Reviews

...A distinguishing feature of his artistic address is, to my mind, the remarkable poetic note and narrativity of his installations – each tells a story of the place and the landscape, opening our eyes to hitherto unsuspected, new dimensions.

Tomáš Valena

About the Author

 

Damjan Popelar's work belongs to land art, a distinct form of conceptual art originating in the sixties and as such being in a way an offspring of alternative movements, new ecological consciousness, holistic worldview and emancipation from institutional bonds. While the first period of the American earth art was characterized by an almost macho attitude to landscape, the second line of the contemporary, mostly European, land art cultivates a non-aggressive, more dialogical relationship with landscape and its places. Also, the materials it uses are generally taken from what the places themselves provide. This narrower frame is where the work of Damjan Popelar should be placed.

Not only is each of Popelar's installations a reaction… FULL TEXT


Willows Enwoven Round Willows

 

The weaving craft, which used to be highly developed in the Mirna River valley and on its margins in the past centuries, today exists only in the memory of time past and in the work of few individuals who make woven artifacts of strands, canes, and straw of willows and other tree species. Since the primary material were, of course, a-year-old willow or osier canes, the willow was an invaluable tree on the edges of meadows and fields, along streams, and in the wetlands. Weaving skills were passed on through generations, although in the years before and after the First World War some people even attended weaving schools. They raised the level of weaving knowledge and contributed to a wider variety of useful artifacts.

Damjan Popelar has enwoven… FULL TEXT