Non-Places

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.”
 
Departure by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

 

Transition by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

 

Untitled by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

 

Waiting for Train by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

 

Something is Wrong by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

 

1 Station Exit by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

 

In the Metro by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

 

Check In by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.
Check In by Marek Jarotta. Used with permission.

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