Stojan Grauf, River Drava
UGM | Maribor Art Gallery, Strossmayerjeva 6
Opening: Thursday, 19 November 2009 at 19:00
The painter Stojan Grauf belongs to the middle-aged generation of Slovene artists and is closely linked with Maribor where he lives and works. After 15 years he is once again exhibiting at UGM, this time with the exhibition River Drava which reveals his fascination with the river. In his site-specific work the artist combines classical fine arts techniques (painting, drawing, prints) with site-specific installation, and offers his personal, intuitive, but at the same time critical and distanced, view of the river. The artist displays a previously unseen view of the river, which most citizens aren’t aware of and through personal artistic interpretation offers the possibility of several different points of view on the natural flow of the river. Primeval nature is one of the artist’s elements of personal inspiration and here is revealed through a screen of intertwined and painted beech-tree branches. The presence of man and his influence on the river are presented in the artist’s paintings created in charcoal and chalk.
Stojan Grauf (b. 1958, Maribor) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. He lives and works in Maribor.
Curator: Andreja Borin, curator at Maribor Art Gallery