2017 | NYC | Artist
Simon Hudolin (Small But Dangers)
Small But Dangers, Thin line 8, screen print on cotton handkerchief, 41.5 x 39.5 cm, edition 12, 2016
Simon Hudolin is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 OHO prize for emerging visual artists in Slovenia. Since 2004 he works with Mateja Rojc as the tandem 'Small But Dangers'. Their practice spreads through a wide variety of mostly analogue visual media.
"Most of our works represents a poetic gesture, where the conflict between the thought and the object cannot be resolved. This reveals the emancipatory potential of language; the possibility of a small individual to manipulate ideologically determined meanings within the frames of language.
In 2005 we stole the old damaged tourist photograph of Log pod Mangartom, which was hanging on the platform of the Škofja Loka railway station. Although the police caught us in the act, we managed to get the photograph and later exhibited it in a gallery. In time, people at Slovenian Railways forgot about it and the photograph became part of our art collection. The function of the photograph in the gallery remained similar to its function on the railway station. It covered a part of a wall. Of course, a variety of contents were persistently trying to stick onto it. They all derived from the unbridgeable conflict between the object and its possible meanings. The photograph aroused our interest because of the way it looks. Its deterioration looked like a provocative hole. It sparked a need to fill the gap. We consciously resisted that need. The Mangart project is the initiation of Small but Dangers - the initial gesture that continues to decisively mark our work."
Since 2010 Small But Danger is represented by P74 Centre and Gallery, Ljubljana, Small But Danger. SELECTED AWARDS - 2017: OHO Young Visual Artist Award, P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, Maribor 2017. - 2015: Essl Art Award CEE 2015 - VIG Special Invitation, Ljubljana 2016. - 2013: Photography of the year 2013. SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS - 2017: Not the same, ŠKUC Gallery, Ljubljana. - 2016: Frlauf (Verlauf), Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb (Croatia). - 2016: If I were God, I would not exist. Centre for Contemporary Arts, Likovni salon gallery, Celje (Slovenia). - 2014: Frlauf (Verlauf), Šok zadruga, Novi Sad (Serbia). - 2013: Small But Dangers, P74 Centre and Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS - 2016: The centres of printmaking, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana. - 2016: Simple, fun and dangerous, Faculty of Fine Arts, Centre for graphic and visual researches AKADEMIJA, Belgrade (Serbia). - 2016: 26 Stages of Erection, BLIND DATE convention, P74 Centre and Gallery, Ljubljana. - 2015/April 2016: Crises and New Beginnings: Art in Slovenia 2005–2015, +MSUM, Ljubljana, Slovenia. - 2015: NATuRSTRuKTuR, Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern – Schafhof, Freising (Germany) - 2014: Visible Invisible, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje (Slovenia). - 2014: On Time (Pravočasno), Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana. - 2011: 255.804 km2, Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna (Austria). - 2011: Postvirtual, P74 Centre and Gallery, Ljubljana. - 2010: U3 – 6th Triennial of Contemporary Slovenian Art: An Idea for Living – Realism and Reality in Contemporary Slovenian Art, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana. ARTIST RESIDENCIES - 2016: International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana. - 2014: Transfer, Schafhof - Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Freising (Germany).
Support: Simon Hudolin (Small But Dangers)'s residency is made possible with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.