My work is not confined to any single medium or material. I am concerned with relationships
between art and
everyday life, I often explore the ways familiar subjects can be represented in a way that displaces
meaning and transforms them from their invisible and mundane existence into the realm of the ridiculously
spectacular. My work deals with issues of ambiguity and the uncanny yet it is strongly connected to
economical and political environment I live in.
Immersive Echoes is an exhibition that combines complex geometric structures made from triangulated
stainless steel together with photographs and videos of clouds to create an environment of fragmented
and overlapping skies. For Kregar, Sculpture is not just something to observe, he often combines scale,
and imagery to remind us of our presence and existence much of my sculpture, including this work,
is meant to
trigger ideas and get people thinking and talking about how we use space to think about why and
how we build.
The work explores the possibility of moving cities from the earths surface into the air and
this is a central focus of
the exhibition that encompasses futuristic sculptural constructions, video projection and relating 3d
photographic works. The project serves as a kind of urban model for a floating metropolis that might
pose as a
practical solution for lack of housing and overpopulation of cities around the world. In depicting these
communities the project draws attention to the narrowness of traditional land-bound perspectives and
sustainable occupation of the sky and, in Buckminster Fullers words a, 'great and anticipatory
vision of the future.
This sculptural installation also expands on a long history of avant-garde utopian architecture like
the projects of
constructivist artists and architects like Vladimir Tatlins visionary proposal for the Monument
of the Third
International, Konstantin Melnikovs Cylinder House and Georgy Krutikovs Flying City. Their
ideas had a strong
impact on the development of contemporary Architecture. Kregars work makes reference to these historical
contemporary concepts and strategies creating a space that interferes with the white cube of the gallery
the boundary between viewer and object.
Born in Slovenia in 1972 he received his BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Ljubljana,
an MFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2000. He has exhibited widely in New
Australia, America and Europe. Solo shows include: Roke 2, 2000, Auckland City Art Gallery, I Appear
Disappear, 2003-2004, Dunedin Public Art gallery, Dunedin; Te Tuhi Art Gallery, Auckland. Group show
Telecom Prospect 2007-New Zealand Art Now, Wellington City Gallery, 2007, A&P Show, Christchurch
Crystal Chain Gang, 2001, Auckland City Art gallery, Auckland.
Gregors work has been recognized by winning the prestigious Wallace Art Award in 2000 and a
Award in 2004. He has completed many public commissions and his work is included in a number of important
collections such as; Te Papa Tongarewa-Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, James Wallace Arts Trust,
Auckland, Connells Bay Sculpture Park, Waiheke and Francis J Greenburger Collection, New York. Gregor
been invited to participate on several New Zealand and international art residency programmes, includiong
New York, NY, USA in 2007, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, USA in 2006 and The South Project
Residency, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2005. He has recently had a very successful solo
for the 2008 Melbourne Art Fair.