Family has always been central to Darko. The experience of family life and its impact on who we are provides rich inspiration for him. In this small format of his original Blood Line Series, he brings together both traditional and modern elements that celebrate the importance of family and remind us of how often we are deeply shaped by the people closest to us. Love or loathe it, the blood line is steadfast and for life.
I was reminded how modern-day family photographs also tell a story and document the relationships and structures within and among the family. One photograph captures an instance in time, but the accumulation of pictures begins to reveal threads of consistent themes and patterns about a family’s history.
Each portrait of the “Blood Line” series is abstract and the image blurred. I use contour lines which connect but do not intersect, creating a sense of elevation and depth. These various tiers create shadows and imitate the multiple and sometimes complex gradations of someones persona. At the same time, the lines are smooth and polished, depicting an idealized image. This contrasts to the corroded metal forms that protrude haphazardly from behind hinting to the fact that seldom are photos a complete and accurate depiction of reality. Sometimes there is tension between appearance and reality – the clean idealized family image in front and the raw and sometimes messy family dynamics ?behind the scenes?.
Each piece is accented with a splash of red colour reminding us of the familial interconnectivity of the images through the blood line.
In terms of the materials, I love to use those materials that form the basis for much of our urban architecture and life. Concrete and metal in their rawest form, can be stark, lifeless and utilitarian. It is reminiscent of the dehumanization of our living spaces – like large rooms with concrete playgrounds, no parks or greenery. At first glance, the use of concrete and corroded metal to personify something so intimate and personal, such as a family portrait, seems unthinkable. Yet in the same moment it can be seen in a diametrically opposite way. Accentuating man as a thinking, emotional and spiritual being, able to create immense beauty. Darko Sobot
You can see these new works exhibited at the Galerie Sculptur in Bamberg, Germany from 20 April to 18 May 2013.
Darko Sobot, Blood Line series revisited, 2013, concrete with metal, without stand: 12x12x6cm.
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