fields), but brings us closer to the microspace of the vagaries and the details of the cut trees. The graphic cycle Robinia – Agáty had its premiere at the Biennial of Graphics in Canada, while it is being presented for the first time in Slovakia. The minimalistic graphic expression induces a kind of silence in the viewer, but in the background it also raises several questions – in this case, it is the contrast of an old and seemingly dead part of a tree, from which a new life full of different shapes grows. The series of paintings fascinates only with its color and demanding technique. Dead trees in the arms of lush greenery again evoke a feeling of contrast or rather a never-ending cycle of life. The sculpture - the torso of a tree - closes and at the same time connects the graphic and painterly view and also represents a kind of materialization of destruction and renewal (tree - paper - tree). The recycled paper used automatically refers to the ecological intention, which the author has been working on more intensively for the last two years.
Place: Art Books Coffee, Baštová 6/B, Bratislava
Duration: 08.11. - 08.12.2023
Vernissage: 07.11. at 18.00
Open: MO - FRI 14.00 - 18.00
Curator: Melita Fodor Gwerková
The exhibition was supported by the Slovak Art Fund.