Vlatka Horvat “Surroundings” at Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milan
Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea is pleased to present Surroundings, Vlatka Horvat’s first show at the gallery, and her first solo exhibition in Italy.
In the show, which works across all of the gallery’s spaces, Vlatka Horvat approaches the idea of horizon line as spatial limit and border whilst at the same time exploring its powerful and contradictory metaphorical status as aspirational destination. In works manifested in different forms and media – altered photographic image, collage, sculpture, and fragile site-responsive material interventions – she renders the horizon as an edge of space and visibility, and as a sign or site of future potential and action.
Using simple gestures she frequently works with – cutting and severing, and then relocating parts of objects and images, or repairing them with decidedly inadequate means – Vlatka Horvat constructs new, makeshift incarnations of the human figure, of landscape, of formerly utilitarian objects. In all of the works presented in the show, she follows a double logic of either connecting, or interrupting, particular lines in her source images, in the physical space, and in everyday objects – highlighting and making visible certain formal and material properties of items she disassembles and then reconstitutes, whilst also invoking their imaginary and associative possibilities.
Throughout Surroundings, Vlatka Horvat works and reworks the line as a compositional element central to framing and making readable human presence in space, approaching the line both as a means of tracing our presence and as a trace left by our presence. In addition to the compositional significance of the line – its function to delineate space, demarcate limits and boundaries, and trace trajectories – the show also focuses on the line as a common metaphor for continuity, infinity and distance and as a sign of future, of possibility, and of the end.
at Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea, Milan
until 20 January 2018