If someone told me I would be making clothes, dyeing fabric, screen printing, breathing life into paper and drawing. I probably would have said, Shit, fuck, yeah, what?
Photos : Sarah Eve Tousignant
Dave Mutnjakovic, Transfiguration #13, 2016, acrylic washes, ink, screen-printed on cotton, wood frame, wire and nails, 30 by 24 in.
Looking at Transfiguration #13, Dave Mutnjakovic’s love of detail is immediately evident. With a BFA in Animation, Mutnjakovic is continuing his studies in the context of the Concordia Art Education Program. He uses an array of fine ink drawn lines to create his illustrations of humanoid creatures. Having been inspired by Jane Martin’s Transfiguration #19, 1991, in the CCCA website, he was surprised to learn that Martin had not woven the work but had drawn it with Prismacolour pencils. His plan was to replicate Martin’s style of meticulously drawn lines, but within a fiber textile production. Mutnjakovic executed his artwork on cotton, the textile he most appreciates, incorporating the weft and warp threads of the screenprint process as an added dimension to his technique.
Mutnjakovic’s close brush with death has had a profound influence on his art. His scar on his abdomen marks his very painful “collision with reality”, as he refers to it. His works deal with his out of body experiences, which are the basis to his imagination. The importance of the inner and outer self, for Mutnjakovic, is clearly shown in this piece with his use of the wires and nails: he wants the viewer to be aware of the ribs giving the creature an added dimension. The humanoid, which occupies the full length of the canvas, gives the viewer a sense of metamorphosis with the many organic allusions to be found: an angel, a bird, an elephant, a human being. The unnatural colours enhance its android state. All of these factors prevent the humanoid from being monster like: the viewer awaits its transfiguration.
-Barbara Tekker M.A. Art History Concordia University
It is something to live a dream realized. I remember sitting at a bar in Windsor maybe 10 years ago with a friend of mine. Three whisky's in I had the idea of a professional life which allowed me to work with my friends. Returning to that same town where the dream originated, I once again find myself marveling at coming "full circle".
The people in Windsor are a special, tough, loyal, and loving bunch. I'm proud to have been raised there. Thank you to everyone who came out and took an interest, there will be many more shows to come.
What an amazing experience. To share a moment in time
that is transformative, with friends, is a dream I have realized.
Thank you to my compatriots in this journey Damaris Baker, and Maddie Stein-Sacks
and Maff Leslie.
It will be a week I will not easily forget.
It has been a few days,
that I have been picking at
the source of my itch.
When something happened!
I stopped thinking.
I knew I stopped because
I hadn't any more problems.
Everything was simple.
Huh. Simple things
are the most interesting thing.
"Thinking is kind of complex"
common sense suddenly said.
I wasn't getting closer, I was there.
If words were keys, words
could not unlock nothing.
Only nothing can unlock nothing.
It is peaceful here,
I am happy here.
Not thinking, doing.
It's going, and I am
Imagine trying to consume nothing!
I thought this to hear the sound
of a laughing nothing.
A sound I chose to be born out of.
time I had to
sit and wait.
To let it come,
for life to
what a grand adventure. what giant leaps toward wisdom. what a joy to share my life with you. deja-vu (wink).
I am speeding by a field of white flowers. the sky is littered with monarchs. wheels rolling with the still beating echo of a fearless little bird i call (courage). when one boards the train to nowhere, one cannot help but let the imagination drift. am I the baby bird? maybe we? Lets' see!
"let-go!" it sings. casually tossing it off the tongue. unaware of the reverberations sent down to the soul. just as color spills onto the floor. all eyes wild within the everything change.
the baby bird does not hesitate to jump. it is caught cautious by time. a curious concept conceived within the whirl. "the whirl" yes. the gap between what was(the known) and what is(the unknown).
there are two tracks running in parallel. one leads into the careful hands of (protection). whilst the other. death, lurks under the guise of 37 flowers. counting off patience 20, 19, 17 waits... until...??? how many more?
as the baby bird flutters toward the sky. his minute life has already livedmuch within the timelessness of the pristine adventure. the little heart ingrained within another; larger, scarred, matured pulmonary pumper. the undecided life changing trajectories of other lives, eating at instinct, loving every instant. love answering courage, via trust, flying high above, the enigma of the horizon.
as protection wanders. the little heart is undecided. it has learned much now, from what was. it sits above watching what is. find. form from formlessness. it understands choice. sees with its own eyes the journey through death, into life. yet something new has entered the equation. what is this hesitation? what is the magnetism drawing me toward death?
all is silent. only the beat of his own heart now to keep company. face to face with the train, the tracks, and the adventure which will lead him either back to the pain of the known. or the jubilation of the unknown.