style brick road: Circles, Lines and Neon Signs

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Circles, Lines and Neon Signs

I tend to cherish my free moments to carefully, not letting anything spontaneous-ish taking away from it. It's probably due to the fact I have very little of it, so my preferable free time consists of sitting AT HOME and reading a book/googling away/sleeping. And before you think of me as a home-worm, I need to stop you - it's not like I don't go out, drink coffees, hang out or visit galleries/museums - it's more that I plan these stuff. Damn, this makes me sound like such a granny and the least fun/spontaneous person out there - but the hell, I'll maybe even agree.

But the point is - few days ago, my class finished earlier so I had a bit more than an hour before I was supposed to be at the opening of the first women's Marc'o Polo in Croatia, and I though - yay, an hour to go browsing through H&M. But as I was driving in the tramway, I passed the Graphical Cabinet (a space which is part of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) and saw a big colourful poster with the name of Ivan Picelj, whom I listened lectures about during my Visual Culture class on the first year of Uni. I went out of the tram, and headed right in - not knowing what was it about nor if it's opened (of course poster said the details, but I was to excited to care). So, I went in, payed mere 5 kunas (a bit less than $1) and my eyes went on a roller-coaster ride.

Ivan Picelj was part of the Croatian's new-wave artistic group named EXAT51 which was later developed into the New Tendencies movement. He was a painter, graphic designer, sculptor and an all-round artist who takes the 'blame' for some of the most interesting changes in art (especially visual recognition) - he was one of the first Croatian artists who encouraged artistic freedom in academics and promoted the value of individual aesthetics.

His work in graphic design mostly consists of serigraphy (silk-printing), collage-work and drawing and is based on the existence of lines - geometry that's free in its space and lines. I've been a fan of his work since I saw them a year or so ago in the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Zagreb - where I was obviously astonished by his neon colours used in such a proficient and non-obvious way. Oval and square shapes are juxtapositioned in a way that's humourus and inspiring - but without any iconography or numeral highlights. 

His work inspires me in many ways, but it was quite fun putting together an outfit with some of my favourites in mind - creating circles with straight lines, balancing neon hues with neutrals in an almost non-existing way, and the amazing textures created solely out of contrasting different materials. Plus, the amazing space my mother took photos of me was created about the same time as Picelj's great work. A different spirit, but my contemporary interpretation of his aesthetic.

If you've got an hour and you're in Zagreb do visit the Ivan Picelj retrospective at the HAZU space, it's opened until the May 20th. Check all the deets on the exhibition here (link).
After seeing the  I've been hunting for a perfect neon leather bag so these amazing Classic Cambridge satchels seem just about perfect - find them here (yellow), here (orange), here (green) & here (pink)

H&M jacket & jeans, Starstyling oversized foiled t-shirt, DIY necklace, Nike trainers, Toywatch neon watch, C&A sunglasses, crochet shopping bag bought at Dolac market.