EXHIBITION ONE ONE TWO

07.04.2016
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        Aleksandar Rafajlović and Zdravko Joksimović have been friends for years. They met more than twenty years ago at the time when one rarely makes new friends and even less frequently meets those who will become important partners especially in conversations about art. One day Zdravko said he would like them to have a joint exhibition. Aleksandar was for the idea but was looking for good reasons to justify such an undertaking. During the summer, when he worked as a street portraitist in Portugal, he remembered that six or seven of their works quite firmly related in similar concepts or materialisation and therefore could stand next to one another, thus acquiring an additional reason – common effectiveness. After his return to Belgrade he proposed that they both looked for works that could relate and display them in pairs. He also had a proposal for the title of the exhibition: ONE ONE – to indicate that the exhibited works had something in common – one Aleksandar’s, one Zdravko’s.

         After they had examined the works they found a lot of connections between them, although not intentional. They did not want new works and, if they remember correctly, they found sixteen pairs. A CD presentation was prepared with reproductions and an accompanying text by Ješa Denegri and sent to the galleries in Serbia in hope that the exhibition would move from one gallery to another. They had successfully participated in several competitions, but because of lack of funds the travelling circus was not realised. However, an exhibition was organised in the Art Gallery „Nadežda Petrović“ in Čačak (November-December 2005) and it was a fantastic experience.

         After a patient mounting of the show, where they reacted to the gallery space on the spot, they put up nineteen pairs, nineteen links which began to function properly only there. Some of the links were direct, easily perceived, some secretive, some sophisticated and one of them, from the originally attributed role to connect two different works, approaches and thinking, grew into a separate work because the two placed next to each other became one common work of art.

         More than ten years have passed since then and new works have been produced. At the exhibition ONE ONE TWO in the Zepter Museum there will not be many works showed in Čačak. The artists have made a new search and found new links which, as we hope, will be as important as the works made for some other occasion but the new context endowed them with new meanings.

         In her text for the exhibition catalogue, art historian dr Maja Stanković has noted the following, among other things: The points where they meet can be recognised in certain motifs, colours, forms, themes, materials, feelings or thoughts. They are composed of fragments of reality, everyday experiences and objects put aside, chosen, recorded or combined in artificial forms. It could be said that they represent the symptomatological map of contemporary life. Pointing to symptoms and phantasms that make up our reality, they in fact outline and diagnose „the state of things“ or „the state of the spirit“, the found state or „state in the field“, or the state in which we all are.