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Untitled, completed in March 2017, revised in April 2017

After the creation of the fantasy planet in a large size format Dara revisited the smaller version of the theme. The circular formation now has a more intense appearance and is being surrounded by wavy lines in light blue that can be regarded to either cool down the composition or to represent an alternative proposal for the concept of warmth.

 

Fantasy Planet

On her new painting Dara brings watered-down circular forms together in order to create yet another beautiful fantasy planet. Grounded in a layer of delicate pink and ornamented with a halo in light blue and beige the latest motif by Dara is a lavish dream come true. Dara Zindovic (2017): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 70 cm x 70 cm / 27,56“ x 27,56“

 

Untitled, completed in March 2017

The theme of the universe and the multiplicity of events and phenomens that it contains is symbolized on this new painting by Dara by a circle that contains blurred and polycolored forms. The very stark and dense mixture of elements becomes lighter towards the outer side of the circle and is also being contrasted by cloudy looking spots that connect the circle with the light, pastellike background. Dara Zindovic (2017): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm / 11,81“ x 11,81“

Palette

As a contrast to our last posting we are now presenting a work by Dara from 2005 that is a tightly knit collection of colorful elements. The dense and eclectic structure evokes the shape of a palette that is used as a space for the preparation of different colors that are applied on a canvas. So what can be usually regarded as an object that is part of the creation process, is elevated to the status of an art piece.

Dara Zindovic (2005): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 30 cm x 80 cm, 11,81″ x 31,5″

A Tribute To Red

The painting in this posting is unlike most of Dara’s other work. Instead of multifarious elements and combinations of overlapping textures that create an air of ambiguity this painting is dedicated exclusively to one color. What is striking about this painting is the masterful fluctuation between lighter and darker shades of red, which produces a thrilling play of light. As with other paintings by Dara the use of the color red is a symbol for passion, strength, courage, ambition and temperament.

Dara Zindovic (n.d.): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 100 cm / 19,69“ x 39,37“

 

The Art of Overpainting

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In her work Dara often uses the technique of overpainting compositions that are either in their early stages of development or are at times already fully elaborated. This is an approach that contains room for various interpretations. On the one hand it is a way of embellishing the painting and adding a supplemental level to it, which enhances the viewing experience. On the other hand it may disguise and hide the texture beneath. So there are also the aspects of domination over and replacement of something that has already been built as well as the creation of a mysterious atmosphere or the softening of an arrangement that would otherwise be more straightforward and easily accessible. The technique of overpainting on the paintings presented in this posting is not used to make the background entirely indiscernible. Instead, the many swift brushes and dots applied leave enough space that invite the viewer to imaginatively guess the look of the sphere lying behind the layer on the immediate surface.

On these paintings Dara uses gold to cover up the hitherto created composition. This color may on the one hand refine a work. It is also used in order to create a patina on old furniture pieces, for instance. So the color may also be seen a symbol of appreciation of old objects as well as an approach of preserving them. Bearing this function in mind, these paintings have a lasting importance that goes far beyond the immediate moment.

In the order of the appearance:

Dara Zindovic (2011): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 50 cm / 19,69″ x 19,69″

Dara Zindovic (2010): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 65 cm x 45 cm / 25,59″ x 17,72″

Dara Zindovic (n.d.): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 50 cm / 19,69″ x 19,69″

The Poetry of Transformation

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Transformation, the transition from one state of matter to another lies at the heart of Dara’s work. This new painting exemplifies this theme on the one hand by transferring a recently developed motif from a figurative into an abstract context. The flamboyant, oval forms that appeared as leaves on her recent flower paintings reemerge on this painting as elements that seem to be free falling like meteorites. Towards the lower part of the painting the cone-shaped forms with their dense and complex surface are largely replaced by a heap of intertwined circles with no clear delineated form as the oval forms that float above them that seem to have a strong and individualized identity of their own. With her latest painting Dara has created a visual poem of transformation. Dara Zindovic (2017): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 27,56“ x 27,56“ / 70 cm x 70 cm

Flower Mania

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Dara Zindovic (2017): Untitled, acryl on cotton paper, 72 cm x 7 cm / 28,35“ x 2,76“ each

The Flower Factory

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Dara Zindovic (2017): Untitled, acryl on cotton paper, 72 cm x 7 cm / 28,35“ x 2,76“ each

Cultivating Flowers To Perfection

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On her most recent flower paintings the single leaves and blooms not only have distinguished shapes, but also seem to entail micro-paintings that could very well pass as paintings in their own right. Textures that both replicate the actual surface of leaves and look like flames at the same time, unreal leaves within leaves and surfaces with morphing colors all create mystical, mind bending visual impressions. Dara Zindovic (2017): Untitled, acryl on cotton paper, 72 cm x 7 cm / 28,35“ x 2,76“ each