Nirvana’s Cry

Nirvana’s Cry

June 5 – June 29, 2009

Artwork by painter Sirajski

If you are drawn to the strangeness and playfulness of surrealist works, come see selected works by a notable artist who lives in a small town in Vojvodina, the agricultural region of Serbia, a former republic of Yugoslavia. The artist is Milorad Stanojev, aka SIRAJSKI (pronounced “Sheeruysky”). The exhibition is titled Nirvana’s Cry after a poem penned by SIRAJSKI as an ode to his Art. While surrealism is not a completely accurate characterization of SIRAJSKI’s works, it at least offers a starting point for a conversation about his complex work. Fantastic realism is yet another incomplete characterization.

Perhaps you’ve marveled at the fanciful mind that concocted the enigmatic scene in “Hell” by 16th century Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch in the artist’s famous triptych called “Garden of Earthly Delights.” And if you did, then you are likely to marvel too at SIRAJSKI’s mind after being confronted with SIRAJSKI’s body of work. According to SIRAJSKI, ideas for his works often spring with childhood residue from watching Russian films and reading stories by Franz Kafka, Dino Buzzati, and Milorad Pavic. He layers the residue with later life knowledge and experience, and a generous dose of a rebellious and inquisitive nature, in a “stream of subconsciousness technique” whereby SIRAJSKI himself is unsure about the direction of a work. SIRAJSKI says matter-of-factly that a work is finished when it achieves some depth and three-dimensionality.

SIRAJSKI uses his art to confront anxious dreams, perceived demons, folklore, religious dogma, modes of seeing the past, and wishes to embolden others to do the same. While some SIRAJSKI works are fanciful interpretations of mildly recognizable themes, like the work entitled “Noah’s Arc,” most works require a much closer look. Come to the show in Fort Worth and SIRAJSKI’s agent will be sure to challenge you to identify the work which is dedicated to the women in SIRAJSKI’s life.