Aleksić Dragutin (Serbia)
He was born in Sladaja near Despotovac (Serbia) in 1947. He began
doing sculpture in 1968. His preoccupation with existential problems
of farmers, highlanders, miners is visible in the structures of
extraordinary expressive force, achieved by a specific manner of
procession, more with forceful cuts in the wood by an axe than by a
sculptor’s chisel. In sculptural treatment, Dragutin Aleksić’s work
has a touch of art brut, or more precisely, is on the borderline
between naïve art and art brut. He began exhibiting in 1970 and he
had solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He
received several international awards and recognitions. The greatest
collection of his sculptures is at MNMA in Jagodina. He was a winner
of numerous awards and recognitions for his artistic work.
Led by a strong instinct, he transmitted his raw energy into a wooden mass, thus emphasizing a predominant force of a man – highlander, who seizes from the nature in his fight for survival. In his sculptures with multiplied figures, central figures or events are rare.
While doing sculpture Aleksić liberates a thought, not a tale, hence
the intensity of expression is most pronounced in the mere procedure
of rapid cutting, in order to make his idea visible as soon as
possible. With deeper, abrupt, unexpected incision in wood he
created dynamic light effects where the dance of light and shadow
provides an additional dynamics to the whole work. He was an artist
of action and instinct without pictorial deliberation. Hence his
idea was raw, uncultivated, but direct, suggestive, sometimes
schematically given but intensive and complete.
From whole mass of monumental trunks looking like specific totems, heads and busts, rarely whole figures of people and animals together with vegetation emerged.
|Mountain Wedding, 1968, wood, height 114cm|