curated by Pia Remmers
20 sep 2019 – 09 nov 2019
Mirrors have been an essential element of Stano Filko’s exhibitions and environments since his early days, both to transform the visitors into living sculptures and to create a physical surface for the projection of respective contemporary conditions. They also call to mind the mirror writing by Leonardo Da Vinci or a visualization of a reversed reality.
A robot in the pose of le penseur, blurring the sense of time (and culture and marketing); a written self-portrait proclaiming intimacy; an empty concept proposal; a transcendent feminine breast; the artist’s brain, like a relic of his earthly remains. Is it still operating?
Stano Filko was born in 1937 and died in 2015. During his 78 years on earth, he supposedly experienced two clinical deaths. Stano Filko’s intention was to reach 100 and live until 2037, 22 more years. But death was never absolute to him. Stano Filko expected to move on to the next transcendent dimension of an eternal, infinite reality.
Still, Stano Filko was clearly caught up in the external realities of his time, living through three starkly different political systems. Stano Filko remained antipodal to each of them and created his very own system in his art: complex and paradoxical, it was based neither on politics nor morals, permanently surpassing itself, an infinite stream of consciousness.
GALERIE EMANUEL LAYR
Via dei salumi, 3