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Plexiglas & mixed media
300 x 200 cm
Inv. Nr. 174

Born in 1938 in Velka Hradna, Slovakia
Lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia

Stano Filko is an historical figure of the Eastern Avant garde from Slovakia. By 1964 he began designing environments and then joined the group "Happsoc" (contraction of Happy Socialism), formed around Zita Kostrova and Alexander Mlynarczik, who developed a local form of object happenings. Much of their activities were inspired by contact with the New Realists in Paris, including Pierre Restany and Yves Klein.
Filko is inspired by modernist architecture, situationism and the "existential" philosophy invented by the Slovak intellectuals as an antidote to the Leninist material ideology. The titles of his works are full of allusions to cosmology and the cybernetic imagination. So he has developed an original amalgam of Fluxus strategies, an adaptation and pop critique of functionalism.
From the late 1960s, his work takes a new turn, becoming tinged with references to transcendental philosophy, cosmology and metaphysics. Functioning in a system of categorization, the work of Filko is stimulated by the conflicts and contradictions of which drive systems of representation in art.
Created in 2012, Uranus is a new work of the artist where we can recognize his fascination for cosmology. The David star realized with various elements on the middle of a black plexiglas plate could be understood as a religious symbol but also as a symbole of human culture which appears, as the stars did, after the Big Bang. By using the vocabulary of cosmo, space and planets, Filko puts himself in a situation where he tried to explain the logic of the universe. In a certain sense, he creates works that surpasse all existing spaces and symbolize a state before the act of artistic creation where everything is open, possible, and not determined.