Matej Andraž Vogrinčič

Something new has sprouted at GASP
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“I define my art practice as having two major themes; repetition of objects to create an overall large scale pattern and site-specificity- responding and making work especially for a particular place.

On my first visit to GASP in 2015 I was drawn to the plant life there. I do not know exactly why, but there are some beautiful and curious varieties which surprised me on closer investigation – especially in this somewhat raw and vast landscape. From the soft red ‘succulent’ ground cover, resembling carpet, to the many other fascinating endemic species- surviving and adapting to the harsh conditions. I was inspired to adopt a familiar local “ingredient” to create an imaginary plant like form. Something appearing to grow vertically from the flatness of the ground. An oyster plant. A plant made out of oysters. Or Herba Ostrea.”- Vogrinčič, June 2016

Artist bio - Matej Andraž Vogrinčič (born 1970) is a Slovenian artist. He has been creating site-specific work in urban and natural environments since the early 1990’s. He has built an international reputation by creating installations in dialogue with local places, traditions, and histories – often filling the most ordinary or neglected places with even more ordinary objects. With all his work, Vogrinčič starts with the space itself and always leaves room to alter and develop the idea in the process. His projects commence and rely on a direct connection with the community by listening to local narratives and histories, through to collecting physical materials that may be included in the artwork.

“In my art I try to feel the character of the space and add something that will not dominate but complement it. Once the project is over the two elements separate, becoming just space and objects again. The only way to make the work last is through photography. For me the resulting image is not only documentation but another artwork.”

Vogrinčič has exhibited his temporary and permanent installations in numerous international galleries, festivals and biennales including the Biennial of Graphic art, Slovenia, World Expo 2010, China, Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art, Italy, Telstra Adelaide Festival of Arts, Australia and the Museum of Modern Art, Slovenia.

Vogrinčič was brought to Tasmania by GASP to undertake a site specific commission following an exploratory visit in 2015. GASP acknowledge and are grateful to their private benefactors for this opportunity in particular Irene Duckett and Barilla Bay Oysters for their generous in-kind support.

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