The exhibition 18+ is the nineteenth solo exhibition by Marko Šošić. In this exhibition he exhibits 12 different paintings that he started to paint one and a half years ago during the first quarantine. As an artist and painter, isolation brought him special time and emotions, which he painted consecutively every day, for ten, twelve hours, and so on for months. With this rhythm, he returned to the discipline he had at the Academy, which includes considerable physical effort, because stains can be exhausting; he hardly remembers such a sequence and continuity of painting. The result is a series of intimate depictions of people and even more intimate moments of our deepest loneliness, absence, longing; seemingly draped in eroticism and visual exhibition. In isolation, we encounter ourselves, and what we have encountered now looks at us and comes out. What will people say? Because we said ours. In the necessary verbalizations of these paintings, he says that it is a “highly aestheticized fantasy”, both his and theirs; and there might not really be anything else to look for.
In the postphase of the creation of the World, and the virtualization of its image – that image eludes us and gains a new aura. We share and like the repaired scenes of personal loneliness and alienation, and this image mocks us with its endless multiplication, impeccable perfection and ease of consumption.