Josip Klarica, Maksimir Novi Zagreb
On April 22 the exhibition “Josip Klarica – Maksimir, Novi Zagreb” has been opened at the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery.Twenty-five black and white photographs represent the enchanted scenes that the artist took in 2016 in Maksimir Park and in Novi Zagreb, on the very edge, where city and man are only just hinted at.
In the preface to the catalogue, Želimir Koščević writes:
If anything now characterises the photographs of Josip Klarica, then it is silence and the presence of the mute dimension of time with which the circle of Klarica’s surrealist poetics from explicit narration to pure and self-sufficient photographic image is now closed. Now, unlike the multilayered narrative discourse originating in Prague surrealism, the new series in its way reduces expression to the study, to the contemplation of the scene observed, and Klarica leaves what might be called the point to the personal emotional connection with the scene.
By reducing narrative, Klarica has freed the way to interpretive freedom of motif that no one could call photographically appealing, but which Klarica has found a way of enlivening and placing in the composition of the picture. Into the frame of the image he has incorporated time that is only apparently quiescent, its undulatory movement being perceptible in the hazy distances that can be made out in the background. This is the skill of an artist who in substantial and material reality finds the elusive, and the haze gives indications of that transience to which the whole universe is subject. The bush, the crown of the tree, the grassy path are just occasions for poetry; in the middle ground is the processual magic to which Klarica entrusts the espied motif and the transformation into image.
The exhbition will be on view until May 7, 2017.