Marko Meštrović 8
The current exhibition of Marko Meštrović, visual artist and author of award-winning animated films, represents, in a certain sense, an extension of the artist’s previous work on his latest film Trip (2017). Having synthesized image, sound, objects, video and film in the gallery space, the artist has created an ambient, an in situ work that transforms this animated, documentary, in terms of structure essentially experimental film, into a complex experience of a path, a journey, a story that splits into several directions. One of them is sensory, experiential, complex, moving, while the other leads towards our inner self, the seemingly motionless, crystal clear and hard-to-reach permanence. It is a representation of a quest and its destination, and their all-encompassing inner and outer unity.
Starting from the audio-recording which the artist’s friend Brian Ewen made on his trip in search for fragments of the past, certain beginnings, the source of his lifelong existential inclination, Meštrović has, in his film, constructed landscapes of the internal eye in which ideas, thoughts and experiences come across as essentially different – abstract, partial, vibrating, associative. He has experimented with swift alterations of scenes, switching plans of the same landscape in a rhythm that the naked eye can barely register, but which is less important for the inner eye that captures the world in an altogether different manner. The music of the saxophon gives pulse to the film in an organic rhythm. The sounds of the road vibrate through the image, in the same way as the world vibrates through our perception and permeates it in various frequencies.
Tanja Masnec Šoškić