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.
The exhibition runs through Saturday, 20 January 2018.
Vlatka Horvat works across a wide range of forms, namely sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, photography, and text, presenting her work in various contexts – in gallery spaces, theater and dance festivals, and in public space. Horvat has had solo exhibitions at Museums Sheffield (a collaboration with Tim Etchells), Wilfried Lentz Gallery (Rotterdam), CAPRI (Dusseldorf), Zak|Branicka Gallery (Berlin), MMC Luka/Galerija SC (Pula/Zagreb), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland), annex14 (Zurich), Boston University Art Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery (NYC), Bergen Kunsthall, the Kitchen (NYC). Her projects in visual art have been commissioned by the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (upstate NY), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Art in the Public Space program of the City of Zurich, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Marta Herford Museum, MGLC Ljubljana, VOLT (Bergen), the 53rd October Salon (Belgrade), Stroom (the Hague), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya), “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1 (NYC), Galerija Skuc (Ljubljana), the 11th Istanbul Biennale, and her performances have been produced internationally by theatre and dance venues and festivals. After 20 years in the USA, she is currently based in London.