International Biennial of Contemporary Art Ljubljana,
23 June - 24 September 2000
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Denisa Lehocká
  *1971, lives in Bratislava

Untitled, 2000, installation

Denisa Lehocká belongs to a generation of artists who entered the art scene in the 1990s. Her artistic strategy was developed from the post-conceptualist standpoints which give priority to the object, object trouvé and installation. She focuses on thought processes, on conveying mental and conceptual messages which skirt the classical and formal aesthetic solutions of art. By avoiding the direct and referential context, the mentioned point of departure enables the artist to develop new situational models and spiritual levels which she achieves by reducing her means of expression, by economy of "vocabulary" and by specific articulation of individual issues of art. In this way she adapts to the subject matter which she manipulates and to the space in which it exists. The installation of Denisa Lehocká is a kind of register of ordinary objects which the artist, ostensibly arbitrarily - yet according to a system quite obvious to herself - arranges across a space, suspends on walls or simply places on the floor. We may call them signs, codes or "frozen" pieces of information, which adapt themselves to their own, autonomous rules of the game. Through this arrangement into series and various sequences, a special kind of energy is created in the relations between the objects. At the same time, however, one can sense among these objects a red thread suggesting a feeling of wholeness - the closing of the circle. Thus a fragile net of allusions develops, mental connections and completely random links of communication which determine the rhythm of the viewer's perception and arbitrarily channel his mental flow.

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