± Alen Ožbolt

1985–1995/1995–2018

Mario Marolt: Music for the Spectator
Introduction

Veš slikar svoj dolg (V.S.S.D., Painter Do You Know Your Duty) was the name of a tandem of artists Janez Jordan and Alen Ožbolt; remaining individually anonymous, they conceived V.S.S.D. as an independent entity (also expressing themselves in the first person singular in interviews and texts), as an “expanded subject” transcending with its collective anonymous work the “autopoetics” prevalent in art at the time, particularly in painting. The two artists began working together in 1983 producing street graffiti; their first public presentation came in 1986 with the now iconic exhibition at the Škuc Gallery Veš slikar svoj dolg (Painter Do You Know Your Duty), a title they subsequently adopted as their name. V.S.S.D. was active between 1985 and 1995, when the collaboration came to an end and V.S.S.D. ceased to exist as an artistic subject.

Get to know V.S.S.D
Introduction

Alen Ožbolt

Since the end of V.S.S.D. in 1995, Alen Ožbolt has been pursuing a solo artistic career. While essentially growing out of the basic aesthetic and topical premises of V.S.S.D., Ožbolt’s profuse solo oeuvre has broader dimensions, broaching issues already addressed in V.S.S.D. work and expanding on them. Initially, the artist’s transition to solo work was marked by the trauma of rupture with, denial of, or distancing from the work and heritage of V.S.S.D., which, however, has since become a “working history,” constructive ground for formulating new artistic concepts and ideas.

The Art of Alen Ožbolt

Welcome to the Introspective online catalogue, produced on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition An Introspective: V.S.S.S. +– Alen Ožbolt. Like the exhibition, the online catalogue consists of two parts/subpages, exhaustively presenting the artworks, exhibitions, and texts by and about V.S.S.D. and Alen Ožbolt. Their oeuvres are presented chronologically with wide selections of works in the Catalogue of Works and in Letters, Words, Sentences. The online catalogue further includes new texts by Branko Cerovac, Andre Dekker, Bojan Gorenc, Tomo Stanič, Tomislav Vignjević, and Alenka Zupančič, here published for the first time, and reprints of a text by Mladen Dolar and an interview with V.S.S.D. conducted by Boris Čibej. More on the catalogue in Martina Vovk’s introduction “About the Online Monograph.”

Introduction

Catalogue of Works

Chronological overview of V.S.S.D's and Alen Ožbolt's works

Introduction

Introspective

V.S.S.D. ± Alen Ožbolt

1985–1995/1995–2018

Moderna galerija, Ljubljana Slovenia

6th February 2020 – 30th August 2020

Introduction

Letters, Words, Sentances

Works on paper, books, catalogues