“Abstraction: An artist selling his skin for cheap”, 2010 is a pseudo-painting by Croatian artist Sinisa Labrovic – in the form of a triptych - representing a homage to the abstract art and avant-garde(s) of the 20th century. The homage is nevertheless realistic and to the extent possible - real. A square, triangle and circle, applied to white canvas, are made of the artist’s skin that was surgically removed, cured and then used to make the three geometric shapes which were then, each individually, put on canvas.
Malevich wrote that every social ideal stems from the sensation of hunger; every art work originates in pictorial or plastic feeling. This is why, just like other abstract artists, he did not accept that the content of life can become the content of art. For Mondrian, spirit and internal reality were the principle of art, not the chaos of the objective world. He strove for a complete eradication of individuality in art, and believed that the purpose of art was to erase the rift between art and life. In his dialogue with them, Labrovic follows the requirements of the form, but still raises the issue of content. We perceive the material used to produce the geometric shapes as the very essence of body and subject. The human skin is the reality, life. In it, what is form and what content? Where does the body end and spirit begin?
As a contribution to the contemporary market society, success and money as a measure of everything, one part of the triptych is offered here for auction on e-bay with a starting bid of $ 0.99. Art – man – market.
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