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Zlatan Vehabović - 9 slikara

From 18th June to 7th July 2022

Multiple authors: Ruin

Adam Green, 'Time to End This' pen on card

What  immediately springs to mind are places, architecture and monuments rendered obsolete and functionless. Ruin is also transitory and the subject is urgent: it is personal, corporeal, environmental, determined by circumstance. And yet within the inevitable cycle of collapse, decline and decay there can be reconstruction and re-invention : spaces where countercultures can thrive...

I first came to Pula with my band the Holy Joes in October 1994. We had just played an exhilarating gig  to a raucously drunken crowd at  Zagreb's legendary Ruby Tuesday club and the following day we decided to  take an ill advised  and sobering shortcut to Pula through the eerily deserted, pock marked  city of Karlovac.  On arriving  I vividly remember our driver and roadie, Iggy, parking up our old Bedford tour van  crammed with drums, amps and guitars right next to an ancient coliseum. I could see the Adriatic sea gleaming through  rows  of crumbling Roman columns and arches and  it blew me away.

During my MA degree in 2019 the theme for painting research  that year was 'Ruin'. If  I was having any reservations about going back to art school 30 odd years after finishing my Diploma in painting, Geraint Evans's  introductory talk on the subject allayed my fears - it ranged from the ruined concrete hulk of the  Weaver building and Jon Savage's  desolate photographs of late 70's London evoking  the nascent spirit of punk - to George Shaw's brooding depictions of Coventry's Tile Hill Estate and  the tragic rock 'n roll demise of one of Swansea's finest, Badfinger. It resonated. I was in the right place.

It was during this time that Bojan Sumonja offered me the opportunity to show at the Poola  gallery and I started thinking about exploring the theme further, through a group exhibition. I realised that many of  the artists I know (about 30 of whom are represented in this show) touch on, embrace or embody the idea of ruin, decay, collapse (call it what you will) in their work. However, Covid disrupted our  lives and plans in a profound way and as a solution, my partner Lara suggested sending out invites to make  postcard sized works that would be  light and easily transportable. I love small works -they draw the viewer in- they can be intimate as well as psychologically intense. I see the exhibition not only as a way of  showing work that engages with a pressing subject but also as an opportunity to use artistic exchange to reinforce relationships and friendships at a time when distancing and apprehension pervade almost everything we do.

Rick Roberts
Poola Gallery, December 2021


Adam Green (UK), Alex Scott Whitby (UK), Alison Hand (UK), Bojana KrizžaneC (SLO), Bojan Šumonja (CRO), Claire Willberg (UK), Colette Rouhier (UK), Duncan Reekie (UK), Elizabeth Goode (UK), Geraint Evans (UK), Hassan Abdelghani (CRO), Marko Jakše (SLO), Matt Lloyd (UK), Mike Echernier - Etch (UK), Jack Candy - Kemp (UK), Jacqui  Chapman (UK), Jon Storey (UK), Julian Wild (UK), Karsten Huneck (DE/UK), Khaoula Karaweigh (UK), Lara Ritoša-Roberts (UK/CRO), Malcolm Poynter (AUS UK), Michael Eyre (UK), Nick Aston (UK), Nimmi Hutnik (UK), Olja Grubić (SLO/CRO), Paul Westcombe (UK), Petar Tomaž Dobrila (SLO), Pierre Tol (CRO/NED), Richard Glynn Roberts (UK), Suzana Desnica (NED/CRO), Shaun McNally (UK), Simon Stringer (UK), Tim Ross (UK).

Exhibition curator: Ricard Glynn Roberts