The exhibition is held as part of the "Artist on Vacation 2017 / Valamar"
Curators: Ješa Denegri, Dorotea Fotivec (Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde)
Organizers: Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde, Marinko Sudac Collection, Poreč Open University, Valamar Riviera d.d.
The works on the exhibition held as part of the "Artist on Vacation 2017 / Valamar" project came from the artist's long-standing exploration of painting as a medium. "Painting without painting", as the Italian art historian Tomasso Trini defined it, strongly seeks to reaffirm art as such, from tradition leaving only the physical element of the painting. In his "Paintings" there is nothing pictorial, only traces, dots, spots, the artist takes his brush across the entire monochromatic surface of the canvas. The paintings are monotone, despite their chromatic variety and the lack of any matrices or order in the addition of brush strokes. The purpose is to execute a work, without exploring other elements such as composition, light, complementarity. As Ješa Denegri wrote, "the application of colour in small spots carried carefully and slowly, avoiding any trace of gestural ritual, looks at first like an invitation to the historical experience of pointillism. But the connection is only apparent. Because, while pointillism tends to an extremely systematic action and leads pictorial practice towards a specific 'science of painting', Damnjan's approach is on the contrary emotional and contemplative, totally free from analytical correctives, and constitutes the proof of the real 'pleasure of painting', to which the artist surrenders with no restraint."