The Growlery presents: Sergej Vutuc: In the Presence of Absence
Exhibition Dates: February 17- 28, 2018
Opening Reception: February 17th from 7-10pm
Artist Talk with Sergej Vutuc and Rich Jacobs: Feb 24th from 6-8pm.
Gallery Hours: by appointment
Location: 235 Broderick Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
During his time at The Growlery, Vutuc explores the importance of San Francisco in the skateboarding scene and its evolution as a city where public space is increasingly becoming private. This work lends itself to an exploration of the body in dialogue with the urban environment; a transformation of city and skateboarding, blending the physical and mental phenomena of modern society. Vutuc uses an analog photo process, scratching and altering the surfaces, creating something between surreal poetry and nonfiction narrative.
About the Artist: The work of Sergej Vutuc is about observing the development of the modern society; a privatization of the public space and conquering the nature with concrete, on one side, and the natural human urge to expand one’s consciousness, to be in between, to exist playfully and live through imagination, on the other side. Skateboard culture is just one of many contemporary social subcultures whose philosophy is based on the aspiration for playfulness and urge to use the open space in the context of freedom of expression. Sergej researches this phenomenon and participates in it through his position of the modern nomad, whose radius of movement includes specific places such as Fukushima, Detroit, Israel and Palestine, strong symbols of on going human mistakes and wrong directions in social and economic development. Through his work, he grasps a surreal feeling of a new or parallel existence, and, even though it can sound utopian, moments of the shift of perception in the human and the society in general. Dunja Jankovic, Skver