Following his highly acclaimed performance during Frieze New York, JAŠA will return for Frieze London with his most recent project entitled The Relations; a composition of eight individual performances. The four-hour durational happening will feature sculptural installations, a site-specific intervention and performances by the artist and collaborators. The project as a whole explores 8 fundamentals to the artist: Apnea / Purpose / Vocation / Trust / Values / Urgency / Fulfillment / Growth.
The Relations is a composition in space and time, a series of interconnected yet autonomous gestures that meld imagery, poetry and performance together with his sense of responsibility. JAŠA notes, “appearance and perception are at the core of my interest in The Relations, the space-in-between, the gaps, the uttering of one’s emotion, the urgency to believe even if “the believing” does not have an obvious structure, or better I do not want it to have one”. Situations become images in JAŠA’s work; imagery constructed in relation to the tension between the detail and its dissected wholeness, which at once might occur as familiar yet distant. Looking at a diversity of relationships and associations to memory, repetition and re-emergence, JAŠA disrupts the familiar and entices the unexpected with his integration of the spatial and temporal. With constant re-materialization, we reach an apparent logic that seduces and bewilders. The trigger of a familiar situation creates an image constellation; independent gestures lead to an intensified experience. There is present-ness yet a simultaneous remoteness, hopefulness balancing vulnerability, beauty, and symmetry balancing chaos, tranquility balancing turmoil, a visual order that is at once nostalgic and open. Sounds echo and collide in harmony within this carefully choreographed atmosphere that seemingly relies on an invisible script. In The Relations, JAŠA embraces the monumental which constantly tiptoes on persistent delicacy of the sensual, physical, direct, raw and loud. The latent scream seems to persist—maybe one of his most personal signatures—as it takes on interconnectivity of facts, interpretations and existence.
- Mitra Khorasheh, curator
Performance collaborators: Giulio Peirè, Bowrain, Marta Troya Garcia, Josh Enright, Graham Thompson, Raphael Schulenburg, Petra Casale, George Finlay Ramsay, Sam Dauncey, Eldi Dundee, Ada Xiaoyu Hao, Korallia Stergides.
JAŠA was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1978. He studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, and has gone on to show his work to critical acclaim both in Europe and the US, among these works, Untitled, 2015 (Istanbul, 2015), Crystal C (New York, 2104), and Gods Came for Dinner Last Night (Ljubljana, 2013, with Mark Požlep). Most recently, JAŠA collaborated with ULAY on a site-specific installation and performance series, Water Mark / Cutting Through the Clouds of Myth (Kustera Projects, New York, 2016).
One of Slovenia’s most prolific and critically recognized contemporary artists, JAŠA is driven by his rhapsodic interpretations of situation, narrative, sculpture and performance. Through his alchemistic connection with material and content, JAŠA transforms spaces into experiences, driving them toward their poetic and aesthetic potentials.
Pushing artistic boundaries through uncompromising vision for almost two decades, he has created a rich and remarkable body of work that includes multiple critically acclaimed solo shows and projects in Europe and the US. In his two active studios in New York and Ljubljana, Slovenia, in which he has created a unique environment which allows him to cultivate contextual and visual eventuality integral to his work.
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