Diana Sokolić Haven
October 27 – November 8, 2015.
On Tuesday October 27 at 7 pm, an exhibition of work by the academy trained painter Diana Sokolić will be opened in the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery. The exhibition, Haven, will present two light installations of this artist whose work at this year’s Amsterdam Light Festival got into the short list out of the seventy works already selected from the whole of the world.
Diana Sokolić took her BFA in the painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and was an assistant in the master workshop of Ljubo Ivančić and Nikola Reiser. The artist is interested not only in painting but also design, photography and teaching. Along with 24 solo shows, she has taken part in more than 300 collective exhibitions at home and abroad. She is a member of the associations HDLU, InSER, ULUPUH and HZSU.
The exhibition can be viewed in the Josip Račić Studio until November 8, 2015.
Photo: Goran Vranić
The artistic activities of Diana Sokolić have never been unambiguous or one-dimensional. While inventively expanding the boundaries of the idea about the synthesis of arts and crafts, applied arts, theatrical scenery, industrial and graphic design with the so-called high art, Diana Sokolić is continuously creating objects and environments that are beyond linear comprehension and perception of time; they contain possibilities for countless dimensions and worlds.
In her lumino-kinetic objects and light paintings as well as in her Perspex jewellery, which also represents a small sculptural form in space, Diana Sokolić utilises a vocabulary that is close to the tradition of New Tendencies and Op-Art, thus further developing geometric matrices of abstract expression through new technological opportunities. This artist is actually interested in gaining an overall artistic experience, a synthesis of all genres, where different senses and sensations of the observer are stimulated. Her artistic expression is an exceptionally polished and completed artistic poetics comprising all of the so-called great themes of the 20th-century modern art; from the research on relativity of space and time, a category of spatio-temporal illusionism to merging different materials, genres and media into a big visual and semantic whole.
Furthermore, this sensitive artist is adept at researching what colours affect alpha and theta brainwaves and the optimum conditions of creativity and relaxation.
In this chaotic world and stressful everyday life it is of the utmost importance that we create a literal and metaphorical personal haven, which is impenetrable from the outside. In such an environment of the haven our brain emits alpha and theta waves, thus offering those ideal but increasingly unaffordable moments of reverie, dreaming and contemplation. This explains why Diana Sokolić uses as one of the leitmotifs of this exhibition the perfect Danish concept of hygge, which refers to “the ability of creating our personal haven and togetherness with ourselves and the people we are close to”, not by isolating ourselves from the world, but in the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday, humdrum matrix of reality; all the more so because it has almost become an impossible mission to keep and preserve our personal inner peace in today’s weird world.