Stanisavljević Dragiša (Serbia)
He was born in Jabučje near Valjevo in 1921. He began doing
sculpture in 1958. The life in the country under patriarchal
principles, with century-old forests of his homeland and the impulse
for modelling were basic motivational preferences of Dragiša
Stanisavljević. Frontal aspect, simplicity of expression and archaic
approach to form are unconsciously achieved. The artist liberated
the form, polished it to brightness, made it round and emphasised
its organic essence, thus completing what the nature had begun.
Everything is stylised nearly to the bare, basic primordial form,
and reduced with the pronounced sense for measure, which was known
only to authentic artists of primitive cultures. More than
five-decade-long instinctive and creative work of this artist points
to the force of his authentic and original forms and the connection
between primordial and modern sensibility of artistic expression.
Age-old oak trunks which he tooled from the bed of the Kolubara
River had a secret trace in its very substance, a kind of patina.
With a pronounced sense of harmony, without gestures, expressive
movements, but with interest in the spiritual background of his
figures, Dragiša Stanisavljević understood the role of a form with
the sensibility of a contemporary artist. Relief-like concept of
form with pronounced vertical composition helped the artist with the
simplicity of expression, especially when the selected motif was
philosophical contemplation on human relationships, destinies,
hidden characteristics, sins or prayers.
|Cooperation, 1979, wood, height 110cm|