IN HIS first solo exhibition, Slovak artist Karol Karolčík presents his works created from waste materials. Visitors can see his artwork at the BCPB Gallery, Vysoká 17 in Bratislava, from April 18 to May 8. The artist symbolically and optimistically called his show “How I Have Not Stopped Believing in Dreams”.
“Most often I use plastic bottles. They have beautiful fractures – that is what is interesting for me about them,” the young artist told the TASR newswire, adding that he likes plastic bottles because they are the cheapest and best material available. But he is not happy that they lie everywhere and pollute the natural environment.
“It is a very durable material, with a long lifespan. It is not able to decompose by itself so I recycle it at least in this way. We cannot just produce waste, we also have to reduce it,” the artist said.
Apart from three polyester objects, The Walking Lady, Red Figurine and Blue Figurine, several of his paintings are in the show – the biggest one being All Together with a Package of Measures, 171 x 140 centimetres in size, made by combined techniques on waste wood. “I like to analyse human nature, to show people the mirror image,” the artist said, characterising his works.
Karol Karolčík was born in Bratislava in 1978, studied at the Comprehensive Secondary School of Scenic Arts and since 1997 has been a freelance artist.
He has received awards in Italy and has also restored several cultural monuments in Slovakia and abroad.
2. May 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff