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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 13 | volume III | February-March, 2000



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 13February-March, 2000
Gallery Reviews

The Agitated Angel

- The Sculptures of Tome Serafimovski -

p. 1
Ferid Muhić

The Sculpture

     Above all, sculpture is an act. More than anything else, it is an act of erecting!
    In the beginning the world existed horizontally. The creatures that could stand were not aware of the greatness of their ability. If the rising of the primates on two legs physically marks the beginning of the process of erecting, than the sculptor is the first human being who stopped considering himself as a mental four-legged creature.

    Being the first vertically erected object, sculpture symbolizes the revolt against and the victory over the Egyptian horizontal of death, which can equally be drawn, like an evil omen, above or under the life span of both the genius and the scoundrel, the lion and the lamb. The work of the sculptor is an erected stone and the first conscious sign and determination of the one who lives to remain upright even after death. The oak tree dies standing, but erected within his sculpture, the sculptor stands even after death.
    That is why the sculpture is not – resistance! Resistance is passive self-preservation. The sculpture is – revolt! It is a revolution in its initial and therefore most pure, distilled impulse. The significance of the appearance of the first protozoa – a mystical and radical act of creation and introduction of the element called Time within the abyss called Eternity – equals the significance of the first sculpture in the living universe – Novus ordo saeculorum!

    The sculpture is a way out of the vegetative. It does not oppose passivity. Unlike the vegetative world, it does not transform the rock into fertile soil; it does not disintegrate stone. Plants are not sculptors. They are antipodes of sculpture, in the same way as sculpture is negation of the vegetative. Sculpture is a radical negation of adaptation seen as reconciliation. Sculpture is eruption. Volcanoes are the first sculptors.

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