Tina Konec / Transparencies
a sales exhibition
UGM Shop, Strossmayerjeva ulica 6
15 June – 3 November 2019
opening and artist's talk: Friday, 15 June 2019, 20:00

Presenting a sales exhibition of a series of drawings from 2018−2019, entitled Transparencies, by the young artist Tina Konec. There will be 10 drawings on sale. You are most welcome to view!

Tina Konec only graduated in 2015, yet her artistic expression has already become masterful and her drawings are incisive, as if she has achieved a long creative mileage. Nature, more precisely trees, specifically coniferous trees, inspire her work. She lays the pencil or black ink strokes next to one another on paper or translucent paper. Sometimes, she covers the drawing on the tracing paper with another drawing, which leads to disappearing or blurry images.

By employing incredibly simple visual means, Tina Konec creates exceptionally complex works, distinguished by both sensitivity and extraordinary presence. Although inspired by the oldest possible source—nature, her drawings are entirely contemporary. The artist does not imitate nature literally, but condenses her "tree crowns" in a relaxed and intuitive way and dissolves them into a finely felt rhythm. Occasionally, there is the experience of the essence of Eastern art in the way she places the drawing onto a blank piece of paper, in apparent simplicity, in a highly condensed expressive and poetic nature. The drawings direct the viewer's attention to the tree crowns and the sky, as if an open door leads to an inconceivable infinity. We glimpse through dense dark landscapes and isolated small shoots, we encounter peace and perfection everywhere. Everything is in place. Simple, natural and perfect.

Tina Konec was born in 1992 in Maribor. In 2015, she graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana under Professor Zmago Lenárdič. At the same institution she is currently completing her postgraduate study in painting under mentor Tugo Šušnik. In 2018, she received the Grand Prix Award at the 53rd International Painting Festival Ex-Tempore in Piran for her work Crystallisation in ink on paper. She lives and works in Ljubljana and Oplotnica.