About Gasper Jemec
Gasper Jemec was born on 25th of October 1975 in Kranj, Republic of Slovenia, former SFR Yugoslavia. He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he studied painting and new medias both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. Jemec also did graduate work in painting at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in America. As a Herder scholarship winner of Alfred Toepfer Stiftung FVS from Hamburg, he further trained in sculpture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows all over the world, from Slovenia to America, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, and Sweden. He has resided and worked in Indiana, Los Angeles, New York, Vienna, Hamburg, Sakaide, Valencia and Moscow. Gasper Jemec is an artist whose work is both timeless and unique. The son of a painter and of an art historian, he became aware of his own creativity at a precocious age and has devoted his life to cultivating his restless and experimental nature. Jemec's multi-media work is both sensual and cerebral, and he blends technology with tradition in order to manipulate texture, color and light in new and stimulating ways. Jemec often works in several disciplines at one time, freely moving from painting to sculpture, photography, and installation. In some works he demonstrates a virtuosity of color; in others it is the absence of color which makes an aesthetic or philosophical gesture. Jemec constantly alters his materials and techniques to imbue each phase of his career with freshness and mystique. His explorations include canvases in viscose acrylic gelatine, which demonstrate the push-pull between control and chance, using the material's transparency and fluidity to create spontaneous shapes or fractals. Jemec has also transformed the act of painting with a new medium that debates the integrity and completeness of a work of art. He reproduces a painted image as a print on Plexiglass, which is lit from behind. The image can be optically assembled and disassembled at the viewer's whim, with details emphasized or enlarged. Jemec has thus replaced the passive painting on canvas with a revolutionary, active canvas, creating an illusion of endless possibilities and unlimited space.