Exhibition: Homage to Dan Flavin
The exhibition presents artificial lights as generators of different experiences of space. Homage to Dan Flavin uses city lights that, by their composition, material and structure remind of installation art of Dan Flavin. The exhibition shows Turbo, the illuminated advertisement from Chromos Company in Zagreb, which, after being relocated to the gallery context, becomes a real light sculpture. The exhibition also contains photographs of lighting objects from different locations, but which are isolated from the aesthetics of their urban surroundings. The isolated lighting objects lose their commercial purpose and daily function and turn into abstract and stylized bodies. By taking the lights from urban space and moving them into the gallery, the artist draws attention to presence of these objects in our everyday lives. At the same time, streets become a setting for secret artistic interventions. In this process, Badurina does not stylize the lights the way Flavin did, in a real space; her stylistic effects are achieved on photographs, but in the very same tradition of minimalist aesthetics.
The exhibition is accompanied with a workshop with students of the Academy of Applied Arts of Rijeka and talks with visitors. The workshops and the talks deal with perception of light installations that function as advertisements in urban landscapes. Using photography, the participants explore the presence and visibility of neon lights in Rijeka’s city center. This process touches on the issue as to how much this technology is used, and in which contexts, but it also illustrates the socio-economic infrastructure of the city.