Eškinja approaches his work as an explorer set to examine the physical and temporal circumstances of the space in which he works; this approach is at the core of all of his forms of expression.
His works are notably simple and rid of all excess – they represent a triumph of deduction and elegance. Eškinja mostly works with simple and affordable materials, which he uses with an almost mathematical precision. The simplicity of form is an aesthetic quality which enables the artist to create a semblance of emptiness, a space which allows the viewer to get closer to the work, to examine it and to take part in the construction of the imaginary. At Manifesta7, one of the world's biggest international exhibitions, Eškinja was dubbed the master of illusion due to his successful use of the techniques and possibilities of various artistic media, which he uses in a way that toys both with the viewer's perception and with the adaptability of the material itself.
His work is conceptually studied down to the smallest details, but at the same time it provides the viewer with the opportunity to individually discover its dimensions and meaning.
Igor Eškinja was born in 1975 in Rijeka, where he is currently a professor at the Academy of Applied Arts. He attended the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, founded in the 18th century. His works have been exhibited at important institutions, including the MAC/VAL at Vitry – sur – Seine, the Istrian Museum of Contemporary Art in Pula, the Art Gallery in Split, Camera Austria in Graz, Casino Luxembourg / Forum d'art contemporain in Luxembourg, Brugge Central in Brugge, the MART Museum in Rovereto, the Belavilacqua la Masa Foundation in Venice, Kunstforum Vienna in Vienna, Centro Cultural Chacao in Caracas.
His works are represented in various prestigious collections, including MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, CAB El Centro del Arte Contemporáneo de Caja de Burgos, Frac des Pays de la Loire – Carquefou in Nantes, the Art Gallery in Split, Zagrebačka banka – Unicredit in Zagreb, Hypo – Alpe Adria Bank in Zagreb and Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia.
Exhibition views, Quixote, MUWA / Museum of Perception, Graz, 2015
Courtesy of artist