Tomislav Gotovac: Pure Words

time: 27.06.2014. - 30.08.2014.
place: Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna
organiser: Galerie Michaela Stock
In the exhibition titled Pure Words works from the late 1970s to 1990s of Tomislav Gotovac will be on display at the Galerie Michaela Stock. The art exhibited challenges traditional assumptions that text (language) is the primary and most efficient communication medium. The exhibition is on view between 27 June and 30 August.

Words are abstract visual forms as well as forms that represent written (or spoken) language. They represent an irrepressible urge to picture language and evidence of the writer's use of words and images to amplify the form and effect of a message.

Tomislav Gotovac is a perfect example of a conceptual, multimedia artist who used words in various media. He has produced works in which words are not the form, but the content of his expression.

In the 1960s - in his early collages - Gotovac started using words from collected posters, newspapers, used tram tickets or daily papers as a visual and semantic field of his pictures. The collages are a kind of intimate diary, since Gotovac used things from his everyday activities. Also within his oeuvre newspapers played an important role and appeared f. i. in "Showing The Elle", "Reading the paper" or "Sarah".

In the language of the Croatian gutter he inscribed words to create sentences that became sharp tools of expression for his artistic attitude; they were written by hand or printed on a drawing, on prints or directly on the wall, and these works are pure words that have an unambiguous meaning and message. (Read more…)

(D.H., 30.06.2014)