ANTE RAŠIĆ: Art is Beautiful

ANTE RAŠIĆ: Art is Beautiful


Exhibition title: ANTE RAŠIĆ : Art is beatiful
Duration: 10 Nov 2011 – 31 Dec 2011

  Ante Rašić (1953) is one of the most important representatives of the generation of sculptors of the end of the seventies.  He took his BFA in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in 1977  and was a French government scholar in 1978/79. An important part of his oeuvre is linked to sculpture, and is widely regarded as being particularly worthwhile feature in Croatian contemporary art, for which he has received a number of major prizes.

 In the area of graphic design, and particularly in environmental design and art, Rašić’s work has been acknowledged with a series of local and foreign awards. The exhibition project Art is Beautiful is to date his biggest and most comprehensive site-specific concept of an environmental nature, comprising five pieces.

 Diverse experiences and contents are interwoven in a specific, contemporary manner, from a critical remove: sculptural installations, in situ painting and graphic interventions, performance and sculpture in urban space.   In the exhibition space of the Art Pavilion itself the project contains four pieces: 1. Historicist C – an environmental print and sculpture installation consisting of print interventions with original geometrical drawing on the stone floor and a huge sculpture of the Croatian Apoxyomenos surrounded with 300 moveable mirrors, which with their reflections of the light  and the graphic accents they impart create a labyrinthine image of the splendour of the historicist environment and emphasise  the brilliance of the “aesthetics of the prestigious”, the thematic hub of the whole project. 2. Oval sculpture – a sculptural installation composed of 50 metal tubes 750 cm long, assembled on a metal wall construction, with an individual mobile-acoustic effect, as surprise factor. 3. Art is beautiful –  a conceptual painterly intervention, a spatialised image with performative characteristics, created by the pouring of paint from barrels, creating remarkable chromatic compositions on the floor surface, the motto of which is: what the picture cannot, the environment can. 4.  Ja-ja is an installation composed of 37,000 plastic eggs (jaja) that create on the floor surface a fascinatingly brittle structure with a distinctive light effect. The fifth work On the Edge is a separate (figural) part of the exhibition project at a different location, placed in the urban space in the form of a sculptural intervention on one of the buildings in Ilica in the centre of Zagreb.   In this heterogeneity of artistic procedures of a conceptual character, Rašić tests out the attitudes to the eclecticism and aesthetics of the Revival style environment of the Art Pavilion, pointing up with the sculptural installation the factor of the unexpected and the uncertain in everyday life. With the painting intervention and its performative characteristics he creates an expressive floor composition of a new painterly environment; he plays with the ambiguities inherent in the word jaja or ja-ja (eggs, me-me), juxtaposing the fragility of the egg’s envelope and the impenetrability of the ego; explores the tension and fragility of man at the edge, at the beginning or maybe at the end of his subsistence in the urban world of the 20th century.  Looked at as a whole, this most recent Rašić project not only paraphrases, from a certain critical remove, the experience and overall image of contemporary art as process of “the production of an aesthetic effect” (Y. Michaud), but in a particular and contemporary manner establishes his own media experience and knowledge that elevate him to the rank of one of the most expressive artists of post-modern practice.   More on the proces of creating the pieces of this exhibition project find on and, FOTOGALLERY – ART IN PROGRESS The birth of Rašić”s Giant for Cabinet of wonders

FOTOGALERIJA – Rađanje Rašićevog Giganta za Kabinet čuda i njegov dolazak u izložbeni prostor Umjetničkog paviljona.


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