Miha Štrukelj – HilgerBROTKunsthalle, Vienna
Born 1973 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Drawn to ambiguous confines of a space and the concept of place, the works focus on urban landscapes, creating a new sense of place by combining different real or fictitious elements, or by abstracting real topologies. Strukelj has also explored the painting process, creating paintings and drawings that question their own existence and the process of creation, trying to maintain the original moment of creation in the work, which challenges the viewers' perception of painting. This exploration has led Strukelj to experiment how painting and drawing function in physical space and he has attempted in various ways to bring them into space by constructing large-scale installations.
Strukelj represented Slovenia at the 53rd VENICE BIENNAL, 2009 and has received several awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Grant and the Henkel Drawing Award. His works have been included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana; the European Central Bank Collection; the collection of Societe Gernerale and the Uni Credit Art Collection.