The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


SintArt 08: Alem Korkut – Gravitation

Zbirka Richter, Vrhovec 38
Opening: 6. 6. 2017. at 8 pm

SintArt started in 2010 and, since then, projects have been succeeding one another which have served to establish a dialogue between a newly created production of the invited artist and Richter's intellectual and artistic legacy by observing and studying the shaping and theoretical postulates for his work.

The mechanical device Toy (Igračka) is Korkut's initiation into the preoccupation with Richter's gravitational drawings. With this work Korkut honors, in his opinion, the key characteristic of Vjenceslav Richter – the ability to play. The video Rainbow (Duga), the installation Drops (Kapi), and the eponymous video show further implications of the application of the gravitational drawing, the colors, as well as the results of their performance in other media. The elements of the installation Drops are created by casting epoxy resins with pigments of pure colors from the rainbow spectrum down the vertical axes of transparent thin tubes. The lines of the gravitational drawing, which Richter uses to create a grid of coloristic relations on the paper surface, in Korkut's version become picto-plastic line forms in space. The video makes the process of their creation visible. The video Rainbow demonstrates the process of casting epoxy resins of pure colors, while the processuality of the process creates a voluminous mass – a pictosculpture, which expands in the space, leaving the adding of sections of color visible. Korkut consistently dissects the elements of the artistic process, and uses the medium of the video on an equal footing with sculptural processes.

Richter's Spatial Pictures (Prostorne slike) are created by using a plexiglass cube – a geometric body that occupies an important place in his opus. In seven Gravitational Spatial Drawings (Gravitacijski prostorni crteži), Korkut adopted Richter's constructional principles and material, but partially left the intervention on the transparent surfaces of the plexiglass to the result of chance and the forces of gravity.

Vjenceslav Richter constructed his systemic sculpture Hope (Nada) by spanning a flexible steel cable by means of seven arches alternating in height, thus creating an antigravitational sculpture in which tension is the constructional idea.Three Hopes or the Denial of Gravity (Tri nade ili negiranje gravitacije) by Alem Korkut also deal with the issue of antigravity, but now using a pliable material – rope. He spans the rope by means of the addition of arches and splints, thus creating an object of exceptional visual dynamics.

The spiritual predecessors of these works are the experimenters gathered around the EXAT 51 group, and later also around the New Tendencies, that is, the artists with a constructional approach. However, Korkut's most powerful tie with Richter's artistic and contemplative legacy is recognized in their resonance at this "ludic," playful level. To people knowledgeable about Richter's opus, the encounter with Korkut's works will be a kind of trigger for the creation of intellectual and mental space emerged from the inadvertent association of formal, constructional and poetic elements of the works of both authors. Another section of the exhibition is thus created in the autonomous mental space of the observer—as a result of the state of mind, imagination and intellectual curiosity.

Alem Korkut was born in 1970 in Travnik. He enrolled in sculpture classes at the University of Sarajevo in 1991. He graduated in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1997. He has presented his work in more than thirty solo exhibitions and about hundred and fifty group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. He is the author of several public sculptures and winner of several awards in public competitions. From 1998 to 2007, he was a member of the Croatian Freelance Artists' Association. Since 2007, he has been working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, currently as an Associate Professor.

Curator: Nataša Ivančević

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