Safe Harbour Viktor Mitic

Acrylic Paint, Gold Leaf, and Bullet Holes on Canvas
56 × 164 inches
142.24 × 416.56 cm

Exploring themes of social uprising and resistance at the fore of our socio-political climate in the year of 2020, Mitic compellingly captures two young men in a pop inspired landscape wielding gilded chainsaws and seemingly questioning why nothing is being done. This mirage of violence and expressive figuration within and popified monumental landscape finds resonance with the work of the post-modern artist Leon Golub who believed that an observable connection to the external world and to actual events was essential if art was to have any relevance to the viewer or society. Golub's work often reflected the horrors of war, as well as the uncertainties of the Cold War and Nuclear age, just as Mitic's work now reflects the uncertainties of our future and the divisive reactions that ensue. Strategically executed bullet holes pierce the canvas creating a tension between creation and destruction and ask the viewer to confront ideas surrounding the normalization and glorification of violence in contemporary culture.

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