Darko Golija / Cephalization
UGM Studio, Trg Leona Štuklja 2
Opening: Friday, 20 November 2015, at 19:00

Darko Golija is one of the central figures in Slovenian sculptural art. Large space installations and unconventional sculptural materials, foremost iron, have dominated his exhibited body of works so far. The present exhibition is the first comprehensive review of sculpture works commenced during the last years, and a surprise in many ways. The artist introduces formal as well as representational novelties: he has created small works in varied colours, tailor-made for the human, merging unique clay modelling with casting moulds and the perception of impressions respectively. It is a provocation with regard to the sculptured object, its applicability, presentation, and uniqueness, on one side, and a wide range of meanings focused on a key topic in sculptural art – the head – on the other. Golija approaches the head as a centre, as if at the beginning and the end of everything. His sculptured head contains a wide range of symbolic meanings as well as modern interpretations in the fields of neurology, religion, art, etc. The exhibition is a mesh of 30 fascinating artefacts that intertwine in space with the intention of seducing the amazed observer.

Darko Golija (born 1965) lives and works in Maribor. He concluded his under- and postgraduate studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts. He is now a professor of sculpture at the Fine Art Department of the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor.

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