Igor Ruf (Virovitica, 1984) Radoslav Putar Award Winner of 2014, is presenting his first solo exhibition at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb where in the multimedia manner of their past works.
He adds his own interpretation or vision to the selected moments from his own personal memory, real events and recollections. Selected elements are usually of quite common provenance, nothing of special or epoch-making significance for the social environment, but for who knows what reason, inscribed in author’s personal tissue, personal mythology.
A moment selected from a personal memory, gets processed and recycled by Ruf; he upcycles it and upgrades, usually starting from a single real object to which he adds new sculptural elements, sound, and recognisable cartoon’s’ symbols.
“…and although it is evident that, in the work „Hairdresser for the Hill“ in which hair is connected with a hill and the hill with a hairdresser’s shop, the author is having a dialogue with surrealists, humour with which he treats the pretexts and ironic play with conventions clearly point to the parodic elements, critical attitude and detachment from surrealistic canon. One of the parodic signals is also a comic strip hung on the wall oft he hairdresser’s shop, in which Hill Smelly invites pine-trees to the play of „A Barber and a Customer“, and by which the author brings ludism into his work as its constructive element… ”
from the text of the Mirna Rul