Miha Štrukelj lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is a visual artist working primarily in painting and also focusing on drawing and site-specific work. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2001 with a Master of Fine Arts. He has several awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Grant 2008/09 and the Henkel Drawing Award 2008, Trust for Mutual Understanding 2014. His work has also been included in the National Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana. He has also been selected for “Slovenian Art 1995–2005”,“Seven Sins: Ljubljana–Moscow” and “U3 - Triennial of Contemporary Art in Slovenia” at Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, 4th Beijing Biennial, and various other national and international selections. His work has been presented in “Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting” (Phaidon 2002). In 2009 he represented Slovenia in the Slovenian Pavilion at 53rd Venice Biennial. (www.mihastrukelj.com)
Researching local history and architecture, I have developed a project consisting of several components. In particular, I was interested in how the area has changed throughout history and how it was affected by various external influences.
Every city or area has specifics that I want to discover and interpret by creating an imaginary cityscape, which has a specific architectural logic and is easily recognizable as a solid form. I want to challenge the viewer to see the image in a different way and from different perspective, encourage them to notice details that are usually hidden or considered insignificant. When preparing a reference image, I'm interested in the dialectic of real-imaginary. The original idea has not been changed radically, it only changed within the process of creating by new findings of actually been physically present in the space, not to mention the project space itself.
The project consists of several components. The basis of the overall layout is a network structure which is visible as a background image structure, the drawing texture itself seems digital in appearance, while the process itself resembles traditional practice in painting, in this case, the murals. The drawing has a tendency for 3D space, which manifests itself in the structure of strings and wood construction that resemble the architectural specifics of the area, specifically the narrow buildings. Four drawings on wood plates depict four different periods that I found significant. Japanese colonial architecture, narrow building, Anping Tree House, and traditional Taiwanese residential house. Also, within the wall drawing there are three additional details depicting Chinese sign, generic modern architecture (deliberately taken from the internet, and from different area), and traditional temple.
Significant part of the project covers the black chalk board painted with calculations, marks, maps, and designs revealing the process. The overall structure also invites visitor to enter and walk through it. The idea was to create an impression of a narrow alley.