As soon as we are able to pick up our first pencil or crayon, we are told to draw land- or seascapes that are complete and detailed and well-composed. The sceneries of our dreams – to which would love to travel, and live. And a lot of art is dedicated to just that – but not the work of the Marek Jarotta (born 1988), based in Ružomberok, Slovakia. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Marek enjoys capturing “non-places” in his paintings and sketches. These are areas that lie between destinations. Escalators, elevators, queue lines before counters, metro tunnels, lounges at air terminals, platforms at railway stations – we may not pay much attention to them but together they make up an inescapable and undeniable part of our everyday life. “People are constantly moving from place to place for different reasons,” says Marek, “they commute or migrate in search of employment or in pursuit of pleasure. The world is very dynamic.”
He continues: “At the heart of my work is a paradox. You can’t find one person in my pictures, just abandoned spaces which are disappearing in grey noise. Only footprints and fragments remain. The sturdy, durable matter of architectural bodies becomes an ephemeral, transient element somewhere on the interface between abstraction and reality. It is like time stops in waiting rooms and gateways as we journey from point A to B.”
Marek’s website is www.marekjarotta.sk . You can also find him on Saatchi Art (www.saatchiart.com/marekjarotta) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/marekjarotta/). Take a look at some of his works below, which are executed with geometrical precision and look like movie stills.