Solo Exhibition by Miroslav Dukic /Mikro Kosmos (Serbia)
17 July-15 August 2014
Opening: Thursday, 17 July 2014, 7 pm
Live Gamelan Music Performance
ViaVia Café&Alternative Art Space| Jl. Prawirotaman 30 Yogyakarta
Serbian Miroslav Dukic (Miro) or better known as MikroKosmos, born on December 20, 1983 has been an artist for more than 15 years. He started as a graffity artist and played an important role in the development of graffiti art in the Balkans. He was a graffity pioneer in Montenegro and Croatia. Miro loves traveling. Going to new places and staying long enough to learn new things, to interact with locals, with the environment and with nature, is enriching and helps him to develop his creative skills.
Dark and Light or Black and White are two opposite things. Just like good - bad, day - night, sleep - wake,understanding not understanding. Black in Miro’s work refers to the fear of something new, something he does not understand yet. In this case it refers to the experience of his first visit to a place with a different culture, nature, andenvironment. His experiences here were all very different to what he was used to and understood. While white in his work, refers to the feeling of love and joy about his new environment, the fun of learning and being amazed about his surroundings. Miro expresses in his work a life in both fear and love, and he tries to balance both bybeing natural and focusing on what it does to him.
Regarding dreams, Miro experiences many interesting things. He often has ’a dream within a dream ”. He sort of wakes up in the middle of his dream but then continues the dream, but in fact he was just sleeping througout it. At the beginning of his stay in Indonesia, he was shocked by the eruption of Gunung Kelud which left Jogja in a blanket of volcanic dust. What he felt then was like a dream. Initially a normal day turned around in just an instant. He later felt the same when he spend the nightat the South Beach Yogyakarta. The sound of the thundering wavesbrought a ’fear’ of something almighty and fierce. He felt fear he saw a signpost for the evacuation route in case of an earthquake or a tsunami. And even more when he felt an earthquake. To overcome this fear he managed to find a balance with a sense of joy when he started discovering Jogja’s beautiful nature, its interesting culture and people.
His introduction to the art of Batik begun when he attended a batik course in Yogyakarta, a city famous for its batik. Miro loves to learn and explore new things in every respect. As a painter and graffiti artist, Miro soondiscovered the art of combining his own expertise with batik techniques. This exhibition ‘Dreaming Kosmos’, is hisinterpretation as a microcosm, of living in Indonesia for almost a year. It shows his love for diverse traditions in Indonesia, and batik painting. Miro sees this exhibition in Yogyakarta as a significant opportunity to communicatewith people who are very familiar with batik in everyday life.
"Thank you for all the things that you cultivate in your culture. Thank you to all the fire, the wax (night/wax forbatik), for all the dyes and deep fried snacks. Thank you for all the magic and love. "-Mikrokosmos
This exhibition showcases the work of batik paintings of MikroKosmos, combined with murals and graffiti, as well as a Live Tattoo performance (Traditional Dayak Tattoo). During the opening there will be a gamelan performance.
You are also invited for an artist talk on July 18, at 4 pm (register in advance at the time of the opening of the exhibition).
More Information and reservation please contact:
Rennie “EmonK” | email@example.com|viaviajogja.com