Andraž Šalamun

Andraž Šalamun

Andraž Šalamun presents large-scale paintings depicting landscapes or parts of landscapes. The expressive works are based on the artist’s impressions from the surrounding nature. Harmony or conflict, the relationship between water and skies defines the theme of the series. The colors are powerful and gutsy.  Though we can recognize the motifs, the artist doesn’t show them literally, but rather his own impressions. Blurry contours show a spontaneous attitude in shaping, bordering on infantile style and free uncalculated movement. The fresh strength of color is assisted by the gesture of movement staying within the desired form. The large size of the painting allows it to the artist. There’s a certain cynism towards painting luring from the layers of paint. The dimensionality is somewhere readable, somewhere neglected. It’s as if her were exploring properties and relationships between colors at the same time, the motif being just a prop. As if in a hurry,  he hasn’t got time to display the whole impression. He wants to move on right away, over to the next color and motif.