C17H18F3NO, 2012 – 2014
20 Drawings, charcoal, graphite, pen on paper, framed, 35 x 45 cm each
6 Paintings, tempera on canvas, 40 x 45 cm each
Courtesy of the artist
The series of drawings C17H18F3NO is the result of a revised process of artistic creation; the recombination and rethinking of an already achieved result. This “deleting” and “removal” of existing drawings in a long-term process doesn’t lead to an auto-destructive attitude, but creates new potential by creating newly observed relations within the body of visual material. By recontextualising previous discoveries and investigating instabilities within the flexible features of the work, the artist attempts to self-reflexively define the author’s position.
A few terms relating to the medium of painting are of key importance to explain Nikola Markovic’s artistic work: fragment, grid, overlapping, remix and absurdity. His methodology is based on the translation of these concepts into a purely visual space where they enfold the layers of their memory as an image and enter new territory: that of painting.
Markovic’s works depart from a wish to continue and elaborate on what has gone before. He focuses on paintings and visual information that have the potential to generate new pictorial ideas. The works are a remix – a mix of old works, found motives and fragments that pop up as the result of his investigations. This working method is based on an inconsistent model of research. He selects elements and fragments from other systems and applies them to a new system. This new system shifts the point of view, shifts the point of the work, shifts the attitude and plays with various subjects from the history of art, culture and science.
Nikola Marković (b. Koper, Slovenia, 1979) lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. He obtained a BFA and MFA at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Department of Painting in 2008, Professor Čedomir Vasić’s class. After he graduated his works were presented in solo exhibitions: DUPLEX No.6, UK Parobrod, Belgrade, Serbia (2013), FRAGMENTS, Gallery NOVA, Belgrade,Serbia (2012), Remont Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia (2010/11), VISA FOR TRANSIT, (with Ivan Grubanov and Branislav Nikolić) Kulter Gallery, Amsterdam, Nederlands (2010) and in numerous group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He won the Mangelos Prize for Art production in 2008.