City Art Gallery, Ljubljana
September 29 - November 13, 2016





Ljubljana's Trees, A Boy with an Apple, Drop into the Cloud, ASAP!, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm

I add a sprayed sign which says in Slovenian: "Najlepše mesto na svetu" (The most beautiful city in the world!)". This is well knows saying of present mayor of Ljubljana which can be read also as a statement of smart phones heavy users watching and using their devices as "the most beautifuly places in the the world".





Together, 2016, oil on canvas, 94 x 74 cm
LOL (series of paintings), 2014/2016, mixed technique, dimentsions variable
(back) Follow the Leader, 2016, charcoal on wall, 180 x 220 cm

I found this couple sitting in a hotel in Guangzhou. China so I made a photo with my mobile and made this painting afterwords, Every one of them are staring at their mobile phone which is a comon thing in everydays life. Story is about alienation of communication that media, interfaces like those mini computers and social media have on us and our perception of life and the way we speak to each other.
LOL series is ongoing project that includes short abbreviations also known as leetspeak. Usually every generation has it's own sleng and this sleng was born because of typing is the way of contemporary communication. So does this use of (e)leet sleng really save our time for quicker and better commnunication?






Follow the Leader, 2016, charcoal on wall, 180 x 220 cm

"Pokémon Go was released to mixed reviews, with critics praising the game's concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world, while criticizing frequent technical issues apparent at launch. Despite such reviews, it quickly became a global phenomenon and was one of the most used and profitable mobile apps in 2016, having been downloaded more than 500 million times worldwide. It was credited with popularizing location-based and augmented reality gaming, promoting physical activity, along with helping local businesses grow. However, it attracted controversy for contributing to accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations. Various governments expressed concerns over the security of the game, with some countries passing legislation regarding it."





Follow the Leader, 2016, charcoal on wall, 180 x 220 cm (two weeks afer the opening)

An unknown visitor made a contribution on this work by writing "Panda, panda" over the charcoal drawing of two Pokemon characters Pikachu. Maybe the work by Arjan Pregl in the same room where he hang posters where everybody could participate with drawing on them was the motif to participate also on other walls? Maybe that intervention was also a provocation for about contributing to accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations as the original game Pokémon Go is at some point?


David Shrigley writes in latest Time Out magazine:
Children in galleries
"Well-behaved children in art galleries thumbs up. Feral children in art galleries thumbs down."
EF:'I saw a child destrooy a piece of art once.'
'Was it a piece of my art'
EF: 'It wasn't. Has that happened?'
'Of course it's happened!'





Selfie, 2016, charcoal on wall, 170 x 70 cm


Motif from Pokémon game/cartoon character called Red with added cell phone.





I'll Be Black, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm
Selfie, 2016, charcoal on wall, 170 x 70 cm
YOLO, 2016, acrylic on 7-inch tablet, 12 x 20 cm

+ "black tubes" work by Miha Štrukelj