Be careful what you wish for (the fire is in the underbelly)

Danilo Stojanović


May 9th – 25th

It’s really hard for me to explain in words what this exhibition is about since I’m not very good at explaining my works. I’ll give it a go anyway. Ideas and processes that I explore in my paintings always morph into something else as they are being transferred onto the surface of the canvas. Usually I start with a thought, an image or a photograph or whatever triggers my attention. I pick them apart and then I appropriate only the details that interest me, which I then extract and put in a new context. The initial image is then discarded and the painting takes its own course. I don’t ask myself any questions anymore, I just do. I know, I know it’s a lot of nonsense to you, dear reader, but for me it is crucial, so bear with me for a moment. The paintings that have been selected for this particular exhibition are from different “periods” (although I hate that word it’s the only one that comes to mind). They all share a similar atmosphere even though they are years apart. The figures are anonymous and scarse, the colors are muddy and cold and there is a sense of dread in the air. My desire is for the viewer to connect the paintings with a kind of fictional narrative and to connect the dots between them. Enough with the chit-chat, enjoy the show.

Photo: N. Ivanović