Gregor Podnar

Bogoslav Kalaš

17 Apr - 15 May 2009

© Bogoslav Kalaš
Exhibition view

17.04 - 15.05.2009

Galerija Gregor Podnar / Association DUM is pleased to announce the opening of Nudes, a solo exhibition by Bogoslav Kalaš.

The exhibition Nudes brings together a wide selection of Kalaš’s earlier and more recent works, created between 1971 and 2009, all relating to the genre of the nude.
Since the late 1960s, Bogoslav Kalaš has focused on classic subjects, which art history traditionally categorizes by genre, e.g. the still life, the landscape, and the nude or, more generally, the portrait. His work is notable for the remarkably unique way it continues and develops the tradition of figural painting within the field of graphic art.

This painting-like quality can be seen even in Kalaš’s early silkscreen prints, which transform the underlying photographic female portrait into pictures of schematic black and white hatching.

In 1971–1972, working with the technician Vojislav Pavlovič, Kalaš invented a painting machine that was able to transcribe the visual information of a photograph onto canvas. Using this digital method, which Kalaš calls aerography, he is able to control and modify the resultant emerging image with each new application of paint to a much degree than is possible in silkscreen printing. This transfer of information can take weeks or even months to create an individual work, since the aerography technique has only a single final product.

In the early seventies, Kalaš substantially expanded the notions of painting and art, as well as the concept of the print. This was a time when, in connection with the greater attention given to Walter Benjamin’s essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” more questions were being raised about the status of photography in contemporary art. Kalaš’s work may justifiably be ranked among the outstanding and long-neglected contributions to the recent European history of contemporary art.
Through this representative selection of his nudes, the present exhibition hopes to bring greater attention to Kalaš’s entire oeuvre.

Bogoslav Kalaš (b. 1942) lives and works in the town of Radomlje near Ljubljana. Since 1982, he has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he served as dean from 1998 to 2005. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana (1968, 1975, 1996), the City Art Museum in Ljubljana (1995), the Art Salon in Celje (1998), and the Cultural Heritage Institute in Ljubljana (2006).

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.