This is one of the most successful artworks I’ve ever done. Every day, children spend time jumping, climbing or sliding on it. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that children adore your work. The sculpture was actually commissioned by the disco club Aquarius and I remember that its owner Ms Ana ripped me off when it came to the payment. Recently, the sculpture has been moved closer to the lake without my approval. On the whole, this was still a great job. My friends Petar Šalić and Sven Klobučar helped me make it. Plastic manufacturer Boško Popara, who builds small boats, and his workers were in charge of the polyester work. The sculpture is three and a half meters wide and was created in 1999.
GAME RULES: The game starts on the empty board, while the players alternately set 34 figures on the black round fields in such a way that the next move has to be made on the field next to the previously placed mushroom, or if that is not possible, the figure should be placed on the nearest available field. When all the figures have been placed, the game continues. Any figure can be moved for one field or by jumping over one or more figures onto the free field (as in the game of checkers). The same figure cannot be moved twice, i.e. one full round since the previous move. The aim of the game is to win a square, thus saving a threatened mushroom species, i.e. to score a point. Each square can be conquered four times, and at each scoring the player puts a chip on the conquered field. The square is being won by putting the same four kinds of mushrooms (either poisonous red ones or edible white ones). A yellow mushroom is a joker and worths the same as the poisonous or edible mushroom, i.e. it can replace them. There are 34 chips and the winner is the player with the most points won. The chips have the photos of the threatened species of mushrooms in Croatia. There are more than 350 of them!!!
Distant and alone.
A black nag, the giant moon,
and olives in my saddlebag.
Even if I know the way,
I never will reach Cordoba.
Over the plain, through the wind,
A black nag, the bloody moon.
The Reaper is watching me
From the tall towers of Cordoba.
Oh, such a long road!
Oh, my valiant nag!
Oh, the Reaper awaits me
before I ever reach Cordoba!
Distant and alone.
Saving oneself, diptych, acrylic on canvas
Hills and needles(s) to say me
Oh, my people
Desert Needle (owner Enes Quien)
Bird in barcode
In 1997, Zlatan Vrkljan offered me to hold a one-man exhibition in the Arterija Gallery. I named it Good Night and it consisted of some ten works which, actually, didn’t have that much in common (why should they, after all). At that point, the arrogant and conceited Vrkljan pissed me off because ten days before the exhibition he kept complaining how I hadn’t done what he asked me to do, which is extremely stupid of a person who once represented Croatia at the Venice Biennale. I see no reason why I should listen to a mediocre painter telling me what to do, and on the top of everything, all that without the money. The central object was Wooden Bed accompanied by other works in various media. Here, you can see three works – a photo of my father on a meadow in his birthplace, a wood relief Conversation with Prehistoric Man and engraved granite Bird in Barcode, which describes consumerism, also bought by my friend Ivan Roca.
This long drawing (some 2 meters) in coal and Indian ink is placed in laminate, a technique I and my cousin Pavel Majerle were the first to use for the artistic drawing. This technique involves putting a drawing on formica, which is then covered with foil, subsequently pressed by the weigh of ten tons and heated to the temperature of 100 degrees, which makes the drawing entirely protected. This work symbolizes the fact that there is only one right door in life. However, most people like to open all the other doors. In other words, there is only one truth!
This stonework was created in a small fishing town Sućuraj on the island of Hvar and it remained there. Wine maker Ivica Vujnović, who in fact didn’t pay me anything for it, financed it. Instead, Together with my friend Danko Friščić, I enjoyed his hospitality for three weeks. The work was finished in the first couple of days because I wanted to enjoy my stay on Hvar without having to do anything. Dalmatians looked at me as if I was crazy since I worked even around noon when the sun is at its peak. Since then, on my way to the south, I always stop for a day or two at Vujović’s so here’s the link to this beautiful little town: http://www.sucuraj.com/
Madonna di Campiglio
This Is How Green My Valley Was
If There Is No River You Can Take the Road
God Is Great or Allah-u Ekber is a painting from the cycle Hills Needles and I that was created as a sign of my respect towards Islam and a critique of the Western system, which is so inconsiderate towards Islam, and the values of Islamic peoples. George Bush and his vassals attacked Iraq, relentlessly trying to dominate the entire Middle East because they consider this faith less important and primitive! I gave the painting God Is Great as a gift to photographer Marko Ercegović. These acrylic on canvas paintings are 2 meters wide.
Jesus Is Stripped
Altar (Jesus’ grave), my friend Danko Friščić helped me paint it
Via Crucis or Calvary (Križeva pot in Slovenian) was created in 2000 and is now in Stari trg (ob Kolpi), a village near Predgrad, Slovenia, where my late Old Dad used to live, i.e. in my father’s birthplace. It was mostly created with a CNC machine according to my original drawings that I made after the photographs of my students whom I dressed as Jesus and the Romans. I was also partly inspired by P. P. Pasolini and his film The Gospel According to St. Matthew! It is entirely my authorial work, and local parish priest Jože Pavlaković accepted all of my ideas. He is a really nice man, a vegetarian and a yachtsman who, every year, gets away for a couple of months to the Adriatic sea, where he has his wooden sailboat which he made by himself. It meant a great deal to me that my dearest Old Dad had a chance to see this work just before he passed away and he was so exhilarated to be sitting next to the bishops at the same table (he was a modest peasant!)! It should also be mentioned that during the Second World War the Italians destroyed all the chapels with the Calvary under the excuse that they could be used as bunkers! You should go and visit this area because the nature is magnificent!
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