Luka Cetkovic talks to us about his art, answering 10 questions, using the 5 W’s
(Who, What, Where, When, Why).
Who are you?
I am a creator of The Art of Non Intervention. It is a painting technique in which I create abstract paintings in collaboration with the lows of nature. I do it by laying elements of frozen acrylic down on the canvas and then letting them melt down.
Besides that I am a father, a husband and an employee.
Who are your favourite artists?
First of all Jackson Pollock’s “controlled randomness” was a great inspiration in creating “provoked randomness” which is a very important element in the Art of Non Intervention. I feel like he was the first painter for whom the process of the creation of an artwork was as important as the artwork itself. And I believe that “this” opened a whole new area of possibilities in contemporary art.
Damien Hirst because regardless of how polarizing his approach to art and marketing may be, his approach to the death and his spot paintings had a huge influence on me.
Julien Schnabel and Anselm Keifel for the way they incorporated external elements to their paintings.
And of course many others like Banksy, Jaume Plensa or Miquel Navarro were a great source of inspiration for me.
What themes does your art focus on?
My art is about the interaction between us and our environment. It is about both boundaries and opportunities that are handed to us within our human condition. To do something or to do nothing is the only real choice that we have in this life, but it makes all the difference.
The Art of Non Intervention is about those choices and the awareness that doing nothing is also a choice, and it has consequences.
What is your hallmark as an artist?
Well there are two parts in the process of creating my art works. In the first part I am doing the same as any other artist ( prepare the canvas, choose colors, theme, paint . . . ) but once I put all those frozen acrylic elements on the floor once I set the stage, I do not intervene any more. I give away any further choice to the action of laws and principles of nature.
In my paintings nature always has the last word.
What music or other audio do you listen to while you work?
Usually something relaxing and it can go from Tuatara to Massive Attack or Dead Can Dance.
When did you decide that art was part of you and your life?
I always knew that I wanted to be an artist but I thought that I didn’t have time for it. I was born in former Yugoslavia in 1977 and went through some troublesome times in the 90s and then migrated to Paris where I struggled to establish myself. It was when I finally moved to the small town on the ocean in northern Spain where I started doing what I love and I believe that being in permanent contact with nature had a huge influence on me.
Back in those times when I was looking to create my own painting technique I knew what I wanted but didn’t know how to express it and at the same time I was very intrigued by Damien Hirst’s spot paintings, I used to stare at them on my computer. And then one day I just had the idea that instead of painting spots I could lay colored ice cubes on the canvas on the floor and then let them melt down. I immediately rushed to my fridge, grabbed ice cube molds and filled them with acrylic. Later I put those colored ice cubes on the canvas and observed the process. The result was a beautiful organic abstraction. I knew that I had found what I was seeking for. Letter it went through more development and I incorporated more elements but the basics are the same.
Where do you work on your artwork?
As for my paintings I have a studio in my garage, and it’s very comfortable that way because painting on ice is not like anything else. There are no longer sittings but rather numerous and very brief sittings which is more comfortable having the studio in my house.
As for my video series “The Field” I produce outdoors videos about the environment that inspires me and you may find them at www.lukacetkovic.com
Where would you like to see your artworks exhibited?
Definitely somewhere in Greece or Italy next to some ancient ruins. I believe it would make sense.
Why do you make art?
It is an inher necessity to express my concerns about human existence within this universe.
Why do you think art is important in our society?
For me Art is the soul of humanity.
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