Račka Gallery, 13.5. – 6.6. 2010
Boštjan Plesničar has an explicitly unique art language and predominantly uses painting and drawing as his two favoured mediums of expression. Putting a few abstracts aside his work primarily focuses on the human figure. His paintings research the material existence of painting as he uses non-typical bases for them, such as for instance velvet. In his works the motives usually emerge from everyday themes that he, with his typical manner – i.e. through unusual combinations, sections, emphasises and changing meanings – skilfully translates into emphasised fantasy images. Almost all of these images are full of humour, cynicism and irony.
Plesničar, who graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in 1996 and defended his post-graduate thesis in 2001, held numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 2008 he exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Art Celje together with Ervin Potočnik. At the exhibition they presented the extensive exhibition Velvetal, which was expanded upon the following year with the exhibition Velvetarium - Lapidarium in the lapidarium of the Božidar Jakac Gallery in Kostanjevica na Krki. In 1998 he was one of the founding members of the movement Museum of Premodern Art, a member of which he was until 2006. Occasionally he works as an illustrator for various children magazines and textbooks.
The exhibition entitled Corn Peeling was prepared especially for the Račka Gallery and consists of paintings on canvass, drawings on paper and 1950s black and white, super 8 mm erotic films. In the words of the artist these are erotic fantasies that keep the lonely 'cowboy' company during his travels through the phantasmatic landscapes of his imagination. The journey commences with everyday images that we are bombarded with by the popular pornographic culture; however the further the cowboy rides away from the town and culture, the more unusual, wild and individual they become. The exhibition thus shows that eroticism and sexuality, which are supposedly fields of freedom, are in reality full of forced images and pleasures. Only a lonely path within, researching the wild west of one's own psyche, can reveal the authentic erotic vocabulary or imagery of the individual.
The accompanying text to the exhibition was prepared by dr. Renata Šribar, who wrote the following about the works that were prepared for the exhibition: 'Plesničar's erotic painting constructions of the (predominantly) female body and sexual acts are innovative in the vision of recycling sexuality. The paintings state that they know what it is all about, but they perform this in their unique, attractive and truly erotic way. There would be much less of these painting eroticisms if the painter did not keep a distance and include an entertaining note. As it is the female bosoms flutter, in the absence of homosexual motives lesbian relations spontaneously crawl into the dominant heterosexual matrix, while sexual acts take place in lively or poetic painting metaphors for sperm and penises.
Some paintings and drawings have surplus content power, for they construct sexuality and eroticism in creative ways. As the paintings are small and intimate their form is in opposition to this force that oozes from their contents. It is as if the sexual innovations partially remain in the artists' private space, as if he was not courageous enough to add his signature to these sexual expressions. Regardless of this the painting reconceptualizations of the sexual are of extreme value: the female Zarathustra, who controls the responses of the male body, the meditative opening of the female crotch as a (for now) still minimalist counterpoint of the phallus and the female auto-eroticity and erotic gynosociality.«
Boštjan Plesničar (1986) lives and works in Ljubljana.