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Mars

A rare opportunity to view the planet Mars with the naked eye inspired Dara to create this abstract Portrait of the earth’s closest planetary neighbor. It was a fall night more than a decade ago during which sparkling stars surrounded the red planet that motivated Dara to captivate this event on canvas.

The planet Mars has been a subject of many earthly interests and projections in the past decades. Mars is being explored in space programs and plans are being made to make the planet livable for people in the long run. In popular culture Mars has often been portrayed as a threatening force in scenarios that were often projections of conflicts carried out on planet Earth (e.g. the Cold War). In musical and artistic projects inspired by the civil rights movement in the United States Mars obtained yet another meaning. It became an imaginary, utopian place for a life without discrimination, persecution or oppression.  It is this meaning which Dara’s painting picks up on. It is dedicated to all those who experienced violent expulsions or long-term alienations from or within their original environment, yet have not lost hope that there can be a place where they can find safety, protection and belonging. Transparent, mysterious creatures behind the red planetary surface stand symbolically for this hidden dimension of meaning that is not accessible to everybody.

Dara Zindovic (n.d.): “Mars”, oil on canvas, 130 cm x 130 cm / 51,18″ x 51,18″

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Golden Lines – Big Canvas Adaptation

For the big canvas adaptation of the “golden lines” theme in 2011 Dara modified the various elements that are characteristic of the series. On the works made on paper the lower part has a playful look, but is still composed in a rather dense and tight fashion. On the “big screen” version there seems to be more space for the crowded multicolored patches. The texture’s lofty feel is enhanced by watering down some of the elements and by brushes of white color in order to soften and romanticize the eventful polytextured field. From the cloudy cottonlike top of the arrangement emerges a pink surface against a yellow background. The surface has a vintage look, since some of the paint looks like it is peeled off, thus exposing the supporting yellow background. This version of the golden lines series focusses on the theme of nostalgia, dreaminess, but also seems to be set on constructing a utopian, ideal world.

Dara Zindovic (2011): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 70 cm / 39,37″ x 27,56″

Untitled (2015)

This is a repost of a painting that was posted first two years ago. This time the colors on the image are closer to their appearance in real life – contrary to the opulence of the painting last posted, this painting belongs to a line of work by Dara that strikes with its simplicity. Its different sections look like cutout paper pieces that are put together as if to illustrate a view from a window whose sill is decorated with rose petals. As with other paintings in this style Dara experiments with the combination of different surfaces and underlines their stark difference with the crude manner in which they are joined together.

Dara Zindovic: Untitled (2015), Acryl on canvas, 50 x 50 cm / 23,62″ x 23,62″

Silent Night Chapel (1994)

This magnificent painting depicts the chapel in which the world famous Christmas carol “Silent Night” has been performed for the first time. In 2018 the 200-year-anniversary of this event that happened in Oberndorf, Austria, will be celebrated. Dara made this picture in 1994 during a more figuratively oriented phase. It adds a fantastic and modernistic twist to this traditional motif. While the stairs to the chapel and the building itself are embellished with ornamental motives, the imaginative surrounding creates a supernatural atmosphere. The creativity, inspiration, thoughtfulness, the muses and the positive spirits that must have swirled around the song composers Joseph Mohr (lyricst) and Franz Xaver Gruber when they made “Silent Night, Holy Night” becomes palpable on this painting.  With this post we would like to wish a wonderful and inspirational christmas time to you and your beloved ones.

 

Dara Zindovic (1994): “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night), acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 100 cm / 39,37″ x  39,37″

Untitled (2010)

Dara created this music-themed abstract painting in 2010. The conceptual framework is the slow Dissipation of things and their absorption into the past which is symbolized by the pink color that seems to slowly peel off from the canvas showing the green background. The same line of thought may apply for the golden line that horizonzally runs with an interruption through the painting. Together with the sparse circles it looks like the remains of a notation. Yet the remaining traces seem to emanate an even greater impact than the one they would have in their original preserved shape which also points to the power that memories can have, especially if they are connected to music.

Dara Zindovic (2010): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 60 cm x 120 cm / 23,62″ x 47,24″

4-year-anniversary of Dara Pictures – A small gallery of Dara’s work

 

1)Opening of the Exhibition “End of Year Sale” @ art bv Berchtoldvilla, Salzburg from November 4th to December 14th, 2017

2)Dara Zindovic (2012): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 40 cm × 40 cm / 15,75″ × 15,75″

3)Dara Zindovic (n.d.): Untitled (Triptychon), acrylic on canvas, 30 cm × 30 cm (11,81″ × 11,81″)

Untitled (2001)

This is one of Dara’s great masterpieces made with oil. A number of geometric elements in white, purple, blue and red and in various states of matter are dispersed over fragile textures in yellow. Influenced by abstract expressionism, street art and the work of Cy Twombly the painting seems to depict a showdown of a polycentric happening both at its major peak and its slow dissolution, thus showcasing one of Dara’s major themes, the process of becoming and fading away of things. Dara Zindovic (2001): Untitled, oil on canvas, 130 cm x 120 cm / 51,18” x 47,24”

Blurred City View on a Sunny Fall Afternoon

From 1994

Study in Circles

 

On this painting from 2008 Dara explores a differential spatial distribution of circular elements. Voluminous circles serve as the background for a gathering of colorful micro-circles that becomes increasingly dense towards the painting’s center. In spite of the loose and playful arrangement that does not seem to follow strict formal rules the painting deals with the theme of contrasts between large and small circles, the center and periphery, watery vs. strong coloration and the exciting visual effects that result from the overlappings of the eclectic elements. Dara Zindovic (2008): Untitled, acrylic on cotton paper, 57 cm x 75 cm / 22,44“ x 29,53“

Venice

 

These two paintings are a tribute to Venice. The focus shifts from the mere presentation of a complex city landscape to the interesting interplay of the town with the expansive, endless sea. The works highlight the beauty of the city and also deal with the city’s precarity by being located next to the sea. The sea itself has the role of an amorphous dominant force that must be contained from drowning the treasures of the town, but on the other hand also has a complimenting role as a canvas that reflects the sparkling city lights.

Dara Zindovic (n.d.): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 120 cm x  120 cm / 47,24″ x 47,24″

Dara Zindovic (2009): Venice, acrylic on canvas, 100 cm x 100 cm / 39,37″ x 39,37″