Blondeau & Cie is delighted to present, in collaboration with Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, an exhibition by David Maljkovic, New Collection. This first presentation of this artist’s work in Geneva follows on from a number of major solo shows, including the recent In Low Resolution at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Maljkovic’s work is a highly controlled variant exploitation of formalist concerns. While narrative is the driving element at the origination of a project, the artist’s varied means of visual implementation profoundly modifies and compromises its supremacy. The process of construction within a set of formal directives encrypts the narrative and postulates what Maljkovic describes as a new semantic logic. His overall project is engaged in the variable relationship between form and content in art terms; it is within this relationship that Maljkovic negotiates his formal methods and disjunctive intentions.
Virtually all of Maljkovic’s work is engaged with historical and technological markers that are characterized by situations both local and universal. In each, the erosion and corruption of memory are the subjects that are left for the viewer to re-organize. The subject of defective memory and the use of collage, in its more literal as well as more complex application, is a formal principle for dislocation, subtraction and juxtaposition for Maljkovic’s mythical “missing archive”.
For the exhibition New Collection, Maljkovic deconstructs and revisits a set of his earlier works from Blondeau & Cie collection which are reinterpreted to become the source of new works. The artist undertakes to re-read and conjure memories in order to bring together works separated by time span and the evolution of his thoughts.
Querying methods of narration, conceptual construction and presentation have become a central part of David Maljkovic’s exhibitions. His work reveals the processes involved in any mise-en-scène: superimposition, withdrawal, masking, repetition, transposition. He seems to be indicating that memory must be reactivated if we are to regain access to the domain of possibility.