5 Questions with Slovakian artist, Slavomir Zombek
Slavomir Zombek is a Slovakian artist, who lives and works in the town Levoca. He works with painting, drawing, mixed media, graphic art and architecture. Through his works, he communicates not the reality, but the feelings that give him the sense of reality. As he considers his own identity as a little space, he strives to achieve the maximum effect by using the minimum means of expression.
1. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR SIGNATURE MINIMALIST STYLE?
One can say that it happened spontaneously in response to the overcrowding of our lives and conservative character of my home town as well... and perhaps as the basic desire to express "our complexity". I think when it comes to my work there are two quotes one must keep in mind,
"Life is actually quite simple and complicated only by the intricacies we insist on."- Confucius
"Simplicity is the infinite perfection. Perfection is infinite simplicity."- Leonardo da Vinci
2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK?
Art for me is not decoration for a blank space, but an expression of the space itself.â¨ Usually it differs from piece to piece, but generally I describe it like this. I do not wish to create an objective imitation of reality, but rather reveal the feelings that reality grants us. By form and content, reduction is the method; removing and denying every expendable detail, which complicates the being and obstructs us to see.
3. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC ROUTINES OR HABITS NECESSARY IN THE CREATION OF YOUR WORK?
I have an appreciation for structure and order, as well as some principles. However, when I am creating art I am not so strict. I work constantly. When I get the chance I like to work in a studio late into the night. It is a magical time, a time when you get to open the windows, windows full of darkness, and you see the city. The night city with eyes of neon. The city full of sleeping people and that night silence. Often this work stops at dawn. I do not like loneliness in principle, but while I work I need (or even request) that feeling of uncertain soft and pleasant solitude, the calmness and the light of a table lamp. Winter and her early evenings, and conversely warm nights in May are ideal for me.
4. WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS YOU ADMIRE THE MOST, AND WOULD YOU SAY THEY PLAY A ROLE IN THE CREATION OF YOUR OWN WORK?
I like the complexity of Leonardo da Vinci, the silence of Morandi`s work, the mystery of Magritte, Delvaux and his women, the geometry and composition of the Russian constructivists, de Chirico and his space, Boštík`s meditation, the honesty of Van Gogh. I can't to tell who I admire the most or if they even influence me, for each can work, can, in a particular moment enrich us in what we need, give us what we are looking for, or just help us remember something that we have already long lost.
5. IF YOU HAD TO GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO STUDENTS JUST GRADUATING ART SCHOOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I do not feel myself to be worthy in giving advice, but for today, I'll try. These are some advices given to me, or that I've given myself over time that I've kept.