DESTIL MARKOVIĆ Milovan

Milovan Destil Markovic Photo Markovic Studio Berlin, 2016

Born 1957 in Čačak, Serbia.
Lives and works in Berlin and Belgrade.

1.Rammed Right Up to the Hilt, 2009

Pigment on canvas

 

2. Sofa Cigar Whisky Smoke, 2010

Pigment on canvas

 

3.It really fillsmy m outh – evening,2013

Pigment on canvas

 

4.  It really fills my mouth – morning, 2013

Pigment on canvas

 

5.Naked like a golden Buddha, 2013

Pigment on canvas

 

Although they look like abstract paintings, the bright, colorful stripes on Marković’s Barcoded Paintings signify written words. Every text can be translated into a bar code and could thereby be entered into the system of global trade. Bar codes are the product of a systematic process of codification at the end of which only a rhythmic series of vertical lines remains. This abstraction allows for an international rationalized system of merchandise management that offers the appreciable advantage of cutting down the length of waiting lines in supermarkets.

By transferring this digital structure to the canvas, Marković pushes this system ad absurdum. His artistically demanding and laborious oil paintings are anything but mass products; they don’t offer any possibility for rationalization or optimization of labour and they don’t ‘translate’ into product names and prices. They contain, however, short text quotations from pornographic literature, politics and banking: representations of the world of power and suppression. On the side of each painting a normal sized version of the gigantic barcode is printed as a sly comment on the possibility of art as a commodity.

Marković’s bar codes veil their obscene content behind the normalized form of commerce. In effect, they can be understood either as an impish joke of their maker, or as a critique of the opaque structures of markets that mask their global deficiencies, injustices and corruption.

—BENEDIKT STEGMAYER

IT REALLY FILL MY MOUTH / evening 2013 MDM medium and Pigments on Canvas

  • ALEXI-MESKHISHVILI Ketuta
  • BALADI Lara
  • BLANK Andreas
  • BORGERMANS Hilde
  • BOŽANIĆ Antonia
  • ČEKIĆ Jovan
  • DESTIL MARKOVIĆ Milovan
  • DJURDJEVIĆ Biljana
  • DRAŠKOVIĆ BOČKOV Kristina
  • EDEFALK Cecilia
  • EKICI Nezaket and SHAHAR Marcus
  • EPHEMERKI Jasna DMITROVSKA + Dragana ZAREVSKA
  • FAJFRIĆ Bojan
  • FUDONG Yang
  • HAHN Mariana
  • HOLZER Jenny
  • HUŠMAN Ana
  • IKEMURA Leiko
  • ILIĆ Siniša
  • IVKOVIĆ Ivana
  • JANIČIĆ Tadija
  • JOHANSSON Peter
  • k.r.u.ž.o.k
  • KANDL Johanna
  • KARAMUSTAFA Gülsün
  • KENTRIDGE William
  • KLOTZ Franziska
  • KOVAČ Irena
  • KRIPPENDORFF David
  • LAURANCE Janet
  • LEWANDOWSKI Via
  • LÜDEMANN Sarah
  • MARKOVIĆ Dejan
  • MAXIMOVA Natalie
  • MELHUS Bjørn
  • MILADINOVIĆ Anuk
  • MILAK Radenko
  • MILISAVLJEVIĆ Olga
  • MOFFATT Tracey
  • NIKOLIĆ Nemanja
  • PERIĆ Vladimir i Milica
  • PHILIPSZ Susan
  • PIROGOVA Sasha
  • RADULOVIĆ Siniša
  • RAEDLE Rena & JEREMIĆ Vladan
  • REINHARD Aurora
  • RUBIKU Anila
  • SAVADOV Arsen
  • SCHMALE Toni
  • SELANDER Lina
  • SHIROKI Asako
  • SKOKO Snežana
  • SOLAKOV Dimitar
  • STANOJEVIĆ Jovanka
  • Susan PHILIPSZ
  • TOMIĆ Miloš
  • TRPKOVIĆ Jelena
  • VASILEVA Mariana
  • VEPREVA Anastasia
  • VUČIĆEVIĆ Dejana
  • XUN Sun