ABOUT SADOFSKY & TRANTINA

 

Dan Trantina and Peter Sadofsky’s wide range of artwork is developing into an elaborate concept of aesthetics where the trivial and the subcultural becomes as influential on their working practice as the masterpieces of art history. Often sparked off by the banality of life, by politics, media and advertising, for these artists there is no subject which cannot be turned into art.  Sharp-witted self-irony is a large part of their strategy: borrowing from all aspects of culture ensure their own relevance within it. A grandiose epitome of ego, their work is also a megalomaniac approach to sculpture and painting. 

Both artists, who co-author their pieces and collective projects since 2014, work simultaneously on sculpture and canvases. Their first piece was a monumental sculpture for the European Parliament in Brussels, being unveiled by the EU Commissioner for Culture Tibor Navracsics on 26 May 2015. The sculpture was then exhibited by Museum Kampa in Prague and its founder and philanthropist Meda Mladek provided her estate on St. Thomas Island for the artists as a winter residence.

On their way to St. Thomas, the S & T visited San Juan (Puerto Rico). It turned out to be a key inspiration for their new painting series - created specifically for the DL Art Gallery in San Juan and in their St. Thomas residence. The unique amount of art in the visually striking streets and the Caribbean colorful atmosphere gave them the initial direction for this work.

While in San Juan, the artists also founded their new collective GesamteEntarteteKunstWerke (Completely Degenerate Art Factory) -named after the historically infamous Munich exhibition of 1937 which meant to discredit modern art as being degenerate. 

 

As long as art strives to analyze the enviroment it inhabits,transgression will remain a fundamental method applicable to enable such cognition... If art is to examine social ideologies, it is necessary that it trespass the boundaries set by these. For artistic production it is not so essential whether it is based on experience as that it results in it... The value of information lies
— S&T