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The eleventh exhibition of Niš Art Foundation ‘Youth 2017’

The exhibition ‘Youth’ organized by Niš Art Foundation is entering the second decade of its existence and successful operation. As a rare national art event intended for young artists solely, it persists with its intention and noble mission to register the accomplishments and potential of the upcoming generations of artists so as to contribute to their affirmation and adequate positioning on the current art scene.

Under the slogan This changes everything, after the selection,  this year’s exhibition ‘Youth’ has  incorporated  the works of forty-eight artists. Even a quick view of the present artworks suggests that with their imagination, intelligence, emotions and knowledge young artists evidently transpose traces of their existential into artistically well thought out creativity. Earnestly listening to man, the world, nature, civilization, tradition… and encouraged by their gift they genuinely comment on the present and predict the future.

Individual approaches are various. Alongside the different media used (pictures, drawings, collages), thematic and stylistic differences are also evident. With a touch of caution, we focus only on certain segments, providing general characteristics.

A considerable number of artists, following their personal attitude, decisively comment on different emotional and traumatic experiences of modern man, based on his identity or integrity. Most of their works belong to the genre of portrait, while artistic elaboration varies from the light linear arabesque (Milan Antić) to felegreed precise drawing of a narrowly colored register (Milan Vukašinović, Veljko Vučković), to coloristic scatteredness and hyperrealistic  credibility (Petar Mošić, Predrag Đukić, Aleksandar Pauković, Maja Petrović, Dejan Krstić). Others approach this theme with a glimpse of irony and sarcasm, by visually defining it in an expressionist manner (Tina Radulović, Marko Tomanović, Vuk Đurić), while some of them indicate the connection with tradition by using either a detailed motive or an iconographic stylistic technique (Đorđe Savić).

Dramatic situations and examples of global and local circumstances of ecological, engineering, technological or cultural origin that mark the life of the present, making it difficult to the level of threat, are accentuated by the works of one group of artists (Milan Stepović, Stefan Lukić, Petar Đorđević, Aleksa Pivnički, Bojan Radišić, Ivan Milenković). We sense the concern for the humaneness of the life of an individual or crowd in the context of the works by Marija Nikolić and Vuk Vučković.

Simultaneously, at the exhibition there are also authors who direct their artistic discourse towards the so-called neutral themes,  by opting for the incorporation of the concrete into the abstract milieu (Maja Jovanović Nikolić, Mate Đorđević), for associative expression (Nikola Radosavljević), or various aspects of abstraction, from geometry (Nikola Lazić, Jovana Čajović) and optical illusions (Sofija Vojnović, Sanja Momčilović) to abstract expressionism visible in a liberated gesture and emphasized pastuous nature of the art pieces (Radoslav Tadić).

For a group of artists, the landscape is a genuine inspirational starting point which, with a great deal of personal peculiarity, they interpret by escaping from the appearance and concretization. Miljan Stevanović and Lidija Delić treat the landscape sentimentally and poetically with accentuated atmosphere and a puzzling sfumato; Ana Marković reduces the landscape to a rhythmical intertwining of lines; Jelena Micić decodes it to the level of monochrome dyed fields, while Snežana Zlatović reduces it to painted electronic pixels.

By observing the pieces of ten present sculptors as a separate whole, one should primarily point out the variety of sculptural materials used. Some of the artists, in relation to the theme or motive that they deal with, make an unusual or unexpected choice of the material (Magdalena Pavlović, Nevena Vuksanović, Danijel Jakimovski). Nevertheless, they succeed in its adaptation to the initial idea by processing and transforming it. In a formally stylistic sense, it is noticeable that the works of biomorphic and anthropomorphic forms of mutually distinct approaches are dominant (Milija Špajak, Slavica Obradović, Marija Rajčić, Rade Mutapović, Petar Sibinović), whereas the examples of geometrically stylized shapes are rare (Andreja Krstić). There is also a wide range of their emotional ideas and messages, from provocation (Sonja Rajić) to a disturbing warning (Mutapović). In a word, although the number of sculptures is low, they confirm the actual fact about the existing polymorphism of sculptural thoughts and ideas.

Emerging in the territory of a country burdened with a variety of problems, a young generation of artists is decisively stepping on the art stage. By making the acquired knowledge more succinct and crossing the path from craft to skill and mastery, they succeed in finding the authentic language for the visual expression of their personal experience of the world and art.

By the power of inevitability, young artists bring vigor and dynamics into the artistic life of Serbia, and the encounter with their pieces, made possible by this exhibition, gives birth to sublime emotions and always reaffirms the belief in the high potentials of young talents, a belief originally cherished by the painter Radovan Lale Đurić (Niš, 1945 – New York, 2014) when he first founded Niš Art Foundation twenty years ago.

Milica Tovorović

Art Historian

Catalog Young 2017

Jedanaesta izložba Niš Art Fondacije “Mladost 2017”

 

Izložba “Mladost” u organizaciji   “Niš Art fondacije”,  ulazi u drugu deceniju postojanja i uspešnog rada. Kao retka nacionalna likovna manifestacija namenjena  isključivo mladim umetnicima, ona istrajava u nameri  i plemenitoj misiji da registrovanjem  dostignuća i potencijala dolazećih generacija umetnika,  doprinese njihovoj afirmaciji i adekvatnijem pozicioniranju na aktuelnoj likovnoj sceni.

