Curated by Zarko Vijatovic
May 23 - July 31, 2015
Opening May 23, 2015
galerie frank elbaz is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring paintings and works on paper by Julije Knifer.
Julije Knifer has been repeating throughout his life the same pattern, the meander.
Between 1959 and 1960 he defined the basic elements of his works by reducing his pictorial means almost exclusively to black and white
and to vertical and horizontal, in the form of the meander.
The first Meanders occur in this period, as an expression of extreme reduction, aspiring to create anti-paintings and the aura of contemplation.
For Knifer, the meander is not a decoration or aesthetics, for him it is a sequence of facts that make a meander or a series of meanders which, in the end, make just one meander.
It is interesting to observe Knifer's operational protocols, the way he worked on his paintings and drawings. In the sixties he painted meanders on a traditional Gesso Chalk Ground. He diluted the black oil paint with turpentine creating a matte paint finish. During this period the pencil drawings are small in size, they are the result of his research and in the spirit very close to Kasimir Malevitch.
From the beginning, the creative process was of paramount importance. He soon realized that he was not interested in the particular result,
in a "masterpiece", in the result of a moment of inspiration, but in the process of achievement of meanders itself, which became for him a "voluntary servitude."
Excerpt from a press release by Zarko Vijatovic