All in Place

The exhibition “All in place” was held in Pula, Croatia from 20 August to 15 September 2017.

The opening of the exhibition took place on 20 August at 9pm at SKUC, Maksimijanova 12, Pula.

Text from the exhibition catalogue:

My entire work is based on reflecting on the fundamental issues of composition, colour, and light. My works are realised primarily through series of abstract paintings and drawings, but I also draw upon other mediums and forms including sculpture, video, and installation. The continual creative process is encouraged and stimulated by my personal experiences and reflections, striking and memorable events, literary influences, architecture and specific individuals.

The paintings presented have been created during 2016 and 2017. These works convey their meaning in a language of pure art; they rely on dealing with creational issues and completely disregard the concepts of theme and object. By applying solid, thick layers of colour, the brushstrokes touch and permeate each other, thus creating an effect of a solid structure ‘hovering over’ the painting surface. A special atmosphere, positive pulsation, serenity and harmony contribute to bringing together the rational and the perceptive, the concrete and the intimate in work. A painting is often born out of an insignificant detail such as a perception of a certain colour, the feel of texture, recalling a specific shape or sound, thus developing through an unspecified period of time to the very maturity or certainty that these details can be turned into new life. Aimlessly, following the natural and instinctive striving for the ultimate moment when an artwork finally takes shape, in anxiety and exaltation, the practical artistic work comes down to searching for the optimal expression – elusive, always beyond our grasp hidden among thousands of possibilities, and almost every time finds its end in an entirely unexpected shape or form. The mutual dependability and connection among the artworks is very often invisible, but it is the inherent unity of the exhibited works which clearly emphasises the character and the solid nature of the poetics and the mutual relatedness and relationship among the artworks.

In this exhibition, the focus on space is relevant not only in the very artworks, in which we draw connections between different coloured surfaces or elements, but also bears on the whole exhibition space in which the paintings establish and maintain a balance by precisely identifying their own position and role, thus making a specific mise-en-scene created to materialise a solid and coherent whole. This work can be perceived as a ‘total’ work where the spectator can take pleasure in the unity of the works, but they can also concentrate on a specific format which, each for itself, represents a specific free-standing microcosm.

Exhibition reviews:

Glas Istre, Culture Section, page 31

“Slikarstvo u kojem jednostavno treba uživati” by Mladen Radić

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