Series: Stories from beehive front panels
Motif: by Uroš Weinberger
Type: Embroidered painting
Technique: Mixed embroidery
Year: 2012 - ongoing
Edition: Limited (30)

Size: Small
Dimension: 32 x 14 cm | 12.6 x 5.5 in
Number of stitches: over 140,000
Thread length: over 2 km | over 1.2 mi
Thread colours: 36
Development: over 55 person hours


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About the artwork

Painted beehive front panels are autochthonous part of Slovene cultural heritage. First ones were done by Slovene peasants in the 18th century and used to carry solely religious motifs, however, in the 19th century, beekeepers turned toward secular depictions, too. Through the last decade, many Slovene painters revive this, almost forgotten art by recreating old motifs in their own modern styles, part of this being a series of beehive front panel embroideries, done by Ercigoj art in cooperation with numerous Slovene artists.

The French have occupied Slovenian territory three times in history. This motif depicts a Slovenian farmer rocking a French soldier in a baby crib, humorously remembering the events of those days. Uroš Weinberger recreated the motif in his own style, depicting the soldier in his modern version.

About the artist

Uroš Weinberger‘s mechanism for building artworks is a palimpsest like montage of visual quotes. Many of them are widely recognised as they saturate the media orbit to which we are all exposed. He is an engaged post-media painter in a society of simulacrums and spectacle: »My paintings relate to that aspect of social perception of visual information which we receive via the media. […] Chronic conditions of tragedies, famine, disasters and wars in recurrent areas create a sense of repetition of information that lose function of the news (and novelty) and remain a pale shadows of events. […] These paintings do something else. Due to unusual encounters of images, they compel a viewer to become an active observer and with their own interpretations to complement and transform their content. And what is the most important is that they generate discourse,« Weinberger says The visual result is a discontinuous aggregate that can harbour a number of discordant or contradictory meanings, scooped from the rich, suggestive stew of popular culture.

Born in 1975 in Trbovlje. Earned a bachelor and master’s degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. Also, an excellent guitarist in the band Moveknowledgement. He lives and works in Ljubljana and Novo mesto.

Farmer Rocking a French Soldier

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