White Skin

Mladen Stilinović

Barcelona
Oct 01 - Dec 24, 2015

Mladen Stilinović made these works during the war in Croatia in response to the situation, when the artist was unable to establish any rapport with political factors.

NoguerasBlanchard is pleased to announce the first exhibition in the gallery’s new location in L’ Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona). With the aim of presenting key works by established artists, the new programme will consist of four exhibitions per season. White – Skin by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (Belgrade, 1947 ) is the artist’s first exhibition in Barcelona and focuses on works produced during the Balkan conflict. Created between 1990 and 1995, they belong to the White Absence and Skin series, from which the exhibition takes its title.

Mladen Stilinović made these works during the war in Croatia in response to the situation, when the artist was unable to establish any rapport with political factors. These works focus on individual experience and reflect impotence. In reference to the lines by Spanish poet Jorge Guillén “Does the world seek a white, total, lasting absence?” Mladen Stilinović titled his cycle of works White Absence. “What is the color of pain, the artist asked himself in the early, war-torn 1990s in Croatia. ‘White is the color of silence, very intimate, and pain is an intimate thing’, says the artist who used white to cover images and objects encompassing various concepts: emptiness, absence, pain, poverty and absurdity. What really interests him is not the ideological content of a specific type of power, socialist or capitalist, but rather neutralizing the apparatuses that reproduce power as such as their effect on the individual. In that sense, the concept of power, in terms of pain and sadness, can be read as Spinozist: he fundamentally sees it as an obstacle in order to bring about the potentia agendi of each individual. In the words of the artist, “during the war I became numb in art and in other situations, silence is pain.”

Stilinović has always worked with language, especially with the direct impact of the language of politics on the language of everyday life and art. In his universe, language is an ideological trap, a kind of communication that carries with it a threat: the violence of forcing the individual to belong to a linguistic community, with all the rules and constrictions presupposed by that membership to one’s subjectivity. His “white works” turn inwards, they do not contain any subversive elements but are poetic instead, and talk about that which is hard to express.

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Installation views

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

White Skin

2015
Barcelona

Selected works

Mladen Stilinovic
Sivi Kvadrat (Gray Square)

1992
Acrylic on cardboard
50 × 50 cm (19 1116 × 19 1116 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Oko (Eye)

1991
Acrylic, mirror, photograph on wooden board
42 × 9 × 12 cm (16 1732 × 3 1732 × 4 2332 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Koza - kvadrat (Skin - Square)

1993
Acrylic, color photographs, glass on wooden board
16.5 × 33 × 2.2 cm (6 12 × 13 × 78 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Seflja s dvije kocke (Ladle with Two Dice)

1994
Plastic ladle, wooden dice, acrylic, photograph
28 × 8 × 6 cm (11 132 × 3 532 × 2 38 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
3 x Koza (3 x Skin)

1993
Colour photographs, acrylic on wooden board
24 × 102 × 2 cm (9 716 × 40 532 × 2532 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Kvadrat koza (Square Skin)

1992
Photocopy on wooden board
24 × 24 cm (9 716 × 9 716 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Trokut koza (Triangle Skin)

1990
Acrylic, color photograph on wooden board
10 × 2 × 10 cm (3 1516 × 2532 × 3 1516 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Oci (Eyes)

1992
Acrylic, color photographs, glass on wooden board
40 × 20 × 1.8 cm (15 34 × 7 78 × 2332 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Sapun (Soap)

1992
Photograph, soap, glass on wooden board
40 × 20 × 2 cm (15 34 × 7 78 × 2532 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Trokut / Triangle

1990
Acrylic and pencil on wooden triangle
16 × 16 cm (6 516 × 6 516 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Parketi / Wood flooring

1993
Acrylic on wood flooring
24 × 32 cm (9 716 × 12 1932 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Kravata - kvadrat (Tie - square)

1991
Acrylic on tie
80 × 8 cm (31 12 × 3 532 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Bol 3 (Pain 3)

1990
Acrylic on wooden box
23 × 15 × 5 cm (9 116 × 5 2932 × 1 3132 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Geometrija tuge (Geometry of Sorrow)

1992
Acrylic on wooden board
48 × 35 × 2.7 cm (18 2932 × 13 2532 × 1 116 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
0=

1990
Pencil on plastic plate
⌀18 cm (⌀7 332 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Mali papiri / Little papers

1992
Papers on cork, pins, wooden frame
38.5 × 59 cm (15 532 × 23 732 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Jastuk / Pillow

1994
Paper on pillow
32 × 40 × 13 cm (12 1932 × 15 34 × 5 18 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Zašti eno ime ništa / Protected Nothing

1995
Umbrella food cover
35 × 35 × 35 cm (13 2532 × 13 2532 × 13 2532 inches)

Mladen Stilinovic
Tri secera (Three Sugars)

1995
Sugar, printed paper on wood shelf
10 × 16 × 5 cm (3 1516 × 6 516 × 1 3132 inches)

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