Petar Barišić, Complex Structure, 2003

Petar Barišić
Complex Structure, 2003
wood, 230 X 115 X 23 cm

Obtained a degree in sculpture from the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts (I. Sabolić) in 1978, where he has been teaching since 2002. He was an associate in Frano Kršinić’s Master Workshop until 1981. Several of his sculptures and spatial installations have been erected in public spaces at home and abroad.
He has created a dynamic sculptural oeuvre, constantly challenging comprehensive spatial and formal correlations. He designs variously conceived sculptures with avant-guard constructive aspirations. In earlier cycles, he creates wooden and bronze biomorphic units, composed of several elements, deepening the spatial and mental conception of sculptural work (Wooden Sonata III, 1989). He then makes geometric ambient installations from stainless steel, plexiglass, highly polished aluminium and wood, such as the ambient white lattice object Complex Structure (2003). It is constructed from 60 dynamic cubes and completely adapted to the display niche in the National Museum of Modern Art. While it can be argued that his earlier works are sculptures in space, this wooden structure forms the space in such a way that the ambient becomes a constituent part of sculptural consideration.

Text: Tatijana Gareljić, museum consultant 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

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