Pas de deux, 2005 (acrylic and thread
on canvas), several works, 10 x 10 x 29,7 cm
The creativity of Eduard Lesjak
is essentially marked by thread, which he uses as an artistic
material for bold explorations of the specific abstract visual
language of his own invention. More precisely, thread in his
works replaces the painting stroke; in contrast to numerous
artists who also use the technique of sewing on canvas, Lesjak
has sewn on the painting surface by hand. The application of
thread in Lesjak's work has a specific logic attained by means
of a special technique, in which the main thread is enwrapped
in other threads and then fastened to the painting surface.
Especially this enwrapping reminds one of a detail from nature,
tendrils (vines are one source of the artist's inspiration),
which grow and intertwine to form natural abstract patterns.
The cubical form of the painting surface points to sculpture,
and the artist has named the bodies of these objects "modules".
Furthermore, Lesjak combines both elements – thread and the
background surface – according to the principles of self-explorational
art (Modernism), and he adds colour as a basic painting element.
The exhibited works with their gleaming fluorescent colours
and inventively sewn lines pay tribute to the meditatively
engrossed ambience of the artistic creative process.
In addition, Eduard Lesjak exhibits four works made in collaboration
with Petra Varl. These
works present a dialogue between the two artists, which resulted
in the confluence of two quite different visual languages and
explorations. These works are a juncture of the so-called Lesjak
modules, in which he explores abstract structures, and Varl's
realistic images executed as prints on canvas, featuring her
daughter and her friend as symbols of the current generation
of adolescents with their fragility and determination.
Born in 1961 in Klagenfurt (Austria).
He learned by himself and he works as a free-lance artist. He
is a member and adviser of the Kunstvereins Kärnten. He attended
the Summery Academy under Herman Nitsch and several residency
programmes, e.g. in Šmartno (Slovenia),
Wiesbaden (Germany) and Ittingen (Switzerland).
Solo exhibitions (selection):
an der nadel, Galerie –
2005 Galerie im Rathaus, Wiesbaden
2003 Likovne komunikacije Brda,
Šmartno near Slovenj Gradec
2002 Haus Franz von Sales, Kleinformatiges
2001 Galerie Bernd, Schmuck und
Group exhibitions (selection):
Galerie Museum, Waidhoffen
damals wie heute,
Galerie Schloss Straßburg
„pas de deux“ EU-Projekt, zeitgenösische Kunst aus Kaernten
und Slowenien, Kunstverein Kärnten
E. Lesjak und Petra Varl,
Club - Carinthia, Klagenfurt
26. Österreichischer Graphikwettbewerb, Innsbruck