Ending space - dr. Tomaž Brejc
The time which I belong to - Mateja Sever
The sublime and romanticism in contemporary Slovene painting - Andrej Medved
A hole in time - Barbara Sterle Vurnik
Somewhere in time - Maja Megla
Artists about art : Lee Krassner
Artists about art : Georgia O'Keefe
Artists about art : Agnes Martin
Artists about art : Louise Nevelson
Artists about art : Auguste Rodin


The sublime and romnticism in contemporary Slovene painting

(extract from the book with the same title)

“In MATEJA SEVER’s paintings there is a simultaneity of the sublime (her irregular geometrical shapes) and romanticism in almost figural images where we are not dealing simply with a dreamt-up figure in the immensity of the space and therefore a “clichéd” contemplation of the beautiful – although these images are borderline, at the border of the standards of what makes “a beautiful panting” – but with an emotional force lifting us into the sublime state of the figure which the painter connects to memory, the pre-memory of some artistic performance which is obliterated and blurred in the sense of giving a spirit to the whole scene – the state which is staged by this picture.
This simultaneity is the sequence of accumulated emotion and internal intuition, the consequence of the subject’s “powers of representation”, and now demands that we understand it in contrast with every purpose which is supposed to be distracted by the objectivity of the depiction.
Pleasure overcomes displeasure at the ability or inability to judge the work aesthetically. In other words we are talking about the inability to consider the infiniteness of these images as an objective state – a given – and a reality.”

“The nature of these images is – according to Kant – dynamically sublime. We experience fear although nowhere do we see in them the objects which could be the cause of such a feeling. The fear is related to the thought and not with the objects, and therefore every opposition, every resistance to the sublime in the picture is completely impossible. That which awakens fear and awe/respect is in fact the magnitude which we cannot resist in the consciousness, in thought; in the immensity of the depiction which on the other hand awakens – calls to – the power in us, the unbending power of the subject which, when we look at the infinite observations in this type of painting, does not now yield but experiences a special state connected with pleasure.
Enthusiasm – pleasure – does not therefore occur because there is no danger, because (this) danger is not real, but rather is related to our faculty of judgement, and our awareness of our strength and weakness.”

“The sublime and romanticism in contemporary Slovene painting”


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