Shadow in Gold, 2012/13
40 Photo objects, gold leaf, different dimensions, 27 x 27 cm each
Courtesy of the artist
Photography – from Greek φως phos (“light”) and γραφις graphis (“drawing”) – or γραφη (graph) means “drawing with light”. The roots of the word ‘photography’ already tell that this two-dimensional visual representation is based on the presence of light, as understood in physics (the “objective”) and realized or “written” in a technical process.
The presence and absence of light creates, via a chemical reaction, a black-and-white image that we read by means of the correspondence of light and shadow. The main purpose of shadows in visual representation is to suggest the actual existence of something that stands out from the rest – something three-dimensional. Photographs depict three-dimensional shapes in a two-dimensional representation. To alter the position of a shadow in a picture and to transform it into a symbolic light, like a shadow that has turned into a golden surface, thus creates a completely new experience of the illusory nature of photography.
The works in the series Shadow in Gold emphasize that representation shifts reality to an abstract level that is no longer objective. They are pictures and as such still attached to a representational system, but composed of two incompatible types of light, an objective and a symbolic one. The result is a hybrid created by visual representation, detached from its photographic origin and transformed into something that didn’t exist before.
Boris Lukić (1985, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina) graduated from the Academy of Arts, Department of Painting at the University of Novi Sad. Selected exhibitions: Toward a better world, Serbian contemporary art, gallery Nest, Geneva, 2014; RE: LOCATION, PR1 gallery, Preston, England, 2013; Close-up & Blow-up, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, 2013; Of love, tension, and other minorities, Gallery of Dom omladine, Belgrade, 2013; Photo Document, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, 2012; New Sad and Roma, La Galleria Atelier, Rome, 2012; Serbian Spring Salad, Lucas Feichtner Galerie, Vienna, 2011; XIII CALL Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia, 2011; Novi Sad in New York, MC Gallery, New York, 2011; The Art of Vojvodina from 2000 to 2010, Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, 2010.