Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna: son:DA curated by_Ivica Buljan
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"more items for the room" continues the Slovenian artist duo son:DA's (Metka Golec and Horvat Miha) exploration of what, within their multimedia practice, they simply call "mouse-computer- drawings." The large-scale unique prints on canvas mainly depict our everyday icons: technical elements of the electronic menagerie placed at our domestic space such as telephones, computers, power sockets, wall heaters, or the unavoidable cable tangle. Son:DA elevates the objectival status of these elements and thus increase their significance in the pictures. With subtle irony these works criticize the absurdness of the modern high tech society as well as its rapid proceeding process of alienation.
According to Slovenian curator and critic Nevenka Šivavec, there are two forces operating in son:DA's work: "...one is a direct and harp commentary on the damning effect that high-tech society has on the individual, whereas the other finds pleasure in the formal use of technology as a game. The first employs a traditional means (although by using the computer) of generating images, easily appropriated and commodified by the system of art. The second involves the concept of an open work, incompleteness, communication, and is therefore much more indefinable. This creates a schizophrenic oscillation between image and space, between object and process, between the static and the dynamic, between the final and the incomplete. In their system of representation, son:DA successfully balance between two opposites, with an obvious tendency towards an open structure, connections and interaction …"