Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia
About Martin Varho
Martin Varholík, known as VARHO, is not an artist with academic education. His current expression, which evolved naturally through the language of photography (and in the shade of architectonic operational mode) appear to be honestly naive, in a childlike way. At the same time, they embrace all the features of a mature and well-mastered visual expression of mixed media. The deformed, large format prints of own photographs, new or not shown before coming from the extensive archives, make up a safe field of artist´s games. They are recognizable through manipulative interventions, taking the form of repaints, gestic moves, sprays, and collages using paper scraps or calligraphic moves of ”tag” scribbles. Recently, another subcultural tool has been added, called „flow“, i.e. stream of semantic text, not similar to some poetic genres, written directly on the canvas without any forethought.