Altuglas I, 1968
77.5 x 89 x 8 cm
Ljerka Šibenik experiments with the creation of complex structures and environments, curiously examining the relationships between spatial value, colour and shape, as well as between object and space. By creating lumino-kinetic objects, she focuses on naturalness beyond the hard geometric orthodoxy, while the path from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional dynamically passes through points of discord that circulate the space. The object made in 1968, in the style of Optical Kinetic art, is indicatively titled Altuglas I, after the thermoplastic material from which it is made.
Croatian artist Ljerka Šibenik (1935, Zagreb) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1962, after which she attended K. Hegedušić’s Master Workshop from 1962 to 1964. Between 1975 and 2003, she managed the Nova Gallery and focused on presenting young avant-garde, as well as artists of the older generation whose work is connected with innovations in the artistic context. As a member of the second generation of Croatian avant-garde artists, she experimented with the creation of complex structures and environments, which can be seen in her work titled the Black Object 2 from 1968. At the same time, she created minimalist, brightly coloured objects.
Text: Lorena Šimić, trainee curator of the National Museum of Modern Art © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb
Translated by: Robertina Tomić
Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb