Hrvoje Slovenc's photographs exhibited in New York

place: New York, USA
Croatian photographer Hrvoje Slovenc based in New York exhibits at the moment his artwork Marble Hill in the Gallery Helac Fine Arts. Slovenc also partakes at the group exhibition curated by Andrea Pemberton and organized by Gagosian Gallery which is on view at the Garis&Hahn Gallery.

Hrvoje Slovenc documents psychologically charged domestic environments that evoke the illusory relationship between fact and fiction. He possesses a deep interest in the many visual languages photography offers and exploits varied techniques such as documentary photography, sculpture and set design to blur temporal boundaries and evoke a sense of displacement in familiar spaces. In his newest series, Marble Hill, Slovenc investigates the grotesque yet eerily beautiful world that lies beneath his own neighborhood in the Bronx.

Through a series of time-intensive interventions that often take place over a period of weeks, Slovenc seamlessly crosses technological and stylistic eras through a series of black-and-white photographs that transcend time and place. In II-II, (2012), he develops the work as a wallpaper installation on a monumental scale; a local man laden with grocery bags –seemingly covering his face in fatigue– is positioned against a classical background of drapery that evokes the feeling of a stage set or Renaissance interior.

The overlapping frames and uneven light effects collapse the three-dimensionality of the space and reveal the ultimate artifice of the image. Slovenc’s painterly approach and attention to surface is present throughout the images that comprise Marble Hill.

Hrvoje Slovenc was born in Croatia and studied biochemistry at the University of Zagreb before receiving his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2010. His photographs have been exhibited in institutions worldwide including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of New Art, Detroit; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia; and Young Artists’ Biennial, Bucharest, Romania. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Croatia. Slovenc lives and works in New York.

(D.H., 24.01.2013)