In his research Igor Eškinja merges different visual planes, creating stratifications that lend themselves to multiple levels of reading. The simplicity of form is an aesthetic quality that opens up a possibility for manipulating a meaning. It derives, as the artist states, from the need for one form to contain various meanings and levels of reading within itself.
The Golden Fingers of Louvre series overlaps the imaginative value of the French museum with the almost baroque pictorial detail of the imprints left by visitors on the doors. The marks of the hands are thus material elements which disorient the viewer, who is stimulated to direct his interpretation elsewhere, towards the visual abstraction.
Igor Eškinja (Croatia, 1975) studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. In his practice, the artist constructs his architectonics of perception as ensembles of modesty and elegance. He “performs” the objects and situations, catching them in their intimate and silent transition from the two-dimensional to three-dimensional formal appearance. Using simple, inexpensive materials and unraveling them with extreme precision and mathematical exactitude within strict spatial parameters, Eškinja defines qualities that go beyond the physical aspects and enter the registers of the imaginative and the imperceptible.
Among his recent shows: Do Plants Dream of the Future?, as part of Rijeka European Capital of Culture 2020 program; Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?, online group show at Alberta Pane Gallery (2020); HyperGames, group show at the Federico Luger Gallery, Milan (2020); Croatian National Theatre Ivan Zajc, Rijeka (2019); ADN Galeria, Barcelona (2019); SC Gallery, Zagreb (2019); Studio La Città, Verona (2019); Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv (2018) frei_raum Q21, Vienna (2018); Les Yeux Qui Louchent, group exhibition at Alberta Pane Gallery in Venice (2017). Moreover, his work was on display at Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’Art Contemporain; MAC/Val, Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne; MARTa, Herford; Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos; Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou; Museum of Art and Design in New York; Kunstforum, Vienna; Museum Of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Manifesta 7, Italy, among others.