/ Zeit Für Brot \
[ R e s e t ]
29.05 - 31.08.2021
”I found my way back to the place I am the most comfortable. One never goes back though. You come back by moving forward and you never truly return. It would imply you would like to time travel or rewind. (Unless there is an app for that?)
It's been many years since I have been away, traveling and living in different places. New destination more promising than the other, with hopes of that new beginning solving my previous shortcomings. New ideas, ideas of other people that I stole and made my own, matured future promises, old promises made anew, starting over, clean slates, blank canvases.
One day a postman delivered an old letter. Looked like it's been on the road and matured well. The destination was not legible and so the only way forward was to send it back. The group of ”return to sender” stamps was competing for attention and it was hard to know which marking was the one that made the system finally reset and revert the direction to the sender. This must have been something I sent. Without any recollection of when, why and to whom I opened it.
Inside was an old black and white photograph. Blur and fade must be a result of the years gone by, and only a fuzzy, behind a filter-like figure was looking back at me. On the bottom was a date, that feels like a lifetime away and the name of the city I was born in.
There is only a feeling that comes from this photograph - a sense that this person is tall, proud, resolute, himself. I truly don’t remember.
Noticing there is writing on the back of the photograph I turned it over and with surprising clarity and a stark contrast to the opposing side, as if written yesterday or painted with oils as a master painting, there was a collection of words that simply read: “Do Not Forget”
In this distilled, deconstructed look into the medium of painting, Zeit für Brot exhibition offers a point of consideration on the context we are operating in today. The artist is drawn to a certain idea of reset, and as the title suggests, refocuses the attention on the basic core elements, to get to the point of reevaluation and where to go forward from here.
Dissecting the definition of the art form of painting the fundamental component here is identified as paint on a surface. With the font painted out as a figurative element, the focus of the works becomes the medium itself.
Deciding on such literal depiction Konvalina refers to the culture of labelling, branding, and explicit information we are so used to demanding nowadays.
In search of where there is a place for imagination in such an environment, the artist generates a striking contrast by working with and combining oils and spray paint [which has been the main tool of Konvalina's practice], creating a conversation between the materiality of one medium and ephemerality of the other. The artist also reduces the colour pallet to simplify and clarify even further, with that highlighting the black and white prism and polarisation the world currently operates within.
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