Rudyjová Michaela

Abstract

This paper focuses on the phenomenon of the mobility of artists
from the city to the countryside in the context of rurbanization. It examines
contemporary forms of artistic mobility that tend to be a new source of
inspiration for artists, but at the same time also a stimulus for the general
processes of rurbanization. The paper presents a preliminary investigation in
terms of three case studies. The first one concerns Fero Guldan, a freelance
visual artist, writer, sculptor, and painter; the second one focuses on Andrej
Dúbravský, currently one of the most outstanding young Slovak visual artists;
and the third case study deals with the Zaježová community, located in
a widely spread-out village that attracts different forms of artistic activities.
Research relied on the snowball method to extensively map the mobility of
Slovak artists. The paper brings up such questions as what were the artists’
motives for leaving the city and moving to the countryside; if and how
mobility affected their manner of artistic creation, the nature of their works
of art (types of artefacts, topics, or colours), and the ways in which these
works of art are distributed (for example, changing concepts of exhibitions)
and received (types and attitudes of audiences); and what are the forms of
artist associations (groups, communities). Even if all three of the cases have
their own particularities, we can see that all but one of these attributes are
changing. Painting techniques, topics, and colours have changed, as have the
concepts of exhibiting art, but forms of association do not seem to be affected
much by moving to the countryside. Furthermore, the Zaježová community
has broken the binary opposition of urban vs. rural by creating a form of life
and associations that go beyond the pub/café split.

Keywords

Central Europe; rurbanization; visual arts

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Vydání: 19, 2017, 2