Luka Širok is one of the most prominent artists of the younger generation in the Goriška region of Slovenia.
By basic training, he is a painter, but he creates in a variety of media, such as painting, drawing, collage, print, installation, digital art or combinations thereof. Even within a single medium, he applies his typically eclectic approach, for example in painting, he combines different techniques (pastel, ink, acrylic, oil, spray), languages (abstract, figurative) and styles.
His installations, on the other hand, are composed of found objects and materials that he combines to create a new whole, sometimes by simply putting them together to form a composition, and sometimes by adding a small sculpture of his own making and/or some colour.
Through this approach, he tries to convey an authentic picture of everyday existence, marked by the typical aspects of contemporary life such as perceiving the world in frames, the disintegration of the great mythological systems, the heterogeneity of ethical and moral codes, the pluralism of different opinions and views, extreme individualism, and so on.
A brief survey of the artist's painting opus, which makes up the bulk of his work, shows that he was attracted to different artistic directions in different creative periods, and a detailed analysis extracts from this eclectic conglomerate anchor points around which he built a recognizable personal style…
— Text by curator Mojce Grmek at the exhibition in the City Gallery Nova Gorica: Luka Širok, paintings, sculptures, June 4 - 28, 2021
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