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Golden Lines: The Canvas Edition

  

Around 2010/2011 Dara made this special edition of the golden lines paintings which we first introduced on this blog 2 ½ years ago. While the works made on paper are very ethereal, the canvas versions seem to give a larger attention to the arrangement of the interwoven elements and therefore seem to have a more earthly dimension. The dozens of tightly interwoven elements radiate optimism, happiness and friendliness while the monochrome surfaces above stand for meditation and reflection. Tiny cute figures meet imposing large spaces, a light atmosphere encounters contemplative deepness. Dara Zindovic (n.d.): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 20 cm x 50 cm / 7,87“ x 19,69“ each

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Untitled (2011)

This is another dreamy composition by Dara with an elaborate texture made of a multitude of overlapping elements in the brightest colors. The cloudy upper part enhances the spheric atmosphere of the work and makes this painting look like a picture taken from a storybook. Dara Zindovic (2011): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 50 cm x 40 cm / 19,69“ x 15,75“

Untitled (2011)

A magnificent universe full of overwhelming visual phenomena unravels on this work by Dara to form a pictorial symphony made of interstellar clouds, quasars and stardust. Dara Zindovic (2011): Untitled, acrylic on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm, 11,81“ x 11,81“

A Flower Triptychon

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

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″