Jože Šubic: Glorious Twelfth / exhibition closing event

Jože Šubic: Glorious Twelfth
exhibition closing event: Friday, 26 June 2020

You are kindly invited to join us fort he closing event of Jože Šubic's solo exhibition Glorious Twelfth, which will take place on Friday, 26 June 2020, at 7 p. m. at KiBela, space for art.


With his new project, Jože Šubic deals with the theme of hunting, although hunting in the narrow sense of the word is used only in the choice of the title – Glorious Twelfth is the twelfth day of August, the start of the shooting season for red grouse, and to a lesser extent the ptarmigan in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Instead of dealing with the topic of wild bird hunting, he is after a metaphor, an allegory, a parable, or a simple story with a moral lesson (a term borrowed from literature) of a man hunting for a woman as prey or trophy, as an object of desire or erotic fantasy. He then extends this metaphor of hunting as a predominantly male hobby or game to reconsider gender differences in the context of art, whereby a significant, if not crucial role is given to sexual undertones and a kind of eroticism. This gallery set-up, too, functions as a comprehensive ambience, in which at the first sight we witness another set of disciplined female bodies. And yet, the visible gallery setting delivers more than just iconically represented female figures immersed in more or less excessive activity. It offers the viewer the chance to get accustomed to an unknown experience, in the form of clichés about the female body and pleasure, sometimes driven to the point of unbearableness. At the same time, this acts as a point of suspense, which the artist achieves through contagious humor and multifaceted appeals to the imagination. The focus of Jože Šubic's work evolves in the direction of an associative intertwining of social rituals, sports, hobbies and games, art and sexuality. In this perspective, the enigma of femininity is a key agent for what resists being captured by power/authority and knowledge. Art can still point to it, although using allusion, in the form of metaphors or parables, such as those we can find in the work of Jože Šubic.

Jože Šubic was born in Maribor in 1958. In 1982 he graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he also completed his postgraduate studies in painting in 1984. He works in painting, sculpture, object art, ceramics and graphic art. He lives and works in Maribor. He has received the Glazer Award twice (1992 and 2013), as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award of the ZDSLU (2020), and many other national and international awards. His works have been shown in over 200 group and solo exhibitions.

Entrance is free.

The event will follow the recommendations of the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ).

< Moon observer, 2017. Photo by Mitja Mlakar.

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