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Another independent exhibition of Split’s academic artist Ivan Listeša, this time titled “Hoće ljeto”, was opened on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7 pm in Zvonimir Gallery, Bauerova 33, Zagreb. The exhibition will be open to visitors by February 15, 2017.
After a small turn-off, a sneak peek at the European House at the end of last year, Ivan Listeš presents us with a total of 24 works, including the most recent works that have not been exposed to the Croatian audience.
Support a young and prospective Split artist with his arrival and meet the microcosm of Ivan Listeša filled with surreal scenes of lost Dalmatian cities.
“With an accentuated symbolism of traditional motives, Ivan Listeš interprets the hometown through engaging and humorous way through the surreal world of the submarine universe. By doing so it subtly encourages the observer to reflect on his own priorities: to preserve the old or to build new, to preserve or attract others, to appreciate spiritual or material use. The answer to each of these questions is an individual’s reflection of the character of the individual. “(From the exhibit preface)
We are looking forward to your arrival!
We also announce the opening of the ArtExpertise exhibition on February 10, 2017 at the Merlino Gallery in Florence, where Ivan Listeš, among others, will exhibit his works.
Ivan Listeš’s exhibition entitled “When you dive to the bottom, dive deeper” could be seen from 22nd November 2016 to 7th January at the European House in Zagreb.
The exhibition’s personal exhibition is signed by Ivan Listeš and Sonja Švec Španjol mag.hist.art. which says about artist’s works:
“Smell … the sound of the sea …. silence that speaks a thousand words. The world exteriorly makes it so perfect that we do not even know what’s going on inside it.
Floating boats, indigenous animals, fertile fields and fishermen make up the interior world of Ivan Listeš’s academic painter. The tradition, customs and lifestyle of Dalmatia based on the benefits of nature slowly disappears and falls into oblivion. Transformed in far-away memory, the idyllic world of the sea and the fertile fields sunlit by the sun occasionally swarms from the subconscious, bringing restlessness and sadness into our daily life.
By the poentilistic way of building highly-dynamated colorist surfaces, and by the painterly paintings of color, Ivan Listeš creates a surreal picture of the real world. Boats that do not sail, but hover, fertile fields presented as worlds for themselves, and cargoed in a vivid red shade make up the constituent parts of the space filled with islands. Dalmatia before modernization, capitalization and aggressive tourist devastation seems to be a far-reaching and unavoidable world … The world we are aware of once existed, but today it is unclear and too far to embrace it in a clear memory.
The Work Blessings is an exemplary way of life when men reared for family affairs while their wives were waiting in front of recognizable stone houses with scallops on the windows, and Dalmatian dogs littered their place. The name of the work, as well as the content itself, is an expression of gratitude to the primordial values that the individual exerts on the birthplace, homeland, and the security of growing up under the family, which we are often taken for granted.
The work of Upper and Lower Village with iconic depictions of archetypal values continues to interpret the identity of vanishing. Men dressed in folk costumes with traditional musical instruments are on a fertile land that walks over and exudes strong sun rays alluding to the necessary solar energy without which no life is left. Sailboats and boats hover in the air space while klapa is on the distant planet. The Dalmatian version of the ancient motif of the arcadian idyll interprets the truth about the real state of the present when the indigenous population leaves the islands, resulting in an undisturbed land by wild animals, and the cargo on whose backs almost all Dalmatia was built became a rare sight.
Repetition of dreams and revelations, realities and fictions, concrete and abstract, conscious and unconscious, and possible and desirable, have been brought to the limit of Naopako. Blue-hulled boats float on the bloody red material background, approaching the island of totally distorted proportions and perspectives. But in spite of all these illogicalities, the observer continues to follow the events in the picture with ease.
The frequent Listeš motif, with floating boats, is a land ball that takes on the role of a symbol of an island. In the Image Abandoned Planet, the surface of the planet is filled with a field of drywall, which in the opposite perspective extend along the upper part of the image, while the boats are only markedly marked at the foot of the image. The author emphasizes the motif of fertile native land by putting it in the position of the sun that energizes the whole world with its energy, pointing to human neglect and disrespect for Mother Nature’s benefits.
Although in the work of Preparing for the escape of a boat hover, for the first time there is a linear perspective and a concrete ground underneath. The warmth of clay tones and fish floating around the abandoned boats reveal the metaphorically submersible church found at the bottom of the sea like a wreck of an old ship covered with seaweed. There is a strong symbolism of abandoning the old and valuable because of the newly wrought objections and principles of modern society, which is why we are not aware of what we leave behind. Intriguing is the work of the Prolaz whose architecture resembles the archetypal shapes of the Babylonian tower or the zigzags and facades of contemporary skyscrapers, while the symbolic passage through them can be understood in two ways: like the sheath of the ancient past or the passage and the weariness of the modern age.
The cycle of recent works by Ivana Listeša best combines the work of Silence, which is also selected for the catalog cover in the edition of the Val culture association. Wicked boats point to a moment of peace and quiet where deep blue lightning provides a sense of tranquility. Insulation from the exhilarated and loud world allows the individual to stop for a moment and face himself, with his life, with his past, the present moment, and decide on the steps to define his future. The dive underneath the sea enables us to meet our boats floating in our universe and point to our sometimes buried and forgotten but still present values in our lives. ”
He was born 18.8.1983. year in Split. He completed the painting department of the School of Fine Arts in Split in 2001. He graduated painting in 2008 at the Art Academy in Split. He is a member of the Croatian Association of Fine Artists in Split. He has exhibited at numerous group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. He has participated in several art workshops, projects and performances. He lives in Kaštel Sućurac.
List of stand-alone exhibitions:
Castle Vitturi – Kaštel Lukšić – 2007
The Pinakoteka of the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Health – Split – 2007
Alliance Francaise de Split – Split – 2009
Salon Galić – Split – 2009
Omis Town Museum – Omiš – 2009
Gallery Vinko Draganja OP – Split – 2010
Alliance Francaise de Split – Split – 2011
Salon Galić (exhibition of three professors ŠLU Split) – Split – 2014
Gallery Flora – Dubrovnik – 2014
Hotel Split – Podstrana – 2015
Gallery of the University Library in Split – Split – 2016
Theater of the City Library Solin – Solin 2016
European Home – Zagreb – 2016/17.
Gallery Zvonimir – Zagreb 2017.