Brave New Normal World: The Art of Aleksandar Todorović #ArtTuesday
Aleksandar Todorović’s solo show is called Brave New Normal World. Taking its cue from Byzantine art, it takes on the icons of today’s world. Here’s more from JUXTAPOZ:
Thinking about religious iconography, in particular, Byzantine art and Eastern Orthodox Christianity tradition, as a visual language used to talk about the contemporary political and societal issues from the humanist perspectives, creates a confusing, contradictory paradox. And it’s likely just that baffling aspect, the clash of the sacred and the secular, mixed with the undeniable parallels between the political or economical structures and religious hierarchies that make Todorović’s work so captivating, intriguing, and fundamentally on point. Staying away from the naturalistic way of representation and stepping towards surrealism or even abstraction, these ancient works were originally aimed to represent the Heavenly, unearthly, something beyond our mortal existence. And looking at the imbalance of influence between common people and mega-corporations, witnessing political leaders being perceived as messiahs or martyrs, or following the cults of misinformation sprouting from the black hole of information that is the Internet, prompted the Serbian artist to repurpose this proven methodology to comment on the absurd idolatry taking place in real-time.
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