There are different meanings and historical associations which Predrag Pavić’s work “Sharpening In the Corner” could potentially accept to itself. The question that immediately initiates itself is the purposefulness and meaning of the act. (Assuming that it is appropriate to talk about the purposefulness of the artistic process at all.)
Sharpening pencils usually means a preparation – physical, but also mental – for any immediate action on paper or another surface. It is also a kind of delay of the future action or hesitation: how and what to do next?
But in Pavić’s work there is a twist in relation to the initial calm and concentration, and it is hypertrophy of the act of sharpening and emphasizing of literally frenetic pace of production of wood waste which covers the artist.
This work is highly self-referential and in accordance with the artist’s former reflections and analysis of his own appearance. From the very beginning, the artist builds his own creative position on the disfigurement and transgression of traditional postulates of self-representation and media, primarily sculptural rules.
Moreover, he takes an ironic stance toward academic artistic vocation and the description of his appearance, bringing them almost to the “Dadaist” absurd.
Predrag Pavić was born in 1982 in Zagreb. He graduated in 2011 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.
He has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions in Zagreb, Split, Pula, Osijek, Gothenburg, Catania, Sofia, Düsseldorf, and was awarded for his work: Grand Prix 10th Triennial of sculpture, Grand Prix Emanuel Vidović on 38th Split salon, awards for the best graduate of ALU in 2011, award of Croatian AICA association on 12. Triennial of sculpture, and he was the finalist of the Radoslav Putar Award.
He is a member of Croatian Freelance Artists Association and Croatian Association of Artists.
He lives and works in Zagreb.