As the frame dropped off, space slid across the wall, creating turbulence in the corners.
– Brian O’Doherty: The Gallery as a Gesture
Gallery Separation Guide, David Maljković’s solo exhibition at Apoteka – Space for Contemporary Art is the artist’s specific gesture he uses to intervene in the gallery space. Starting from the concept of reproduction present in his earlier works, from personal archives, rearrangements and self-references, to technology and methodology of reproducibility, Maljković engages in practices of appropriation, recontextualisation, and examining the notions of transposition, assemblage and processes of creating meaning. His works include perturbations, repetitions, re/arrangements to create new meanings, new forms, new situations, and simultaneously they focus on re-examining the positions and possibilities of exhibiting. The central visual element spanning across all the works is a colour scale used in printing as a guide to calibrate colours in copies – Colour Separation Guide and Gray Scale, usually placed at the margins of a picture. Its presence is marginal and loose, whereas at the Apoteka exhibition the colour scale emancipates and transforms as the central interest and the key element of the exhibition space.
David Maljković was born in 1973 in Rijeka. He lives and works in Zagreb. His recent solo exhibitions include: the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Palais de Tokyo in Paris Kunstmuseum in Sankt Gallen, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Kunsthalle in Basel, Van Abbenmuseum in Eindhoven, Secession in Vienna. He also exhibited his works at the 11th Gwangju Biennale, 56th Venice Biennale, 29th Sao Paolo Biennale, 11th and 9th Istanbul Biennale etc. His works are part of collections of numerous world museums, such as G. Pompidou Centre in Paris, MUMOK in Vienna, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, MoMA in New York, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Tate Collection in London.