The artistic research of Ištvan Išt Huzjan (Ljubljana, 1981) moves within a hybrid space, along an edge that is subject to constant exploration, investigation, and discussion. This can be prompted by a geographical boundary, the variety of techniques and materials used, or the line dividing art from reality; nonetheless, the artist’s goal is always the same: to provoke a dialogue among the parts involved.
Huzjan conceives his artistic work as a utopian alchemical process, which can turn a common element into art. His projects are travels in time and space, outcomes of movement between the material and the immaterial, the visual and the experiential.
As a matter of fact, his production includes sculptures, installations, and paintings; books and objects; and ephemeral actions like walks and performances. The starting point is always given by real situations, such as people’s stories, or facts that the artist wishes to tell. This is the reason why Huzjan prefers to refer to himself as ‘narrator’ rather than ‘artist’. Moreover, he is interested in how, once located in a context, the final work can convey a narrative that engages in dialogue with the present, rather than in the medium per se.
For the new public artwork in the town of San Vito al Tagliamento, I am presenting a sculptural work entitled Time Machine.
The object is shaped like half of a perfect circle. It is 250 cm high and 500 cm long. It is made from a polished golden alloy and is shiny to the point of reflection. From a distance, the object will appear as a flickering light or a glowing body, almost resembling a sunrise. However, upon closer look its appearance will change, becoming a mirror.
My proposal is simple in terms of form and universal in its meaning. The archetypal form of a half circle surpassing human scale is intended to have a strong effect upon the viewer, as it confronts us with the passage of time, both because it is missing a half and because it mirrors our own figure, as if what we see in a sunrise were our own reflection being swept away by a river.
As suggested by its name, explicitly alluding to the river which flows through it, San Vito al Tagliamento is strongly linked to its cultural history and nature. My project aims to link these two aspects by transforming a natural phenomenon and humanising it.
Ištvan Išt Huzjan