2018-19 Figurative and Representational Research

In 2018 I decided to return to a figurative objective practice as a way to release myself from the ‘aura of objects’ in the pursuit of minimalism. At this point, I had been living in Montreal almost a full year and managed to receive many of my belongings from abroad as well as from a storage space in Toronto all together in a big enough place to open the boxes. The result was overwhelming because of the amount of emotional feeling that I had for many of the objects (Though I had managed to live without them for such long periods of time) and felt that I was unable to release myself from the memories that many of the object sparked in me.

So, I began painting images of the things which were difficult to let go of. As part of my objective practice this began to include the surrounding environment and urban landscape as a way to subtly ‘date’ the work and then as I began to experience an acute period of loss and grief for the los of others who at one time or another had been close to me so then I began to add clearer figures to my work again after having painted for so long in an abstract sense.

While in the work of the paintings, and in revisiting old works, (some of which were incorporated into this new series) I allowed my subconscious the right to ‘graffiti’ these precious works at will, and to contribute in representation of itself.

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Memorial Painting of my father Mike (Milorad) Lukic 1956-2017.

In September 2018 I started showing this work at USINE 106U in Montreal.

My work was on display there from September 2018 to the end of February 2019 and I was able to show this new series of work as I worked through it. Since showing the process of my work is an important factor to me, this was a great opportunity and I enjoyed the atmosphere and getting to know several of the artists who also showed there for varying lengths of time.