Chair 'Universe', ceramic / metal / wood, 2000
By Vukašin Gikić
Soft contact. I am sitting. But not because I am lazy. I always sit when I perform the jobs I like doing best. Supernatural but human things. According to Darwin’s theory sitting is the most unnatural posture. But when I think of what was created in the meantime, I must ask myself how relevant this theory is. The conditional reflex. Pollock would not be proud of that. But Bach would… The craziest ideas come into my head when I find myself sitting on the toilet seat. Chairs. Produced in factories, handmade, utilitarian, chairs in buses, pharaohs’ or the Pope’s thrones, the chairs in the theatres, those on which presidents sit, the reserved ones. Classroom chairs in schools. The chairs in the first, second, third classes… repetition. In our limited minds we see them on four legs. Static. My chairs are my world which is not static, they have wheels, sails, they are on one, three, five or more legs…Such they are in my imagination. Ought to be handmade, connected and related to the user. Applied art pieces. Esthetically functional. Thinking of making chairs is restricted by static and functionality but at the same time there are thousands of ways to do the same task. Evolution. A chair - a hundred faces*. This makes me, as an author and craftsman, excited. In my profession, my way of living I would say, everything is possible, free and wordy. Without theories, rules or laws. A tired traveler’s reaction when his criteria of dignity disappear. When he sits down on the embankments of the roads, on stones or on the grass, nothing is so risky as not to be convenient to be sat upon, as the whole space. This is my freedom. Objects of applied arts are clear in their shape and give the artist the power of ruling, of resting, of being bathed in the embrace of the art. And while I am in my room, where I like to sit in the most comfortable manner, static in relation to the floor and to the walls, I actually move at an enormous speed around the Earth’s core, around the Sun, along the Milky Way. The Universe.
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