15 x 25 W 60 Metres of Electrical Installation, 1979
lightbulbs, insulated wire, dimensions variable
In 1977, Damir Sokić obtained a degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Prof. Nikola Reiser. From 1977 to 1979, he worked as an associate in Ljubo Ivančić’s and Nikola Reiser’s Master Workshop. From 1986 to 1993 he lived and worked in New York. Between 1999 and 2019, he worked as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He writes about art. He has been exhibiting paintings, sculptures, objects and installations continuously since 1976. He staged over forty solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions and projects.
Geometric space, paintings and installations with connotations of Arte Povera are Sokić’s artistic preoccupation, which he uses to create his artistic reality. He constructs objects and lumino-kinetic installations and reinterprets the avant-garde with references to Mondrian’s Neo-Plasticism.
With its minimalist form, the post-avant-garde light installation made of 60 metres of electrical wire with fifteen 25 W incandescent bulbs distributed on the floor, suggests an autonomous site-specific lumino environment that critically examines the medium of sculpture in the correlations of matter and idea.
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