Dejan Dukic paints exclusively with color and canvas in the truest sense of the word abstract. He massages the color through the woven structure of the canvas.
Abstraction materialises through the artist’s tool selection: Dukic gets rid of the familiar painterly devices such as color palette, easel and brush. Often, as the colors are gradually pressed through the fabric, the paintings themselves become the color palette, the colours are mixed or they gradually separate.
Despite Dukic’s idiosyncratic interpretation of abstraction moves away from any objectuality, as he creates a physicality with color: a kind of growth arises on the image medium. In this context, the concept of growth has a special significance, according to which the color is emerging from the canvas. Furthermore, it is an organic process that takes up to one year to complete: the curing of the oil colours.
Dukic’s spectrum is manifold and fractionally shown in the exhibition „Trapped in Furs“. On the micro as well as on the macro level, his paintings evoke associations with nature. On one hand Dukic’s almost involuntarily generated paintings allude to minuscule plant formations such as moss carpets, on the other hand they allude to geographic formations – and almost a mimicry of landscape painting.
Title: Trapped In Furs
Artist: Dejan Dukic
Date: September 8 – October 14, 2017
Venue: Zeller Van Almsick, Franz Josefs Kai 3/16, 1010 Vienna
All Images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Zeller Van Almsick, Vienna