Black & White Series
Nenad Zaric fills his canvases with an inner philosophy that dredges the confrontational history of his people without sacrificing hope for a brighter future. He paints his canvases in pairs, always a dark landscape alongside a brighter composition. The stormy dark landscapes are broody ruminations on the Balkan’s tortured past. Broken fenceposts are a leitmotif in Nenad’s work, representing transgressed boundaries and lost points of contact and connection.
Zaric, as an ardent pacifist, bemoans the disintegration of community bonds that led to ethnic violence in his country during the 1990’s. However, even his darker canvases have moments of light that penetrate the darkness, representing Zaric’s indefatigable optimism. Nenad works on the ground, in Pollock’s style, using sand, earth and found objects to animate his acrylic forms with texture. The tactile, layered nature of his work gives the pieces added dimensions and depth.