FROM THE CONVEYOR BELT TO A CRASH

FROM THE CONVEYOR BELT TO A CRASH

»At the beginning there was a crash. A car crash.«
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From the beginning, we’re immediately reminded of the film by Canadian director David Cronenberg. The film narrates the story of a group of people who are sexually aroused by car accidents – in short, a type of paraphilia. The protagonists of his film Crash (1996), who have been injured in a car accident, experience it as a stimulatory event. The director intertwines the physical transformation of the body with the psychological and prevents the viewer’s usual identification with the film characters. Instead of the indirect enjoyment in sex and injuries, the viewer finds oneself in the role of a passive voyeur. The wound is “a condition of our psychical and social life” remarks Parveen Adams, but in Cronenberg’s film it’s “not traumatizing” and this is what fills the viewer with frustration.

We can therefore understand destruction as a productive action and not only as something devastating. Even Klemen Zupanc’s current project From the Conveyor Belt to a Crash/Meeting begins the artistic act with destruction, understood here as a new beginning. That which we’re offered at first glance as a natural situation has been precisely constructed through multiple phases of work. The photographs on the canvases are not shots of actual wreckages from car accidents; rather they are created situations and enlarged images of crushed children’s toys. When the images of the crashes spread across the gallery space, we get a chain collision.

Several elements make Zupanc’s painting installation specific and atypical: the staged realisation, the made-up event, the principle of editing, as well as multiplication and cinematic effect. In the space of expanded painting he successfully unmasks and reveals the post-media construction of the event and of the processes in which “Amarillo Texas”, “Bonifika”, “Hofer” and the automobile industry dance the same vicious dance.

Solo Exhibitions:

 2016, Gained in translation, Transformation of painting to other media,Exhibition and a presentation of diploma, Academy of Fine Arts and Design – University, supervisor: Assoc. prof. Mag. Žiga Kariž
– 2014, Transfiguration of work, Dimenzija napredka Gallery, Solkan, curator: Aljoša Abrahamsberg
– 2013, From the Conveyor Belt to a Crash/Meeting, P74 Gallery, Ljubljana, curator: Tadej Pogačar

Group Exhibitions:

– 2015, Visual Arts in Šaleška and Upper Savinja Valley from 1975 – 2015, Velenje Gallery
– 2015, Fotopub, Society for Contemporary Culture Fotopub, Novo mesto, curator: Iza Pevec
 2014, Poetics of mechanics, 2014, Miklova hiša Gallery, Ribnica, curators: Božidar Zrinski, Anja Zver, Miha Turk