 Pod sloganom Ovo menja sve ovogodišnja izložba „Mladost“ nakon obavljene selekcije, sadrži radove četrdesetosmoro umetnika. Makar i letimičan pogled na zastupljena dela sugeriše misao da mladi umetnici  maštom, intelektom, emocijom i znanjem upečatljivo transponuju tragove svog egzistencijalnog u likovno promišljeno stvaralaštvo. Ozbiljno osluškuju bilo čoveka, sveta, prirode, civilizacije, tradicije... i podstaknuti sopstvenim darom izvorno komentarišu postojeće ili naslućuju buduće.

Individualni pristupi su raznovrsni. Pored medijskih (slike, crteži, kolaži) evidentne su programske i stilske razlike. Sa dozom opreza  ukazujemo segmentarno samo na neke opšte karakteristike .

Priličan broj autora,  sledeći lični stav, odlučno komentariše različita emotivno- traumatska iskustva savremenog čoveka,  bazirana na njegovom identitetu ili  integritetu.  Dela većine njih pripadaju žanru portreta,  a likovna razrada varira od lake linearne arabeske (Milan Antić), preko filigranski preciznog crteža uskog bojenog registra (Milan Vukašinović, Veljko Vučković) do kolorističke razudjenosti i hiperrealističke uverljivosti ( Petar Mošić, Predrag Đukić, Aleksandar Paunković, Maja Petrović, Dejan Krstić). Drugi ovoj temi pristupaju sa dozom ironije i sarkazma, vizuelno je definišući na ekspresionistički način (Tina Radulović, Marko Tomanović, Vuk Đurić) dok pojedini ili kroz motivski detalj (Lea Embeli) ili kroz ikonografsko stilsko rešenje (Đorđe Savić) ukazuju na povezanost sa tradicijom.  

Dramatične situacije i primeri  globalnih i lokalnih (ne)prilika  ekološkog, tehničko - tehnološkog ili kulturološkog porekla koje obeležavaju život sadašnjice, otežavajući ga do stepena ugrožavanja, akcentovani su delima jedne grupe umetnika (Milan Stepović, Stefan Lukić, Petar Đorđević, Aleksa Pivnički, Bojan Radišić, Ivan Milenković). Zabrinutost za humanost življenja pojedinca ili mase naslućujemo u kontekstu dela Marije Nikolić i Vuka Vučkovića. 

Sinhrono  na izložbi su zastupljeni i autori koji  svoj umetnički diskurs usmeravaju ka takozvanim neutralnim temama opredeljujući se za  inkorporiranje konkretnog u apstraktni milje (Maja Jovanović Nikolić, Mate Đorđević), za asocijativnost  izraza (Nikola Radosavljević)  ili za različite vidove apstrakcije, od geometrizacije (Nikola Lazić, Jovana Čajović) preko optičkih iluzija ( Sofija Vojnović, Sanja Momčilović) do apstraktnog ekspresionizma oličenog u slobodnoj gestualnosti i naglašenoj pastuoznosti dela (Radoslav Tadić).

Za jednu  grupu umetnika pejzaž je izvorno ispirativno polazište koje sa mnogo lične posebnosti likovno tumače udaljavajući se od pojavnog i konkretnog. Miljan Stevanović i Lidija Delić  tretiraju pejzaž sentimentalno i poetično sa naglašenom atmosferom i zagonetnim sfumatom, Ana Marković ga svodi na ritmično komešanje linija, Jelena Micić ga dekodira do monohromnih bojenih polja a Snežana Zlatković do slikanih elektronskih piksela.

Posmatrajući  dela  desetoro zastupljenih vajara kao zasebnu celinu, moramo konstatovati pre svega raznovrsnost korišćenih skulptorskih materijala. Neki od umetnika u odnosu na temu ili motiv koji tretiraju prave neobičan ili neočekivani izbor materijala (Magdalena Pavlović, Nevena Vuksanović, Danijel Jakimovski) ali uspevaju da ga obradom i preoblikovanjem uspešno prilagode početnoj zamisli. U formalno stilskom pogledu primetno je da dominiraju dela biomorfnih i antropomorfnih formi međusobno različitih pristupa (Milija Špajak, Slavica Obradović, Marija Rajčić, Rade Mutapović, Petar Sibinović), a da su retki primeri geometrijske stilizacije oblika (Andreja Krstić). Široka je i skala njihovih emotivno idejnih platformi i poruka, od provokacije (Sonja Rajić) do uznemirujućeg upozorenja (Mutapović).  Jednom rečju, iako je broj skulptura neveliki, one potvrđuju aktuelnu činjenicu o postojećoj polimorfnosti  vajarske misli  i ideja.

Ponikla na prostoru jedne države u vreme opterećeno različitim problemima, mlada generacija umetnika odlučno stupa na umetničku scenu. Uspevaju da sažimanjem stečenih znanja, prešavši put iz zanata u veštine i majstorstvo, pronađu verodostojan jezik za vizuelni iskaz ličnog doživljaja sveta i umetnosti. 

Snagom neminovnosti mladi umetnici donose živost i dinamiku u likovni život Srbije, a susret sa njihovim delima,  što ova izložba omogućava, rađa uzvišene emocije i uvek iznova potvrđuje uverenje o visokim potencijalima mladih talenata, koje je imao i slikar Radovan Lale Đurić (Niš, 1945 – Njujork, 2014) kada je pre dvanaest godina osnovao Niš Art fondaciju.

Milica Todorović

Istoričar umetnosti

Katalog Mladi 2017